Improving outcomes for the Disabled Child
30 Nov 2010
Addressing new regulations and local authority duty. To be held at Westminster Studio, London

This conference will discuss new directions in disabled children’s policy, including the special educational needs green paper, the future of commissioning services and what needs to be done to ensure positive outcomes

Programme
10:00
Liz Railton CBE, National Programmes Director, Together for Disabled Children, Serco Education and Children's Services
Introduction and welcome by chair

10:10
Christine Lenehan OBE, Director, Council for Disabled Children
Short Breaks: Addressing the new regulations for local authorities

10:25
Questions and discussion; Christine Lenehan
10:45
Gemma Castle, Children’s Able and Disabled Sport Development Officer, Seashell Trust, Winner of National Lottery Awards for Sports
Access to opportunities: including children with disabilities

11:00
Questions and discussion: Gemma Castle
11:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:45
Andrew Ross, Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust
Specialist service provision: risks and opportunities in a changing landscape

12:05
John Shaw, Head of Outcomes for Children with Additional Needs, Devon County Council
Delivering effectively joint working between health and local authorities

12:25
Elizabeth Andrews, Associate Consultant, Council for Disabled Children
Early intervention: Getting it right

12:25
John Sloan, AHDC Short Breaks Transformation Programme Manager, Lambeth Children and Young People's Service (CYPS) and Lambeth NHS
Hearts and minds: Access to universal settings

12:45
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Sue North, Co-Chair, National Network Parent Carer Forums |
Anna Gill, Parent and C0-Chair, National Network Parent Carer Forums Afternoon keynote address: Involving parental participation in the decision making process

14:20
Julie Jennings, Chair, Special Educational Consortium
Encouraging positive change for children with special needs

14:35
Maurizia Quarta, Chair, Wiltshire Parent Carer Council
Improving quality and choice of service: A parent perspective

14:50
Srabani Sen, Chief Executive, Contact a Family
A response to the Green paper

15:05
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Workshop A: Cross Regional Collaboration: Achieving more efficient commissioning processes for children's placements
David Coolbear, Regional Commissioning Officer, Children and Young People's Commissioning, Children, Schools and Families, Hertfordshire County Council

15:30
Workshop B: Innovative short breaks: the Buddies scheme
Lucy Campbell, Regional Director, Dimensions Jane Neil, Children & Families Development Manager, Dimensions