The Council for Disabled Children regularly receives questions from SEND Regional Leads and delegates from the regional SEND workshops on a whole series of issues relating to the SEND reforms and joint commissioning. The joint commissioning bulletins are designed to share the learning from those discussions to a broader audience.
The bulletins have now been published and can be downloaded below.
This edition of the Digest is the first following the General Election and includes:
BLOGS: the voices of disabled children and young people, new research, and much more
ARTICLES: the latest in our Case Law series, plus news on campaigning and forthcoming opportunities
NEWS: including contractor announcements and a word from the new minister
EVENTS & RESOURCES: all the latest to help you in your practice, including our new training
School Admissions Briefing for parents of children and young people with disabilities or special education needs.
This briefing provides information about school admissions arrangements. It is written for parents of disabled children and young people; parents of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and professionals advising parents including those in Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS).
Workshop materials to support local authorities in identifying priorities to improve access and inclusion for young children with SEN and disabilities.
The core workshop consists of four main parts:
Understanding the barriers
Featuring good practice
This workshop is designed to support local authorities in identifying priorities to improve access and inclusion for young children with SEN and disabilities.
It is intended for use by groups of local authorities working together with their health and social care partner agencies; and for individual local authorities working with groups of officers and professionals from different agencies within one local area. Actions following the workshop will be different depending on option adopted.
This page brings together the various audit tools we have put together so far:
CCG Audit Tool
This tool will help CCGs to measure their progress in implementing the 2014 Children and Families Act reforms in relation to disabled children and young people and those with SEN.
Local Authority Audit Tool
Like the CCG Audit Tool, the Local Authority Audit Tool pulls together in one place the key pieces of evidence of which local authorities will wish to assure themselves.
Info for frontline staff and practitioners on working & supporting people within the criminal justice system that have learning disabilities or some form of specific learning difficulty. Using evidence from the Prison Reform Trust the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have a number of factsheets covering the following topics:
Making information easier to read
Useful information and resources
This resource gives an overview of the legal framework for social care for children and young people who are disabled or have special educational needs (SEN) and their families. It also provides information specifically for frontline managers and social workers to help them put the legal framework into practice.
This guide is for strategic leaders in children's and adult services, frontline managers, social workers and staff working in social care assessment teams.
This 2015 Spring digests features information on what the national support offer for the SEN and disability reforms and what that looks like for this year. Also included is a case study of a charity in Coventry that is helping young people think outside the box about their independence, plus much more!
This briefing note is specifically targeted at persons in charge of relevant youth secure accommodation to provide them with an overview of the new legal framework in preparation of it's implementation from April 2015.