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An evaluation of key working for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Mengoni, Silvana; Bardsley, Janet and Oates, John (2015). An evaluation of key working for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. British Journal of Special Education, 42(4) pp. 355–373.

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Abstract

Key working is a way of supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families, and is highly regarded by families and practitioners. However, there is a lack of up-to-date research exploring key working in the current context of policy reforms in England. This article reports an evaluation of key working in four sites in England, with a particular focus on the SEND policy reforms. Key working resulted in a number of positive outcomes for children and young people, families and services, including helping services to meet the requirements of the SEND reforms. Challenging aspects included managing transitions and the relationship between key working practitioner and family, but successful strategies were identified. Key working supports the implementation of specific aspects of the English SEND reforms along with more general cultural change in services to align with families’ needs and well-established aspects of good practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 NASEN
ISSN: 1467-8578
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Early Support and KeyworkingNot SetNational Children's Bureau
Keywords: key working; key workers; child disability; child development; service evaluation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Studies
Item ID: 41831
Depositing User: John Oates
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 09:10
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41831
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