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Legal Update: SEND - Single route of redress national trial

April saw the start of a two-year trial of a process that gives parents and young people a single route of redress regarding SEND concerns.

Councils make SEND progress amid concerns over quality

It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.

Councils face EHC plan deadline

Kamena Dorling, group head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the need for local authorities to transfer children onto education, health and care plans by the end of March.

Inspections: SEND services

The introduction of area-wide multi-agency inspections of special educational needs and disabilities services has highlighted the challenges of implementing system reforms while continuing to deliver quality provision.

Local focus on SEND in schools

Review shows how councils can improve provision to reduce need for out-of-area residential schools.

Inspections: Special schools

The number of children with disabilities educated at special schools is rising. While the proportion of settings achieving a "good" rating is up, there is wide variation between different types of provider.

The key to improving EHC plans

Education health and care plans for SEND children need reforming not scrapping, say three sector experts.

Outstanding school is full of surprises

The Pendlebury Centre pupil referral unit in Stockport has just been awarded its fifth consecutive "outstanding" rating. Tom de Castella went to meet staff and pupils to find out how it achieves such success.

Proposal to boost pupil behaviour

A Hampshire school's inclusion unit may provide a blueprint for addressing behavioural problems of pupils.

How to deliver better EHC plans

Council for Disabled Children guidance for local authorities on producing education, health and care plans for SEND children.

Special educational needs and disabilities - Policy context

Fundamental reforms to services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aim to transform the way support is provided and improve education and care outcomes.

Links between SEND and offending

High numbers of children with SEND enter the youth justice system because of inadequate support.

Life after statements

Sweeping changes to special educational needs policy are on the horizon. Charlotte Goddard examines what the reforms will mean for the many families who currently struggle to get support.

Good Practice

Collaborative project sees young people help design their own prosthetic limbs

Disabled young people who use prosthetic limbs have worked with technicians and clinicians to devise new products that will improve the comfort and quality of prosthetics, making their lives better.

Young Hackney

Youth participation is embedded throughout Hackney Council's youth services.

Achievement for All - The SEND Bubble

Achievement for All has adapted its online learning platform to deliver free training to youth justice professionals.

Ladybirds and Brookvale nurseries, Halton

Ladybirds and Brookvale nursery cluster caters for a high proportion of children with SEND by having a permanent special educational needs co-ordinator (Senco).

Plymouth City Council

Ofsted has applauded Plymouth for its multi-agency work with families to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Supported internships, Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Council's supported internship programme is creating first-time pathways to employment for 18- to 25-year-olds with SEND.

Behind the Inspection Ratings: Holiday scheme standards

Revised inspections for residential holiday schemes for disabled children show that as well as providing high-quality care, the best schemes "add considerably to young people's experiences, progress and development".

Skills for the job: Working with autistic children

Patience and consideration are qualities needed to work effectively with children and young people with autism.

Skills for the Job: Tackling disability prejudice

Children's professionals must recognise all forms of disability prejudice so that they can effectively tackle it.

Skills for the Job: Working with blind children

Understanding the impact of visual impairments can make a difference to the outcomes of children who are blind or partially sighted.



"Yes. They are Listening but Do They Hear Us?" Reflections on the Journey of the Barnardo's Participation Project

Barnardo's Participation Project sought to develop ways of involving disabled children and young people in health, social care and children's services planning.

Permanence for disabled children and young people through foster care and adoption: A selective review of international literature

Review discusses concerns and policy directions regarding permanency, policy shift towards adoption and how this is seen as the gold standard of permanency, despite warnings to avoid such a hierarchy.

Peer support for parents of disabled children part 1: perceived outcomes of a one-to-one service, a qualitative study

Parents of disabled children are encouraged by health services to seek peer support. Delivering one-to-one support services is resource intensive and so it is important their effectiveness is evaluated. This qualitative study considers the impact on both recipients and befrienders.

Enablers of help-seeking for deaf and disabled children following abuse and barriers to protection: a qualitative study

Research indicates deaf or disabled children face three- or four-times the risk of abuse compared with non-disabled peers.

Beyond symptom control for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: what can parents do to improve outcomes?

This narrative review of literature aimed to highlight the need for more quality research on the effectiveness of parenting interventions to treat ADHD and and potential alternative benefits.

Parent-mediated Social Communication Therapy for Young Children with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects about one per cent of children and young people, and can have a profound effect on children's social development into adulthood.

Factors Affecting Age at Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis in UK

A number of initiatives have aimed to increase early diagnosis of ASD - but are children in fact being diagnosed earlier?

Local Authority Short Breaks Statements: Accessibility and Accuracy

Analysis of statements provided by 63 local authorities in England, plus general recommendations to councils.

Pre-school Hyperactivity Problems and Educational Outcomes in Adolescence

Are young children with behavioural problems and ADHD at risk of poor academic outcomes at 16?