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Working Together to Improve Outcomes

SEND Strategy

The London Borough of Hillingdon has high ambitions for children and young people including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We firmly believe that children and young people (CYP) including those with the most complex needs should have access to good local provision and every opportunity to achieve good outcomes, whether this be education, employment, independent living, participation in their community or being as healthy as possible.

We aim to provide a seamless approach for families which puts our residents first through person centred and outcome focussed working and which involves families in shaping our service delivery.

Whilst we feel we have made considerable progress since 2014 and the implementation of the Children and Families Act, we are confident that we can do more to improve the outcomes for CYP and adults with disabilities and those with special educational needs in the borough. We asked parents/carers for their views and in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group (health) we have recorded our shared commitments in a strategy called ‘Hillingdon’s Strategy for Children, Young People and Young Adults 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2016 to 2021)’.

The whole strategy document is available - SEND Strategy

Our 20 key commitments to realise our vision are:

  • Developing and embedding a “tell us once” approach.
  • Ensuring all professionals and families know what we mean by person centred outcomes and how these are developed, and reviewed.
  • Ongoing development of our Local Offer, both content and design.
  • Further development of our personal budget offer including updated guidance.
  • Completing our review of travel assistance focused on safety, independence and value for money.
  • Implementing our Inclusion Policy and ensuring all education settings know how to include a greater range of CYP and how to access specialist support when necessary.
  • Working with the Education Funding Agency and Regional School Commissioners to develop sufficient specialist education places in the borough to reduce the number of CYP who have to attend schools away from home.
  • Redesigning and implementing a new all age disability register and other systems to improve our access to data about our residents' needs.
  • Embedding a meaningful approach to co-production with children and young people with SEND through a Participation Network and ongoing development of co-production with parents/carers.
  • With the CCG, developing an integrated therapy service which provides a seamless approach for families and education settings.
  • Developing a range of supported internship pathways for young people with SEND, including those with complex difficulties, and increase the number of adult service users in employment.
  • Ongoing work with providers to increase the supported living opportunities available locally both for those moving into adulthood and those already in residential accommodation.
  • Ensuring any EHC needs assessments undertaken are timely, involve the child/young person and their family and produce good quality EHC Plans.
  • Reviewing our new model of educational psychology provision across early years and schools/colleges.
  • Completing the work on our new Autism Plan and working with stakeholders to agree the priority actions.
  • Completing our review of the implementation of the SEND Reforms and ensure ongoing monitoring is in place with clearly defined actions to support our improvement journey.
  • Ensuring that all reviews of Plans (EHC or Care and Support Plans) are joined up and take place at the expected intervals.
  • Continuing our work with partners on improving the experience of transition, ensuring young people and their families are well prepared for adult life.
  • Completing our review of short breaks and implementing the resulting strategy.
  • Considering the delivery of information and advice and whether this service would be more accessible to parents/carers young people if delivered in a different way.

Last reviewed: 19/06/2018

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