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SEND Pathfinder Case Study
September 2012
Southampton SEND Pathfinder
 2010/11 Joint Disability Review
- Southampton City Council &
Southampton City PCT
 CYPDS - An enhanced model of integrated working
 SEN and Disability Green Paper, Support and Aspiration: A new
approach to special educational needs and disability in March
 Pathfinder Status achieved in September 2011
Southampton SEND Pathfinder
Pathfinder Focus Areas
 New Integrated Assessment Process resulting in a Single Plan
 Choice for families through Personal Budgets
 Vulnerable Children
CYPDS Service launching June 2012
Education element includes
the following professionals:
Educational Psychologists, SEN
Officers, Specialist Teacher Advisors,
Portage Home Visitors,
Social Care element includes
the following professionals:
Social workers who are currently
attached to working with children with
disabilities and Complex Health Needs
and Community Support Workers
The Health element includes
the following professionals:
Clinical Psychologists, Community
Paediatricians, Community Support
Workers, Continuing Care Nurses, LD
Nurses, Occupational Therapists,
Physiotherapists, Speech and
Language Therapists
Integrated Assessment and Single Plan Introduction
All children and young people meeting the CYPDS Eligibility Criteria
will be offered the new IA and SP from June 2012 (approx 60-80
families from June 2012 – March 2013)
Single route of entry through ‘application’ to the CYPDS Decision
Making Panel
The ‘application’ can be made by a professional, with parental consent
or can be made by parents directly
Relationship with Universal, Targeted and Specialist Services
 IA and SP will enable a
multi-agency response from
specialist services &
targeted services
 Support provided to
professionals at targeted
services where needed
 Information gathered during
IA can inform CAF process
or be escalated to specialist
Plans without duplication
Integrated Assessment
and Single Plan Process
Initial contact to the CYPDS to request Application Form
Application received. Applicant receives acknowledgement
These actions will adhere to statutory time scales
CYPDS Decision Panel considers application
Yes, meets the criteria: Agree Integrated Assessment, allocate Assessment Coordinator and notify Assessment Team
Assessment Co-ordinator: convenes initial Assessment Team Meeting (must
include representation from Education, Health and Social Care) and co-ordinates
Integrated Assessment timetable
Assessment Team: collates assessment information. As a minimum this
assessment information should include information from:
•The child/young person
•The parent/carer
•The Community Paediatrician and any other relevant medical practitioner
•Educational Psychology
•The school or pre-school (if the child is attending a school or pre-school)
•Social Care (even if the information available is that the child/young person is not
known to social care)
•Any Specialist Teachers involved in supporting the child/young person
•Any Therapists involved in supporting the child or young person
•Information from the Health Visitor / School Nurse about the outcome of routine
health surveillance checks
Where possible, the Assessment Team should meet during the information
collation period to discuss progress and propose interim interventions if necessary.
Parents/Carers and their child/young person are updated regularly on progress,
findings and giving their views.
Wider Professionals’ meeting: convened by the Assessment Co-ordinator to
collectively analyse assessment findings; propose Single Plan and allocate Lead
Application does not
meet criteria
Letter sent to
applicant explaining
reasons for this
Insufficient evidence
to make a decision –
Refer back to
applicant to ask for
further information.
Application to reconsidered by the
CYPDS Decision Panel.
Support needed from
a single agency – If
appropriate CYPDS
Decision Panel can
make a
referral/request for
single agency
response directly with
parental consent.
Single Route of entry
Five possible outcomes as a
result of application
 Applicant does not meet criteria
 Insufficient evidence to make a
Weekly meetings of the
CYPDS Decision Making
Support needed from a single
Referral to pre-CAF/CAF/Highly
Specialised Services
Application meets criteria and
Assessment Co-ordinator
Co-ordinated Support
needed from
targeted services–
CYPDS Decision Panel
can make a referral to
CAF Panel with
parental consent.
Resource Agreement: Single Plan presented back to CYPDS Decision Panel to agree
Lead Professional : finalises Single Plan with parents/carers and agrees review
Personal Budgets Introduction
Personal Budgets Pilots in Southampton will give families, children and young
people more control about what education, health and social care services are
used to support them.
Pilot projects that will run as part of the Pathfinder:
Continuing Health Care Personal Budget Project
Home to School Transport Direct Payments
Single Plan Notional Budgets with offer of some Direct Payments (including Short
Continence & Equipment Personal Budgets
Individual Education Direct Payments
The aim of the pilots are to ensure:
that Pathfinder families know and understand their funding allocation
its clear why that amount has been allocated
families are directly involved in deciding how funding is used
Vulnerable Children
 The scope of the integrated assessment and single plan:
What will the eligibility criteria be for the defined group of
vulnerable children to receive an integrated assessment and
single plan. What services will need to work together,
strategically and at case level. What impact will this have on
the workforce?
 Pilot Project:
Working with 6 children whom have complex
needs across education, health, social care but don’t meet
thresholds for individual support. Starting October 2012.
Engagement, Participation & Consultation – Parents & Carers
Strong history of Parent Carer Engagement through the Aiming High
Parent Carers took a key role in developing the new CYPDS
Parent Carers said..... “the Jigsaw Service is great, but it works
with too few children. We want more children/young people to
benefit from services working together”
Southampton did.... “The new CYPDS virtually pulls together all
services from education, health and social care to work together to
make sure all children and young people with SEND are able to
achieve the life they want”
Engagement, Participation & Consultation – Parents & Carers
Parent Participation Plan:
 Project Manager and CYPDS Manager attend Abuzz Parent
Forum to consult as needed
 Parent Representatives are members of the SEND
Pathfinder Steering Group and Task and Finish Groups
 Wider consultation being undertaken through the Buzz
network as needed (over 500 parents)
 Support offered to all families engaged in the Pathfinder
 Quarterly Parent Carer newsletter to be launched in
October 2012
Engagement, Participation & Consultation – Parents & Carers
 Parent Carers know their children best – we saw this as an
opportunity to tell education, health and social care our
stories and directly influence how services are re-shaped
 We wanted to make sure services were working together –
we’re fed up of being in the middle!
 We wanted to highlight gaps and where services are
working well
Engagement, Participation & Consultation – Parents & Carers
Working alongside Parent Partnership service to engage, consult
and encourage parent carers to:
 Lead and shape the format of Education, Health and
Care Plan
 Lead and shape Southampton’s Local Offer
Where can I find out more?
Becky Davis, SEND Pathfinder Project Co-ordinator
Email: [email protected]
Cloe Vanlerenberghe, Chair, Abuzz Parent Carer Forum
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/living/scchildren/send_pathfinder/

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