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               SEN 2008 Conference
               4 November 2008

               Christine Goodfellow
               Improving Information Sharing
               and Management Programme
Part of the Improving Information Sharing and
Management (IISaM) Programme

IISaM will enable alignment of delivery across:

 Information Sharing
 ContactPoint
 the electronic enablement of the Common Assessment Framework
 Integrated Children‟s System (ICS) and
 the Client Caseload Information System (CCIS)

and support more effective working with other parts of the Integrated
Working and broader Every Child Matters agendas
What is ContactPoint?
   A key enabler to support improved integrated working across the children‟s

   The quick way to find out who else is working with the same child, making it
    easier to deliver more coordinated support and improve outcomes.

   Stores basic contact information for all children resident in England – no case
    information (e.g. school records). And contact details for people working with

   Available to staff across all children‟s services sectors, who have been authorised,
    trained and who need it to do their jobs.

   A national system to enable continuity of provision for a child who accesses
    services in more than one local area.

   Statutory: the Children Act 2004 and the Information Database (England)
    Regulations 2007.

   Available across England from early 2009.
Population, management and access
                                     DATA SUPPLY




                                                                                                DATA SUPPLY
                                               Data matching                         DWP


                                       Access Controls


                                                         ContactPoint                GRO


                No IT

                                       Support services
                                      (national and local)
                                                                        150 „accountable‟ LAs
Information held
                         BASIC              UNIVERSAL
                                                               INVOLVEMENT          INDICATORS
                      DEMOGRAPHICS          SERVICES

                        Child’s name       General practice     Youth worker              CAF
                                             Contact details     Contact details         Indicator

                           Gender           Health visitor      Social worker       Lead professional
 Unique identifier

                                             Contact details     Contact details      Contact details

                        Date of birth       Educ/school           SENCO
                                             Contact details     Contact details

                          Address           School Nurse       Sensitive service
                                             Contact details
                                                                  Contact details

                         Contact details

                     ContactPoint will not hold case data or assessment information
What are ‘universal’ and ‘additional’ services?

Universal service:
 • One or more of the universal services defined within Every Child
   Matters - GPs, health visitors, midwives and school nurses, early
   education and childcare and primary and secondary education.

Additional (Targeted or Specialist) Service:
 • The Children Act 2004 Information Database (England)
   Regulations 2007 states “Specialist or targeted service” means
   any service which is not normally provided to all persons in a
   particular age group (Regulation 2 (1))
    SEN Additional Services
In the maintained sector….

   Where services are provided by staff employed by the education provider it may be
    appropriate to record a contact when a child/young person starts to receive the
    service and/or for each child/young person:

     –   who has a school action plan
     –   who has a school action plus plan
     –   who has a statement

   Where services are delivered within the education setting by staff employed by
    other organisations, it may be appropriate to record a contact every time a
    child/young person starts to receive the service.
Why include School Action Plan?
The SEN Code of Practice (which applies to maintained schools)
defines this level of intervention as "additional to, or different from,
those provided as part of the school's usual differentiated curriculum
offer and strategies“

The nature of the intervention could take the form of:

     – A differentiated teaching approach suited to the child's individual
       needs and delivered by the classroom or subject teacher.
     – One to one support from a learning support assistant.
     – The provision of special materials or equipment.
So how would the service be described
on ContactPoint?
We are considering three options for the information which will be seen
by other users of ContactPoint when they look up a child‟s record:

    – a detailed description of the individual service types such as:
      “Educational Welfare”, “Educational Psychology” or “Home Education

    – a generic heading “Additional Educational Services”

    – no information about the name of the service, merely the name and
      contact details of the practitioner.

This is still under discussion. We will work with representatives from
your sector to agree the best approach.
 Next Steps
1. We will continue to consult key stakeholders, including the ISC, about:

        Which additional (targeted/specialist) involvements provided within the
         education sector should be routinely recorded on ContactPoint

        What information should be recorded on ContactPoint about the service

2. The ISC will convene a working group of professionals drawn from ISC member
    associations to consider thresholds for registering the involvement of specialist
    school services.

3. We will provide clear guidelines to ensure national consistency.
Progress with implementation
   Regulations in force 1 August 2007

   Guidance issued in September 2008

   Deployment will begin in January 2009:
     – All LAs will have access to ContactPoint to undertake necessary
        shielding work from early 2009;
     – Early Adopters (17 north west local authorities and 2 National Partners)
        will have access from early 2009;
     – No practitioners will have access until shielding work done

   Deployed to all other local authorities and National Partners from
    summer 2009

   Roll out to practitioners from October 2009

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