This Agreement specifies the requirements with which KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS will work in the provision of their service to children, young people and parents/carers covering special educational needs and disability, health and social care in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, chapter 2 of the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and the Quality Standards for Impartial Information Advice and Support Services.
Part 3 of The Children and Families Act 2014 places a statutory requirement upon the Local Authority to provide information, advice and support.
Additional duties have been placed upon the Local Authority which include:
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall deliver information, advice and support that ranges from initial concerns or identification of potential SEND through to ongoing support and provision which may include an EHCP.
The purpose of the Service is to ensure that children and young people with SEND and/or their parents/carers are provided with the appropriate information, advice and support at the earliest opportunity/appropriate time thus enabling:
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall have regard to guidance, circulars and publications issued by the Department of Education in relation to this service and is responsible for complying with the requirements of all applicable enactments, inclusive of, but not limited to the following:
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall maintain membership of, consult and have regard to the practice standards, guidance, communications and publications of the Information, Advice and Support Services Network.
In delivering the Service, KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall comply with the duties outlined in Chapter 2 of the Code of Practice 2015 and shall adhere to the core principles underpinning the Children and Families Act 2014.
Our ambition for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college and lead happy and fulfilled lives.
To achieve our ambition we will create a 0-25 SEND system that:
This vision is reflected in the Kirklees and Calderdale Joint Strategy for SEND.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS is required to have a Confidentiality Policy in operation in order to demonstrate its impartiality from the Local Authority. This policy will be reviewed annually and published on both websites.
Exceptional circumstances may arise where KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS are required to disclose information. For the avoidance of doubt these include:
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS are required to have an impartiality policy which is reviewed annually and published on the website. To be seen as impartial KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS must:
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall adhere to and strive to achieve the Minimum Standards as per IASSN and Department of Education guidance at all times. The purpose of the guidance is to shape service delivery and drive for service improvement.
As per Minimum Standards, the provider shall develop a Service Development Plan or SEF.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS will ensure regular review and update of the Service Delivery Plan or SEF, and share it with the Independent Steering Group.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS will publish a copy of their Service Development Plan or SEF on both the websites.
The KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS Co-ordinator will report directly to the Head of Early Intervention Services in Calderdale with oversight from the Assistant Director for Learning and Skills in Kirklees.
The KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS Co-ordinator will participate in telephone updates and/or attend monthly supervision sessions with the Deputy Assistant Director for Learning and Skills and Head Of Calderdale Early Intervention Services, which will includes discussion in relation, but not solely limited, to:
KIAS will try to to attend the Vulnerable Children’s Learning Group in order to review the delivery of IASS.
Calderdale SENDIASS will try to attend the termly Accountability and Engagement and Participation meetings.
KIAS shall submit a copy of their Annual Monitoring Report to the Learning Board and Portfolio Holder Briefing for consideration.
KIAS shall develop and regularly review a Staff Training Plan, with engagement from parents and carers and staff and volunteers, as per Minimum Standards publication.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS will continue to submit their monthly statistic results for new referrals.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS will continue to follow the Local Authority agreed Supervision Policy.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall ensure that all staff and volunteers acting on their behalf are in receipt of routine regular supervision and support.
It is anticipated KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS will ensure all staff including volunteers complete level 1-3 Legal training within 12 months of taking up their post as compliant with minimum standards.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS is encouraged to undertake an application for additional funding opportunities via The Council of Disabled Children in relation to appointment of additional Independent Supporters.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall ensure that all staff and volunteers, regardless of their role or responsibilities within the provision of the service, have undertaken a Criminal Record’s check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before commencing their role, evidence of which will be presented to Kirklees Council or Calderdale MBC on request.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall operate a comprehensive, fair and accessible Complaints Procedure in relation to its own service provision only for the following persons:
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall discuss all compliments and complaints directed in the first instance to the Manager and then within the joint Steering Group Meeting.
KIAS and Calderdale SENDIASS shall review its Compliments, Comments and Complaints Policy on an Annual basis. Any changes to documentation will be approved in the first instance by the joint Steering Group Meeting.