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Worcestershire Parent Partnership Service

About Us and Our Services

Parent Partnership ServiceThe introduction of the 2001 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice stated that all Local Authorities must provide parents/carers with access to a Parent Partnership Service.

These pages aim to provide you with information about our service, how we can support families and how to contact us. You will be able to find out about Special Educational Needs (SEN), Non-curriculum Issues and Elective Home Education. We also have information on local and national support groups and current courses and events.

The Parent Partnership Service is at arm's length from Worcestershire's Children's Services and we are able to give independent and neutral advice. We support parents/carers of children and provide many services to facilitate this support

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms 2014

Children and Families Bill

  • The Government is making big changes to the system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), so that services consistently support them to achieve the best they can.
  • The Bill, which is due to be enacted in September 2014, will extend the SEN system from birth to 25 years of age, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. 

So … what is new?

  • The introduction of a Single Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan (0 – 25 - Statements of Special educational needs (SEN)  (for 0 – 16/19 year olds) and Learning Disability Assessments (for 16-25 year olds) will be replaced by Single Education, Health and Care Plans, covering children from ages 0 – 25.
  • New duties requiring local authorities and health services to jointly plan and commission services that children, young people and their families need.
  • The requirement for Local Authorities to produce and publish, in one place, a ‘Local Offer ’ providing accurate and easy to understand information for parents, carers and young people about what services are available for children and young people with SEND from 0 to 25 and how they can access them.
  • Improved information and support for smoother transitions to adulthood
  • School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ will be replaced by a new single school based category called 'Additional SEN support'
  • A new SEN Code of Practice which will apply to all places of education and training (i.e. Mainstream Schools, Academy’s, FE Colleges etc.)
  • New wider opportunities for parents or young people who have a single plan to negotiate personal budgets
  • A requirement for children, young people and parents/carers to be directly involved in developing and reviewing single plans, local offers and commissioned services.

Useful Information

iconEdward Timpson, Minster for Children and Families Letter to Parents April 2014 (PDF 99.1 KB)

iconEducation, Health and Care Plan - Question - Asked by Baroness Uddin

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of people likely to qualify for an education, health and care plan; and how that number will compare to the number with a statement of special educational needs.[HL6871]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Nash) (Con): Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans will be introduced from September 2014. The Children and Families Act 2014 ensures that eligibility for an EHC plan remains the same as it is now for a statement of special educational needs (SEN). Therefore, we expect all children and young people who have a statement, who would have continued to have one under the current system, to be transferred to an EHC plan: no child or young person should lose their statement and not have it replaced with an EHC plan simply because the system is changing.  We expect the overall number of EHC plans to be greater than the number of statements of SEN because the eligibility for EHC plans is the same as for statements, and in addition EHC plans will be available for young people up to age 25 where necessary.

iconDraft Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years April 2014 (PDF 2 MB)

iconIPSEA responds to the revised Draft SEN Code of Practice May 2014 (External Website)

iconNational Parent Partnership Network response to the Draft SEND Code of Practice 6th May 2014 (PDF 138 KB)

iconBBC News Education and Family - Special needs changes being made 'too fast' – charities April 2014 (External Website)

iconSEN Reform Worcestershire Briefing for Early Years Settings March 2014 (PDF 73 KB)

iconSEN Reform Worcestershire Briefing for Health Partners March 2014 (PDF 179 KB)

iconTop Myths Information Sheets - The SEN Information Organisations Group, a group of organisations that give information to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN (which National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) facilitates) have written four ‘top myths’ information sheets for parents covering:

For further information

iconIPSEA (External Website) is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All our advice is given by trained volunteers.

iconThe National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) (External Website) supports and promotes the work of Parent Partnership Services (PPS) across England and is based at CDC.

iconThe Council for Disabled Children (CDC) (External website) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations.  Our vision is a society in which disabled children's needs are met and their rights respected.

Find out more information on SEN Reform from Worcestershire County Council (External Website).

informationThe information on this page includes a range of information sources and links to websites that appear to be educational in nature and appropriate when last reviewed. However, the Parent Partnership Service does NOT endorse or recommend any of the contents, commercial products, processes or services presented in or by any of the information sources or websites within this leaflet.

envelopeContact Information

Email: ppservice@worcestershire.gov.uk
Helpline: 01905 610858 (24 hour answer service)
Write to: Worcestershire Parent Partnership Service, PO Box 73, Worcester WR5 2YA
Office opening hours Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

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This page was last reviewed 9 July 2014 at 16:36.
The page is next due for review 5 January 2016.