We currently sit on the following boards or attend these meetings. Minutes will be published on this page when they are available:
SEND STRATEGIC BOARD
The SEND board aims to ensure that the local authority and clinical commissioning group (CCG) meet their responsibilities outlined in the statutory guidance Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years.
The SEND Board is made up of representatives from the local authority, education, NELFT, Waltham Forest's CCG and Waltham Forest's Parents Forum. (2 members attend)
SEND Data Dashboard
Health Data Dashboard
School Clusters & SEND Officer Allocation
SHORT BREAKS PANEL
To access the short breaks service a child or young person will need to have an assessment of their needs. This can be arranged by completing a self-referral form. The assessment or self-referral from will be passed to the Short Break Panel for a decision.
The Short Breaks Panel is a monthly multi-agency panel that makes decisions about short breaks allocations. One forum member attends.
Short Breaks Self-Referral Form
SENDIASS STEERING GROUP
SENDIASS is an independent service, and the Steering Group plays an active role in guaranteeing an element of independence from the Local Authority.
The Steering Group will:
● Check on how SENDIASS is performing in supporting clients
● Promote and develop SENDIASS by giving practical advice on raising awareness and publicity
● Guarantee an element of independence from the Local Authority by being an impartial service
● Work in partnership with SENDIASS and the Local Authority
● Agree a mechanism for presenting feedback to the Local Authority
● Identify and promote good practice, raise issues and concerns and identify gaps in services
● Support the SENDIASS team of staff and volunteers
● Ensure that SENDIASS meets the needs of parents, carers and young people for impartial and confidential information, advice and support
● Receive and analyse clients’ feedback and action on any areas of improvement
Members will represent a range of organisations, service user representatives, individuals and agencies with an interest in SENDIASS at Waltham Forest.
The group meets quarterly. Three forum reps attend steering group meetings.
MONTHLY WALTHAM FOREST PARENT SEND MEETINGS
(with SEND Team, Health, Commissioners, Cllr for Children & Families)
The forum meets on a monthly basis with the SEND Team, Health Reps (Assistant Director of Health & Designated Clinical Officer, Commissioners, Social Care reps and the Children and Families Councillor.
We are able to share compliments and Issues, work on actions and feedback on work that each area is doing.
All Steering Group Members can attend these meetings:
For 2021 minutes please see our ARCHIVE page.
WALTHAM FOREST CHILDREN AND FAMILY CENTRES' STRATEGIC BOARD
The Board is multi agency and monitors the work of the Children’s Centres against the Waltham Forest contract. Agencies that work within the centres feedback on service development and performance
One forum member attends quarterly meetings.
AUTISM STRATEGY GROUP
Earlier in 2021 Waltham Forest’s councillors backed an All-Age Autism Strategy 2021 to 2026 to make our local authority autism-friendly. The all-age autism strategy has been co-produced with colleagues across different Council departments, our partners in health, policing, and local organisations, and our residents. The Strategy comes with an implementation plan which will be reviewed regularly and updated each year.
The Local Authority also hopes to have a project manager in place early in the new year who will lead on the delivery of this strategy and maintain the Autism Strategy Delivery Group.
A monthly meeting which reports on how well CAMHS are doing against the Transformation Plan. Two forum members attend to feedback parental concern.
Coproduction Working Party
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Preparing for Adulthood(PfA) Strategic Board & Strategy Implementation Workstreams
Children's Health and Wellbeing Board Subgroup
Early Years & Maternity Board
Coproduction Charter Group
Autism In Schools Group
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
Local Area Plan
Short Breaks Review
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