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Progress on the Delivery of the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2017 - 2022

Meeting: 04/10/2018 - Adult Social Care, Children's Services and Education Committee (Item 16)

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A report providing the Committee with an update on the progress being made to deliver the SEND Strategy for 2017 – 2022 and on the Short Breaks Review work, the Information, Advice and Support Service and the SEND Service performance.

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Minutes:

Further to minute 45 of the meeting held on 31 January 2018 the Director of Children, Education and Early Help Services submitted a report providing the Committee with an update on the progress being made to deliver the SEND Strategy for 2017 – 2022 and on the Short Breaks Review work, the Information, Advice and Support Service and the SEND Service performance.  A proposal in relation to children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and social communication needs which had been developed to meet local need was attached to the report at Appendix 1.

The report set out the progress being made to deliver the Strategy as follows:

Strand 1 – Analysis of data and information to inform future provision and joint commissioning – This strand had continued to analyse the data report and use it to inform actions for the strand group and others. 

Strand 2 – Early identification of needs and early intervention – In order to understand whether children and young people’s needs were being correctly identified and provided with appropriate early interventions, an analysis of Early Years Education, Health and Care Plan Needs Assessments had been carried out.

Strand 3 – Using specialist services and identified best practice to increase local capacity – This strand had focused on the two areas of greatest need that had been identified through the data report and from feedback from parents/carers and schools: children with ASC and children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties.  A proposal had been developed to meet local need and the report recommended the initiation of a process for commissioning additional specialist provision for primary aged pupils with ASC and social and communication needs, including the statutory consultation process.  The proposal had identified the need for a further two smaller primary specialist provision bases across the Borough to enable children’s needs to be met more locally and that all three primary specialist provisions would provide capacity for at least ten places and would provide specialist outreach to schools within their area as well as being a hub for families to seek guidance and support.  It had also been proposed that the secondary specialist provision at Blessed Hugh Faringdon, which was due to expand, would be commissioned to provide outreach support for schools across the Borough.  Overall, the aim was to increase provision in the Borough therefore reducing the cost of out of Borough placements.

Strand 4 – Transition to adulthood – Since the strand 4 action plan had been developed in April 2018, the strand had focused on actions to deliver outcome 1, which not only provided a basis for the other four outcomes but also underpinned the operational work to transfer cases from the Children and Young people with Disabilities Team to Adult Social Care.

The report also detailed the outcomes as follows:

Outcome 1 – Current processes supporting young people with SEND into adulthood were being reviewed in order to identify good practice and areas for development, an Approaching Adulthood Policy had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16