Making it Personal:2 - Family Guidance
Making it Personal 2 (MIP2) was developed by KIDS from the initial Making it Personal (MIP) project funded by the Department for Education. The initial Making it Personal project aimed to provide support and advice for parents and carers of disabled children and young people, along with commissioners around the subject of personalisation and personal budgets.
MIP2 is the result of a consortium led by KIDS and involving the Office for Public Management (OPM), In Control, Family and Childcare Trust and the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS). MIP2 partners worked alongside a number of local voluntary and statutory providers, groups of parents/carers, disabled children and young people and commissioners with an aim of building on the original MIP project to provide a suite of resources aimed at a wide ranging audience.
These resources will support those affected by the SEND reforms brought into force in September 2014 to gain a greater understanding of the changes and the impact these changes will have on the lives of families of disabled children and young disabled people.
Although each guide is targeted at a specific audience, there are some stories and examples that are shared across the different guides. If you are a parent with an interest in how to work with providers, or a commissioner who wants to better understand the family perspective, then you might want to look at more than one of the guides.
Throughout the document, we illustrate the changes in practice that personalisation necessitates with examples and case studies identified in yellow, as well as pointing you to helpful tools.
All the guides can be accessed via the KIDS website www.kids.org.uk/mip2
KIDS was established in 1970 by John Mulcahy, a teacher who became concerned about the development of a disabled child in one of his classes. John wanted to improve communication with this child and sought guidance from the child's mother. This in turn established the KIDS ethos of working in partnership with parents and carers to enable disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes and aspirations.
Our founder had a vision and passion for disabled children back in 1970. It is with thanks to his dedication and original inspiration that KIDS' services and regions have grown into what they are today. John was determined that the charity's aims should always be based on three guiding principles: that parents should be treated as equal partners; that KIDS should work in conjunction with statutory services and that we should offer both practical and skilled support. It is an ethos that the charity still holds today.