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Guidance now published ‘Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system’

The Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health (DH) recently published guidance providing advice for local authorities and health partners on implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system from September 2014.

This guidance sets out the vision for the special educational needs (SEN) reforms, the case for change, and provides non-statutory advice for:

  • Local authorities (children's services, social care and adult social care)
  • Health partners (clinical commissioning groups, and health and wellbeing boards).

This guidance is also provides local authorities and health partners with examples of education, health and care plans and a slide pack to support them to disseminate the information among their teams, including a timeline for the change.

Working alongside this guidance, In Control has developed, with support from the DfE and in conjunction with SQW, a clear framework upon which local authorities and partners can build local plans for implementing personal budgets for children, young people and their families.

'Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets' provides a practical tool to support local authorities and others as they work towards the deadline of September 2014.

Providing a structure that has, through extensive piloting, proven to be useful, it draws on the draft Code of Practice for SEN, the draft SEN regulations, In Control's own experience and the learning and evaluation evidence collated by SQW in its role as lead evaluators of the DfE's Individual Budget Pilots and their on-going work to evaluate the SEND Pathfinders.

'Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets' acts as both a guide as well as a method of demonstrating the value and benefits of personal budgets through examples and references provided as part of the document.

Gain greater insight by joining our webinar

In Control is hosting a webinar in February 2014 discussing this topic in greater detail. The webinar, 'Implementing personal budgets for children, young people and families' will be presented by Nic Crosby from In Control and Meera Craston from SQW.

They will outline a clear framework upon which children's services can base their plans to implement personal budgets and provide an opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the debate.

To register for the webinar visit: /news/in-control-news/forthcoming-webinars-dec-to-feb-2014.aspx

For more information about 'Support and Aspiration: Introducing Personal Budgets', contact children@in-control.org.uk. Download a copy via: /what-we-do/children-and-young-people/publications/children's-programme-publications/support-and-aspiration-introducing-personal-budgets.aspx

To view the DfE and DH guidance, 'Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system' visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-0-to-25-special-needs-system

 

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Last Updated : 11 December 2013. Page Author: marijke.hirst.