September, 2021

Children's Services news

SEND Strategy Programme update

As well as enjoying some time off over the summer holidays we’ve also celebrated some achievements.  These include:

  • Welcoming a new Health workstream into the Programme, led by Sally Orr
  • Hosting a stakeholder workshop with 40 leaders across health, education and social care to explore opportunities to strengthen our SEND early help offer
  • Securing agreement from CS Core Board to start implementing recommendations from our review of DSPLs and Local School Partnerships
  • Launching a drawing competition for children and young people with SEND to run alongside the SEND strategy engagement events
  • Creating new pages on the Local Offer to support families who are New to SEND and refreshing the Early Years page
  • Hearing from Chloe (one of our Experts by Experience) telling us how she has enjoyed helping drive SEND service improvements - take a look at her video
  • Launching the new Purple pages and finalising the new Preparing for a Healthy Adulthood Guide as part of the Preparing for Adulthood workstream
  • Completing our first EHCP annual reviews through a new online system, which is going live in special schools between July and December.
  • Developed a short term action plan to support statutory SEND services, prior to the delivery of the SEND pathway review recommendations later in the year.
  • We are working towards our next consultation to deliver 9 primary Specialist Resource Provisions across mainstream primary schools by 2023.

 What’s happening this month?

Our next CS Staff SEND Briefing sessions takes places 20 September and is all about EHCPs and the SEND Pathway Review- no need to book; everyone is welcome!   Let us know if there are other topics you would like us to deliver sessions on going forwards

 We’re looking forward to our four SEND Strategy engagement events this month and seeing drawing competition entries from children and young people with SEND, as part of the engagement events; make sure you encourage children to apply and have the chance to win an £50 voucher!

 Is your team fulfilling the Hertfordshire’s Professional Promise

The Professional Promise is relevant to anyone who works with families with children and young people with SEND, which is likely to be all our CS services.  We’re going to start promoting the Promise with families soon, so we want to be certain that we all know about it.  To help, we’ve created a toolkit for team leaders to discuss the Hertfordshire’s Professional Promise in team meetings.  We’d love to know what you think:








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