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Children’s Wellbeing Stakeholder Event 11th April 2014. Introduction and Housekeeping Jo Davidson: Director of Children’s Wellbeing. Access to Information and Advice for Families and Professionals Les Knight: Head of Additional Needs. Family Information Service –
11th April 2014
Head of Additional Needs
a single point of information
Family information directory
Our family information directory helps parents, carers and professionals find useful local services.
It comes in three parts:
To find services for families, visit the family service directory
To find both registered and unregistered local childcare providers, visit the childcare directory
To find information about services for children with special educational and other needs, visit the Herefordshire local offer pages
Positive Activities Bromyard Area - 103kb
Positive Activities in Leominster and Wigmore Area - 192kb
Positive Activities in Ledbury Area - 8kb
Age range - birth to 25
Provide children, young people and their parents greater control and choice in decisions
Replace Statements of SEN and s139a Learning Difficulty Assessments with a 0 to 25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)-Focus on outcomes
Offering families personal budgets for all key agencies
Closer multi-agency/partnership working in particular requiring LA and health authorities to work together.
Information for families and practitioners – ‘clear, comprehensive and accessible’
‘Responsive to local need’ with families involved in development and review - duty is to consult
Not just a directory
How to access services (‘transparency’) as well as description of provision
Must include education (incl. schools), health and social care – ‘must co-operate’
Working with the web team - Interactive feedback
Keeping it up-to-date!
They often receive conflicting advice and simply do not know who to trust to give them the information that will help them… Parents report that they tend to only trust other parents’ advice who have already been through the system and understand which direction to go in.
Prepared for SE7 by Sharon Smith Hampshire Parent/Carer Network
The Local Offer has to deliver:
A one-stop shop for parent carers to access all of the information that they will need relating to their child/young person – so that parents know exactly where to go every time that they need help or information.
Prepared for SE7 by Sharon Smith Hampshire Parent/Carer Network
A local authority must publish information about:
The provision it expects to be available in its area at the time of publication for children and young people who have special educational needs, and…
The provision it expects to be available outside its area at that time for children and young people for whom it is responsible.
The provision referred to is:
A local authority must keep its local offer under review and may from time to time revise it.
It must also publish comments received and its responses to the comments
Welcome to Herefordshire’s Local Offer!
This is intended to be a ‘one-stop shop’ that allows parents, carers, family members and practitioners working with families to find the information they want.
At the present time, the development of the Local Offer web pages are at a relatively early stage of development and the information available will grow over the next few months.
The aim is that it will be quick to find the information that you want and that the information is presented in a clear and understandable fashion. To help us to do this, please use this feedback link to tell us if you have not been able to find what you want or if the information is confusing or out of date. You will find that each of the pages of the local offer also have a feedback facility.
If you want more detail about how the Local Offer should work, please follow this link…local offer. This link also provides information on the Children and Families Act 2014 which requires Local Authorities to create the Local Offer. If you just want to get on with using the information, click on one of the sections below.
How do I get a statement for my child?
Can I get an education, health and care plan (EHCP) for my child?
Will I be entitled to transport to school if they have a disability?
What do I need to do if my child is diagnosed with a disability?
Where can I get respite from my caring duties?
How do I get financial support for my child?
Do I need a social worker?
For children with statements, including pupils in special schools, the additional funding is described in the statement which is reviewed at least annually. Parents and carers are invited to every annual review. The funding is at one of two levels described in the next paragraph.
This funding is provided into the budget of mainstream schools at the start of the financial year. If the school feels that a higher level of funding is required, the school can apply for ‘banded funding’. The school brings the evidence to a panel made up of school and local authority representatives experienced in SEN. The panel can agree one of three outcomes: band 3 £1350; band 4 £5,500; or, that the evidence does not support the allocation of additional funding.
What do our Educational Settings Offer?
My Child has a difficulty with…? Different Barriers to Learning
Voluntary and support services
Hereford Carer Support
For information visit the HCS website
Marches Family Network
For information visit the MFN website
Parent partnership service
For information visit the parent partnership service page
Link to regional information
Link to national directory of voluntary organisations
Interim Consultant in Public Health
Migration is the key driver of demographic change
Young adults (18-25 are the most mobile
Net out-migration of young adults (18-25)
Dampened by increased migration from overseas
Mental Health and Well-being
The county is not meeting the 95% coverage needed to protect the most vulnerable children
239Safeguarding and social care for vulnerable children and young people
Defining vulnerabilities is difficult - Children who are at risk of, or who are already experiencing, social and emotional problems. Vulnerability may be linked to disadvantage and poverty
Mental health issues
Looked after children
Child who is unlikely to have, or have the opportunity to have a reasonable standard of health and development without any support provided by a public authority
18% NOT RECORDED
A looked after child (LAC) is a child who is accommodated by the local authority either as a result of voluntary agreement by their parents or as a result of a Care Order issued by a court of law to safeguard the child
241 LAC in Herefordshire
67 LAC per 10,000 in December 2013
47 per 10,000 statistical neighbours
The main issues are:
“I’ve known people who are struggling, thin and underweight. You can’t bear to look at them. They have no strength left in them. The Herefordshire system is not working for anybody”
“We need to offer consistent and early intervention to prevent escalation and families having to enter crisis situations before help is provided.”
Statutory Sector Representative
“It’s warm, interesting people, nice workers. If it wasn’t here crime would go up a bit. Here you make more friends, youth workers communicate with you, they teach you stuff…helpers…if there’s stuff going on at home they are here for us. They teach you life skills.”
Young person attending a youth club
“Would like to see children supported at an earlier opportunity, rather than waiting until the risks become so great”
“ Young people have such a turn-over of workers, rather like the chaos in their lives. “Headteacher
“You have to accept that there is no money, but when you are rock bottom that’s not good enough.”
“The MAG is very good for sharing information and signposting children for the necessary support, although due to the ever reducing services this can take quite a long time…”
Voluntary Sector Representative
Figure 2: Survey respondents perceptions of best things happening to address risk factors
Effective work with families & troubled family programme
MASH and multi-agency working / collaboration
Working more effectively with schools
Desire to improve services & provider communication
Co-ordinated interventions - CAF system and collaboration
Not very good
“Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime” Herbert Ward
“Preventingchild maltreatment requires action at the level of the individual, family, community and society– not simply intervening when problems emerge but reducing the circumstances in which they are likely to develop.. Thus it is necessary to reduce poverty ands social isolation, as well as invest in serviceswhich help families foster good relationships, as well as provide the more specialist services when there are
early signs that problems are emerging. What’s more,
relatives, friends and neighbours all play an important
role in keeping children safe by stepping in to help
when families are under pressure”
Head of Children’s Commissioning
Targeted Intervention for Families
Needs identified included
“a befriending service that will provide ‘team around the family’ intervention for families”
Referrals route - through MAG (Multi- Agency Group meeting) Home- Start support as identified on CAF Action/Delivery plan – Outcome agreed
* Primary-aged child identified needs – poor attainment at school outcome supported learning at home (8 yrs)
* Secondary-aged child identified needs – isolated due to disability- outcome support in accessing services/extending social networks for child (14yrs)
* Mother of teenage son – struggling with debt and coping with son’s challenging behaviour – outcome maximising income & emotional support – identifying positive risk-free activities for son (15yrs)
* 8 year old girl – challenging behaviour & self harming outcome supporting with boundaries and providing containment for child & parents
* Initial Visit
* Review visits
* Ending visit and action plan
Targeted support is ....
“Sometimes challenging but achievable as you are working towards particular outcomes and aims which focuses the mind”
“Families feel empowered as they build resilience within their family rather than becoming reliant on the support of the volunteer”
What Families said/told us:
“Home-Start have been the most important support service to our family”
“Thanks to Home-Start our family is much happier, confident and receiving the help that was needed. Everybody has been kind, helpful and positive and honest which is important to us”
“Home-Start has made my life more positive’”
“Fantastic service and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful volunteer”
“Home-Start are a godsend not just to people like my family and myself, but to all people who need help”
“I have made more progress in the few months with Home-Start than I have had with most other organisations in the last 30 years. I feel that people are now listening to me and helping instead of telling me to go away, move away or stop being stupid”
“Since the Home-Start volunteer has been visiting our granddaughter we have seen a marked improvement in her behaviour’
Assistant Director, Education & Commissioning
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