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SEND Futures Conference 2022



SEND Futures Conference 2022 was held on 12 October. The resources from the conference are available here if you would like to find out what happened on the day, or want to recap.

Who was there?

More than 350 delegates attended which included:

  • 135 organisations
  • 55 parents and carers

Conference feedback summaries

Conference Presentations 

Our speakers included two of the highest profile people in the SEND system nationally, who discussed matters highlighted in the recent green paper.

  • Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children at the National Children’s Bureau
  • Dr André Imich OBE, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education

Guest speaker presentation slides (pdf)

Workshop presentations

Overview of workshops and content (pdf)

Individual workshops‚Äč

ADHD in girls and women (PDF)

Delivered by Dr Jo Steer, Head of Emotional Health Service and Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Sam Hiew, Founder and Director, ADHD Girls.

Best practice in early years (PDF)

Delivered by Nadia de Jesus, Inclusion and Improvement Advisor and Portage Coordinator and Anne-Marie Walsh, Health Visiting Team Lead.

Working towards Co-production (PDF)

Workshop feedback (Word)

Delivered by Karen Gale, Claudia Isaby (Kingston Parent Carer Forum) and Rob Harris, (AfC) SEND Parent Carer Engagement Officer.

A message from Kingston PCF

Thank you so much for attending and being part of our co-production workshop: we think it started a really valuable conversation.

You can always keep in touch with us! 

PCF: [email protected] 

 SEND Parent Carer Engagement Officer: [email protected]

Co-production: Working together to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people with SEND – what it is and how to make it part of your practice

Delivered by Claire Richmond, Richmond Parent Carer Forum and Farah Ahmad, (AfC) SEND Parent Carer Engagement Officer.

Early identification and support in mainstream education settings, including ordinarily available provision (PDF)

Delivered by Kate Gauvain, School Based Adviser for SEND and Sarah Herbert, Lead School Improvement Adviser SEND.

Holistic outcomes / person centred planning (PDF)

Delivered by Alison Stewart, Designated Clinical Officer and Troy Hobbs, Head of SEND Service.

How we can help: A voluntary sector guide to the support and advice available for families (PDF)

Delivered by Heather Mathew, Children and Young Peoples Voluntary Sector Strategic Lead Manager, Richmond Council for Voluntary Service.

Maximising the impact of teaching assistants(PDF)

Delivered by Sally Franklin, independent SEND consultant.

Sally Franklin biography (PDF)

Oracy education and its importance in learning (PDF)

Delivered by Dr Clara Perez-Adamson, Achieving for Children Educational Psychology Service. 

Short Breaks, Parent Carer Needs Assessments, Personal Budgets and Direct Payments - Parent carer information session (PDF)

Delivered by Geraldine Burgess, Short Breaks Team, Sophie Jones, Head of Service - Children with Disabilities Social Care and Family Support and Helen Green, Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL).

Supporting social and emotional well-being with Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Schools (PDF)

Delivered by Gina Skourti, Clinical Lead Kingston, Wave 6 and Dr Jeanette Hennigan, MHST Service Lead.

The Balanced System, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy (PDF)

Delivered by Alison Danks, Alison Stewart and Carmel Brady

Transition to adult services (PDF)

Delivered by Marianna Dal Pozzo, 14 to 25 PfA Service Manager, SEND and Gill Higgins, 14 to 25 Next Steps Programme Strategic Lead.