Reviews conducted by:
…are all united in their call for early intervention. Read their reviews to find out more.
As a professional working with children and families in the foundation years, you need to use all your interactions to identify additional needs and offer or signpost to the help required.
From September 2012 there is a requirement on all practitioners delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to give parents a written summary of their child’s progress against the prime areas of learning around the age of 2 to 3 years. It is the government’s intention that over a period of time this summary will be integrated with the Healthy Child Programme review.
How will you share the summary of children’s progress in learning and development with parents?
Early intervention is at the heart of the new core purpose of Sure Start Children’s Centres. The Green Paper Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability places an emphasis on early identification and intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability
In March 2011, Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State for Children and Families, set out the government’s vision for reforming the existing system of support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or who are disabled, and their families, in England.
The green paper Support and Aspiration reflects many of the issues and suggestions that were raised by disabled children and young people, their families and the professionals who work with them following a call for views in September 2010.
The green paper makes wide-ranging proposals to respond to a current system that is not effectively joined up, and as a result families with disabled children are forced to ‘battle the system’.
In summary, the green paper proposes:
In September 2011 the government announced 20 pathfinders, covering 31 local authorities and their Primary Care Trust partners, to test out the main proposals in the Green Paper. Read more here.
The green paper also set out a vision for more effective use of the expertise in the voluntary and community sectors (VCS) in delivering services for children with SEN, disabled children and their families. In doing so it set out ambitions for VCS involvement at a local level as well as acting as catalysts for change nationally. A suite of contracts which support the delivery of SEN and disability policy include:
The Department for Education has appointed a Strategic Partner for SEN and Disability, the Council for Disabled Children, to build capacity in the VCS sector and to provide the Department with advice about the SEN and disability sector. Read more here.
It is recognised that for early intervention to be successful, integrated working between professionals is essential. Pilot work is going on in a number of local authorities to explore the potential of early intervention budgets and community budgets.
Evidence Based Programmes
How can you use evidence based interventions in your work?
How do you share the learning from evidence based programmes?
Share your successes in using evidence based programmes on this website by contacting foundations@4Children.org.uk
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