Vision and Strategy
Our aspiration is that all our children and young people with SEND will:
- Feel safe and be safe
- Enjoy good health and emotional wellbeing
- Recognise and achieve their potential
As partners working together we need to ensure that we set ourselves very high aspirations and expectations in relation ‘inclusion’ so that equity of opportunity and excellence in achievement do become the norm for all.
- We are driven by improving outcomes for all children and young people.
- ‘Nothing for us without us’ – children, young people and their families are central to planning for improved outcomes both at individual level and also in terms of developing and co-producing the wider SEND Local Offer.
- Each child and young person must feel safe and be emotionally resilient if they are to recognise and achieve their potential.
- People drive improvement – families, communities, professionals and most importantly children and young people – the more enabled people are, the better outcomes will be.
- A culture of high-support and high challenge drives continuous improvement.
- It is recognised that every child and young person is unique and that some children and young people do require additional help and support in order to achieve their individual potential and to realise their goals and aspirations.
- Some children and families will need more help at certain times to access their universal entitlements – education, health and care providers are all well placed to contribute to this early help so that families get the support they need, when they need it.
- All our children and young people are central to the on-going social, economic and environmental development and regeneration of North Lincolnshire.
Through discussions with families, professionals and agencies three ‘partnership’ ambitions have been identified. These priority areas are:
- Ensuring equity of expectation, access and support
- Ensuring vulnerable children achieve outstanding outcomes
- Ensuring children and young people are prepared for adulthood
To ensure the very best chance that all of our children and young people in North Lincolnshire will achieve the very best outcomes (including those with SEND) partners within North Lincolnshire have agreed a Helping Children and Families approach to defining and co-ordinating support and provision. This is a ‘graduated approach’ model whereby levels of need can be defined as either:
‘Universal’ – where there is an entitlement and access for everyone (e.g. schools, Children’s Centres, leisure facilities, etc);
‘Targeted’ – where there is a need for some additional support or sign-posting. This may be single agency (informal targeted) without the need for a full assessment or plan. Or it may be Early Help (targeted formal) with an assessment and co-ordinated plan in place to support full access to universal provision and the successful achievement of identified goals and outcomes;
‘Specialist’ – where assessment has identified a need for more specialist support or service – such as might be the case with a child or young person who has more complex needs and requires an EHCP.
Where children and young people are vulnerable or disadvantaged it is our ambition that we will all go the extra mile to ensure that they reach their individual potential. This driving ambition is often very evident at individual professional / provider level or in our partnership or multi-agency working to secure the very best outcomes. We want to ensure that vulnerable or disadvantaged children and young people, including those with SEND, achieve outstanding outcomes across the full range of measures, including:
- Attendance and participation rates – including reduced Fixed Term Exclusion and Permanent Exclusion.
- Learning outcomes (across all Key Stages).
- Progression into Education, Employment and Training (EET) beyond 16 and 19 including Higher Education.
- Good health and emotional well-being.
- Preparation for Adulthood.
Employment and Careers
North Lincolnshire’s Skills and Employability Plan 2017 – 2022 sets out a clear commitment to supporting our most vulnerable young people and adults, including those with additional needs, into training and employment and enabling progression by:
- Promoting a culture of life-long learning in North Lincolnshire.
- Transforming customer information to support self-navigation in skills and employment.
- Ensuring access to excellent careers education, information, advice and guidance.
- Encouraging innovation and enterprise amongst young people.
- Driving the confidence and capability of businesses to recruit and retain people with additional needs.
- Developing clear progression pathways for groups who have vulnerabilities.
In order to support young people with SEND with their health / medical needs we want to ensure that:
- Young people are supported to manage their own health as they move into adulthood.
- Young people with learning disabilities from 14 years of age onwards have opportunity to access an Annual Health Check with their GP (with a specific Health Plan in place to support them should this be required).
- Health professionals use person-centred approaches and continue to work in partnership with education and social care colleagues as part of the EHCP process.
- Health services and support beyond 16 and 19 include robust transition arrangements for young adults who have complex health needs and / or long-term conditions.
- There are clear step-down procedures in place where young people have spent significant periods accessing health interventions at regional and specialist hospitals.
- Young people have the opportunity to participate in physical activity and make healthier lifestyle choices that will improve their long-term health and well-being.
In order to support young people with SEND plan for their independent life we want to ensure that:
- The current range of supported and independent living opportunities is developed further with appropriate and accessible information so that young people and their families can make informed decisions about the future.
- Schools, colleges and other post-16 providers include a particular focus upon skills for life and independent living options so that young people and their families have the tools and resources they need to fully understand what is available. This may include mock applications for housing and researching housing options in their own area.
- Young people with complex needs in specialist education placements (including out of area) have the same access to skills for life and independent living options.
Friends, Relationships and Community
In order to support children and young people with SEND form appropriate friendships and relationships and be safe, confident and independent in the community we want to ensure that:
- Children and young people have opportunities to spend time with their peers outside of school and college through the full range of short break activities, inclusive mainstream leisure activities and through voluntary clubs and societies in the community.
- Short breaks for disabled children and young people have appropriate opportunities for increasing independence and confidence so that the transition to adult opportunities is seamless and represents progression – building upon the ‘Do Something Different’ programme.
- Disabled young people have knowledge of and appropriate access to a Personal Budget as this enables greater independence, choice and control.
- There are opportunities to access Independent Travel Training where this would aid independence and confidence.
- There is increased promotion and awareness of community resources through the Local Offer (e.g. Community Hubs and Access Points) so that children and young people with SEND and their families access information and support within their local communities.
In North Lincolnshire the views of children, young people, parents and carers are truly valued. The Council and its partners are committed to working together to ensure that ‘nothing about you is without you’ and that children, young people with SEND and their parents and carers are at the centre of all that we do.
Through the Service User Engagement Statement, we are committed to engaging with children, young people, parents and carers at an individual, service and strategic level.
- Individual – children and young people are involved in decisions that affect their lives (including assessments, plans and reviews).
- Service – children and young people have an opportunity to feedback on services and are consulted upon service changes (including service review and service redesign).
- Strategic – information gathered from individual and service level engagement is fed into priority setting, strategies and plans and children and young people are supported and encouraged to get involved in things that matter to them.
Engagement with Parents and Carers
The Parents’ Involvement and Participation Forum (PIP), which has its own PIP Forum Website plays two important roles:
- Ensuring that parents and carers are involved at a strategic level.
- Ensuring that there is outreach and communication with the wider group of parents and carers within North Lincolnshire.
Increasingly, families and communities must take greater responsibility for their own well-being and for finding solutions to help achieve positive outcomes.
Helping Children and Families recognises that families may require different levels of support at different times and much of this support will already be there within the family or community.
Families know themselves and their children the best, so it is important that any support provided encourages self-resilience and self-reliance, builds upon strengths and self-solution-finding and removes the potential for dependency and intrusive intervention.
A key factor to ensuring improved outcomes for our SEND children and young people is that we have a workforce (across the full range of services and provision from universal to specialist) that is equipped with the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications to meet the needs of our children and young people with SEND. Moreover, that we have a workforce that has inclusive practice and high aspiration right at the centre.
North Lincolnshire has a strong record of recruiting and developing a skilled, professional workforce capable of making a real difference to the lives of children and young people in the area. Our ambition is that every member of the children’s workforce is equipped to meet a broad range of children’s learning and developmental needs at the first point of contact, to be able to work confidently with families to build their capacity and to ensure that the right support is available at the right time and in the right place.
Effective commissioning in North Lincolnshire is about shaping place, creating and developing the right support, at the right time, in the right place, delivered by the right people in response to the changing population and changing needs.
Commissioning is a continuous process that involves understanding local needs and resources, identifying where needs are not met by current services, taking decisions about priorities and ensuring the resources available are used in the best possible way. Services for children and young people with SEND are commissioned by North Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).