Including #MyPlanMySay campaign & our annual conference
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Dear Cathy,

Welcome to your monthly dose of the best resources, events and updates from across the SEND sector. I hope the half term has brought some much-needed calm and you've had time to relax and reflect.

Halloween is just around the corner, but we don't want you to be scared off by the sheer amount of info out there for SEND practitioners. This is why we've helpfully rounded it all up in one handy email for you.
This month your newsletter includes: 

  • The sector's top resources including the Rochester Review's final report

  • Details on this year's Anti-bullying Week on 14-18 November

  • Opportunities to get involved with our #MyPlanMySay social media campaign next week

Best wishes,

Daphne Henderson-Figueroa

Communications and Membership Officer



The Rochford Review final report

In July 2015 the Minister for Schools established an independent review of statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests at key stages 1 and 2. The review group was chaired by Diane Rochford. The Rochford Review’s final report sets out the group’s recommendations to the Government. This follows the publication of the Rochford Review’s interim recommendations in December 2015.

Resources for SEND practitioners:

The Department for Education published in April 2016, a website full of resources to support practitioners in delivering the Education, Health and Care (EHC) planning and assessment process. The resources were all developed from in-depth research into the experiences of young people, families and practitioners in 4 different local areas. New content will be added to the site in the New Year, sign up to the website mailing list here to stay up-to-date on developments.

Youth justice SEND project resources now out

A helpful newsletter for those working with youth offenders from CDC members Achievement for All. It features case studies, training, events and resources. Click to access.

Safeguarding disabled children in England

A recent report looks at results from a survey of Local Safeguarding Children Boards to establish the effectiveness of local arrangements to protect disabled children. In particular, the survey gauged the progress LSCBs have made to implement recommendations from Ofsted's 2012 thematic inspection on protecting disabled children

LGBTQ young people’s mental health

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Young People are at particular risk of abuse and/or violence, and of suffering from poor mental health: 44% of LGBTQ respondents to a recent survey had considered suicide and over half had self-harmed. New resources from the National LGB&T Partnership explain the situation in more detail, provide information to help those supporting LGBTQ young people understand their experiences better, and supply resources such as a directory of providers and a list of books with LGBT content for use in schools. The full package of resources is available online.

Experiences of assessing mental capacity in a community learning disability team

A recent study exploring experiences of health and social care practitioners within a community learning disability team in undertaking mental capacity assessments with people with learning disabilities. Click to read.

Nursing in schools: how school nurses support pupils with long-term health conditions

This research looked at school nurses’ confidence in managing five prevalent long-term health conditions: asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, anaphylaxis and eczema and was informed by a national survey. Click to download.

Coming soon - CDC exemplar EHC plan project

CDC has been working with the Independent Support programme and the DfE SEND Adviser team to identify examples of best practice in EHC plans from across the country. The purpose of this project is to provide professionals responsible for writing and providing advice for EHC plans with examples from well written EHC plans, and to support parents, children and young people, and those giving advice to them, to understand what a good EHC plan looks like. Head to the CDC resources page next week.

The impact of money worries on children's mental health and well being

This report examines the links between problem debt and the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people. The report highlights how debt makes parents, children and young people feel anxious, out of control, ashamed and alone. It recommends the Government creates a breathing space for families, with time to repay their debts with no rising fees or visits from intimidating bailiffs. See report

Full catalogue of speech and language resources just published

The Communication Trust has developed a catalogue of their products and services. An essential resource for anyone looking for guidance and support around children and young people’s speech, language and communication. The catalogue is aimed at professionals, leadership teams and parents, as well as including resources for young people themselves. Check out the Consortium catalogue here.

‘Time to listen’: A joined up approach to child sexual exploitation

Joint inspections between CQC, Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary have found that public services need to better recognise and act on their safeguarding responsibilities when it comes to identifying and responding to possible child sexual exploitation. More needs to be done to ensure all children and young people receive consistently good support from the agencies that they depend upon. Read the report.

Developing evidence in the speech, language and communication sector

The Communication Trust has launched a new web page, ‘Developing and Using Evidence’, a resource dedicated to helping the speech language and communication sector to take steps towards understanding evidence and developing their own evidence base. It features a number of fantastic tools, a blog sharing thoughts and approaches on what makes good evidence and a platform to celebrate mini triumphs in developing it. The page can be accessed here.


Are you a keen tweeter? Get involved our new campaign #MyPlanMySay

On Monday we are kicking off a new social media campaign which aims to support professionals to work inclusively and effectively with children and young people with SEND  during their EHCP journey, and to take the fear out of writing ECHPs! Look out for tweets next week and join in on #MyPlanMySay @CDC_tweets


Anti-Bullying Week 14-18 November

Anti-Bullying Week this year is sponsored by SafeToNet and the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, with support from Internet Matters. The theme is Power for Good and we’re encouraging children, parents and teachers to think about how they can use their Power for Good to stop bullying. For more information on how to get involved head here.

Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education & Training Framework outcomes

Laura Smith, a clinical trainer and practice development facilitator would like to find out if anyone has any training they would be willing to share that meets any of the suggested Tier 3 -Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education & Training Framework outcomes? If you can provide any advice, please contact Laura at

Get involved in a research project on the wellbeing of children in care

The National Children’s Bureau are currently undertaking research on what measures are used to assess the wellbeing of children in care, including managers, practitioners, foster carers, counsellors, designated doctors and residential home managers. Please take part in our survey: snapsurveys. We are also interested in speaking to managers and practitioners in more detail by telephone. Please contact Rebekah Ryder, Senior Researcher at NCB on, 020 7833 6811



Conference: Making Participation Work

This one-day conference in Birmingham will explore how national and local participation of children and young people supports practitioners and professionals to effectively embed SEN and disability legislation throughout their organisation. There’s an exciting agenda in store and each of the sessions will be co-delivered with young people as well as the director of CDC, Dame Christine Lenehan. For more information or to register for the event, please visit:

Date: 25 November
Location: Birmingham

Free workshop for parents on the EHCP process

NatSIP are hosting a free workshop for parents of children with hearing or vision impairments to help them prepare for their child’s EHC plan assessment. For more info go to

Date: 5 November (Bristol), 4 February (Cheshire)

SEND: New challenges, new opportunities

CDC’s annual conference will be focusing on children with the most complex needs implementation of the SEND reforms, and ongoing reform in education. There’s an exceptional line-up of speakers including senior representatives from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, the Department of Health, the Department for Education and the SEND Tribunal. You also have a choice of workshops on the issues that matter to you.

Date: 23 January (London), 30 January (Leeds)

Building the right support for people with a learning disability and/or autism

This event will focus on the progress that Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) have made in the year since the publication of Building the right support. Hosted by NHS England, the event is open to health and care professionals, voluntary and community sector organisations and people who have a learning disability and/or autism. The event will provide an opportunity to find out about how services have developed to improve support and quality of life in the community and to share learning and good practice. Click for more info.

Date: 8 November
Location: London


National children and adult services conference 2016

Organised by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS), the National Children and Adult Services Conference is for those with responsibilities for or interests in social care, children's services, education, health and related fields. Click for more information.

Date: 2 November 2016
Location: Manchester

Drawing on data to transform lives: improving services for vulnerable adolescents

This event brings together leading researchers and policy makers from the fields of health, education and social care, to show how routinely collected 'big data' can improve services for vulnerable adolescents.

Date: 1 February 2017
Location: London

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