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Why would a social worker need to come to an SEN annual review?

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AnyoneForTardis Sat 08-Nov-14 17:52:23

Im already a bit peeved (posted about this before) about DCs annual review and theres nothing I can say no to as DC has SEN so they 'have'to come.

Im DCs SENCO as well as her educator. I think in all modesty Im doing apretty good job considering, and DCS doing brilliantly, better with HE than all the trauma of noise/crowds/too many changes at a school.

I don't want social worker coming, Ive done nothing wrong.

theyre coming next week at the end of the week and haven't even told me wholl be attending apart from him.

CharlesRyder Sat 08-Nov-14 17:55:31

In some areas children with a statement are automatically nominated a SW from the disabilities team.

At this round of annual reviews switching over to an EHCP needs to be considered so it is more likely involved professionals will actually turn up.

AnyoneForTardis Sat 08-Nov-14 18:02:42

I don't mind the PWP coming as shes always been brill and supportive, but they always manage to make me feel guilty somehow, and Im 'isolating' her....a common comment to HEd kids.

and DCs got an active social a couple of lessons with another HED child.

really don't understand why SW has to come, theres nothing wrong with DC and I's relationship (education wise anyway!).

theyre supposed to be looking at DCS education, not anything else.

AnyoneForTardis Sat 08-Nov-14 18:04:50

DCs and MIne, DCs and I? -English grammar not my forte!!! grin

SW never come before so Im a bit concerned, also that they haven't told me whos coming (DC gets agitated at strangers coming over) when they used to.

theyre coming to house so they can see for themselves DCS work.

BackforGood Sat 08-Nov-14 18:15:08

Because the Statement will now have to transfer to and Ecucation, Health and Care Plan, and Social Care are supposed to input into all the plans.
We know, long term they just won't be able to staff it, but, because it's quite new at the moment, then they have to go along to some to make sure they have that experience. It will no doubt all die down over the next few months.
Oh, and you don't have to have "done something wrong" to have social care involvement.

AnyoneForTardis Sat 08-Nov-14 18:55:19

okay. thanks.

Saracen Sat 08-Nov-14 19:14:32

If your dc doesn't like strangers about, is it possible he or she could be elsewhere during the meeting? Less chance of unwelcome surprises that way. I appreciate that that might be equally unsettling or difficult to arrange, of course.

I wouldn't want my children there while people were talking about them. Someone might say something in an undermining or tactless way.

AnyoneForTardis Sat 08-Nov-14 21:26:41

unforch theres no one else to take DC out.

lasttime she went to her room and put headphones on and listened to some music while reading on her bed, and anyway I make sure we all talk quietly.

I hate it when someone says something inappropriate so I exercise caution with her.

FionaJNicholson Tue 11-Nov-14 06:41:49


Is the Annual Review at your house?!

Not sure what you mean about being your daughter's SENCO, do you mean that literally you have funding from the LA to deliver education otherwise than at school?

In any event you don't have to attend the Annual Review, you can just submit a Parental Report, and this should have been made clear to you.

Nor do you have to submit samples of work and your child doesn't have to be interviewed.

If this is to be a transition from a statement to an Education Health and Care Plan they you should have been informed of this some time ago. Very few statements are being changed this year because it's too much work for LAs (although I do know of some where they have just drafted in some short-time SENCOs to convert as many statements as possible to get it over and done with)

All that being said, if it IS a transition review to an EHCP, then a social worker has to be invited to the Annual Review meeting (they don't have to attend.) Some of us did complain about this to the Department for Education and say parents ought to have a power of veto, but they went ahead and treated the EHCP AR the same for home ed as for any other "education outside school".

I think you need to clarify the purpose of the SW presence. In your position I would also question whether it makes sense to attend the review in person as presumably the fact that your daughter is there and that it is held at your home all follows from you attending in person?

I have loads of information about statements and the new code of practice for SEN on my websites and ehe-sen but I'm not allowed to link to them.

AnyoneForTardis Tue 11-Nov-14 17:44:25

wehad it yesterday, yes at our house.

sw didn't come, I said for him not to, his presence wasn't needed.

I show them DCS work as theres a high number of truancy's in my area and I want to show mine isn't one of them.

I get no funding as a SENCO as I chose in the end to HE.

they have offered a tutor for a couple of subjects though which Im fine with.

overall they were satisfied with DCs progress, shes advanced more in one year than 6 years at infant and juniors.


Saracen Wed 12-Nov-14 08:29:12

That's good - I get the impression you are satisfied with the outcome?

Really pleased for you!

AnyoneForTardis Wed 12-Nov-14 16:40:14

well id rather they didn't 'intrude'

Im just repeating the same old same old every time, DC will never be Einstein, shes so limited to what she can achieve/do/manage.

Theyre just covering their backs I suppose, setting out 'goals' I know and they know full well DC wont ever achieve -and that's not being negative towards DC, she really is that limited.

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