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Changes to the SEND Service

Consultation on planned changes to the SEND Service is due to end on June 19.  

In a letter to parent carers, Dr Helen Phelan, Head of SEND Service at Cambridgeshire County Council, said all the responses will be looked at, and the final changes confirmed at the end of this month. See the letter attached below.

She said many changes will be made by the end of July. And parent carers, schools and settings, and other partners will be sent details of changes to processes and personnel, including contact information, in August.

What is the consultation?

The SEND 0 – 25 years consultation - outlining proposals for a new SEND Service- was launched in May. The council wants to bring together teams and services from across Children, Family and Adults services, with front line staff in SEND working closely with others  "ensuring that the child or young person and their family are at the centre of decision making."

The changes aim to: 

  • Make clear who does what in the local authority services supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability 
  • Make processes simpler so that families can access services at the right time, and according to need
  • Target resources where they are needed most
  • Created a "joined up" service offer with other partners, including Health
  • Make sure that support for children and young people with special educational needs makes a difference to them and is based on up to date knowledge/research.

Key points:

  • The Children’s Disability Team will transfer to the new SEND Service.
  • Social care staff with the Young Adult Team of the Learning Disability Partnership will transfer to the new SEND Service.
  • START (the Statutory Assessment and Resources Team), which has been a county-wide managed team, will split into North and South Cambridgeshire teams and work alongside educational psychologists, specialist teachers and specialist practitioners. There will be a Team Leader for statutory assessment in each team.
  • There are no changes to SEND Team Leaders in Districts.  They will continue to manage the educational psychologists, specialist teachers and specialist practitioners.
  • There are no changes to the Sensory Support Team, although they are working with Adults services to make sure there is a ‘seamless’ service for children and young people with a visual and/or hearing impairment as they become young adults.
  • The SEND Service will continue to have a focus on supporting children and young people with social and emotional needs; autism; and also those with additional speech and communication needs; and t
  • The SEND Service will have a focus on supporting the raising of attainment of vulnerable children, particularly those children between the ages of 5 – 11 years.

 

 

 

Date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017