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Consultation events on special educational needs and disability in Lincolnshire

Big changes are coming for children and young people up to the age of 25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Child with special educational needs or disability (SEND)

Child with special educational needs or disability (SEND)

Lincolnshire County Council want to create the best options for families. Parents and carers are invited to help shape and improve future services at presentations on Thursday 10 July at Brackenborough Hotel, Louth, LN11 0SZ, and at Best Western Bentley Hotel and Spa, Lincoln, LN6 9NH. They’ll also take place on Friday 11 July at Toft Country House Hotel, Bourne PE10 0JT, and Boston United Pilgrim Lounge, Boston PE21 6JN. (Please check times and book a place on the number below).

New Government legislation is bringing in a number of significant changes to children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability from September 2014. It covers all aspects from early years through to transition into adulthood.

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “It’s important that parents and carers don’t miss out and get their voice heard at one of these events - telephone 01522 550925 to book a place. This is about developing and improving the way children with Special Educational Needs and Disability are identified, assessed and supported. I know the present system can be too slow and difficult to navigate for many parents and their children and it needs to be made fit for purpose, providing excellent support when and where it is needed.

“The input of children, young people and families is vital in helping us to shape the services that will make a difference to them. We want to make sure that what we have in place provides the best options for children and families in Lincolnshire.”

Key elements of the new approach will be:

  • A cohesive integrated system of support for children and young people with special educational needs and disability up to the age of 25, delivering support when and where they need it.
  • Effective joint planning between education, health and care services to jointly commission support for children, young people and their families.
  • A clear ‘Local Offer’ of services and support available, reviewed regularly with families to maintain and improve them as required.
  • Replace the current SEN statements and learning difficulties assessment systems with a more cohesive assessment process for quicker decisions and more effective support.
  • The option for all young people and parents of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan to hold personal budgets if they wish.
  • Improved support for young people in their transition to adulthood.

Events have been arranged around the county to inform parents and carers of the forthcoming changes and also gather their views and suggestions to support developments.

The council is also liaising with key partners - early years settings, schools, colleges, health organisations, social care and voluntary organisations - before a model is in place from September which will then be constantly reviewed and updated as we continue to work with families.


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Last updated: 3 July 2014

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