Weekly SEND Update 7/5/20

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Welcome from Jeanette Savage, Babcock LDP Strategic Lead for SEND and Inclusion
During these unprecedented times we are mindful of the need to keep in touch with you and share useful information but understand that you are probably being inundated. Coverage of the pandemic is everywhere and we appreciate that this can be overwhelming.

So that we can share information with you efficiently, we will be sending you a weekly SEND Update email, each Friday, to share the latest communications and relevant SEND news that will support you through this period.

We are committed to support you, so that you can continue to provide excellent SEND support for children and young people in Devon. We know that your focus is now on helping to make sure they are safe and well, for some of our young people this is complicated and we are happy to talk plans for support through with you.

If there are any issues, areas or ideas that you would like us to cover, you can contact me directly (
Jeanette.savage@babcockinternational.com) or use the individual team addresses below.

With very best wishes and stay well


In this issue...

  • Babcock LDP Communication and Interaction team: Weekly resources and service update
  • Signposting: Autism Education Trust - Tools for Teachers
  • Babcock LDP EMTAS helpline and resources
  • Babcock LDP Physical Difficulties team - free resources for settings
  • Babcock LDP SEMH team: Supporting children and young people that have or are experiencing trauma
  • Safeguarding: National Police Chiefs Council and The Children's Society Advice
  • Signposting: Update to Social Care legislation, support from Family Intervention team and support from SPACE- Youth and Community
Babcock LDP Communication and Interaction team: Weekly resources and service update
Babcock LDP Communication and Interaction team are continuing to provide support for children and young people with autism either in settings or in the home. In addition to this, the team are also providing, each week, a range of resources giving advice and guidance for SEND staff and parents across a variety of topics. The latest resources cover communication tips to support anxiety and supporting staying at home. For more information please click here.

The following is an update outlining the offer that remains in place and enhanced from Babcock LDP C&I Team during CV19 period:
We are:
  • In regular contact with settings for our Spring, pending and last Autumn referrals/caseload to provide advisory guidance/advice
  • Completing casework overview risk assessments to check and monitor the safety/wellbeing of CYP
  • Responding to enquiries from settings/families for known CYP on C&I caseloads Providing weekly themed information and resources to support C&I needs -
  • Providing open door protocol for settings raising identified C&I needs during CV19 periodCompleting statutory assessment reporting where recent engagement/reporting reflects current identified needs and outcomes
  • Continuing to accept and respond to C&I referrals from settings (Request for Access RfA) - https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/disadvantaged-vulnerable-learners/send
  • Representing (SEND & Inclusion at Multi-agency daily Early Help triage and weekly locality partnership mtgs
  • Jointly working with wider agencies to provide C&I guidance/advice to families
  • Developing transition resources/training to support returning to school 
  • Developing content and platforms for access to training/workshops/mtgs for: setting staff, families, agency staff for both autism and SLCN (Speech Language and Communication Needs)
  • Preparing for our proposed C&I weekly locality advisory clinics (launch date pending CV19 restrictions lifting) 

Autism Education Trust
Tools for Teachers: Six essential tools for teachers supporting autistic children and young people through home schooling and return to school
Babcock LDP Communication and Interaction Team can recommend using tips from the following guide from Autism Education Trust to support children and young people with autism during the lockdown.

The AET has designed a wide range of practical tools to support teachers to work effectively with autistic pupils. They have extracted some of the most useful tools that are simple to use but also often the most effective. This is a shortened package of the AET Tools for teachers that we hope you will find useful.

AET Teaching Tools and Guidance.pdf

Babcock LDP Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service - helpline and resources 
Are you supporting children and young people from an ethnic minority or traveller families?

Babcock LDP EMTAS team are currently operating a helpline open every day 9-12 to offer support for settings with translation and interpreting, advice for helping bilingual and traveller families and help with bilingual resources. you can contact the team on 01392 880789 or email EMTAS@babcockinternational.com.

The team have also created a wealth of resources to support families home schooling.  Click here to
Babcock LDP Physical difficulties team: Free resources for settings
Free training for settings supporting children and young people with physical difficulties

Babcock LDP Advisory Teachers for Physical Difficulties work closely with PDNet and Chair the South West Regional Group meetings.

For schools who are due to receive, or already have a student with physical difficulties, free training, standards and resources are an invaluable tool to help staff build confidence and make provision.

For more information see below:

Free training and Resources with PDNet.pdf

Babcock LDP Social,emotional and mental health team: Supporting children and young people that have or are experiencing trauma
Following on from last weeks one minute guide that explored maintaining connections, the SEMH team would like to share one of a series of weekly blogs by Louise Michelle Bomber. For those of you that have attended one of our annual conferences you will be aware that she is well known for her extensive work in trauma and attachment issues. Here is the link:


You can also check out Sofa Time which has been designed to support those parenting as foster carers, adoptive parents or kinship carers. It is also relevant for all parents supporting children and young people who have experience trauma. 
Safeguarding: National Police Chiefs Council and The Children's Society advice
Please find below advice about how to response to child sexual abuse during COVID 19. The advice has been compiled by National Police Chiefs Council and The Children's Society. They have also produced a poster to display to support practitioners to be aware of the signs of abuse.

CSA Covid Briefing.pdf        

Update from Rob Elkins, Participation Manager, DCC Children's services: Amendments to children's social care legislation
As you may already be aware,
new legislation came into force on 24th April that will temporarily affect the statutory obligations of children's social care services across the country.
While the new changes give us the flexibility to reduce some of our responsibilities, we have made the decision that, at this point, there will not be any reduction in the service that we are providing for children and their families
We have risk-assessed every child whom we are working with in relation to vulnerabilities through coronavirus (COVID-19). And, as a result, we have in many cases increased our contacts with children and their families in order to ensure that they are fully supported during these difficult times.  
More details about
our response are available on the Devon County Council website and a news story about this has been posted on the Devon Children & Families Partnership website here.

The Family Intervention Team (FIT) has been developed to help families who want support in dealing with a range of issues with the aim for the whole family to achieve their goals.

They are a team of Family Practitioners who have good links within the community and with all local agencies and resources.

They are dedicated to working with each family to assess and support their individual needs, offering early help. This includes routine, structure and inter-family relationships. We can also support families to access all other local services including education, financial/benefit and health provisions.

They will work with your family giving practical support, honest advice, building strengths and skills. You can contact them for support via Early Help.

During the COVID 19 period they are offering Craft 7 Steps guides to support families during lockdown. You can  access them below:

Space - Youth and Community are offering a new service called 'Call Back' this is to support young people who may be struggling with isolation and want to be connected. This may be a chat with a youth worker to share their concerns or about finding out how they can join the Space community and link into our online youth clubs. Young people who require more support than a chat can be sign posted as their needs require or can complete a self-referral process and receive tailored 1:1 support for the period of time they need it.
You can display or signpost families to their poster : 
Space 'Call Back' poster

They have also produced a workbook to use with young people 11-19 to deal with feelings of frustration and anger. You can access a copy below:

Staying well in isolation.pdf

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