Havering Council offer children with special educational needs more support

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 March 2017

Cabinet member for children and learning, Cllr Robert Benham. Picture: Havering Council.

Cabinet member for children and learning, Cllr Robert Benham. Picture: Havering Council.

Havering Council

Forced to adapt its services to meet increasing demand and complex family situations the council’s children’s team remains determined to develop a service that fits families.

From April, Havering Council will extend its provision in working with young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) up to the age of 25.

The move follows the successful launch of the Face to Face programme in May last year, which aims to work in collaboration with children and families rather than forcing options on them.

Cabinet member for children and learning, Cllr Robert Benham said: “Supporting children to progress into adulthood is a key strand of work for the children and young adult disability (CAD) service.”

Based within the children’s service CAD will assume responsibility for supporting the young people to make a positive transition to adult social care.

But the exact details are still being ironed out.

“We have been working with parents, young people and partners to agree how we will do this and our first step will be to recruit additional social workers to work in the team,” continued Mr Benham.

“These social workers will have knowledge of adult services and will be starting to work with young people early to explore what they wish to achieve and what support they may be assessed as needing.

“This work will be launched after April when we have the social workers in place.

“It is anticipated that this change will enable young people and their families to be more informed regarding options for educational and social care support and the transition to adulthood be as smooth as possible.”

The council has an ongoing recruitment drive and dedicated social work website to attract professionals who want to help the borough’s vulnerable youths.

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