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Profiling practice in the North West - Bury LA Early Years Team

Rationale for the Story So Far The Story so far was developed after consultation with both parents and partners the tool is a summarised version of the Early Help Family Support Plan and is currently being piloted across Bury by Schools and both maintained and non-maintained settings in order to provide a holistic tool to support the needs of families, children and young people.

The completion of the ‘Story So Far ‘requires an integrated approach with the child/young person and their family alongside all of the universal services that are currently involved with the child / young person and their family, the focus being around the child / young person’s needs in order to explore if there is any prominent family or environmental risk factors.

The benefit of this integrated approach reduces duplication, ensures full disclosure of all concerns and maximises outcomes for children/young people and their families. The aim of the tool is to help guide and support all involved to determine and signpost to the best provision and use of the services available to support the child/young person and family.

The Story So Far is a choice available to the family to help them, with universal support, to feel empowered and to be more self-reliant in finding their own solutions to the problems and support needs they have identified within their family.

It should be completed with the family in order to help identify community services, including local private or voluntary sectors, as well as any specialist universal services, that can support the family and professionals involved to focus on prevention and early intervention to help prevent referrals to statutory services from Children's Social Care.

By families asking and choosing to work together with universal and voluntary services outcomes should improve, as the support requested is what families have identified as being most relevant and needed for their individual situation, each families plan is bespoke, therefore maximising the outcomes for every family.

Regular Team Around the Family (TAF) reviews to ensure multi-agency support are required to ensure the support being provided is always the best for the family and that the family are being promoted to develop and become more self-reliant and empowered in identifying and implementing their own strategies of support and solutions. Rationale for why changes are required

  • To avoid duplication, missed opportunities, promote collaborative working and to identify the needs of the whole family. Giving families the opportunity to only need to tell services their ‘story’ once

  • Families need a clear pathway, where Education, Health and Social Care work collaboratively to meet the needs of the child and family more effectively.

  • Ensure a holistic assessment of the needs of the child and family but with a more parent friendly approach.

  • Ensure that families are involved from the very beginning

  • Ensure that the child and parents voices are heard and their hope and dreams are considered and respected

  • Ensure children and families access appropriate services at the earliest point

Rationale for the SEND Audit We have developed a SEND audit to support providers to evidence how their setting is compliant with the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage in relation to special educational needs and/or disabilities and their understanding of their duties under The SEND Code of Practice. The aim of the audit is to enable providers to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and highlight the areas of support required by the Parenting and Family team (Area SENCO’s) and outside agencies. It enables providers to reflect and evaluate their practice to ensure that early identification and intervention is provided for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and to ensure that the children have their needs met effectively to improve their outcomes. The Audit will be completed in partnership with the Parenting & Family team and an action plan will be implemented, identifying the next steps which may involve; a targeted piece of work with the setting, a bespoke training session and the content of future networks.

New reports for local authorities on speech, language and communication needs Developing good speech, language and communication skills in early life is important if a child is to flourish at school and beyond. Building on a previous report, Public Health England has worked with stakeholders to identify the latest evidence and data on this topic and has now published speech, language and communication narrative reports.

The reports are integrated with PHE’s Fingertips platform and summarise data and evidence at local authority level to support decision-making and the development of joint strategic needs assessments to meet the speech, language and communication needs of local children. The reports will be joined by a SLCN pathway over the summer.

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