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Posted: 10th November 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families has provided new guidance on several issues, including school attendance, children who are clinically extremely vulnerable, remote education, face coverings in education settings, respite, health services for children and young people with SEND, and the new winter package to provide support for children and young people and their families
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Posted: 2nd September 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families has today written an open letter to children and young people with special educational needs (SEND), their families and carers and those who work to support them

The letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including behaviour, risk assessments, face coverings, specialist and visiting practitioners, mental health and wellbeing, aerosol generating procedures and hospital schools, as well as linking to some of the support available to help

Please see the link below to the letter

Vicky Ford letter to SEND Sector 2nd Sept 2020

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Posted: 27th August 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
We would like to say a big welcome to Shannen Dewis who joins CLP as a valued member of our Education Team
 
Shannen joins the team as an Education Solicitor alongside Sarah Palmer and looks forward to assisting and advising our clients with education issues in relation to SEN
 
Shannen qualified as a solicitor in 2020 and brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in the legal profession for over 5 years
Posted: 21st July 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The Department of Health and Social Care has released a letter outlining the next steps regarding children and young people with SEND returning to school in September Click the link to read the letter

 

DfE & DHSC Joint Ministerial Letter

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Posted: 2nd July 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Earlier today, the Secretary of State announced plans for the full re-opening of schools in September Set out below is guidance that sets out the actions that various educational settings need to take to enable children and young people with SEND to return to full-time provisions

  • Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings to support special schools, special post-16 institutions and other specialist education settings, such as hospital schools, to prepare for this;
  • Separate guidance explaining the action that mainstream settings need to take:
Posted: 18th June 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The Department of Education  have just announced that the National Trial to extend the powers of SEND to make non binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of an EHCP has been extended until 31st August 2021  This is very good news for families and children and we very much hope that the extended trial will lead to permanent powers over the health and social care aspects of an EHCP

For more information please see the link below to the letter from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Vicky Ford MP

Minister Ford letter to DCSs SEND Tribunal Trial 18th June

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Posted: 16th June 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Please note that with immediate effect the contact number for our Outreach Office in Farnborough is 01252302166

The new address is;

The Hub,
Fowler Avenue,
Farnborough Business Park,
Farnborough,
GU14 7JF

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

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Posted: 9th June 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane has prepared an updated report on the Family Court system as we look forward to getting things back to “normal”

The report titled “The Road Ahead” can be found here The Road Ahead – President of the Family Division 9 June 2020

The report details ways in which the Court intends to “get back to normal” including;

  • Active thought must be given to lay parties being able to engage in the proceedings from a location other than at home
  • Family Courts will be gradually reopening so that by early July, the Family Courts should be fully open for public use, however the impact of social distancing will remain for the foreseeable

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Posted: 1st May 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The Secretary of State has just issued a notice modifying the duty of LA’s to deliver provision in an EHCP This will last for the month of May and places a reasonable endeavours duty on a Local Authority

See the letter below

Joint DHSC & DFE Ministerial Letter

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Posted: 22nd April 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Further to our previous post, the Department for Education have issued new and updated guidance

  • On Sunday 19 April, the Department for Education (DfE) published new Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance written with input and steers from SEND sector organisations – this guidance builds on the COVID-19 guidance on vulnerable children and young people guidance published on 22 March, and explains the practicalities for local authorities and other providers in undertaking risk assessments for vulnerable children and young people with education, health and care plans, in light of school and college closures The DfE are asking local authorities to work with educational providers, families and the child or young person to carry

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