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Dear Cathy,

Welcome to our July newsletter, we hope you're enjoying the sunshine and getting ready to enjoy a well-earned summer break. 

There's still lots of activity here at CDC and across the sector. This month we launched our brand new website featuring a new and improved Resource Hub, lots of expert opinion and comments, and information and key learning from some of our recent projects.

Over the next few months we will also be:

Read on for more news resources, events, and more, all relating to disabled children and young peoples' issues

Best wishes,

Daphne Henderson-Figueroa

Communications and Membership Officer


Government delays introduction of changes to school & high needs funding allocations

In a statement to Parliament last week, the new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, announced the Government will be delaying plans to introduce major changes to the way schools and local authorities are funded. The changes will now be introduced in 2018/19, rather than 2017/18 as originally planned. Click for more on this story.


Paul Maynard task force publish recommendations

The task force appointed by Government and led by Paul Maynard MP has published its recommendations on improving access to apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities. One of the most significant recommendations was to adjust the minimum standard of English and Maths. Click here to read the full report.

First local area SEND inspection outcome letters published

Ofsted and CQC have published inspection outcome letters to Bolton and Brighton and Hove following their local area SEND inspection. The letters provide an overview of the inspection process, highlights areas of good practice along with areas where further development is required. For an overview of the key findings please click here.

New government statistics on SEN

DfE have published national statistics with information from the school census on pupils with SEN and SEN provision in schools. These can be accessed here.

Residential Care in England: a report on children’s residential services

Sir Martin Narey has published the findings of his independent review of children's residential services. It looks at how to secure best value for money in commissioning residential care and at the differences between local authority, private and voluntary sector run homes. For the report’s highlights please click here.


The SEND Landscape : CDC Annual Survey 2016

The annual CDC survey of professionals and practitioners working in SEND launches this week. Share your views on the progress of the SEND reforms and tell us what you think the priorities for the sector are going forward. Take part in the survey and be in with the chance to win a ticket to the next CDC annual conference. Click here to take part in the survey


Leadership Academy Programme now open

This programme from Disability Matters aims to empower capable, confident disabled leaders in all sectors of employment. It also addresses the need for greater equality in the workplace to improve the employment position of employees living with a health condition or disability, whilst providing employers with access to a wider pool of talent. For more on the programme and how to apply click here.

Do you have a story for My Future Choices?

My Future Choices is the Transition Information Network’s (TIN) free magazine for disabled young people, their families and people who support them. Work is getting underway for the next issue and TIN is looking for new stories to share from young people about their transition into education, employment and more! If you would like to write for My Future Choices, please do get in touch at



NHS England's Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016

This two-day exhibition and conference offers the voluntary and community sector the opportunity to find out about what the NHS Five Year Forward View means. It's also a chance to find out how the sector will be involved in designing and delivering new, joined-up models of health and social care. 
When: 7th and 8th September
Where: Manchester

Public Health: Prevention in Practice conference.

This event is designed to consider the current public health challenges in the UK today and explore the polices and solutions to influence and improve the health of the nation. Click for more.
When: 24th November
Where: Manchester

Clinical practice in the new health landscape: using commissioning priorities to develop services

CDC and BACD are hosting a joint conference focusing on the frameworks and policy priorities which are directing commissioning and clinical practice. It will help attendees understand these new frameworks and how to develop their services accordingly. You can book your place by clicking here.
When: 7th November
Where: London

Outcomes and Impact: A Global Outcomes Based Accountability Summit

Join non-profit and government leaders, outcomes based accountability practitioners, and community change experts from around the world. Learn about the cutting-edge tools used to create measurable improvement for children, adults, families, communities, cities, states and nations. For further information please click here.
When: 10-11th October
Where: Belfast

Mental Health Conference for 2016

The new strategy for mental health services in England, The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, sets out 59 recommendations that promise to shake up all aspects of mental health care. This conference will look at how the report’s recommendations will be hardwired into how care is commissioned, funded, delivered and inspected across the whole of the NHS and wider public sector. For more information click here
When: 15th September
Where: London

Channel4 Apprenticeship open for applications

The 4Talent apprenticeship programme is now open for applications and they have committed half the places to young disabled people. They will be hosting a partnership lunch on Monday 1st August for organisations interested in finding out more about the apprenticeship and to take advice on how best to work with disabled young people.
Click here to book on the Partnership Lunch
When: 1st August
Where: London

They are also hosting an event for potential applicants on Monday 8th August where young people can meet the teams, take part in taster sessions and ask questions about the application process.
Click here to book on the Young People's Taster Session.
When: 8th August
Where: London

Building the Participation of Children and Young People

CDC have been jointly commissioned with KIDS to deliver a new national participation programme with disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN. The programme kicked off last week wit the first of a series of national conferences. Sign up to our news alert to be the first to receive updates on our next conference in October.

In the meantime you can find out more about the events and activities taking place this year by visiting our participation participation web page here.


Safeguarding disabled children in England: How LSCBs are delivering against Ofsted requirements to protect disabled children

A report from the National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children has found that 25% of LSCBs (Local Safeguarding Children Boards) are failing to prioritise disabled children. The report makes a series of recommendations around understanding thresholds, evaluation and managing information. Click to read the full report.


DfE SEND Newsletter

This edition gives an update on Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) and looks at the recent data releases focusing on statements of SEN, EHC Plans and early years. Click to read. 


Local offer briefing

There has been a significant focus on the co-production and accessibility aspects of the local offer. An aspect that has had less attention is the requirement on the local authorities to set out what special educational provision and special training provision it expects schools and early years and post-16 providers to make available. This briefing focuses attention on this aspect of the local offer.  Click here to download.


CCG Audit Tool: SEND reform implementation

The CDC health policy team has developed an audit tool to help CCGs understand and develop their progress in implementing the SEND reforms. It will be useful to support areas in the preparation for the Local Area SEND inspections. Click here to download


The role of Independent Reviewing Officers in EHC assessments and plans

CDC have developed guidance to help IROs carry out their role in respect of disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Drawing from our work with local authorities and their partners, the briefing aims to help those coordinating EHC assessments. It also highlights some of the most common issues raised by IROs about their role and practice. Click here to download.


Identifying the social needs of disabled children and young people as part of EHC assessments and plans

This briefing is for social care teams, disabled children’s teams, and special educational needs and disability teams, particularly those responsible for education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments. It is designed to help those coordinating EHC assessments to gather information which will support the provision of meaningful social care advice, particularly where a child or young person is not known to a social work team. To download click here.


Keeping in Touch With Home

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation and Mencap have published a new report based on research with families whose children are in residential placements. It is the first time guidance has been issued on how residential settings should ensure parents can stay in contact with their children. Click to read.


Young people in Youth Custody: A practice guide

This two-part practice guide has been written for practitioners working in the secure estate for young people. The guide provides advice and practical suggestions for improving outcomes for young offenders who have or may have special educational needs. Click for more.

Communicating with children and young people

The Communication Trust have published a number of resources and guidance for education professionals on how to support communication development. It includes Misunderstood, how to support communication development, Don’t Get Me Wrong, what are speech, language and communication needs?, and Other Ways of Speaking, using different ways to communicate.

New project supporting better outcomes for young people with SEND in custody

Achievement for ALL, the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers and Manchester Metropolitan University have come together to deliver a Youth Justice SEND Project funded by the Department for Education.

The project will focus on improving outcomes for disabled young people, and those with special educational needs, who offend or are at risk of doing so.

To find out more about the project and hear the latest news and opportunities sign up to their monthly newsletter at For more information on the project please email:

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