Information Offered On New Education And Health Plans For Youngsters

childrens services signHelp for children with special educational needs is changing this September, and anyone needing more information is being invited to a presentation at the Youth Hub tomorrow.

Adele Nankervis from Disability Cornwall & Isles of Scilly says the government is moving away from the old system of Statements of Educational Needs.

Children requiring extra help will soon be supported by an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Adele says this takes a more holistic view of the young persons requirements, not just their schooling.

The old statements tended to focus on certain outcomes, she says, whereas now, the young person and their parents will be asked what it is they want to achieve.

The parents of some children will also have greater control over how the budget is spent.

Adele says that could mean paying someone to assist their child in school, or funding for treatments such as occupational therapy.

But she admits that Scilly is also in a “unique” situation. It can be hard for parents to access some services and professionals often struggle to visit the islands, particularly in winter.

The Council will need to produce a ‘Local Offer’ showing what is available to parents.

Adele says there aren’t many youngsters in Scilly who currently have a Statement of Educational Needs, but the changes will also affect a larger group with additional needs, such as dyslexia or autism.

The training session, giving an overview of what is happening and when, is running from 7pm to 8.30pm tomorrow.

It’s not just open to parents and carers but also teaching staff, nursery workers and council staff.

Adele is also offering one-to-one sessions from 11am to 3pm to explain the changes, which can be booked by ringing her office on 01736 751921.