People in Nottingham are being asked to give their views on recent changes to the way health, education and social care services work together to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Nottingham City Council is one of 74 councils in England taking part in a study evaluating the SEND reforms which were implemented as part of the Children and Families Act in September 2014 – which requires health, education and social care to work together to meet the needs of children with SEND.
The study involves a new questionnaire known as the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) which looks at what’s working well and what’s not working with Education, Health and Care plans – which were introduced under the act – and also whether they have made a difference to children and young people’s lives.
It will also look at how many children and young people have personal budgets and what their impact has been.
To ensure the study represents people’s experience in Nottingham the Council wants children and young people, parents/carers and practitioners who have experience of the EHC plans and the assessment and planning process to take part to give their views and share their experiences.
The results from this will be used to help improve what happens locally and will also be used nationally to influence the implementation of the reforms.
Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Early Help and Early Intervention David Mellen said: “The Children and Families Act introduces the most wide-ranging reforms for children and young people with SEND and their families for 30 years.
“Services that were once delivered in isolation by different partners will now be much more joined-up to create a hub of support around our families.
“The new EHC plans and the right to request a personal budget are a key part of these reforms and it is critical that councils and CCGs work directly with families and practitioners to learn what’s working and what’s not in their delivery so they can make improvements and ensure they are making a real difference to people’s lives.”
To take part in the survey use the following links:
Children and young people who have an Education Health and Care Plan:
The nationwide study is being led by the charity In Control with Lancaster University, and is supported by the Department for Education.
Anyone wishing to find out more information about this work should contact [email protected]