SEND Improvement Board June Newsletter

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SEND improvement board

                                                                                                                      June 2019


We hope to issue the SEND Improvement Programme Newsletter after every SEND Improvement Board meeting.

If you have some information that you would like included in the next newsletter, please email us.

Babcock LDP Transition Resources

Transitions are very important for children & young people and can be particularly challenging for those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. These guidance documents can support parents/carers, staff and other professionals during transitions.


Timeliness of Education Health and Care Plans is Improving

The timeliness of Education Health and Care Plans is a major part of the post Ofsted action included in the Written Statement of Action.

Current data shows that timeliness is improving; reducing the delays in assessments. 49% of plans issued in June were on time. This is still below where we want to be in the future, but there is considerable effort being put in to moving this forward.

Small Grants Scheme for Children with Disabilities 2019

Small Grants Scheme applications now open - deadline 28th June. The scheme aims to increase the number of activities and resources that children and young people (0-18) with additional needs/disability and their families can access across Devon.

SEND Strategic Review - Capital Funding 2019-20

Devon County Council is funding improvements to SEND provision in schools. They have published the SEN plans and how they decided to spend the money.

Find out more information about Devon's SEND Strategic Review and the 2019-20 capital investment plans.

Improving Access to Communication Services & Support Project Update

If left unidentified and unsupported, speech, language & communication needs can have long-term implications across attainment, employability, social mobility, social, emotional & mental health and youth justice.

Find out more information about the immediate priorities and long-term benefits of this work.

Raising the Flag for Champions for Change


One of our Champions for Change took the message that young people’s voices should be heard across Dartmoor last month. Matt took part in the Jubilee challenge with Bidwell Brook School and carried the Champions for Change flag all the way.  Matt said “This entire group and the work we’ve done is one step closer to our goal of spreading our ideas of Listen, Hear and Understand across the world!”


Devon's Parent Carer Forum Development

We intend Devon’s Parent Carer Forum to become a strong partner, which helps us make sure that the services in Devon meet the needs of children & their families. Devon Parent Carers’ Voice is a charity which runs events to support parent carer participation in Devon. On 18th June 2019, parents joined the Chair of Devon Parent Carers’ Voice and associates from Contact to discuss how to develop a Parent Carer Forum. Devon Communities Together and DIAS attended to explain how they could support the forum to attract new parents, train parent carers and support participation. More news coming soon!

The Preparing for Adulthood Workstream

This month, the preparing for adulthood workstream have been working to understand our systems across health, finance, social care and education. By understand our systems, we will make improvements that aims to reduce the ‘cliff edge’ parents and young people tell us they feel when they transition. With all services working together we will identify ways to work differently and support young people approaching adulthood in a timely manner.  

Don’t forget to complete the referral form to access the Preparing for Adulthood Team on the Local Offer. Alternatively call 01392 381291 or email for an informal chat