KIDS launches free information to support everyone affected by the new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms
Leading disabled children’s charity KIDS has just launched a new suite of resources to support families and carers of disabled children, commissioners and providers, to help them navigate the reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disability provision.
As part of the ‘Making it Personal:2’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, OPM worked with KIDS to develop these resources, which explore how personal budgets and the local offer will benefit families. The suite aims to reach a range of audiences to help them understand how they can use the new system to their advantage and provide a holistic service to families and carers.
- For commissioners of education, health and social care services: refreshed guidance
- For providers: guidance on how to become personal budget ready
- For families: extended guidance on personal budgets and direct payments
- For Family Information Services: new guidance to ensure that they are equipped to support families by identifying the range of services available to them under the local offer
- Brand new case studies illustrating real life examples of how the reforms can work positively for all
- New eLearning suite has been developed to explain the changes in simple, easy to digest modules. Users can create a free account (please note that by creating an account, you are agreeing to complete a short survey on the effectiveness of the resources, this will be emailed to you by our external evaluators SQW)
- Zone on the Knowledge Hub for commissioners to share expertise
Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:
“I’m proud we’ve sponsored these fantastic resources which will complement our SEND reforms. Children, young people and their families will now be at the centre of a more simple, joined-up system that provides the support they deserve. We’re committed to helping families get the best information possible about the new system that will help children and young people with SEND from birth to 25.”
Regional events to support this will be taking place from October 2014 to March 2015.
If you have any questions about this project, or would like to discuss it further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Claire Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 055 3900.