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Following publication of the SEN and Disability Green Paper – Support and Aspiration – in Spring 2011 the Department of Health and the Department for Education launched a significant Pathfinder programme to test proposed reforms to the system of support for disabled children and young people and those with Special Educational Needs.

Pathfinder Authorities presented their result on the trials they have been running at a conference held in London in July. Two of our members attended to represent FACT Bucks and below is their feedback.


Last year the government published a Green Paper called Support and Aspirations and the changes in all services including health education and social care from 0 – 25. Some areas have been trialling these changes (Pathfinders)

Key issues arising: "We have to do things differently"

Putting the changes into practice and the challenges we face. "Parents and young people are central to these changes and co-production and working together is the way forward. It will be a steep learning curve for some parents and professionals but the early support principles will be central"
Getting parents and young people involved from the beginning - What worked and what did not work for the pathfinder groups.
Working in partnership.
Meeting outcomes / decision: "A Local offer group will be set up in Bucks and have parents on board at the start"

The first presentation for this will be on Wednesday 18th September 2013.

Links to the various presentations made on the day to enable you to gain a better understanding are set below:

pdf button  Presentation: Implementing the reforms to special educational needs and disability - Peter Gibbs, DfE

pdf button  Presentation: Services Working together for Families - Gareth James, Department of Health

pdf button  Presentation: Co-production - Dr Carrie Britton, South East 7 Parent Carer Participation Adviser

pdf button  Presentation: Southampton Co-Production Examples - Cloe Vanlerenberghe, Chair A-buzz Parent Carer Forum

pdf button  Useful weblinks document

excel2010-logo  Self Evaluation Tool

In addition, we have recently received the two letters from Edward Timpson:

pdf button  To NNPCF

pdf button  CDC Letter ET

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