SEND Reform in West Berkshire Briefings for parents, schools and practitioners July 2014 What will be covered Overview of SEND Reforms and underlying principles – Jane Seymour The new Education Health and Care assessment process & EHC Plans – Jane Seymour Conversion of existing Statements to EHC Plans – Nicola Ponton/Tina Norton/Lucy Baker-Smith QUESTIONS The Children & Families Act 2014 Reform of systems and processes for meeting needs of children with SEN & Disabilities (SEND) arise from Children & Families Act 2014 Takes effect 1st September 2014 Detail is contained in the “SEN & Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years”, June 2014 There are also several sets of regulations which accompany The Children & Families Act Key principles of SEND Reforms Child and family at the centre of assessment, planning, decision making – “person centred” approaches More choice and control for families More flexible and creative solutions, personalised to the individual Key principles of SEND Reforms High aspirations for young people with SEND Effective collaboration between agencies Holistic, joined up planning Focus on outcomes including long term life outcomes Life outcomes for young people with SEND Paid employment, wherever possible Living as independently as possible Optimum physical and mental health Friends and relationships Being part of community Overview of SEND Reforms School Action & School Action Plus replaced by one SEN category - SEN Support Local Authorities must publish a “Local Offer” setting out all services available for children with SEND and their families Statementing process replaced by Education Health and Care Assessments/ EHC Plans Families have right to request a Personal Budget as part of EHC Plan Overview of SEND Reforms cont. LAs have responsibility for young people with SEND up to age 25 – FE Colleges come within same legislation as schools Young people with SEND over compulsory school age have legal rights previously held by parents Information, advice & guidance services (Parent Partnership) must be offered to children with SEND as well as their parents Overview of SEND Reforms cont. Information, advice & guidance services must cover health and social care as well as SEN Children and young people must be offered advocacy service where needed Increased requirements on LAs to offer disagreement resolution and mediation services More joint commissioning of services across education, social care and health QUESTIONS??? EHC Assessment Process A new process for EHC Assessments has been developed with parents, schools and other agencies This will replace the statementing process from 1st September 2014 The criteria for EHC Assessment are essentially same as for statementing Process will be led by EHC Assessment Coordinators (3 new appointments) EHC Assessment Process – how will it be different? Much more involvement of child and parents throughout whole process Holistic assessment and plan – covering education, health and care needs and provision EHC Plan will look and feel very different from a Statement – more accessible and user friendly Must be completed in 20 weeks (currently 26) EHC Assessment Process Parent / school requests EHC Assessment Parent is sent “We want to tell you…” pack and offered support to complete Covers 6 areas: communication, learning, behaviour & emotions, health, everyday life, family & community Information requested from school (if not a school request) Decision re whether EHC Assessment needed EHC Assessment Process If decision is not to proceed, SEN Manager/Assistant Manager meets family with school and other professionals to plan support If EHC assessment agreed, Assessment Coordinator allocated to family Assessment Coordinator meets family and reviews “We want to tell you…” document to ensure child and parents’ views fully represented, including desired outcomes EHC Assessment Process Assessment Coordinator agrees with family what assessments are needed by which professionals Professional reports requested – 6 week timescale Assessment Coordinator ensures all professionals providing reports liaise with one another to avoid duplication and do joint visits / assessments where appropriate EHC Assessment Process Assessments are completed Assessment Coordinator discusses reports with parents and offers meeting if needed EHC Panel considers reports and allocates indicative budgets EHC Planning meeting held involving family, school & other professionals - chaired by EHC Assessment Coordinator Assessment Coordinator drafts EHC Plan EHC Assessment Process Draft EHC Plan issued, including any direct payments if requested / agreed Draft EHC Plan must be issued within 16 weeks of EHC request (no school named at this stage) Further discussion with parents if needed Final EHC Plan issued (with school named) Whole process must be completed within 20 weeks Personal Budgets A “personal budget” is the total resource spent on a young person, some of which may be given as a “direct payment” (cash) Families will be able to request a direct payment for the education, health and/or care aspects of the EHC Plan Direct payments are already given in some cases for families to purchase social care provision (children’s and adults’ services) Personal budgets Criteria for SEN direct payments are being developed – requests will be considered case by case Health are also developing processes for health Personal Budgets / Direct Payments – will only apply to children who meet Continuing Healthcare Criteria EHC Plan “Xxxxxx’s Plan” + photo (if child / parents wish) Contents page One page profile at beginning – what others like about me/ what is important to me/ how best to support me/ my hopes for the future Strengths, difficulties & desired outcomes – communication, learning, behaviour & emotions, health, everyday life, family & community (in table format) EHC Plan Area of need 1. Communication 2. Learning & Development 3. Behaviour and emotions 4. Health 5. Everyday life 6. Family & Community Strengths Difficulties Outcomes EHC Plan Outcome What needs to happen (provision) Quantity, frequency, duration Who is responsible Start date EHC Plan Name of educational placement Type of placement EHC Funding including any Direct Payments Review arrangements Signature Appendices EHC Plans Will specify health and social care provision as well as SEN provision Only SEN provision is subject to appeal to SEN Tribunal Parents must consider mediation before going to Tribunal Parents can go to mediation about health and care aspects of EHC Plan or follow normal complaint processes if in disagreement Reviews of EHC Plans Will be subject to Annual Reviews which will be carried out by schools on behalf of Local Authority (as now) Annual Reviews of EHC Plans from Year 9 must consider transition to adulthood Young person can have an EHC Plan in FE College, (or apprenticeship or traineeship) but not in Higher Education QUESTIONS???