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NW SEND Regional Network News

June 2016

Dear colleagues

Please do have a look at the events that the network has arranged for the next few weeks and months and book places as appropriate.

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:


5.7.16 Children and young people’s participation, 10 – 2.30, The Court House, Barton Road, Worsley, Salford M28 2PB


This event is aimed at Children and Young People's Practitioners, Partner Organisations or Children and Young People themselves aged 0-25 who are participating in Children and Young People's voice groups in their own LA area. The aim of the NW SEND Regional network is to create sustainable networks across the North West area and one of the current identified development areas is the creation of a region wide steering group / forum for Children and Young People with SEND, where they can work together to co-produce solutions which address the key priorities for Children and Young People as well as actively contributing a strong NW Children and Young People's voice to the wider SEND agenda both regionally and nationally. This event is for key stakeholders across each of the 23 local authorities, where we can come together to co-produce a strategy to enable a North West Children and Young Persons Network to develop.

There are 3 places for each LA Area

Book a place:


8.7.16 Local area joint working – Delivering better outcomes together. 9.30 – 3.30, The Studio, 51 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN

The Council for Disabled Children invites LA SEN Leads and CCG children’s commissioners to attend this session to discuss and plan local area joint working within the context of the SEND reforms and other local priorities for disabled children and young people and those with SEN. The workshop will cover the following themes through facilitated discussions: 

      The context of joint commissioning for Children and Young People with SEN and disabilities and aligning with other national programmes/initiatives including IPC, Transforming Care, CAMHS transformation plans and local area Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

      Joint planning for children and young people with the most complex needs including those who are in out-of-area placements

      SEN Support and improving outcomes for the wider group of CYP who do not have EHC plans.

 Book a place:



14.7.16 A solution building workshop for EHC Coordinators who want to understand more about Health and Social Care as it relates to EHC needs assessment and planning. 10 for 10.30 – 4, King’s House, Conference Centre, King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB

Aims: By the end of the session participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the local and national context of Health and Social Care as it relates to EHC needs assessment and planning

  • Have a clear understanding of key information to gather which will support the provision of meaningful health and social care advice.

  • Understand the key challenges practitioners are facing and begin to develop local solutions

Book a place:

15.7.16 Preparing for Adulthood Network, 10 – 1, Lilford Room, Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, Wigan. WN3 5BA

The Preparing for Adulthood Team have been asked to establish a PfA Network in each region. The network is for the Preparing for Adulthood lead from each local area and its purpose is to support each local area to develop its PfA work and to provide peer support during this year and beyond. To register please email:


16.9.16 Children and Young People’s strategic social care leads and senior practitioners – St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

To book a place please email:


Post-16 events:

The Preparing for Adulthood Team will be 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:



Other events in the North West

29.6.16 Community Living’s 7th Adult Social Care Law Seminar: Achieving Compliance with the Care Act, 9.30 for 10 – 4, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green, Manchester.

Belinda Schwehr will cover legal and illegal cuts to budgets or services when care plans are reviewed, funded advocacy, carers’ right to support/services, charging developments (including in relation to publicly funded transport services) and more…



1 & 2.7.16 Autism Show, Manchester


21.7.16 Participation Conference, Manchester

This is a free event jointly delivered by CDC and KIDS. Minister of State for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, will provide a key note speech on the cultural change required to make young people’s participation a reality. The focus will also include how the new Ofsted inspection framework can support local areas to do so.

For more information and to book a place:


26.7.16 Autism and Sport: Theory and practical combined. Liverpool.

This one day course, delivered by the National Autistic Society, provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport. It will help delegates to recognise and understand the key areas of difference in autism, as well as looking at supportive strategies in practical situations in order to reduce the difficulties experienced by participants and session leaders.

Course overview:
•What is autism?
•Common differences experienced by people with autism participating in sport
•Using Structure, Positive Approaches, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links to support people with autism in a sports context
•Suggested strategies using practical demonstration and activity plans
•Evaluating and developing your practice.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity who wants to develop an awareness and understanding of autism. Participants will gain an understanding of the autism spectrum in relation to the delivery of sport and physical activity. This course is relevant for those who support children or adults with autism.

Visit for information and to book a place


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



Local area SEND inspections – Information for families:


Here is the link to a DfE information leaflet - for families - about inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities:

The leaflet explains how OFSTED and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspect local areas to see how effectively they fulfill their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.



An important update to the statutory guidance for Keeping Children Safe in Education will come into force from 5.9.16 and for the first time SEND safeguarding gets its own paragraph.

Paragraph 85: Children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges. Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure their child protection policy reflects the fact that additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group of children.  

This can include:

assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration;

children with SEN and disabilities can be disproportionally impacted by things like bullying- without outwardly showing any signs; and

communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers.


The dropbox link below brings together the following documents:

  • Keeping children safe in education guidance from 5 September 2016

  • Working together to safeguard children

  • Young person’s guide to Keeping Children Safe

  • Information sharing advice safeguarding practitioners



Together for Short Lives Family Guide to SEND reforms

Together for Short Lives has published a new guide to help families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions understand more about the SEND reforms and what they mean for their families. This guide was written by CDC Associate Anna Gill on behalf of CDC.




Missed Opportunities, Centre for Mental Health

Children and young people with mental health difficulties go an average of ten years between first becoming unwell and first getting any help, according to an evidence review published by Centre for Mental Health.Missed Opportunities, by Lorraine Khan, reviews recent evidence about the mental health of children and young people in the UK. It finds that mental health problems are very common among young people, but awareness is poor and most attempts by parents to get help for their children are unsuccessful.


New Case Law:

A recent case has provided clarity on how Tribunals should deal with appeals involving young people. This also includes cases where the young person lacks the mental capacity to conduct an appeal themselves. The decision confirms the wide category of those who might need an EHC plan.,4AA0J,9TRSSS,FO4B0,1


Judicial review:

Families Of Disabled Children Granted Permission For Judicial Review Of Council Cuts To Short Breaks


Workforce development:

Free Inclusive online professional development webinars

5.7.16 Inclusive Eye Gaze Learning Curve Part – Exploring and Playing

12.7.16 Inclusive Eye Gaze Learning Curve Part 3 – Choosing and Learning

Register for all the above at


Training for Educational Psychologists

Emotion coaching in Halton on 7th July.

Dr Janet Rose from Bath Spa University will be the trainer for the day.

For further details and a booking form email:


Two day sleep course (22 and 23.6.16) to help professionals support families of disabled children, Manchester.

For a booking form please e-mail:


Dual Control: Two day (5 and 6.10.16) bowel and bladder training workshop focusing on children and teenagers with disabilities, Manchester.

For a booking form please e-mail:


Links to other newsletters:


Fragile X Society newsletter:


In Control newsletter:


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