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
- 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
You can downloads the presentations, workshop documents and
agenda by visiting the event page.
We are also holding a further three Residential events early
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 Nic.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our Children's Programme visit our programme