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Sections 1.11 and 1.12 of the code focuses on involving children, young people and parents in planning, commissioning and reviewing services, while Section 1.13 discusses Parent Carer Forums.
1.11 Local authorities must consult children with SEN or disabilities, their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities in reviewing educational and training provision and social care provision and in preparing and reviewing the Local Offer. It is important that they participate effectively in decisions about support available to them in their local area. Chapters 3 and 4 provide guidance on these duties.
1.12 Effective participation should lead to a better fit between families’ needs and the services provided, higher satisfaction with s
ervices, reduced costs (as long-term benefits emerge) and better value for money. Local authorities should work with children, young people and parents to establish the aims of their participation, mark progress and build trust.
They should make use of existing organisations and forums which represent the views of parents – and those which represent the views of children and young people directly – and where these do not exist, local authorities should consider establishing them.
Effective participation happens when:
- it is recognised, valued, planned and resourced (for example, through appropriate remuneration and training)
- it is evident at all stages in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services
- there are clearly described roles for children, young people and parents
- there are strong feedback mechanisms to ensure that children, young people and parents understand the impact their participation is making
1.13 Parent Carer Forums are representative local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities who work alongside local authorities, education, health and other service providers to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families. Parent Carer Forums have been established in most local areas and local authorities are actively encouraged to work with them. More information about Parent Carer Forums is available from the websites of Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums.
Learn more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25
Download Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398815/SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf
Learn More About Manchester’s Local Offer: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer
Its wider curriculum helps children develop skills for learning and skills for life, with the aim of supporting the children in developing their communication and core skills whilst enjoying a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Ashgate believes in empowering children to grow in confidence and be as independent as possible.
Ashgate Parents and Carers Group meets once a week in school on a Thursday morning at 9:00-10:30am.
Learn More: http://www.ashgate.manchester.sch.uk/
Learn More: http://liftedcarerscentre.org.uk/
Learn More: http://www.talbot-house.org.uk/
They hold Parent/Carer Drop-in and Support Sessions every Thursday 10:00-11:30am, organised by Peggy, the school’s Parent Support Advisor.
Learn More: http://www.thebirchesschool.org/
Learn More: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/
Learn More: http://www.cafamily.org.uk/
Learn More: https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/
Learn More: http://www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk/
Learn More: https://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/
Learn More: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Families can complete an online Information Service form to get a response clarifying legal position and signposting to possible support. They also offer an advice line and a tribunal advice line.
Learn More: https://www.ipsea.org.uk/
They provide support for education, employment and residency. Other services include personal support services, wills and trust service, business support services and training. They have Mencap Direct which is an advice and information line and has a translation facility if English isn’t your first language.
Learn More: https://www.mencap.org.uk/
Learn More: http://www.nasen.org.uk/
The NNPCF works closely with the Department for Education, the Department of Health, and other partner organisations to improve outcomes for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs and their families.
Learn More: http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/
Learn More: https://www.scope.org.uk/
Learn More: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/