In Control holds its 21st Residential ‘Coming of Age’

In Control has recently run our 21st Residential as part of our Children's programme.

Running over two days on the 12th and 13th November, 70 members of our Children's programme from across the NHS, local authorities and other organisations came together to discuss the challenges of taking forward personal budgets as one part of the SEND reforms as well as implementing the wider reforms set out in Support and Aspiration, the draft Code of Practice, new regulations and the Children and Families Bill.

Titled 'Coming of Age', this residential really was about the 'coming of age' of personalisation - with personalisation now very much a part of the social care agenda and personal budgets being enshrined into the care and support provided to those in need.

In light of all these changes, this residential was timely: many more people have been asking how they will be able to implement personal budgets and there has been a growing understanding that this requires more thought around key issues such as ensuring the inclusion of parents and families within this process.

The residential provided delegates with the opportunity to hear from speakers such as Andrew Baxter from the Department for Education (DfE), Jean Haigh lead for SE7 SEND Pathfinder and Sue Bottomley who is leading In Control's work with children's health services as well as:

  • Gain a comprehensive overview and insight into the national picture
  • Draw from each others experience and insight in regard to ensuring family engagement and involvement and ensuring the family's voice is heard and doesn't get overlooked as more and more development work is started
  • Discuss personal budgets and their fit with the EHC Plan
  • Discuss work by SEND Pathfinders, and others around the link up, as well as hear from Hartlepool
  • Get an update on the work of the POET project which included a chance to see the near finished set of questions based on input from families and young people
  • Gain more insight into personal budgets and their fit with the EHC Plan.

You can downloads the presentations, workshop documents and agenda by visiting the event page.

Forthcoming Residentials

We are also holding a further three Residential events early next year.

All current members of the children's programme receive two places per residential as part of their membership package. We are also encouraging members to bring along a family member for these next 3 residentials. Places for this are priced at £275 plus VAT so for all three residential events this would be £825. Members booking before Christmas will receive this a discounted rate of £800 plus VAT.

Speakers at the next residential on the 4th and 5th March will include Sherann Hillman, Co-chair of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Andrew Baxter, DfE, Chris Easton, NHS England and representatives from four areas taking forward work on Continuing health care personal health budgets.  Provisional topics and workshops will include; integrating funding, provision of information and advice to families as well as updates from a number of members.

For more information and to discuss participating in the next events, please contact: Nic Crosby via

For more information on our Children's Programme visit our programme membership page.

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Last Updated : 27 November 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.