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NW SEND Regional Network News

September 2016

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A – Aspiration, W – Working Together, E – Engagement,

S – SEND, O – Opportunities, M – Meaningful, E – Equality

This is our new North West group promoting young people’s voices.

If there are particular areas of work or themes that you would like support with, activities or events then do let us know. We would also welcome any good news you have to share, or challenges you’d like to work with others to find solutions for, in order that we can share the learning across the North West. We welcome contributions to network activities, requests for connections for support, information about forthcoming events for future editions of this newsletter and new additions to the newsletter circulation list. For any of these please contact Dr Cathy Hamer, NW SEND Regional Network lead, Email: Tel: 0778 357 7284.

Gill Hoar

NW SEND Regional Lead, Oldham


NW SEND Regional Network events:


25.10.16 9.30 for 10 – 3.30 Early years and SEND

The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN

Local authority and health leads for Early years SEND are invited to an action learning set led by Philippa Stobbs from the Council for Disabled Children. There are two places per local authority area. Places should be booked by email:


Post-16 events:

The Preparing for Adulthood Team are putting on two events (the same event twice) for schools and colleges in the Autumn term to support the development of the post-16 curriculum in line with the expectations of the Children and Families Act and the SEND Code of Practice. All young people from the age of 16 should be following employment focused study programmes and for those with EHC plans, the programmes should be personalised and informed by their aspirations and outcomes. These events will share good practice in the region and identify what else needs to be in place. The events will also provide an opportunity to strengthen partnership working. The dates and venues are:


17.10.16 9.30 – 4, Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Lancashire PR4 2PR


9.11.16 9.30 – 4, Partnership for Learning Training and Conference Centre, South Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 9PZ


To register for a place at either event please email:


29.10.16 10.30 for 11 – 1.30 AWESOME event for young people

For further information please email:


16.11.16 9.30 – 1, North West Preparing for Adulthood network

Vernon Park, Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport SK1 4AR

The next meeting of the North West Preparing for Adulthood network will focus on writing outcomes for young people from year 9 to prepare them for adulthood and learning from area SEND inspection so far.

To confirm attendance please email:


Other events in the North West

29.9.16 Mental Health Support in Schools, Manchester

With 1 in 10 children and young people affected by mental health issues, this Conference enables you to develop an effective support structure for a holistic approach to mental health wellbeing.

Key topics include:

  • Developing communication in schools about mental health and wellbeing to reduce bullying and isolation

  • Ensuring pupils have a safe place to discuss issues through peer-to-peer mentoring

  • Working with parents and carers to encourage and improve conversations at home about mental health


3.10.16 Lost in Transition: young people, disability and the criminal justice system, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester

Associate Professor Leanne Dowse will be speaking about her work around young people, disability and the criminal justice system. This will be followed by a panel discussion including lead policy makers from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Youth Justice Board (YJB).Leanne's talk will draw attention to the fact that there is significant and growing concern in the global North at the social exclusion and criminalisation of some young disabled people. An emerging body of evidence suggests that this group figure significantly in policing, justice and correctional settings, both as victims and as offenders. Their trajectories into the criminal justice system typically begin early and, in the absence of an effective social care response, continue throughout their lives.

This lecture will explore the ways in which these young people’s experiences interlock in complex ways across compounding impairment, histories of victimization, early and persistent social disadvantage, placement in out of home care, early educational disengagement, precarious housing and substance misuse. Multiple poorly supported transitions within and between systems of social care are also a hallmark of their experience.

Drawing on the challenges identified in the Australian experience, discussion will centre on the effects of limited systemic capacity to recognise and respond to these complex needs in exacerbating vulnerability for this group, whose care and containment are often defrayed to the criminal justice system as the key system of response. Pathways for effective and targeted prevention and support are highlighted.

The panel discussion will draw on both a UK and Australian context and will link with current research being carried out by MCYS in partnership with Achievement for All (AfA) and the Association of YOT Managers (AYM) for the DfE.

This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Places can be booked at

5.10.16 Insight demonstration. Crown Plaza, Manchester.

Insight is the world's first intelligent learning system that provides objective and detailed measurement and analysis of early vision and cognition behaviours.

This launch event will be of interest to anyone involved in the assessment of students with complex needs.


5 & 6.10.16 Bowel & bladder training workshop (about disabled children/teenagers)

Redbank House, Manchester

Further information:


6.10.16 Child Protection in Education, Manchester

With new safeguarding threats emerging, constant changes to safeguarding legislation, increased scrutiny by Ofsted and budget cuts, how can you continue to offer support and protection to students in your care?

Topics to be covered include:

  • KCS: clarify the impact of the latest ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance for 2016/17.

  • Prevent: know your latest obligations, what training is required and how to deliver ‘Prevent’ in practice.

  • E-Safety: clarify your responsibility to monitor students internet use and spot early warning signs.

  • In-depth sessions: covering CSE, FGM, forced marriage and honor-based violence.

  • Masterclasses: targeted sessions providing in-depth safeguarding guidance and legal council on governance, special schools and independent schools.



12.10.16 5 – 6.30pm Are the kids alright? Exploring the intersection between education and mental health.
Room C5.1 in the Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester

This talk is part of the Sarah Fielden Seminar series that is open to staff, students, professionals working in the education and health sector and to members of the public. There will be no charge for attending the seminar.
Neil Humphrey is Head of the Manchester Institute of Education and Professor of Psychology and Education. His research interests include social and emotional learning, mental health, and special educational needs. He is the author of, “Social and Emotional Learning: A Critical Appraisal”, published by Sage and a member of the Department of Health’s working group on the 10-year strategy for mental health.


12.10.16 4-5.30pm Participation and social support in transition to adulthood from Child Welfare Services – a Norwegian Perspective, University of Central Lancashire

Presented by Veronika Paulsen, PhD candidate in Social Work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim / Researcher at NTNU Social Research.

 It will now be in Brook Building room 137 (first floor) and not Brook Building room 412 as previously advertised.  Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found at:

This seminar is free, including refreshments. Please reservce you place at:


20.10.16 9.30 – 4pm Working Out Loud on Vocabulary, North West Mainstream Schools Clinical Excellence Network Study Day, Sale West Conference Centre, 120 Manor Avenue, Sale. M33 5JX

Speakers include Pip St. John Specialist Speech and Language Consultant Teacher and Dr Cathy Adams Clinical Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy, University of Manchester.

Find out more about vocabulary interventions, the evidence base for vocabulary acquisition and design your own intervention in collaboration with colleagues from across the region.

You will need to bring: a tablet, notebook or laptop; coloured pens/pencils, glue and scissors and your lunch.

To register your place on the day please contact for an application form.


4.11.16 'Beads of Life' approach: Working with young people and families to tell their stories about chronic illness in ways that make them stronger.

'Beads of Life' is a narrative approach for people whose lives have become dominated by an unwelcome ‘visitor’, which could be a chronic illness or any other problem that grows into a dominant story. This approach is named ‘Beads of Life’ because its theoretical foundations come from the ‘Tree of Life’ and to connect it with other projects which draw on this approach e.g. ‘Kite of Life’, ‘Recipes of Life’ etc.

Sarah Portnoy started using beads as a way of helping young people tell their medical stories when she was working at St Mary's hospital on their bone marrow transplant unit with young people who spent a long time in isolation and the beads enabled them to share their stories with other family members and staff. Drawing on inspiration from Narrative therapy and in particular the 'Tree of Life' she re-shaped the 'bead programme' into 'The Beads of Life'

Beads of Life' uses beads as hooks to hang stories on. It is an approach which puts the young person in a safe place to stand before hearing about the 'problem story'. It allows us to get to know the person apart from their diagnosis and bring forth rich, multi-stranded stories of the young person’s lives that lie outside of the problem as well as hearing about the 'problem story'.

Individuals and groups of young people between 8–24 years have taken part in 'Beads of Life'. Work has also been undertaken with parents.

To book a place visit


10 & 11.11.16 9.30 – 4.30 Simply Sleep Support Training

Kingsley St John’s Primary School, Hollow Lane, Frodsham WA6 8EF

This training is appropriate for those working with children, including those with additional needs and/or disabilities. Information relating to teenagers and adults is also included in the training. The training is accredited by the University of Chester, Faculty of Health & Social Care.

Research shows that sleep deprivation affects up to 25% of people (both adults and children) at some point in their lives.  For those with additional needs and disabilities, the incidence is much higher; up to 85% - and the problems are often more significant and longer lasting if they are not addressed early.

Sleep deprivation can have an adverse effect on children’s health, development and behaviour – this, combined with poor cognitive functioning, can make learning more difficult, especially for those with additional needs.

The main aims of this training are to enable delegates to:

*Incorporate a sleep behaviour assessment alongside other assessments they may undertake with children, young people and families.

*Use the knowledge and materials provided to promote healthy sleep habits in all children/young people

*Use the knowledge and materials provided to develop individual, appropriate interventions to resolve sleep issues, monitor progress and provide a comprehensive sleep service for families.

Places are limited and early booking is recommended.

For further information or to apply for a place on the training, please contact:



15.11.16, Autism, A hands on approach. The 13th Annual National Conference organised by Professionals & Parents in Partnership

Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Further Details: Tanya Farley - 07966 399 709 or email:


17.11.16, Kidz to Adultz North, Manchester


19.11.16, 9 – 3.30 Teaching for neurodiversity, PATOSS

Manchester Metropolitan University

2 reps per primary school are invited to attend


22.11.16 10.30 – 3.30 Youth Justice and SEND

Manchester venue to be confirmed

Regional workshops around the country are on offer between November 2016 and February 2017 to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of professionals working within the youth justice system to identify and support young people with SEND.
Learning Outcomes
- Reflect on the most recent findings from the survey of YOT professionals 
- Opportunities to share effective practice in developing teams around the child
- Explore the comprehensive on-line training and professional development resources that will be freely available to all attending YOTs and associate professional networks
- Identify areas of practice and culture change that would make the biggest impact on young people's outcomes, in your area, with your team
- Plan for change
You will also have the opportunity to hear first hand from NHS England staff on some important new developments.
Who should attend? 
Young Offending Teams, youth secure estate professionals, health and care professionals, Local Authority SEN teams 

To book a place:


25.11.16 Inclusion Matters 2016: Resilience

Gorton Monastery, Manchester

At a time of great concern about the mental health and well-being of our children and young people, how can schools help children to develop the skills they need to cope when things get difficult? 
This conference explores the theme of Resilience, bringing together examples from theory and practice of the many and varied ways in which schools can help children to develop the capacity to be more resilient. The conference is aimed at educational professionals and parents. Some places are available for parents at a reduced rate if booked through the local Parent Carer Forum.

Further details and booking information available from Catalyst Psychology Community Interest Company:




What’s your experience of the SEND reforms? CDC survey


TLAP Care Act survey for people with care and support needs, and carers

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) is running a survey that asks how much of a difference the Care Act has made in the experience of people with care and support needs, and carers. There have been many Care Act surveys, but this one will be the first that specifically seeks their views. The results of the survey will be used to help the Department of Health identify problems and find solutions to inform future work on the Care Act. Find out more about the TLAP Care Act survey. The closing date is the 4th October.  It should take about 10 minutes to fill in and participants can enter a prize draw to win £100 of shopping vouchers.

For more information about Think Local Act Personal, visit their website.



Focus: Schools and mental health

School and mental health link pilots are taking work further to help more young people

The Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilots is testing a named single point of contact in 255 schools and in 22 pilot areas, meaning more joined up working between schools and health services. This has been backed by £3m of government funding from NHS England and the Department for Education. It will mean children and young people have better access to local, specialist mental health provision, and that support is consistent across services.

Each of the selected Clinical Commissioning Groups are working with at least 10 schools to trial this new way of working with a named lead across services. These were chosen from more than 80 applications to receive a boost of up to £85,000 per area.

The single point of contact in the schools is responsible for developing closer relationships with a counterpart in local NHS CAMHS services to improve knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, and to help ensure any referrals are timely and appropriate.

The lead CCGs in the North West which have received funding are: South Cheshire, Salford, Halton and Wigan.

To find out more visit

Focus: Data


Special educational needs in England: January 2016 (21/07/16)

Information from the school census on pupils with SEN, and SEN provision in schools.


NEET statistics quarterly brief: April to June 2016 (25/08/16)

Statistics about 16- to 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.


Youth custody data (12/08/16)

Monthly statistics on the population in custody of children and young people within the secure estate.


SEND local area inspection outcome letters




School Report’ on access to education and other services

This report by the National Autistic Society explores how the new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) system is meeting the needs of children and young people on the autism spectrum in England. Key findings include: 74% of parents have not found it easy to get the educational support their child needs; 69% of parents said that their child had waited more than a year for support after concerns were first raised – and 16 per cent had waited more than three years; 17% of parents say they appealed to the SEND Tribunal against their local authority’s decisions on their child’s education. The report is based on surveys of around 1,000 parents, carers and children and young people on the autism spectrum.


Child obesity

This paper sets out the government's response to the conclusions and recommendation in the health select committee's report on child obesity.

The response outlines the way that the government child obesity plan for action will aim to reduce levels of childhood obesity and improve the health and wellbeing of children.



NICE guideline: Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities: prevention, assessment and management
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have published their guideline on Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities: prevention, assessment and management. It is available here:

The guideline covers preventing, assessing and managing mental health problems in people with learning disabilities in all settings (including health, social care, education, and forensic and criminal justice). It aims to improve assessment and support for mental health conditions, and help people with learning disabilities and their families and carers to be involved in their care.


This guideline includes recommendations on: organising and delivering care
involving people in their care,prevention, including social, physical environment and occupational interventions, annual GP health checks, assessment, psychological interventions, and how to adapt these for people with learning disabilities, prescribing, monitoring and reviewing pharmacological interventions.
Who is it for?

Healthcare professionals
Social care practitioners
Care workers
Education staff
Commissioners and service providers
People with learning disabilities and their families and carers


Government publication

The government has published its response to the education committee report on the mental health and wellbeing of looked-after children.

The response by the Department of Health and Department for Education addresses the committee’s recommendations and conclusions.



SEND reforms in early years settings

This briefing by the Council for Disabled Children summarises SEN and disability responsibilities in the early years and can be used by settings to review their progress in implementing the reforms.


Children’s experience of restraint
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) has launched a number of new resources on the Paving the Way website around the issue of children with learning disabilities being restrained:



Children’s community nursing

Children’s community nursing services support children with acute, chronic, complex and end-of-life care needs in the community.

This research examined the impact of introducing and expanding services on quality, acute care and costs. The research evaluates different ways of supporting children at home, which can improve their care while reducing acute activity.



Young-Southward, G., Philo, C. and Cooper,S.A. (2016). What Effect Does Transition Have on Health and Well-Being in Young People with Intellectual Disabilities? A Systematic Review. JARID, Aug 2016.

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