Spotlight on changes to SEND support for children and young people

Published Monday, 16th June 2014
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Important changes are happening to the way children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are supported.

Parents in Rotherham are now being encouraged to find out more about what the changes could mean for them.

In the spirit of genuine partnership working promoted by the Rotherham Charter, organisations from across the town are joining forces to stage an ‘In It Together’ event next month, which aims to raise awareness of the changes being introduced by the Government from September.

The Council, Rotherham Health community and the Rotherham Parents Forum are running the event as an opportunity for everyone who could be affected by the reforms to come together and learn from each other.

This includes young people, parents/carers and representatives from schools and service providers who have an interest in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The changes are being introduced as part of the Government’s Children and Families Act, and aim to create a "personalised" system which is more centred on the needs and wishes of the child or young person, and to support the best outcomes for them.

Cllr John Doyle, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Chair of Rotherham’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said:  "These reforms will have an impact on the way in which local authorities and other organisations in Rotherham deliver services to local children and young people, and we would urge everyone with an interest to find out more about what it means for them."

The drop-in event will take place on Friday 4 July from 10 am to 3 pm at the New York Stadium. Market stalls will offer information and advice on a range of topics including:

Money 

Family support

Health and wellbeing

Early years and schools services

Preparing for adulthood

Recreation and leisure opportunities

Parent/carer support groups 

Susan Dent, Strategic Lead for Children and Young People’s Therapy Services at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This event is an excellent opportunity for everyone to share knowledge, ideas and questions about the new SEND assessment process and the Education, Health and Care Plans. 

"It will allow us to build on collaborative working to ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes for our children, young people and families across Rotherham."

A spokesperson for Rotherham Parent Forum, said: "The new legislation around children with additional needs and disabilities brings a huge culture change for families and practitioners nationally, with new duties for local authorities and health organisations, and more involvement of service provision for children, young people and parents.

"This first event is a milestone where we begin this journey together in Rotherham, creating a culture where the hopes and aspirations of all our young people are worked towards in a person-centred way and in authentic partnership with parents and providers.

"We really hope that as many parents as possible can attend and contribute."

The day will also feature a presentation from Brian Lamb OBE (a specialist in SEN and disability issues) from 12.30 pm to 1 pm, and a variety of workshops which can be pre-booked.

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