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Title: Preparing for adulthood, preparing for life

Preparing for adulthood, preparing for life
NCAS conference October 2014 Julie Hicklin,
Manchester City Council Nicola Gitsham, NDTi
Case for change young people and families
  • Too many families have to battle to find out what
    support is available and in getting the help they
    need from education, health and social care
  • Young people with SEND do less well than their
    peers at school and college and are more likely
    to be out of education, training and employment
    at 18. Also more likely to have poor outcomes in
    housing, health and be socially isolated
  • Lack of joined up working across agencies and
    planning ahead
  • Low aspirations throughout the system
  • Cliff edge at 19

What do young people and their families have to
  • Young people overwhelmingly have a poor
    experience of transition, both in terms of
    services and in terms of having the level of
    autonomy and control they desire (Public Service
    Works, 2011)

The main thing I would change is making it so
that when you move on from childrens services it
doesnt feel as though you have disappeared off
the face of the earth
Everybody seems to want to do the right thing,
but there seems to be a missing link. No one
seems to work together
I have the same aspirations for my son as I do
for my other boys, to have friends, meet someone,
be happy and hopefully get a job, I just have no
faith that the system can deliver it so I ask for
what I think is the best it can offer
Parent from Getting a Life
My son has been getting ready to be 18 for 17
years and we still dont know what is available
after school. Parent from Aspirations for
Case for change health
  • Poor transition can lead to frankly disastrous
    health outcomes for both physical and mental its worse poor transition leads to
    drop out from medical care for those with a long
    term condition, and deterioration in those with
    disabilities - both leading to unnecessary,
    costly and often distressing hospital admissions
  • Children and Young Peoples Health Outcomes Forum

Case for change local authorities
  • Rising demand
  • Reducing budgets
  • Difficulties predicting demand
  • High expectations
  • Challenge of getting joined up vision, processes
    and pathways 0-25 and across all agencies

Time for a new approach

Wind is blowing in the right direction
  • Children and Families Act and Care Act

Children and Families Act 2014 key points
  • A comprehensive, birth to 25 SEND system, giving
    new rights and protections to 16-25 year olds in
    further education and training.
  • Children, young people and their families must be
    involved in discussions and decisions about their
    individual support and local provision.
  • The right to make requests and decisions under
    the Children and Families Act will apply directly
    to disabled young people and those with SEN, over
    compulsory school age (the end of the academic
    year in which they turn 16) rather than to their
  • New 0 to 25 Education, Health and Care Plans,
    replacing the current system of Statements and
    Learning Difficulty Assessments, which reflects
    the child or young persons aspirations for the
    future, as well as their current needs.

Children and Families Act key points
  • Personal Budgets young people have the right to
    request a personal budget as part of the EHC
    planning process.
  • Local Offer must include support available to
    children and young people to help them to prepare
    for adulthood
  • Joint Commissioning must integrate education,
    health and care to promote well-being and must
    put in place joint commissioning arrangements
    including securing provision set out in EHC
  • The Children and Families Act applies to children
    and young people aged 0 25 which means this
    also includes integration of childrens and
    adults services.

Care Act 2014 In force from April 2015
  • Wellbeing principle
  • Including particular focus on key outcomes
    (employment, health, suitable accommodation and
    community participation)
  • Child and Carers Needs Assessment
  • Duty to carry out if likely need and
    significant benefit conditions apply
  • Personal Budgets
  • Adult care and support plans will all include a
    personal budget
  • Information Advice Service
  • Duty to establish and maintain a service for
    individuals and their carers
  • Joint commissioning Market development
  • Duty to ensure the integration of care and
    support with health provision and health-related
  • Duty to ensure co-operation between childrens
    and adults services to promote the integration
    of care and support with health services, so that
    young adults are not left without care and
    support as they make the transition between child
    and adult social care
  • Duty to promote the efficient and effective
    operation for a market in services for meeting
    care and support needs

New legislative framework for transition to
  • Common areas
  • Outcomes
  • Assessment and planning
  • Joint Commissioning and personal budgets
  • Information, Advice and Support
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Preparation for adulthood outcomes and key themes
Changing the conversation
  • Developing relationships between young people,
    families professionals and community based on
    openness and trust
  • Workforce development for early years and health
  • Asset based approaches to planning
  • Helping families think about the future and learn
    what is possible and what works
  • Positive employment strategies

  • What works
  • Raising aspirations from early on
  • Meaningful work experience from Year 10 including
    Saturday and holiday jobs
  • Families who believe employment is positive and
  • Person centred outcome focused planning that
    includes employment
  • Employment focused cirriculum including travel
  • Vocational profiling
  • Post 16 provision that does what works (supported
    internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, self
  • Supported employment whilst at school or college

Supported Employment
  • Work with the job seeker
  • Engagement
  • Getting to know you
  • Agreeing a plan together
  • Work with the employer
  • Engagement
  • Understanding needs and identifying vacancies
  • Getting to know the job
  • Job match
  • Employers get the right worker and jobseekers get
    the right job
  • Arranging the right support

Supported Internships
  • Study programmes
  • Learning Difficulty Assessment, Statement of SEN
    or EHC plan
  • Place and train approach to learning
  • Based primarily at an employers premises
  • Meets the career goals of young people and the
    business need of an employer
  • On-the-job training
  • Qualifications

  • Employment support and personal budgets
  • 4 barriers
  • Low expectations
  • Commissioner and practitioner attitudes to
  • Personal budget process
  • Availability of good evidence based support
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The Local Offer and market shaping
  • The reforms give us a great opportunity to
    commission for outcomes
  • The Local Offer can play a role in shaping the
  • Feedback will highlight gaps and whats not
  • Providers using with young people and families to
    put together a good week including mix of
    education / employment / volunteering /leisure /
    independent living and travel skills / meeting

Planning ahead forecasting demand
  • Use of national and local data to forecast demand
  • Regular and informal communication with SEN
    team,16-19 commissioner, Children with
    Disabilities team and Adult social care
  • Transition database drawing from range of sources
  • Transition finance group
  • Ability to interpret SEN data against adult
  • Use of good data analysis to draw from and
    collate multiple datasets
  • EHC plans in Year 9 and the Local Offer Annual
    preparing for adulthood reviews that update
    information and predict demand

Manchesters 7 principles for change
Manchester All Age Disability Strategy
key themes
  1. Health and Well-being
  2. Staying Safe
  3. Getting off to a Good Start
  4. Choice and Control
  5. Independence in your Home
  6. Community Opportunities
  7. Involvement
  8. Advocacy

Housing and support Matthews Story
  • Matthews Big Plan.
  • High aspirations for an ordinary life.
    Employment, independent living including
    supported living, friends and relationships.
  • Work experience from age 11
  • Input from Adult Social Care
  • Personal Budget? (Enough to pay Job Coach?)
  • Link to Housing Association
  • Project Search and job coach integrated funding
    from employment, education and social care
  • Now Living independently and in a job he loves

Community Inclusion - Eleanors Story
  • Outcomes
  • Develop friendships
  • To be part of her community
  • Explore setting up a micro/social enterprise
  • Improve expressive communication
  • Personalised Post 16 options and support
  • Personal budget from post 16 education and social
    care pooled and taken as a direct payment
  • Team of personal assistants recruited and
  • Personalised weekly timetable designed to achieve
  • Personal assistants can continue to support
    Eleanor when she leaves education and eventually
    moves into supported living.

Multi agency (education, health and social care)
assessment and planning Hertfordshire
  • Developing the workforce in person centred,
    outcome focused planning and PfA outcomes
  • 3 way funded transition support workers who
    deliver preparing for adulthood approach
  • Changing the conversation Living Live sessions
  • Early intervention information from the local
    offer and plans from Year 9 used to inform demand
    commissioning of post 16 options and support.

Developing local post 16 education and training
providers - Hertfordshire
  • Used strategic reform grant to support workforce
    development and partnership
  • Supported Employment advisors working in schools
    and colleges
  • Joint funded 5 day offer (3 days with college 2
    at schools to encourage moving on)
  • Working with housing providers to provide local
    residential/short breaks offer
  • Curriculum development project to see how study
    programmes can be developed to prepare for life,
    Job coaching training across 5 colleges

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Support available to local areas - Pathfinder
  • North West
  • Wigan, Manchester, Salford Lancashire
  • North East
  • Darlington and Early Support
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • Calderdale and York
  • West Midlands
  • Consortium of all 14 LAs
  • East Midlands
  • Leicester and Nottinghamshire
  • East of England
  • Hertfordshire and Bedford
  • London 1
  • Bromley, Bexley and Enfield
  • London 2
  • SE7
  • South East
  • SE7
  • South West 1
  • Cornwall
  • South West 2
  • Southampton and Portsmouth

Support available to local areas delivery
Delivery Partners Preparing for
Adulthood Contact a Family Council for Disabled
Children Early Support Information, Support and
Advice Services Network National Network for
Parent Carer Forums The Communications Trust The
Dyslexia-SpLD Trust Autism Education Trust
Preparing for Adulthood Programme
  • Commissioned by DfE to support the testing and
    implementation of SEND reforms
  • Delivered by the NDTi and CDC
  • Free training, support and resources
  • Contact Information
  • Twitter - _at_PfA_Tweets

Contact Information
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter _at_nicolagitsham
  • Blog
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