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Evidence of what works

Background papers: children :: Special educational needs and disabilities [Update in progress] :: Evidence of what works

Through reporting requirements for National Indicator 54, services should look to offer:
• Good provision of information
• Transparency in how the available levels of support are determined
• Integrated assessments
• Participation of disabled children and their families in local services
• Accessible feedback and complaints procedure.

The Government's Disabled Children Review has culminated in the report 'Aiming High for Disabled Children: Better Support for Families'

The evidence gathered through the Disabled Children Review determined that the most effective way of transforming the life chances of disabled children and young people is through:
• Enabling access and empowerment
• Providing responsive services and timely support
• Improving service quality and capacity

Principles and guidance for implementing a successful joint commissioning programme for children's services across local authorities and primary care trusts can be found here

The national review of Targeted Mental Health identified the effectiveness of early intervention to support emotional and behavioural needs and identified educational psychologists as an important professional group being sought out to help schools provide for complex emotional and behavioural needs. It identified them as a key group to provide a link between schools and specialist CAMHS.

The Government's white paper 'Choosing Health', published in November 2004, presents the results of an extensive public consultation into the reshaping of public health policy. That process established three core principles of a new public health strategy:
• Informed choices based on reliable information
• Personalisation of services
• Effective multi–agency working

The Department of Health document 'Better Care: Better Lives' sets out the Government's commitment to ensuring that a choice/range of services is available when needed to enable every child or young person with life–limiting or life–threatening conditions to live as full a life as possible, as well as providing the necessary support to their families.

Above all, the emphasis is on the requirement for services to be designed around the needs of children and families rather than the criteria of different agencies or organisations, or professional boundaries.

The Childcare Act 2006 requires Local Authorities and partner agencies including Primary Care Trusts to prioritise the needs of disabled children as part of their new duties to assess childcare needs of families and to secure sufficient childcare to children up to and including age 14 (18 for disabled children).