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You recognised and expressed a need to share good practice and ideas from around the midlands and this new online publication is one of several solutions. This Magazine will help share ideas, ask questions, foster debate and influence the national agenda. The mailing list is growing and we hope that you will encourage others to sign up to receive notification of new issues.

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Although we have the aim of embedding and developing Early Support across the East Midlands and West Midlands regions, we have also been made aware of the importance of integrating this agenda into the other streams of work coming from central government. We need to work together to ensure that Early Support For Children Young People And Families is foremost in the minds of policy-makers and opinion formers; the more voices there are working to this end the harder our principles and approach will be to ignore.

We also hope that In Principle will be become a vehicle for discussion, debate and the sharing of good news and best practice. The ideas that we grow from our collective brain will support us to develop really innovative and successful outcomes whether it is within the public, private or voluntary sector.

So, get in touch with responses, comments, corrections, announcements, and to let us know what’s happening in your part of the Early Support world. We’re looking forward to a 2013 of sharing and advocacy.

Fiona Holmes
West Midlands Regional Facilitator
Early Support for Children Young People and Families

Early Support is a way of working, underpinned by 10 principles that aim to improve the delivery of services for disabled children, young people and their families. It enables services to coordinate their activity better and provide families with a single point of contact and continuity through key working.

Early Support ensures that service delivery is child, young person and family centred. It focuses on enabling services and practitioners to work in partnership with children, young people and their families.

Early Support is a core partner supporting the implementation of the strategy detailed in Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability, the Government’s 2011 Green Paper. This identified Early Support as a key approach to meeting the needs of disabled children, young people and their families.

Early Support helps local areas implement the Government’s strategy to bring together the services families need into a single assessment and planning process covering education, health and care. Early Support provides a wide range of FREE resources and training to support children, young peoplefamilies and service deliverers.

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