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Multi-agency event to continue providing better outcomes for children and young people with special, educational and disability needs

A multi-agency event aimed at sharing best practice and continuing to provide better outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has been hailed a success.

Over 150 invited professionals from education, health and social care, with a responsibility for children and young people with SEND across Berkshire, attended the event at the Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell.

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Parent carer representatives also attended the event which was organised by NHS commissioners, in conjunction with the Council for Disabled Children; National Development Team for Inclusion and S.E 19 SEND Network.

Professionals in the room heard real-life accounts from children and young people who had received support plans, highlighting what worked well and what could have been better.

Berkshire resident, Conor Eldred-Earl, shared a moving account of how being diagnosed with autism at a young age helped him and his family receive the right care and support.

In addition to a number of presentations, the day encouraged both group and table discussions to try and get the best out of the day so that ideas could be captured and incorporated into future working plans.

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The event was not only hailed a success by attendees but by both Designated Clinical Officers for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Berkshire.

Speaking after the event, they said: “This is the first time professionals and parent carer representatives from across Berkshire, and further afield, have come together in this magnitude, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their input.

“As statutory organisations, we have a responsibility for children and young people with special educational and disability needs and we all take great pride in this.

“Following the introduction of education, health and care (EHC) plans by the government in 2014, we have a duty to improve outcomes for these children and young people, by providing a framework for well-coordinated person centred assessments and planning effectively to identify and implement the right support.

They added: “For this to be achieved, robust processes must be established and maintained between the appropriate partners for example local authorities, education, social care and health commissioners/services alike.

“We have established a rolling programme of multiagency audits as an effective way of providing assurance, to identify what is going well and to determine any areas of improvement. An important part of these audits is to share learning across the partnerships and it was as a result of this that we organise last month’s event.”

Since March 2018, 5 audits have been completed across Berkshire and approximately sixty EHCPs have been reviewed in detail.

Note to editor: To arrange an interview, please contact Anamika Bansal, communications and engagement manager, on 01753 636 836.

Note to picture desk: Photo 1: Attendees; Photo 2: Conor Eldred-Earl and photo 3: L: Sally Murray, Head of Children’s Commissioning Designated Clinical Officer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (0-25) Berkshire West CCG R: Debbie Hartrick, East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Associate Director for Safeguarding and Designated Clinical Officer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (0-25).


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