It’s been a busy few months for Transforming SEND as we move on to the next phase of the project.
Read what's been happening within the 3 priority areas:
Local Delivery Networks
- We’ve been talking to parents and professionals to learn more about the challenges families, schools, and SEND teams face in response to growing needs.
- We’ll be attending the Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL) conference in June to hear how groups are moving forward with delivering SEND Strategy locally.
- Our new Commissioning and Services Development Manager has started conversations around greater integration between our work and health.
- We’ve developed an early version of a SEND outcomes dashboard that pulls together key information from our publicly available data.
- This marks another step forward towards achieving a joined-up approach to data to inform service development, local provision, and wider SEND commissioning.
- We’ve been running a series of tests, tasks and surveys with the SEND Online Feedback Group which now has over 150 members.
- We’ve had excellent response rates and continue to gather vital information about our users.
- We’ve also launched a new ‘Improving the Local Offer Blog’, keeping parents up to date on our activities every step of the way.
- We’ve been working alot on the structure of the website, testing with parents how to organise information better to suit their needs.
- In the next few months we’ll be auditing all the content and documents currently featured on the Local Offer, to make sure our content is up to date and accurate.
- We're also developing digital solutions to enable families to contribute to their child’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, linking education, health, social care, Families First and family support records.
Preparing for Adulthood
We held a Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) stakeholder workshop on 20 May, which focussed on highlighting the pivotal role of PfA in transforming the lives and opportunities for children and young people with SEND. We secured a shared understanding of what has been achieved so far and what more needs to be done, agreeing practical next steps to build and sustain momentum. You can read the full report here (PDF 828 KB)
- YC Hertfordshire has recruited a Supported Internship Placement Co-ordinator to help the 4 Hertfordshire Colleges secure suitable work placements for interns. This will allow work coaches (who support and train interns) to focus more of their time on placement.
- The YC Herts LDD Team is leading on a project to develop Vocational Skills Profiling for young people with LDD within Special Schools and the four Local Colleges. This will be launched from May 2019.
- A standard approach across Hertfordshire should support young people to have a clear and accurate record of their work skills, helping them negotiate employment in the future.
SEND Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)
There's always work going on to update and expand the SEND Local Offer, develop tools for staff and improve information, advice and guidance around SEND services for children, young people and their families. Read the latest IAG update for what's happening:
IAG update - Issue 7 (December 2018 - January 2019)