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The Care Act & person centred support for young people with SEND

8 February 2017
10:00 to 14:30
St Alban's Centre Baldwins Gardens London EC1N 7AB

Action for Kids, together with The Advocacy and Support Partnership, and leading law firm Irwin Mitchell, are delighted to present a series of flagship seminars for parents, carers and professionals, which will cover issues related to special educational needs and disabilities.

Wednesday February 8th 2017, central London 10am to 2.30pm

The law concerning how adults (18+) with disabilities are cared for, and the rights of carers, has changed
What does this mean for young people planning for adult life, and for you as their carer?
How do you ensure the voices of students and your voice as a carer is heard and
evidenced in the assessment process? What should a good care plan look like?
How does the care plan link with transition plans, Education Health and Care Plans and assessments or plans written at school?
How do you ensure your needs as carers are not neglected?
What are your financial rights as a carer?
What a specialist college focusing on employment could mean for a young person.

Come and hear lawyers and care specialists answer these questions and more.
Alex Rook - Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Alex is Partner and specialist in Public Law at IM and will bring his considerable public law experience to update you on the Care Act 2014 and what this means for young people leaving school and entering adulthood, or those already there. He will also discuss your increased rights as a carer.
Belinda Blank - The Advocacy and Support Partnership. Belinda is a qualified Independent Advocate who supports families through social care, education and other issues. She will talk about how to ensure the care assessment and the carers assessments include the evidence you need for the right support.
Geoffrey Taylor-Meade - Department of Work and Pensions. Geoffrey is Partner Support Manager for the DWP North London district and will speak about Carers Allowance, the changes from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment and the reassessments, and benefits for carers.
Maureen Duncan – Action for Kids. Maureen is an education consultant to the charity Action for Kids and will talk about AFK’s ground-breaking initiative to set up a specialist college for those aged 16 to 19 focused on preparing young people for employment in adult life.

For more information, please email Alex Johnson at