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Find the latest updates about services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

If you want to sign up to receive updates about SEND services and invites to future events please email localoffer@worcestershire.gov.uk.

Dee Pryce and Jude Turbutt proudly stand with the presentation cheque. at  Moule CloseFundraising success at Moule Close January 2020

A sunken sandpit, nature area and music zone are just some of the wonderful new activities children at a short break unit in Kidderminster can now enjoy thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents whose children use the centre.

The event raised a total of £5,000, including a really generous donation of £3,000 from Elliott Nash Construction, Bromsgrove. The sensory garden will make a huge difference to the lives of children who use the centre, who have complex and special needs.

Pictured are Dee Pryce and Jude Turbutt proudly stand with the presentation cheque.

Read the full news article about the fundraising success.

New Anxiety and Autism training dates added for January to March 2020

Free training is available for parent carers of children aged 18 and under who have been accepted for assessment on the Umbrella Pathway or who have received a diagnosis of autism. For more information including details on how to book please view the autism and anxiety training flyer.

Download: Autism and anxiety training flyer

A guide to support children with special educational needs and disability

Worcestershire schools and early year providers have a revised guide, setting out how they can best support young people and children with special educational needs and disability.

It’s been put together through a collaboration with professionals, parent/carers and young people. The new revised guide is designed to help schools and early years providers across Worcestershire tailor their support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Find out more about the guide to support children with special educational needs and disability

County Council supported National Co-Production Week - July 2019

From July 1 to 5, we promoted and supported National Co-production Week.

Co-production Week celebrates the benefits of working with people, families and carers who use our services to design and develop better public services.

Staff from the Council's SEND services, as well as colleagues from the Worcestershire CCGs and Families in Partnership (FIP), all joined the stall in the County Hall reception.

As part of the week they asked staff and visitors to make a pledge about how they can use co-production in their work. They challenged people to say where they sit on the Participation Ladder to highlight the different levels of participation.

During the week, Worcestershire County Council's Chief Executive Paul Robinson was one of the supporters who stopped by and made his own pledge.

Watch this video to find out more about how co-production benefits:

One year into the improvement plan for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - July 2019

In August last year, Worcestershire County Council and partners launched a Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Improvement Plan that was developed with parents, carers, education providers and health colleagues.

It followed the Local Area SEND inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in March 2018 which looked at how effectively provision in Worcestershire improves outcomes for children with SEND. Read the full improvement plan news article

Consultation on the draft Graduated Response within Worcestershire - June 2019

We recently asked SEND professionals, parent / carers and young people to provide feedback on the draft new Graduated Response guidance document. The consultation closed on 1 March 2019. Since then the Local Area has been working to respond to the consultation feedback and further improve the guidance. For more information see the Graduated Response (SEND support in education provision) page.

Special Provision Capital Fund - May 2019

Local Authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities. The Government has now committed a total allocation of £1,843,105 (LA’s original allocation - £1,085,665, plus top ups announced in May 2018 - £252,480 and December 2018 - £504,960) of capital funding between 2018 to 2021 to help Worcestershire create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers. The capital is not ring-fenced and local authorities can use it to improve special provision for education, health and care (EHC) plans. The funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools and academies, early years settings, further education colleges or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25. Further information can be found on the DfE website (link opens in a new window).

The DfE require Worcestershire County Council to update and re-publish their short plan template on how the capital will be allocated to access their share of the additional funding. The plan should set out as much as they know at that point about how they intend to use their share / the options under consideration, and any further consultation they have done or intend to do.

Download: Special Provision Capital Fund Plan

Download: Special Provision Capital Spreadsheet

For further information in relation to increases in pupil numbers at special schools, please refer to Education Reviews and Consultations

NHS Long Term Plan - January 2019

The NHS has written a plan so it can be fit for the future. It's based on the experiences of patients and staff and sets out what will happen over the next 10 years. As well as lots of other things, the NHS would like to make sure everyone has the best start in life by increasing funding for children and young people’s mental health, bringing down waiting times for autism assessments and providing the right care for children with a learning disability. Find out more about the NHS Long Term Plan (link opens in a new window)