Why did KIDS decide to be a part of the SEND Consortium?
KIDS is a leading disabled children’s charity that has been in existence for over 40 years working to enable disabled children and young people and their families to enjoy their lives. We support and work with disabled children and young people from birth to the age of 25 and with the individuals who are affected by this situation (such as families and young carers).
The objectives of the SEND Consortium are strongly aligned to those of KIDS. Our ethos is that working in partnership with parents to enable disabled children and young people to develop their skills & abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes & aspirations. As part of the Consortium we will do this by improving support to communities.
Why is the work that the SEND Consortium do so important?
Having a disabled child or young person can be very difficult on a family; therefore anything that can be done to make it easier for them to access the support system in their community is only a good thing. SENDirect will significantly benefit disabled children and young people, along with their families.
What does your organisation add to the Consortium & whose needs do you represent?
The charity has pioneered a number of ways of working with and supporting disabled children and young people in its history. A number of years ago we identified the importance that online technology would play in the move towards personal budgets and direct payments for disabled children and young people.
KIDS developed an online system for families to book short breaks. For the past three years we have also delivered the Making it Personal project, funded by the Department for Education, which provides support and advice to parents and carers of disabled children and young people and also to commissioners, about personalisation and personal budgets. We bring our expertise from working on both of these.
What do you hope will be different as a result of the work the SEND Consortium are doing?
Our hope is that families of disabled children and young people are able to readily access services & the support that they truly value and not what others believe they require.
More information on KIDS & our vision for children & young people with disabilities can be found on our website.