The data on children with complex needs is unclear and incomplete
A report from the Council for Disabled Children and The True Colours Trust looks into the national data on children with complex needs or life-limiting conditions, and makes some recommendations.
The CDC and The True Colours Trust commissioned this piece of research in order to more fully understand the data that is available, to identify any gaps, and to develop an action plan to drive improvements.
The data shows that the number of children with complex needs or life-limiting conditions has increased significantly over the last ten years; most of these children are educated in special schools. The two main reasons for this are the improved survival rates of pre-term babies, and increased life expectancy for children with complex disabilities.
However, data collection is incomplete and sometimes out of date, which makes it difficult for local and national services to plan to meet the needs of these vulnerable groups.
The report makes 12 recommendations around four key themes: filling the gaps, making better use of data already collected, towards an integrated data picture, and to raise awareness of trends and generate robust local data.
Read the report in full here.
Information - 22 May 2018
Find out how one nursery setting has used our free online resources to help staff support children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Checklist - 01 May 2018 Silver AND Gold Member Only
This editable checklist will help practitioners in the Early Years to see what records they need to collect for a child about whom they have emerging concerns. There is text explaining what is needed and a one-page checklist to put in a child's file to support effective record keeping.
Tool - 27 Apr 2018 Gold AND Silver Member Only
If you are a key person working in the Early Years, this flowchart will help you to structure your response to children with emerging needs. It uses a graduated approach, following 'universal', 'targeted' and 'personalised' levels of support. It would make a useful addition to your file, or print it out on A3 and put it on the staff noticeboard for everyone to refer to.