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Translating Policy and Practice around Special Educational Needs and Disabi...
Thu 2 February 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 GMT
This seminar will explore key policy and practice around children with Special Educational Needs and Disability and how this supports the journey for the child and their family.
In 2014 the biggest Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms in over 30 years occurred with the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014.
The seminar will explore why changes were needed and the drivers behind it. It will allow attendees to consider different perspectives on disability and how these have changed over the years. It will provide an opportunity to look at the journey of a child and their family through what can feel like a maze of services and processes.
Attendees will be provided with an opportunity to reflect on the practice of those that are supporting families and look how they can personalise their approach.
This seminar will be of particular interest to Child and Family Studies, Learning and Teaching and Professional Studies students, as well as anyone who works in a public-facing role such as childcare practitioners, social workers and housing officers.
Catherine began work in 1988 within residential schools for children with complex disabilities before moving to support adults in residential care moving from care assistant to Deputy Manager over the years. In 2001 Catherine joined Wakefield Council as a non-qualified social worker providing care management in a generic adult social work team. She was provided with an opportunity in 2003 to undertake a secondment to become a social worker, training at Leeds Metropolitan University.
On qualification, Catherine worked with disabled children after which she moved to project managing the modernisation of services for adults with learning disabilities.
In 2009 Catherine left the Local Authority to work as an Area Manager for KIDS, a national charity supporting disabled children.
Claire is a parent of two children with additional needs and has experienced the implementation of the SEN policy and the reforms first hand.
Claire spends most of her time looking after her children, but in her spare time has delivered training to parents and professionals on Down’s syndrome and the parents’ journey living with children with additional needs.
Claire volunteers for several local charities to try and improve outcomes for children with additional needs.