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Did you know that if you have a learning disability you may be able to have a free annual health check with your GP?
It is available for for most people aged 14 or over with a learning disability at GP surgeries that offer the service.
From 3rd April 2018 all local authorities and health commissioning bodies in England will take part in a national trial to extend the powers of the First-tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability. The current powers of the Tribunal are limited to decisions concerning SEN, special educational provision and educational placement. The new powers will enable to Tribunal to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of local authority decision making on all areas of its appeals in relation to Education, Health and Care plans except whether or not to carry out an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.
The aims of the trial are to:
- Create a more holistic, person-centred view of the child or young person’s needs at the Tribunal
- Bring appeal rights in line with the wider remit of EHC plans
- Encourage joint working
- Bring about positive benefits to families
The trial will run for two years and will only include local authority decisions and plans issued or amended from 3rd April 2018
Mediation is still encouraged as an effective way to resolve disagreements quickly.
The information, Advice and Support Service is available to advise parents/carers and young people about any aspect of appeals and mediation, this includes the new trial arrangements. For further information, please contact us.
We will continue to bring you news on developments.
Wolverhampton is preparing for an inspection that will examine how well the local area is embedding the Children and Families Act 2014.
In order to improve services and outcomes for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN). Wolverhampton will receive notification of the inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families in relation to SEN and disability.
It really is essential that you have your say. The Information, Advice and Support Service would like to have a 'bank' of parents/carers on stand-by so that when notice is given, we can contact you and invite you to speak with the inspection team. If you are reading this thinking that you would like to be involved but do not feel confident, or that you do not feel knowledgeable about the system, please still consider coming forward. We are keen for the inspectors to speak to those 'in the know' and those who are not. We want them to hear from local families about what things are really like.
This is your chance to have your say at a really important time. Perhaps you have had a fantastic experience – then please come forward to share that too. You will be given a very warm welcome along with a cuppa and a slice of cake! We do not have date for the inspection yet but we would like to be prepared. To find out more or to register your interest, please contact Lucy Harris (Manager of the Information, Advice and Support Service) 01902 556945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have prepared an inspection handbook and framework, which will can be found here.