Bristol Parent Carers holds meetings with parent carers and staff from Bristol City Council and NHS Bristol Trust, because they have asked us to help them improve the education services provided for disabled children as part of their Special Educational Needs (SEN) Strategy. If you want to participate in any of the opportunities listed below - watch our calendar or email us.
Progress and Achievements 2016-2017
Following years of consultation with national organisations, disability groups and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the Government has decided to make changes to current systems.
The Government's Vision is:
- Children, young people and adults with SEND will be identified early and supported quickly – this will happen through Early Support and Keyworking.
- Staff should have the knowledge, understanding and skills required to provide the right support for children and young people with SEND – this will happen through Integrated Services and Multi-Agency working.
- Parents know what their local school, college, local authorities and local services will provide without having to fight for it, and have the right to request assessment – this will happen through The Local Offer.
- Aspirations for children and young people are raised through an increased focus on life outcomes, including employment – this will happen through Personalisation and Preparing for Adulthood.
- For more complex needs, an integrated assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan will be in place from birth to age 25 – this will happen through EHC plans.
- Greater control for parent carers and young people over the services they use – this will happen through Participation.
- Children and families can access a personal budget – this will happen through Personal Budgets.
Bristol Parent Carers' reps joined senior Council and NHS staff to visit other local authority areas who are piloting these changes (known as Pathfinders) to understand the choices they made. From these visits, and through many discussions, workshops, and modelling it has been possible to pick the elements that we preferred for this city and 'Bristolise' the Reforms.
For more details on these reforms, how they are being implemented in Bristol, and how parent carers continue to be involved – please download the relevant PDFs above.
Here is some information on SEN Support & Education, Health and Care Plans
- Parent Carer Guide on SEND from our big event 2016 - Meeting your childs needs
- Introduction to Parent Guide on SEND
- Parent Carer Guide - Things to think about before a planning a review meeting
For any materials, click on our Downloadable Resources page.
To get involved in any of these activities, and share your skills with us, click on our Contact Us page.