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Greenwich Parent Voice

Legal changes to the SEND system

Greenwich Parent Voice represents parent views in working groups at the Local Authority tasked with the implementation of the SEND legal reforms which began in 2014 following the passing of the Children and Families Act.

We are able to raise general questions from parents or highlight areas of concern. We are working to design and develop the Local Offer website and all the processes used to roll out the new system of SEND assessment, including EHC Plans.

This also involves helping to evolve the design of the 'One Page Profile'. This is a key element of the EHCP planning process and also a required document for all children recognised in school as having additional educational needs, whether or not they are assessed as needing a Plan.

The SEND Reforms are high on the agenda of the collective body the National Network of Parent Carer Forums. We put forward our own local experience to the NNPCF members, who work at a national level with the Department of Education administering these major changes with the aim of improving outcomes for disabled children.

GPV is part of the group reviewing and developing our local Independent Support Service, which is contracted to providers MENCAP and SENDIASS by the Council for Disabled Children.

Locally, we also take part in SENCO training. The Reforms place parents and children at the heart of the new process and so, now more than ever, educators at all levels need to embrace a new way of working with carers. We advocate understanding, open communication, respect and a commitment to engagement.

Take a look at our powerpoint presentation below aimed at schools, which describes our 'Top Ten Tips for Parent Engagement'...Click on the graphic below to download and view.