Wiltshire has a number of local arrangements for collaboration between institutions to support those with SEN.
If you are part of a organisation looking to work with others to improve SEN support you will find a number of existing arrangements listed on this page. This will include bodies across Education, Health and Social Care. If you are aware of others that may be useful for us to share please do get in touch at email@example.com.
Local Offer Partnership Working - Hearing every voice
The Local Offer is developed in partnership with all those who want to have a voice within the SEND community including those who access it and work in support of it. The partnership includes amongst others Wiltshire Parent Carer Council,Healthwatch,Carer support Wiltshire , Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board and Wiltshire Centre For Independent Living. These partners are part of a Local Offer Steering Group which meets every month to discuss key areas for action. For focused areas of work we also draw upon wider membership. If you think your organisation should be contributing or have something specific you would like to be discussed in the Local Offer Steering Group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also provide the Terms of Reference including membership on request.
Post-16 Pathway Partnership Group
This multi-agency group features a wide range of members including councillors to achieve the following outcomes:
- create a clear and communicative pathway to support young people prepare for adult life, inclusive of Health, Education and Social Care, considering key stages and points of transition
- develop a pathway that will be accessible via numerous platforms including Wiltshire's Local Offer
- work with Stakeholders to ensure the pathway is holistic and co-produced
- work with young people, carers, and families to ensure the information provided is accurate and relevant
- identify gaps in provision for Post 16 Provision to feed into future planning and support the increasing post 16 cohort.
If you are interesting in finding out more about this group or think you might be able to contribute contact email@example.com.
Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP)
The Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP) are the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in Wiltshire.
The SVPP was established in February 2019, in response to Working together to safeguard children (gov.uk) which required that local safeguarding partners set out arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children, including identifying and responding to their needs. The safeguarding partners are the Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Police. They have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and adults in a local area (as set out in Working together to safeguard children (gov.uk) and the Care Act 2014 (legislation.gov.uk)).
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Multi-Agency Forum (MAF)
It is vital to provide the right help early on, to ensure our children and young people have the best chance of achieving good outcomes. For this to happen we need truly collaborative working across services, teams and thresholds.
Almost every community area in Wiltshire has a locally owned and managed Multi-Agency Forum (MAF). This is very important as localised ownership is the glue that keeps MAFs focused on local needs and locally supported partnership working. This in turn makes the MAF more meaningful and useful for local staff.
The quality of support available at MAFs is exceptionally high and helps direct professionals to the most appropriate support for the child or young person - so less time is spent navigating services. This also means that any support or intervention needed to support children, young people and their families in Wiltshire, can happen at an earlier stage.
Multi-Agency Forums are a valuable mechanism for enabling partnership working as they provide an opportunity for:
- discussing anonymised ESA cases for peer advice and guidance (unless it is clear that parents and the young person have given permission for their details to be shared with a range of professionals)
- hearing about local service updates and changes
- learning about effective interventions
- focusing attention on key issues specific to your locality
- effective peer support and networking.
If you are looking to signpost to your MAF, or take part in your local forum contact CommunityNavigator@wiltshire.gov.uk.
SENCO Network meeting
Join the SENCO Network meetings, run by the SSENS Team, for updates and training on different aspects of SEND. This is open to all SENCOs/ SEND support staff from primary, secondary, higher education and special schools.
Each meeting will usually include:
- an outside speaker - previously these have included the SALT Team and representative from commercial SEN programmes
- a Takeaway Training Pack to hear presented and then takeaway to use in your school
- an opportunity to network with other SENCOs and suggest topics for future meetings
- general updates from both Wiltshire Council and the world of SEND.
To ask any questions, request materials or take part in these meetings as a speaker or as a SENCO email SSENS@wiltshire.gov.uk
The Resource Base network
An excellent opportunity to be part of a termly Resource Base network meeting which fully supports improving outcomes for schools with a Resource Base.
The Resource Base network will provide a collaborative opportunity for colleagues across RB schools to get together and share best practice in a positive and supportive forum. In addition to providing updates, national/local developments, resources and guidance materials, guest speakers will be invited to discuss topics pertinent to Resource Bases, and schools encouraged to share their practice.
Throughout the network meetings, colleagues will be invited to discuss successes and challenges, case studies and scenarios of best practice and identify topics for future discussion. The network will be built by responding to the needs of its members and provide a valuable resource to develop practice.
By the end of the sessions you will:
- have had opportunities to network and share best practice with colleagues working in Resource Bases
- be able to reflect on your own practice within your Resource Base and how this could be developed
- have a range of practical guidance, support and development materials to enhance practice in your own setting.
To ask any questions, request materials or take part in these meetings as a speaker or as a SENCO email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special School open mornings
Following the success of the 22 - 23 special school open mornings for staff working in resource bases, we are working to develop a number of open mornings within our special schools to widen the offer to include mainstream.
These will allow an opportunity to see the facilities within the schools, to hear about how the needs of children with SEN are met and to understand the various outreach support opportunities.
For more information and dates contact email@example.com.
New to SENCO
Starting in a new Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator (SENCo) role can be overwhelming with many different elements to consider and a long list of activities to prioritise. This network aims to support new or returning SENCos to develop links with SENCo colleagues, plan for strategic leadership of SEND provision and understand where the SENCo role sits within wider legislation.
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Improving outcomes with the SEND SEF
The SEND SEF is a self-evaluation document which has been designed as a comprehensive support and evaluation tool for schools to understand the current quality of SEND provision and practice, accurately identify areas of strength and effectively plan for development.
This course offers the opportunity to share best practice and network with others.
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Mental Health Open Forum
The forum provides a unique opportunity for people to speak directly to those who run mental health services in Wiltshire, talking about their experiences and sharing their ideas for ways services could be improved.
It's a collaboration between Healthwatch Wiltshire, service users and mental health service provider Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), and is supported by a range of organisations including Wiltshire Council, Rethink, Carer Support Wiltshire and Citizens Advice.
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