The 2014 SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Reforms present a wide range of challenges to Local Authorities.
The Reforms position children and young people at the heart of planning and decision making. The focus is on support to improve their outcomes rather than simply provision of support.
Support professionals need to work together with children, young people and their families to put the Education, Health and Care plans into place through person-centred practice.
Individuals should have choice and control over their futures and be able to enjoy full, healthy and active lives. It requires not only a legal but a cultural change.
RIX Research & Media is at the forefront of this change.
The RIX Wiki is built around the person with learning disabilities, putting them centre-stage and giving them and their families control.
It is a highly collaborative tool, allowing multiple professionals to co-operate and liaise more closely, working together to become an effective team for person-centred planning.
As dynamic online tools, RIX Wikis can move with individuals as they grow older, enabling them to voice their changing skills and support needs throughout the different stages of their life.
The RIX Wiki Start-Up packages can ensure long-lasting service delivery so the Local Authority can feel confident that its SEND provision will meet the needs of those with learning disabilities now and in the future.
RIX Wikis are effective across a wide range of settings and can deliver positive results and clear social benefits in Children’s Services and Adult Services.
Wiki Co-Ordinator, Nottinghamshire
“Wikis demonstrate that a magical blend of text, videos, images and audio really can bring the hopes, dreams and aspirations of young people to life.”
Craig Wilkie, Wiki Co-ordinator, Nottinghamshire County Council.
Read about Wiki Centres of Excellence in Nottinghamshire County Council
Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
“Wikis are marvellous communications tools, and are very flexible, accessible, and easy to use. The sites are completely secure and password protected and there’s lots of scope for children across the borough to share their lives with people who care for them. This is a wonderful new service and I’m sure it will prove to be very popular.”
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
Read ‘Achieving for Children’ case study