Events postponed this week

Pinpoint Working, Groups and Events and advice from Contact

We regret to announce we have postponed all our events and meetings for this week. We are monitoring the situation and will update you as soon as we can.

We are working from home, and will still be receiving calls and helping you as much as we can.

The following news story has just been released on Contact’s website and we wanted to draw parent carer forums’ attention to it:

From Contact:

“We know that families caring for disabled children may be particularly worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus.

You might find it helpful to read these two resources from WellChild and Carers UK:

The health and wellbeing of our families is paramount.

We are following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England, and advise our families (and parent carer forums) to do the same”.

SEND Strategy

SEND is Everybody’s Business

A strategy to provide inclusion for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The strategy sets out our vision, principles and priorities to ensure that we are working together effectively to identify and meet the needs of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from birth to the age of 25.

We want all young people to:
Dream big – Achieve well – Have choice – Control – Lead happy and fulfilled lives.

The three priorities which have been identified to achieve this are:

  • SEND is everybody’s business – embedding the vision of the SEND Strategy into the practice of everyone who works with children and families in ways that strengthen families
  • Identify and respond to needs early – a holistic and joined up early identification of and graduated response to needs
  • Deliver in the right place at the right time – improving outcomes for children and young people through making best use of resources, ensuring a graduated response and high quality local support and provision

Our commitment is that everybody can be:
Aspirational – Confident – Healthy – Included – Respected – Safe – Successful

Through this joint strategy we want to make SEND everybody’s business. The work is led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough SEND Executive Board. This is the local partnership that brings together organisations and parent carer forums responsible for services and support for children, young people and families in a shared commitment to achieving our vision.It will be supported by an action plan that will set out in more detail how we will do this.

Adult Social Care charging consultation update

The consultation closes on December 15th so there is still time to have your say.

We have responded with this:

“Pinpoint have been considering the consultation as it will affect some of our parent carer’s young adults. We felt that the questions below were appropriate to ask at this stage. I’m not sure whether you would be able to answer them now or whether they would need to be put to Committee – please advise. If its not for officers, then can you please advise on how we pose them to Committee – can we register to speak?”

The Consultation says:

Some people will have to pay a bit more for their care. It will be up to £5.50 a week. Around 1300 -1500  some people might have to pay more​.

Some people will have to pay more for their care. It will be up to £28.95 a week. Around 1900 –2200 people might have to pay more.​

Some people might have to pay both suggested changes 1 and 2. Around 800 –1100 people might have to pay both of these​

Most people who use respite care have four weeks a year of care. They might have to pay up to £140 a week more. This will only happen on the weeks when they have a respite care stay. Around 100 -250 people might have to pay more​

Charge people for the Council managing their benefits and finances. This is called being an ‘appointee’. We will only charge people who have savings of over £1000. ·It will cost £10 a week for people in residential care. ·It will cost £12.50 a week for people getting care at home. Around 40-100 people might have to pay.​

We want to charge a fee each year to people who can afford to pay for the full cost of their care and who have chosen to ask the Council to arrange their care for them. These people are called self-funders. Around 800-1200 people might have to pay. They might pay up to £400 a year to cover the cost to provide this service.​

1. To what extent will the new charges affect young disabled adults?​

In terms of people in the age range 18 – 25 (care charges only apply from age 18), the only charging policy proposal that will significantly affect this cohort’s level of care client contribution is the inclusion of the full amount of the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Care Component or the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – Daily Living part in the assessment (proposal two).

The Council’s other charging proposals relate only to i) people over pension age (i.e. the minimum income guarantee – proposal one) ii) those people who fund their own care because of high capital levels (proposal five – unlikely to be in the 18 – 25 age group), iii) those who take respite (proposal three – mainly taken by over-pension age clients, but some young disabled adults could also be affected) iv) those clients where the local authority acts as corporate appointee (proposal four – currently very low numbers).

Current Council records indicate that there are 219 Adult Social Care clients in the age range 18 – 25 receiving a Council-funded care package who either receive the higher rate of DLA Care, or the enhanced rate of PIP Daily Living. These individuals may therefore experience an increase in their weekly care client contribution if the Council agrees to the proposal, but there are a number of protections that would apply to people affected by this; including the application of the appropriate level of Minimum Income Guarantee in the financial assessment calculation which is a nationally set Government figure intended to ensure that people are left with a level of income after payment of care charges that is sufficient to cover usual daily living costs in the community and also taking proper account of any disability related expenditure in the financial assessment on an individual basis – based on the application of national guidance, local policy and best practice.

The Council says – However, if it was decided to go ahead with the changes, the Council would make sure that everybody is able to afford to pay towards the cost of their care. We will look at each person’s case. ​

Fact – Care support budget reductions over the last decade, particularly to support access to the community have meant that disability benefits have played a significant part in mitigating the effects of those reductions for disabled people. The new charging may have a significant role in reducing the ability of disabled people to lead purposeful lives outside their homes.​

2. To what extent will this process acknowledge and reflect those reductions as well as the new charges in making a judgement?​

The financial assessment itself will consider an individual’s financial and personal circumstances and take these into account, including levels of disability related expenditure as described above, and will also take account of any recent changes to the individual’s care and support plan that might adversely impact on their ability to access the community.

3. What will be the methodology for decision making about individual people affected? ​

The interpretation and application of statutory guidance, local charging policy and procedure, national association best practice and the use of discretion in certain exceptional cases will form the basis of the Council’s decision making methodology for individual clients affected by the implementation of the charging proposals, if these are agreed by the Council.

School Exclusions Fact Sheet: What is legal?

School exclusions: What is legal?
Pupils can experience school exclusion in many different ways and
the language used to describe exclusions can itself be confusing.
In this context, it can be difficult to notice where exclusions are
used in a way that is not consistent with the law.
We believe that schools, parents, carers and pupils will all benefit
from clear information about their legal powers and rights.
This factsheet defines the different terms that are used to describe
exclusions and what their legal basis is.


Update on SEN Support

Getting professional advice earlier at SEN Support

We’re delighted that the SEND Service (0-25) (Educational Psychology and Specialist Teachers) has been listening to your concerns that teachers get the right early advice to best support our children and young people at the SEN Support stage. They have shared those concerns with schools and settings and are now trailing a new way of using their time.

SEND Service (0-25)  will be offering every LA and maintained school hours which can be used flexibly and creatively to specifically to look at how individuals and groups can be better supported earlier.  This includes free training to schools on a range of topics including Dyslexia and Autism. If you receive a letter home asking for you to give your permission to discuss your child with a professional, then this is why.

It won’t reduce the time available to do work associated with assessment requests, ECHPs or Annual Reviews.

This proactive support may mean we ensure children’s needs are met earlier and preventative interventions are in place, rather than reactive to things getting worse before additional advice is available.

We have a very useful guidance copy of what SEN Support should look like, we will be sending a copy via our newsletter next month. If you haven’t yet signed up to our newsletter or haven’t received an email from us recently, then now is the time. Link below!

We’d like your feedback on your experiences with these changes now in place, feel free to email info@pinpoint-cambs or comment on our FB post.

Monthly Newletter/ Mailing list


Pinpoint AGM Agenda

Annual General Meeting Agenda

1:45- 2:15pm, 1 November 2019

Bluntisham Village Hall, Bluntisham, PE28 3LR

  1. Welcome and introductions – Fay Dutton
  1. Apologies:
  1. Minutes of 2018 AGM
  1. Annual Report 2018/19
  1. Treasurer’s Report 2018/19
  1. Trustee elections:
    1. Election of Margaret Sare as new trustee
    2. Resignations during the year – Linda Green and Bianca Cotterill
    3. Election of Officers:
      – Chair or joint chairs
      – Vice-chair
      – Company Secretary
      – Treasurer
  1. Staff changes to date
    1. Welcome to Linda Green, Bianca Cotterill and Laura Potter
    2. Farewell to Eve Redgrave, Kari Payne and Carole Darlow
  1. Going Forward
  2. Pinpoint meetings and
  3. Pinpoint Annual Conference Thursday 5 March 2020 at Burgess Hall, St Ives
  4. Close

There will be an opportunity to meet the Trustees over refreshments after the meeting.

Launch of new EHCP guidance now available

Education Health Care Plan Guidance Launch

Following an 18-month process involving parents and professionals together looking at the old threshold guidance for EHCP assessments, we are delighted to announce that the new document has now been launched as a direct response from what you have told us and is ready to be used by professionals and parents seeking guidance in this area.

This new document should help dispel several unhelpful myths as it makes clear the legal duty on the local authority to respond to request for any child that may have additional needs and require further assessment.

The document is not intended to provide a list of ‘evidence’ required for requesting an Education Health Care Plan Assessment ( EHCPA) but rather provides insight to the types of information that maybe helpful in evidencing a child’s additional needs.

The majority of feedback from parents has been incorporated within the new document, it no longer refers to ‘thresholds’ making guidance much clearer children’s needs can be complex and overlapping rather than a sole academic delay that needs one specific type of support, but a joined up approach by different agencies.

The LA have committed to keeping this document under review to ensure it does everything we hope and expect.

Pinpoint would like to thank you for your engagement in this project and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Could you be a Pinpoint Champion?

Pinpoint are recruiting for Champions and are holding a couple of informal information drop in sessions.

Could you be a Pinpoint Champion?? To find out more why not drop in and have a cuppa and a chat about what is involved?

  • Pinpoint Champion informal drop in information session Godmanchester – Queen Elizabeth School Hall PE29 2NB – Thursday 12th September 10am until 2pm
  • Pinpoint Champion informal drop in information session Huntingdon – Maple Centre 6 Oak Drive PE29 7HN – Thursday 19th September 10am until 2pm

For more information, contact

Summer Holidays

Pinpoint are winding down for the summer holidays. We wish you all a restful break and look forward to working with you again in the Autumn term.