What's working well? What aspects are more challenging? Ideas for improvements? I'd love to hear from you!
I'm completing a Masters research project into the experiences of SENCOs in relation to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), with a focus on autistic children.
SENCOs are a crucially important part of this process but their experiences and perspectives are often overlooked within research. My project aims to interview a number of SENCOs around the country in order to highlight which parts of the EHCP process are working well, which parts are more challenging, and practical ideas for improvements that could help benefit both SENCOs and the families of children who are involved.
If you would like to share your views and experiences I would love to hear from you! To get involved or for more information about the project, please get in touch by sending a message directly to my mumsnet account.
What's working well? Parents far more involved as part of the process, rather than having things 'done to them' as used to be with Statements
What aspects are more challenging? - I don't expect this is any surprise - The lack of funding meaning the process doesn't give the parents the support they need. Not enough capacity for professionals to give the time they would like. Waiting lists. Lack of capacity for agencies to attend TAC meetings. Total lack of advocacy support for the parents. Not enough school places for those who want specialist provision. Not enough support for the mainstream schools who are expected to include complex children without enough funding, nor the training to give to the staff they do employ. Ideas for improvements? As ever, with all public funding, there isn't enough. The main improvement from the pov of Parents of pre-schoolers would be properly trained advocates to support parents through the process. Including translators. Including people with time to return back and support the family more than for one meeting.