Additional Needs/Disability Consultations

Draft SEND strategy supporting children and young people with SEND across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – closed November 12 1018

Pinpoint and parents have been among those working with the local authority on this new draft which sets out a vision and strategy for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years with special educational needs and disabilities.

The shared vision and purpose for our sons and daughters is to “Dream big, achieve well, have choice, control, and lead happy, fulfilled lives’.

Please get involved if you can. There are full/easy read versions of the strategy – please take a look and then complete the feedback survey. The deadline for your comments is November 12.

Stategy documents and how to feedback in the online survey


Draft guidance on EHCP needs assessment – closed October 19 2018

The new guidance was written in response to feedback to review the guidance already in use in Cambridgeshire.  Feedback from parents, education, social care and health professionals clearly indicated that the process for EHCNA requests had, over time, become overly bureaucratic, outdated and lacking in clarity and transparency. Recent changes in Standard Assessment Test requirements in schools have added a further need to review and update the guidance. In drawing up these guidelines, Cambridgeshire County Council has taken seriously its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.  The  guidance is written with full regard to the Code of Practice.

Changes to provision of inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities – closed October 12 2018

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a consultation on closing the inpatient hospital beds and investing in community services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Read consultation documents – including an easy read version – and the different ways to give your views


Cambridgeshire joint policy on repair and adaptations for housing – closed September 13 2018

A new joint policy has been drafted by the county’s five district councils in a bid to create a more consistent approach to grant applications for repairs and adaptations in Cambridgeshire.

The draft policy aims to explain the sorts of financial assistance which the councils may offer to private sector and housing association residents who are older, disabled and on low incomes, to help them to live safely and independently at home.

In the case of Disabled Facilities Grant, the type of assistance, the amount payable and how it operates is all set in law, so this cannot be changed. However, the Cambridgeshire district councils would like your views on other elements of the policy.

Because of the holidays, Pinpoint has succeeded in getting an extension to the key groups’ consultation deadline, so you have until Thursday September 13 to review and feedback.


IASS Minimum Standards consultation – closes early September 2018

Please read and give your comments on:

  • The consultation draft of the new minimum standards for Information Advice and Support Services (IASS, sometimes known as SENDIASS)
  • A definition of advocacy as used by IASS
  • A feedback survey

Find the documents on the Council for Disabled Children website

These are part of the IAS programme and will be the basis of the future operational plans and linked funding in 19/20. Read more about the Information, Advice and Support Programme

The consultation will close on Monday  September 3 2018. But given the holiday timing, comments will be accepted until early September.


Parents’ views wanted on school admissions and education transport – closed May 1 2018

Education transport and school admissions in Cambridgeshire are being reviewed by the county council. And the authority wants to hear what parents think.

Have you got 10 minutes to give your views on the application process (and transport provision) in these two online surveys? Thank you in advance for getting involved.

Proposed Changes to Sexual Health and Contraception Services in Cambridgeshire – closed Friday March 23

Due to financial pressures, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health Team wants to make changes to the delivery of specialist integrated contraception and sexual health services across Cambridgeshire (iCaSH).  They are keen to hear your views and use your feedback in their decision-making.

Blue Badge Eligibility Review – closed March 18 2018

People with non-physical/hidden disabilities could soon have greater access to blue badges. Transport Minister Jesse Norman has launched an eligibility review in a bid to  remove barriers to travel for those with conditions such as dementia and autism. Around 2.4 million disabled people in England have a Blue Badge, which allows them to park on roads without charge and normally without time limit.