The pathfinder website is here to support the reforms and share learning from the pathfinders and pathfinder champions. On it you will be able to read about the progress being made across a number of key test areas, keep up to date with the development of legislation and guidance and find materials to support implementation.
CDC aims to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and children with special educational needs. We do this by influencing Government policy, working with local agencies to translate policy into practice and producing guidance on issues affecting the lives of disabled children.
The Preparing for Adulthood Programme has three strands of work:
•Best practice and information sharing
•Wider support for all local areas
Providing information, advice and support they bring families together so they can support each other. They campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.
The Company is publicly accountable to the community through the organisations that are its corporate members. The Company is wholly owned and controlled by four local authority corporate members:
•Devon County Council
•Plymouth City Council
With over 300 employees and £13.8 million turnover in 2012/13 Careers South West Ltd is one of the region's top performing organisations - providing good public value and building on a strong reputation for delivering exceptionally high quality services to time and within budget. In addition to Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay we deliver a range of services across the wider South West.
Finding Your Way“ provides helpful information about local services for children aged 0-14 who have any additional need, special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. It will help parent carers understand the options and services available to them, helping them make decisions for their child and their family. Somerset Parent Carer Forum have worked in partnership with Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset CCG. We have listed below most of the biggest tools referred to throughout 'Finding Your Way'.
The function of the NNPCF is to develop cohesive good practice and effective participation and a solution focused approach at all levels, locally, regionally and nationally.
The aims of the NNPCF are:
to ensure that good practice, knowledge and shared expertise about parent participation continues to grow and strengthen.
to develop a cohesive and coherent structure to sustain and develop the effectiveness of parent carer forums across England.
to strengthen the pan disability, parent led model of local forums and
boost our collective voice.
The Early Support Programme is for parents and carers of disabled children and young people from birth to adulthood. This includes coordinating support for:
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances
The Forum in line with national policy use the term ‘parent carer’ to include a wide range of parents or people with parental responsibility for children who have additional needs, and therefore may sometimes also be carers. So this includes adoptive and step parents, foster carers, and grandparents who have parental responsibility for the child or young person.
SENDIAS provide a free, impartial, information, advice and support to parent carers, children and young people (up to the age of 25) about Special Educational Needs and Disability.
■A telephone enquiry line for general SEND enquiries, including exclusions and complaints;
■An Independent Supporter to help you through the EHC Needs Assessment and advice on EHC Plans;
■One to one support to help gather, understand and interpret information; help with report and letter writing and to prepare for and/or support at meetings.