What's happening within SE7 Pathfinder? Updates and news will be posted here regularly.
On 13 March the Children and Families Act (2014) received Royal Assent. It will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.
On 8 April, Edward Timpson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) and Dr Dan Poulter (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health) wrote to local authority and health leaders with further information on transition arrangements in relation to the reforms. The letter has been sent to Chief Executives of local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, chairs of Health and Wellbeing Boards and lead members. The letter requests they give personal attention to ensuring that the new SEND system is implemented in a way that will deliver maximum benefits for children and young people with SEND. An updated implementation pack accompanies the letter, which outlines the vision for the reforms and contains useful information for strategic leaders.
The Minister for Children and Families is also writing to schools, parents and FE colleges about the reforms.
If you wish to stay informed about what is happening in East Sussex during the Pathfinder, then they have a dedicated section of their website for you.
Go to East Sussex - SEN Reforms to find out more
SE7 Children and Young People Advisory Group sharing their views on participation
Hampshire Parent Voice and Hampshire Parent Carer Network have produced a research report on "Parental Journeys". Parents felt that the research would provide a good basis on which to develop the Local Offer as it would provide a cross-functional view of the provision of information. It would also provide a baseline to measure the effectiveness of the Local Offer in the future.
The main aim of the research is to understand how parents have been able to find information at different stages of their child's development (e.g. diagnosis, starting school and transition), what works well and what information is particularly hard to find. The research also aims to understand the emotional impact information can have on a family and whether good quality, timely and accurate information can help.
The report can be found in our SE7 documents library under Local Offer.
On the 25th November, 24 Local Authorities (SE7 Pathfinder authorities and 17 non pathfinder authorities) came together at a workshop to use discussion groups to produce feedback on the Draft SEN Code of Practice.
135 staff and parent carers from across Education, Health and Social Care, Pathfinder Support Partners and Voluntary Community Services looked at each Chapter within the Code.
As a result of this workshop, all views were collated in the attached response. We did not aim to achieve a consensus of views and therefore all feedback was included. This document was submitted to the DfE as a contribution to the consultation.
SE7 produce a monthly fact sheet on the Pathfinders.
You can find them on our SE7 Factsheet page
Each month, the SE7 Pathfinder produces a fact sheet on the progress of the Pathfinder
These can be found here