Norfolk’s SEND Local Offer is constantly being developed. Find out about new, planned and proposed special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision below. This includes schools, educational establishments and SEND support.
April 2019: We invite academy sponsors to apply to operate a new, all-through special free school for children with complex special educational needs. Further information
We have asked for views about where we need more specialist school places in Norfolk. We used your views to write a SEND sufficiency strategy. This sets out a broader and more ambitious plan for specialist provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities. This was discussed by the Policy and Resources Committee on the 29 October 2018. Read further information.
This is our up-to-date list of initial priority projects, to increase the number of local school places for children with SEN.
Coming soon! A special educational needs and disability (SEND) e-learning course. This will be accessible via our Learning Hub and the Local Offer and is currently under development. This training will provide existing SEND, health and social care professionals, and those that are new to SEND from all agencies, with a high level of knowledge and insight into SEND. Topics will cover:
Further updates will be published here as the course development progresses.
We have been reviewing our current support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families as they move from Children's Services to Adult Social Services for health and social care provision.
The review involved talking with people who currently use our services, user participation groups, and colleagues in health, education, children’s and adult services.
Preparing for adult life needs to be a positive experience for young people and their families/carers and we know that this can be an anxious and challenging time. People need to know what and when help and support will be available to them as they reach adulthood.
We’ve based our review on the requirements and recommendations in the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care excellence) guidelines, Care Act and the Children and Families Act, to develop a new Prepared for Adult Life (PfAL) Service.
The service will support young people and their families from ages 14-25 to bridge them into adult services where appropriate or help connect them with other local organisations and services that can assist. We will be promoting strengths-based approaches, focusing on four key outcomes for young people with additional needs:
The Prepared for Adult Life Service will launch in the autumn of 2019.
Young people who are eligible for the service will have a social worker or named professional who can assess their needs, identify what formal help will be on offer post-18, and put them in touch with other organisations to help young people achieve their aspirations and enjoy fulfilling lives.
Further information will be available on the SEND Local Offer PfAL pages or you can ask at your school or college.
In the first half of 2019, we are developing the content of the Norfolk Community Directory.
The focus of this work will be to:
Work has started on a system-wide redesign and transformation of mental health services for children and young people in Norfolk. This work is overseen and driven by two time-limited groups:
The Delivery Group meets fortnightly. Its members are from across the partnership and includes clinicians, professionals and managers who have a direct responsibility as part of their day job for leading elements of this work and making sure it happens on a day to day basis. It is chaired Tim Eyres, Head of Children's Integrated Commissioning, Norfolk County Council.
The Executive Sponsor Group meets monthly and is chaired by Sara Tough, Executive Director of Children's Services, Norfolk County Council. Jo Smithson, Accountable Officer, NHS Norwich CCG is Vice Chair. This group takes decisions, resolves some of the more complex issues within the programme, makes sure that the programme has the resources it needs and is responsible for connecting and communicating this work to other leaders within the health and care system in Norfolk and Waveney.
Several important areas of agreement have been reached at a recent service design workshop:
The THRIVE approach is a service model in which children and young people move easily between different areas of support:
This is a subtle shift in the way that the system views the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. In particular:
If you want to know more about any of the above, contact Liz Cutts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Extra funding to boost speech and language therapy services in Norfolk
An extra £510,000 is being invested in speech and language therapy services in Norfolk each year, to help boost children’s communication skills.
Norfolk County Council and Norfolk’s Clinical Commissioning Groups have agreed the extra funding, to help cope with increased demand on the service and ensure more children can get the help they need.
The extra investment is likely to be used to increase staffing, provide more support for families with of pre-school children with complex needs and to develop an improved service to schools.
Judy Oliver, Vice Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “Speech and language skills are so important to children’s education and development, which is why we as a council are increasing our funding in this crucial area.
“At the same time, we are investing £120m in specialist school places for children and doubling the size of our specialist teams that carry our assessments for education, health and care plans. We are committed to getting the right support for children with special educational needs as early as possible.”
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) will continue to provide speech and language therapy services in Norfolk, with the value of their contract increasing from £1.7m to £2.2m. The current contract runs until June 2021.
The extra investment follows a review of the service last year, looking at the needs of the county’s children and young people, the workforce and how the service is funded and delivered.
Led by Better Communication CIC, the review found that there wasn’t sufficient funding to cover the demand on services. It also said a more joined up approach was needed and that more staff were needed to carry out assessment, and plan and deliver specialist interventions.
In November 2018, we started a three month pilot scheme to do the parent carer needs assessment in a new way. The assessment, which is for parents who have a child with a disability, has been part of a full social work assessment until now. We are piloting making it a separate assessment, without the need for a full social work assessment. This will allow the needs of the parent carer to be the focus.
The pilot will be led by workers within the short breaks team, who have the knowledge and understanding of:
Visit parent carer needs assessment for further information.
Independent travel training provides young people with the skills and confidence to travel independently on public transport. By reducing young people’s dependence on specialist transport, we can open up a world of possibilities – going on to college, employment or just being able to get out and about with friends.
Training takes place on the new daily home-to-school journey over a number of weeks. Each young person is matched with a travel trainer who will support them throughout their training. Travel trainers support and teach young people how to complete their journey safely and enjoyably focusing on areas such as pedestrian skills, using public transport, asking for help & problem solving, social interaction and how to identify safe strangers . Additionally, trainers will aim to support personal development and build confidence, helping young people make a diverse range of journeys in the future.
The scheme is open to young people who live in Norfolk and are currently eligible for specialist transport.
For more details about the scheme visit HCT Group - independent travel training. Alternatively if you would like more information, contact Karl Chapman, Independent Travel Manager, email email@example.com or telephone 01603 222707 or 07422 965187.
The Personalised Travel Scheme pilot (PTS) pilot is a scheme giving the family the flexibility to make their own travel arrangements to get their child to and from school.
We are working with organisations to increase the number and range of supported internships available across Norfolk.
We have trained over 20 job coaches with funding from the Department for Education, working in further education, training providers, third sector and day services. This will significantly increase the opportunities for young people with SEND to progress into sustainable employment.
A supported internship is a study programme for young people (16-24 years) with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who want to work but need additional support to move into employment.
Job coaches work alongside interns and provide support in the workplace, gradually reducing the level of support as the young person becomes more confident and settled in the role.
Supported internships are for a minimum of six months and include support in the workplace and ‘off job’ training with appropriate English and Maths skills. There are no entry requirements in terms of qualification, but the young person should have already undertaken work placements.
The aim is that the young person will be offered a position at the end of the internship, or an effective alternative, such as an apprenticeship or further assistance in job hunting.
City College Norwich, Easton & Otley College, East Coast College and College of West Anglia will be offering supported internships from September 2019. Please contact the colleges direct for more information.
For details of other training providers and organisations offering supported internships, or for any other information, please email CS.RPAQueries@norfolk.gov.uk
The establishment of the Norfolk SLCN Stakeholder Group provides a formal dialogue process on how services could develop outside the remit of the commissioned speech and language therapy (SLT) service. The aim of which is to empower all SLCN system providers to work together with families to improve outcomes for children. In response to the independent review undertaken in summer 2018, the Stakeholder Group is tasked with achieving the following objectives;