‘Failing to listen to parents at an early stage sows seeds of mistrust between parents and professionals and can spoil the relationship between them for many years’Posted in Events, Towards a Positive Future Conference, Tweets on 04/03/2012 08:03 pm by Janet
Tania Tirraoro is a mother of two sons who have Asperger Syndrome, a wife, author, journalist and the founder of the special needs jungle website. The special needs jungle is a solid resource for suggestions, advice and tips for parents with children with special needs. She has personal experience and writes about life, the care of her sons with special needs and much more.
Tania is one of the four keynote speakers at this year’s Towards a Positive Future Conference having attended as a delegate last year.
“The event was held at the Mary Hare School for hearing impaired children near Newbury. The school does inspirational work in providing an education for its pupils, helping each through individually designed hearing equipment. As a non-maintained state school, the school’s head, Tony Shaw, said they are ‘not considered to be part of inclusion’ and have had their funding cut by central government. This, despite the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, himself having a sister with a hearing impairment.”
Her talk will provide feedback for one of the pathfinder sites for the UK Government Green Paper on Special Education Needs:’ Support and Aspiration, A new approach to special education needs and disabilities’.
The Green Paper states that every child needs the right resources early in life to reach their full potential. The need for resources is in great demand with the growing identification of over 2 million children and young people who are in need of support for their needs.
IPSEA were among many charities, support groups and individuals who responded to the 2011 Government Consultation on the ideas published in the green paper. IPSEA, who represent parents who have had difficulties with their school or Local Authority, replied: “In many cases, by contacting us and using the existing legal framework, these parents have achieved a satisfactory outcome for their children. Where we oppose any of the proposals in the Green Paper, we are aiming to ensure similar outcomes in the future – and to protect the existing rights parents have.”
“We question whether currently parents see Local Authorities as having a role as champions for vulnerable children and families. In order for that to be achieved there needs to be a re-building of trust and confidence. It is essential that Local Authorities apply the SEN legal framework in a consistent manner in order that no postcode lottery exists between geographical areas in the delivery of provision.”
Tania has been informed that there will be NO White Paper published. Instead the UK Government will soon issue a new document called “The Way Forward”. This will set out that:
- There will be a new SEN Code of Practice by the academic year 2013/4.
- The Education Health and Care Plan will replace the Statement of SEN by 2014.
- There are no plans to remove parents’ right to appeal.
- The EHCP will still have statutory protection.
- Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy will continue to be funded by education if an educational need.
- Money allocated per child will be up to £10,000 per child based on a needs-based formula and schools can commission services directly from this budget.
- Personalised budgets will come in in September 2013 controlled by parents.
- Screening at 2 to 2.5 years is to be reintroduced with the training of an additional 10,000 Health visitors.
Tania Tirraoro considers that Local Authorities are still seeing parents as ‘separate’ and on an ‘opposing side’. Book now to hear Tania and other speakers at the Towards a Positive Future 2012 conference.