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Developing Practice

As part of our programme last year, we worked with demonstration sites across nine regions in order to develop and share best practice in relation to preparation for adulthood.

We originally received 22 expressions of interest for the nine regions, so it was difficult to choose. We really wanted a range of sites that covered both rural and urban areas, with a mixed demographic that could give us the best opportunity to demonstrate what is possible in delivering the PfA reforms and to offer support to deliver real progress in a number of key priority areas:

  • Exemplar Local Offers around PfA
  • Exemplar EHC Plans around PfA
  • Progress on integration and strategic joint commissioning between education, health and care and between children's and adult services
  • Strategic engagement of parent/carers and young people around PfA
  • Employment and paid work for young people
  • Progress on thinking creatively around personal budgets and personalisation linked to PfA

We are working with each area to develop best practice learning examples that will be shared via our website, facebook and twitter.

The sites and their priority areas can be seen below: 

West Midlands - Dudley

Local Offer, EHC Plans and Strategic engagement

North West - Cheshire West and Chester

Local Offer, Personal budgets and personalisation and Employment

East Midlands - Rutland

EHC plans, Personal budgets and personalisation and Integration and joint commissioning

Yorks and Humber - Leeds

Local Offer, EHC Plans and Strategic engagement

London - Kingston and Richmond

Strategic engagement, Integration and joint commissioning and EHC Plans

South East - Portsmouth

Integration and joint commissioning, EHC Plans

North East - Newcastle

Employment, Personal budgets and personalisation and EHC Plans

East of England - Hertfordshire

Strategic engagement, Employment and Integration and joint commissioning

South West - Bath and NE Somerset

EHC Plans and Employment

The PfA team will also continue to work across the country offering regional support and activity, particularly around PfA outcomes and partnership working.