Have your say for special needs children in Medway


News from the Medway Council website

Families in Medway are being invited to have their say about how support is provided for children with special needs.

Medway is pioneering a unified approach for education, health and social care services which support children and young people.

The government has just started consultation to ensure that all children and young people with special needs receive the extra assistance they need.

To respond, see the published documents online athttp://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-0-to-25-special-educational-needs-sen-code-of-practice-draft-regulations” title=”http://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-0-to-25-special-educational-needs-sen-code-of-practice-draft-regulations“>http://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-0-to-25-special-educational-needs-sen-code-of-practice-draft-regulations” style=”font-family: arial;”>www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-0-to-25-special-educational-needs-sen-code-of-practice-draft-regulations

Cllr Mike O’Brien, Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “I would urge people to take part in this consultation. We have a new way of doing things that is child-centred and family centred and we want families and friends to understand how it works.”
Medway is one of seven south east local authorities which has had an opportunity as part of a Pathfinder project to explore new ways of working.

A single Education, Health and Care plan from birth to age 25 replaces the current needs statement, and families and young people can request a personal budget as part of the new assessment and planning process.

This approach gives children and young people more choice and control over the support they receive.

Medway is also developing a website to help parents and young people understand what universal and specialist services are available.

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