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West Midlands Cluster Group 2: Independent Supporters slides

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West Midlands Cluster Group 2: Independent Supporters slides

  1. 1. “Disabled children and young people with special educational needs and their families are supported through the SEN and Disability reforms in order to improve outcomes and better life chances.”
  2. 2. Independent Supporters £30 Million to train independent supporters (aka SEN Champions) Code of Practice Section 3.3: [W]here requested by parents or young people seeking an EHC plan, and subject to availability, the offer of an Independent Supporter – a trained, independent individual from the voluntary or private sector, to help them through the statutory process, from requesting an assessment through to the agreement of the EHC plan and any associated personal budget.
  3. 3. £30 Million to train independent supporters (aka SEN Champions) • Approximately 1,800 people. • An average of 12 to cover each local area. • Drawn from community, independent and voluntary organisations. • The majority of funds will go to voluntary, community or private organisations to deliver IS • Parent partnership services will also receive funding to develop capacity and support the IS programme Independent Supporters
  4. 4. £30 Million to train independent supporters (aka SEN Champions) Catering for young people and the parents of children being assessed for an EHC plan. This will include: • New entrants to the system • Children with a statement converting to an EHC plan • Young people with an LDA converting to a plan Independent Supporters
  5. 5. £30 Million to train independent supporters (aka SEN Champions) The initial training for Independent Supporters will include: • Training on the SEND reforms • Working with families and understanding their perspective • Working with young people and understanding their perspective • Working constructively with professionals They will receive continuing supervision and support Independent Supporters
  6. 6. The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) will: • Trial the training, recruitment and funding allocation through the spring period • Invite applications from community, independent and private organisations who consider that they have personnel who could take on independent supporter roles. Independent Supporters
  7. 7. The “Big Idea” • Providing totally independent advice. • Provide a new resource alongside Parent Partnership Services and local authorities. And • Help families access services. • Give families one-to-one time to help them support the new SEN assessment system. • Support families through each step. • Help local authorities to understand the needs of families. Independent Supporters
  8. 8. We have to address: • Potential overlap with Key Workers • Sustainability • Time limited Key workers may be involved in individual casework, informal advocacy, supporting families in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews, and participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person. Independent Supporters
  9. 9. Who can apply? Private, voluntary or community organisations can apply. They must be able to demonstrate their experience in: • Supporting families and/or young people • Working in partnership locally • Recruiting, supporting and supervising staff and volunteers Independent Supporters
  10. 10. THE TIMESCALE Evidence and Build Phase • Testing and gathering evidence on effective models March to June 2014 • Tender and produce contracts for a July 2014 start date Independent Supporters
  11. 11. THE TIMESCALE Evidence and Build Phase CDC are seeking to procure and appoint up to 12 PPS to provide us with innovative and practice based proposals on how they could support the development of Independent Supporters through their service. CDC would also be seeking PPS to be part of an Independent Support training pilot. Independent Supporters
  12. 12. THE TIMESCALE Evidence and Build Phase In the evidence and build phase, CDC are seeking to procure and appoint up to 13 VCS&P organisations to use their expertise and knowledge to provide us with evidence in the following areas: A report containing evidence of local practice and what works well in supporting families and young people with SEN and disabilities to make choices in accessing services and support. Independent Supporters
  13. 13. THE TIMESCALE Evidence and Build Phase In the evidence and build phase, CDC are seeking to procure and appoint up to 13 VCS&P organisations to use their expertise and knowledge to provide us with evidence in the following areas: Evidence on what works well from a parent carer perspective to make choices in accessing services and support Independent Supporters
  14. 14. THE TIMESCALE Evidence and Build Phase In the evidence and build phase, CDC are seeking to procure and appoint up to 13 VCS&P organisations to use their expertise and knowledge to provide us with evidence in the following areas: Evidence on what works well from a young people’s perspective to make choices in accessing services and support Independent Supporters
  15. 15. THE TIMESCALE Phase 1 • Main contracts awarded in July/August 2014 to organisations that will host IS up until 31 March 2015 • Review of working models in Phase 1 completed March 2015 Independent Supporters
  16. 16. THE TIMESCALE Phase 2 • Based on outcomes of the review in Phase 1 - main contracts awarded or extended to organisations to host IS for a further year until 31 March 2016. Independent Supporters
  17. 17. The Council For Disabled Children will: • Publish selection criteria • Invite independent organisations to be part of the selection panel for awarding contracts • Set up a working group to contribute to and inform planning • Communicate and engage with: • families and young people • local authorities • other relevant organisations Independent Supporters
  18. 18. The Council For Disabled Children will: Independent Supporters Activity to be undertaken Proposed date of activity Public tender launch 3 March 2014 Tender window 3 March – 17 March (2 weeks) Tender closes 17 March Panel meetings 20/21 March Short list reached 21 March (by close of play) Clarification meetings (if required) Period: 24 and 25 March and 26 and 27 March Contracts awarded No later than 27 March Contract/KPI/negotiations period Period: 27 March – 2 April Contracts signed No later than 4 April Work commences No later than 7 April Work ends 16 June 2014
  19. 19. The Tender Document: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/independ entsupport Independent Supporters
  20. 20. The Tender Document: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/independ entsupport Independent Supporters

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