Weekly SEND Update 01/05/20
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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...
  • EYFS: Coronavirus disapplication advice
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Children during COVID 19
  • Latest SEND Information from Safer Devon Partnership
  • Information from Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEND Adviser
  • Information from Babcock LDP Social, Emotional, Mental health team
  • Signposting
  • Just for fun
BREAKING NEWS: Important Government Update on EHCP Provision
Last night the government announced temporary changes to the SEND regulations around legal duties and timescales for EHC Plans. These come into force today and will be reviewed regularly. The following update is to inform you of the latest news that has been released. Please note that  further support and advice from Devon County Council and Babcock LDP will be provided as soon as possible to define the terms, for example, reasonable endeavours,  outlined in the temporary regulations. This will ensure that you will feel prepared to support children and young people in Devon with SEND during the pandemic and beyond.

In summary the changes are:
  • notice from the Secretary of State for Education issued under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  This temporarily relaxes the legal duty on local authorities or health commissioning bodies (CCGs) to secure or arrange the provision set out in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan down to a duty to use 'reasonable endeavours'.
  • Introduction of The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. This temporarily amends four sets of Regulations that specify legal timescales applying to LAs, CCGs and others, mainly around processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.
  • These changes will be in force from 1st May to 25th September 2020 and they will be kept under review.
You can read the joint ministerial letter from Department of Health and Social Care and Department of Education that has been written for parents, children and young people below:

 DHSC DFE Ministerial Letter.pdf

Further information on this will be shared with you shortly  
Early Years Foundation Stage: Coronavirus disapplication advice
From 24 April 2020, the Government has temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the EYFS statutory framework for early years providers who remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This will allow providers greater flexibility to respond to changes in workforce availability and potential fluctuations in demand, while still providing care that is high quality and safe.

For more information click here
Safeguarding Vulnerable Children during COVID 19
The document below outlines the process that schools have undertaken for RAG rating vulnerable children (remember that includes children and young people with EHCPs) and goes on to explain how to escalate safeguarding concerns for each group of young people. It also contains key contact information and advice how to carry out welfare phone calls or video calls.

We know that the flowchart, that is included in the document, is currently working well. There have been a number of escalations and changes in RAG rating as additional information comes to light or as circumstances change.

As a SENCO, you will need to ensure that the child and young person's needs have been considered as part of this assessment of risk and that you are confident the right level of support is in place.

If you need further support on this then please do contact the SEND Helpline, 01392 287428 or talk to the SEN advisory team relevant for the child or young person. 
Risk Assessment School referral flowchart.pdf
Latest SEND information from Safer Devon Partnership
Safer Devon Partnership have produced a useful document that provides a comprehensive overview of the current community safety trends/risks and support service offers. These include information and contacts for help regarding domestic violence and abuse, problem drinking and drug use, Devon youth service (SPACE and Young Devon), Health visiting and Public Health Nursing and Exploitation. Other useful signposting that can help you support your families and young people is available below within this update.

Community Safety Trends and Risks and Support Service Offers 28-04-20.pdf
Information from Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEND Adviser
One minute guide: How could I? Support families with learning at home.

Amanda has produced her second one minute guide with key advice and top tips about how to support families with learning at home.

SENCo Guide 2 How could I support families with learning at home.pdf

Don't forget that Babcock LDP advisory staff can support you to ensure that all learning has been modified and accessible for children and young people with SEND. Feel free to contact them individually or email your requests to SENco Helpline email and we will direct them to the correct team.
Information from Babcock LDP Social, Emotional and Mental Health team
Guidance: How could I?  

One of the key themes that has been emerging from multi agency partnership meetings within our locality has been how to maintain connections with the children, young people and families that we support. To support practitioners, Babcock LDP SEMH team has produced a guide that has been developed from questions and ideas taken directly from schools that will help to share good practice and widen understanding. Please click below for your copy:

SEMH How could I Maintain Connections.docx
Signposting: Public Health Nursing, DIAS, Devon and Cornwall Police, Early Help, CAMHS, Disabled Children's service and NHS
Here you can find useful information from our colleagues from other agencies
Information from Public Health Nursing
As the COVID 19 situation moves forward Gail Barker, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator from Devon Public Health Nursing has provided a useful update regarding the current Health Visiting offer. For more information click below

Devon Public Health Nursing Current Health visiting offer April 20.docx
Devon and Cornwall Police
Matthew Harkin from Devon and Cornwall police would like to highlight the protocol for abandoned 999 calls. You can watch a short video here or click below for more information.

Devon and Cornwall Police protocol for abandoned 999 calls.docx
CAMHS support during COVID 19
Additional crisis support is being offered during the pandemic. If a child or young person (under 18) is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can now access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 24/7.

Please contact 03300 245 321 8am-5pm, Mon to Fri or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours. Callers will speak to a call-handler, their call will be forwarded to a voicemail service and their message will be returned within one hour.

There are three CAMHS crisis teams - Torbay and South Devon; Exeter, East and Mid Devon; and North Devon. Your call will be directed to the appropriate team. In the event of an emergency please call 999.

General information about CAMHS services and referrals can be found on the Children and Family Health Devon website
A list of helpful resources, apps and organisations to support children, families and young people can be found
NHS self help leaflets

 Useful self help leaflets can be accessed here.
DiAS has three new webpages full of information to support parents and carers with children with SEND during the current situation.
Based on the questions being asked by people contacting the service, the information aims to support families to manage at home, understand how services are operating for now and get help and support if they need it.
If you're supporting a family with a child with SEND please let them know the information is there.
Early Help
Karen Hayes, Early Help South and West  has provided guidance (see below) about how organisations can share information if
anyone has any concerns regarding locations that may be causing concerns ( through Anti-social behaviour / known or suspected drug taking/dealing / inappropriate behaviours such as Exploitation etc or anything out of the ordinary)

Organisations are asked to complete a Partner Agency Information form, included in the guidance below so that the police can include the information in their analysis of whether any further action needs to be taken or shared.
Please note that the guidance is only to be used by organisations and must not be used to report crimes or emergencies.

Disabled Children's Services

The current situation is hard for everyone and particularly difficult for some families with a child or young person with a special educational need or disability.

We're working closely with parents and carers during this difficult time to make sure families are receiving the most appropriate support that is available to them.

We are updating our website all the time to keep families informed with the latest information, including suggestions on using personal budgets and short breaks plans flexibly and creatively, changes to our direct payments policy and advice for parents and carers who employ staff.

We are regularly talking to the co-chairs of the Parent Carer Forum to jointly identify issues and try to resolve them. We want to make sure everyone has all the information they need so we've answered lots of questions on our website, and also gathered some useful online resources for children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

Just for fun!
Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter
Are you craving a day out? Even a school trip?? Are you looking for activities for home learning or for children and young people in school? Well why don't you visit RAMM, virtually of course! RAMM have got lots of activities that will help you explore the museum collection and even create your own museum collection! There are even opportunities to explore historic Exeter with Minecraft. Click here to view lots of online activities for young visitors.
Woodland Trust

Are you missing exploring the woods or being outside? Need activities to keep children and young people active? Are you curious about the birds that are landing in the playground or in your garden? Woodland Trust has a wealth of activities for all age ranges and all abilities that are free to download and distribute. Click here to find out more.

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