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Reducing restrictive Interventions of Children and Young People

Case study and survey results January 2019

This work was undertaken due to significant concerns about harmful restrictive intervention of the disabled children and young people whose families we support. The report shares data collected by two small family-led
charities (A survey by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) and case studies collected by Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland (PABSS)). Both the CBF survey and the PABSS case study data have revealed
concerning results regarding incidents of, and attitudes towards, restrictive intervention. Overall the data showed a high number and regular occurrence of restrictive intervention cases.

Schol Exclusions - What is legal?

The National Children's Bureau (NCB), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) have jointly produced this factsheet that defines the different terms that are used to describe exclusions and what their legal basis is.


Schools will be made accountable for the pupils they exclude and there will be a clampdown on off-rolling, as part of Government measures taken in response to the Timpson Review of exclusions.

This review, published on 7 May 2019, makes 30 recommendations to Government as it highlights variation in exclusions practice across different schools, local authorities and certain groups of children. The report concludes that while there is no optimal number of exclusions, there needs to be action to ensure permanent exclusions are only used as a last resort, where nothing else will do.

Analysis shows 85% of all mainstream schools not expelling a single child in 2016/17, but 0.2% of schools having expelled more than ten pupils in the same year.

Vulnerable groups of children are more likely to be excluded, with 78% of permanent exclusions issued to children who had special educational needs (SEN), or classified as in need or eligible for free school meals.

Ofsted's new education inspection framework for 2019

Following consultarion in January 2019, from September 2019, Ofsted will refocus inspections of schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to make sure that learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success.

Ofsted inspectors will spend less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a nursery, school, college or other education provider has achieved their results. That is, whether they are the outcome of a broad, rich curriculum and real learning, or of teaching to the test and exam cramming.

The framework includes:

  • Inspections that focus on what children actually learn, ahead of result

  • A designed to discourage  culture of ‘teaching to the test’

  • New ‘behaviour’ judgement to give parents reassurance on bullying



Children and Family Health Devon - New children's health and wellbeing service

Children & Family Health Devon from Torbay and South Devon NHS on Vimeo.

Children's health and wellbeing services in Devon and Torbay – to the Devon Children and Families Alliance, led by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Devon Partnership Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon NHS Trust and Livewell Southwest Children's health, wellbeing and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services in Plymouth – to Livewell Southwest in partnership with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth City Council, and a range of third sector organisations across the city. Livewell is the existing provider.
The initial contracts are for seven years with the possibility of a three-year extension.

For the Devon and Torbay area, a safe transfer of services is being progressed with the Alliance working closely with current provider Virgin Care Limited.  The aim is for a seamless, safe transfer of services and staff to the Alliance.  The Alliance will build on the improvements made by Virgin Care and provide an integrated service with children, young people and families at the heart.  The Alliance will involve children, young people, families and other stakeholders in the transition and the on-going transformation of services in the months and years ahead.

For the Plymouth area, Livewell Southwest is creating a new service – the Children, Young People and Families Service (CYPFS) – bringing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), health visiting, school nursing, family nurse partnership and children’s speech and language therapy together into one structure for the first time.

Partnerships with third sector organisations will be strengthened and new ones developed to create more seamless pathways for children and young people with specific needs, such as autism and neuro-disability.

Every element will be designed with prevention and health promotion as the focus, with early help and support close to home and a better digital offer. Children and young people will continue to influence the process.

Torbay Hospital - Emergency Department redesign

Emergency Department (ED) Capital Build Redesign patient engagement: improving patient experience based on “What matters to You?” October 2018

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is scoping the redesign of the Emergency Department. As the re-configuration will take approximately 2 years,
with associated disruption, the Trust consider that it is essential that service users are able to contribute their views on the redesign. This will inform decisions to
improve the patient experience of comfort and confidence when using the service.

The Trust would like to thank the service users for sharing their insight and to confirm that their voice is listened to and acted on.

The Designated Medical Officer/ Designated Clinical Officer for SEND role in 2019

In February 2019, The Council for Disabled Children interviewed three Designated Clinical Officers and a Designated Medical Officer, for the creation of  the film The Designated Medical Officer/ Designated Clinical Officer for SEND role in 2019. 


Thrive Framework

The THRIVE Framework is transforming mental health promotion and support by providing a set of principles for communities of mental health support for children, young people and families. The Framework is needs-led, and was defined by children, young people and families alongside professionals through shared decision making.  


Living well with a Learning Disability - Devon Link Up

Devon Link Up is a service user led charity for people with learning disabilities and Autism, who live in Devon. Our Speaking Up groups, engagement, advocacy and wider work, provide opportunities for people to talk with an independent organization about things that are important to them.

This document provides a summary of the feedback from people from across the County of Devon, including Torbay, about the things that they value and seek in order to live well.

Living well with Autism

A Joint Commissioning Strategy for Devon and Torbay 2015–2020

The NHS and Local Authority bodies represented in this document, recognise their clear responsibility and legal duty regarding autistic people. This Commissioning Strategy sets
out how we intend to meet these obligations and responds to the ‘National Autism Strategy - Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives’,
‘Think Autism’, and the accompanying statutory guidance.

Crisis Prevention: A Family Survival Guide

This guide has been written by families for families of children and adults with learning disabilities, autism or both. It has been a difficult guide to write given the massive challenges that the Health, Education and Social care systems are currently facing. Many families, who are caring for loved ones living with learning disabilities, autism or both and whose behaviour is seen as challenging, continue to find it difficult to obtain ongoing appropriate care and support.

Blue Badge eligibility criteria changes come into effect in August:

After a consultation in 2018, the government confirmed that it will be extending the Blue Badge eligibility criteria to include people with non-visible impairments including dementia and autism. The date the legislation will come into effect has now been announced as 30th August 2019.










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