The Department for Education has confirmed that  and KIDS the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has been awarded another year’s funding to continue the ‘Making Participation Work’ programme until March 2018.

 ‘Making Participation Work’ is a national participation programme that looks to increase effective participation for children and young people with SEN.  The programme is co-delivered by CDC and KIDS .The announcement was made at the ‘Making Participation Work’ conference by Minister Ed Timpson appearing via video link.

In his message, the Minister said “Over the last year, through the excellent work that KIDS and the Council for Disabled Children have been doing, we have delivered national conferences to over 400 professionals working in participation with children and young people across education, health and social care. In co-production with our national young people’s group, FLARE, we have delivered a social media campaign focussed on person-centred EHC plans that reached over 1.6m Twitter feeds and we have created a Train the Trainer programme enabling young people from regional groups to develop and deliver training modules to participation professionals in a range of job roles. And so far, they’ve delivered workshops to 11 local authorities to support their participation practices. 

The work the Department has funded over the last year has helped to achieve these successes. It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will extend this work for a further year, and we will be increasing the amount of money we are devoting to it.” 

In its first year the programme focused on five key elements to enable effective participation:

This second year will see the continuance of the national young person’s advisory group FLARE, stronger interface between our national and regional young people’s groups, targeted regional events and continued support of local authorities with building the participation of young people. KIDS and the CDC will continue to work together to deliver the programme.