So, what happens next?
Following the review, we intend to continue to support DSPLs and LSPs for the next few years and identify longer term funding solutions where needed.
Based on the findings, we came up with a number of recommendations to improve DSPLs and LSPs; we will be aiming to put in place as many of these recommendations as possible by September 2022. We are working with representatives from the DSPLs and LSPs and Herts Parent Carers Involvement. Some of the recommended actions include:
- We want to make sure that there is a consistent way of measuring the difference this support is making for children and young people and their families. We are creating a new way of doing this which we're calling a 'shared DSPL and LSP outcomes framework'.
- We want to make sure that there is a consistent approach to decision-making across the different DSPLs and LSPs based on evidence of what is needed locally. To help this we will improve the way data is shared and used between Hertfordshire County Council, LSPs and DSPLs. By doing so we will be better able to ensure accountability and equity across the county.
- We will continue to identify and develop learning opportunities for the staff in DSPLs and LSPs to better support them in delivering early intervention to children with SEND with emerging needs and their families. We will promote supportive environments for professionals working within these areas, so that those working in similar roles in different parts of the county have access to peer support, and share good practice.
- DSPLs and LSPs will work on improving the way they promote their purpose. They will raise awareness to parents of what SEND services are available in their local area, and make it clearer to families how they can access these services.
By making these improvements, we expect local groups of schools and partners to work even more closely to adopt one of the core principles of our SEND Strategy - “Our children, our area” - ensuring high quality provision for children and young people with SEND, which they can access close to home.