KIDS Launch Free Information

24 September 2014

PRESS RELEASE: KIDS launches free information to support everyone affected by the new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.

24th September 2014

Today KIDS launches a new suite of resources to support families and carers of disabled children and young people to help them navigate the reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disability provision.

The full suite of resources is available to view on the KIDS website: www.kids.org.uk/mip2

KIDS works with disabled children, young people and their families. As part of the 'Making it Personal:2' project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has worked with a number of partners to develop a new suite of resources to explore how personal budgets and the local offer will benefit families.

This comprehensive suite aims to reach a range of audiences to help them understand how they can use the new system to their advantage and provide a holistic service to families and carers.  KIDS worked in partnership with the Office for Public Management (OPM), In Control, the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) and the Family and Childcare Trust to produce these resources as well as a number of local voluntary and statutory providers, groups of parents, carers, disabled children and young people.

The suite includes:

  • Guidance for providers on how to become personal budget ready through downloadable resources and an eLearning suite.
  • Refreshed and extended guidance and eLearning modules on personal budgets and direct payments for families.
  • Refreshed and extended guidance for commissioners on how they can work across health, education and social care to support families.
  • Guidance for Family Information Services to ensure that they are equipped to support families by identifying the range of services available to them under the local offer.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

"I'm proud we've sponsored these fantastic resources which will complement our SEND reforms.

"Children, young people and their families will now be at the centre of a more simple, joined-up system that provides the support they deserve.

"We're committed to helping families get the best information possible about the new system that will help children and young people with SEND from birth to 25."

Regional events to support this will be taking place from October 2014 to March 2015.

For more information on these please email coe@kids.org.uk

If you want to find out more about the 'Making it Personal:2' project, you can find more information here: http://www.kids.org.uk/mip2 

KIDS works throughout England. The charity has also pioneered a range of approaches for working with disabled children and young people, including Portage (home learning), Direct Short Breaks and England's first inclusive adventure playground. 

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