Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Pathfinder

The Pathfinder is a new way of working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and will be tested in the south of the city covering Eccles, Irlam and Cadishead.

The Pathfinder started in September 2017 and is being evaluated in early 2019. There will then be a decision about whether to make it available across the rest of the city.

This new way of working will include all types of support including:

  • Education / schools
  • Social care eg short break care, direct payments
  • Health services eg speech and language therapy
  • Housing
  • Leisure and social activities 

Families will be at the heart of a better way of working, and involved in any decisions made. This new way of working means parents or carers and your child will be central to any meetings to ensure the best possible decisions are made about plans, services and support for your child. 

A professional that knows your child well will become the Engagement Lead. This means that they will be the first point of contact for information and they will support you through the assessment process and ensure the right packages of support are in place to support your child. The Engagement lead will be someone you already know or someone you will get to know well such as early support key worker or school special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). 

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This page was last updated on 8 January 2019

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