What is the role of the SEND Lead Worker?
- Act as a single point of contact for the child/ family
- Keep practitioners focused on the child/ family
- Empower the child/young person/ family to make decisions and be heard
- Coordinate actions agreed by practitioners and the family and avoid potential duplication.
Who are SEND Lead Workers?
Our SEND Lead Workers come from a variety of backgrounds. The core of the team was brought together in January 2014 from staff working as Early Years Inclusion Officers, Statutory SEN Assistant Education Officers, post-16 SEND Personal Advisers and Social Care Customer Advisers.
We have been recruiting to the team and have extended the experience within the teams to include staff from Early Years settings, SEN staff from schools and colleges and colleagues with skills and experience in health care. As well as carrying on with ’business as usual’ staff are participating in training to ensure that we have a confident and skilled workforce prepared for the changes in delivery from September 2014.
Who is my SEND Lead Worker?
For the moment you should continue to liaise with the person you normally contact.
If in doubt please contact Wiltshire Families and Children’s Services on 0300 456 0108 (out of hours Emergency Duty Service: 0300 456 0100).
We are going through a process of allocating families to lead workers, in order to maintain the strong support for all the children and young people we are currently working with. We will make sure that every family will know who to contact.
Schools will also have specific contacts from the SEND Lead Worker team and we will be able to let schools know who their contacts are before the end of the summer term. Meanwhile, please continue to use your usual contacts or ring the SPOC number.
What will the SEND Lead Worker do?
The SEND Lead Worker will not do all the work for the child, young person or family but will coordinate and liaise to make sure things are being done in a timely way. Sometimes another professional will take the lead such as the Health Visitor, Speech & Language Therapist, Social Worker, Teacher (dependent on the child’s or young person’s needs) but the SEND Lead Worker can always be contacted to check what is happening.
- Checking what other services/people are currently involved
- Referring the child or young person and their family to other services as appropriate
- Considering existing specialist assessments
- Ensuring that further assessments are requested as needed
- Assessing the child’s or young person’s needs in discussion with them, schools/settings/other professionals
- Attending reviews, Team around the Child (TAC) meeting, professionals meetings as appropriate
- Arranging and chairing TACs as necessary
- Supporting the child/young person/family to access information on the local offer
- Discussing future options
- Ensuring that a My Statutory Plan is written that supports your child to achieve specific outcomes
Will the SEND Lead Worker be involved with a My Support Plan?
A SEND Lead Worker may also be involved at a My Support Plan level if it is deemed likely that the case will move towards statutory level at some point and it was deemed appropriate. This can be determined on a case by case basis.