John Oates, Btech (Psychol) FRSA, FacSS, HonFBPS

About the author

Supporting families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

The Early Support programme in England ( was initiated in 2002 to develop methods and resources to enable different services to work better together with families. This was part of a new approach, putting families at the centre and coordinating services, which led to a new Act of Parliament, the Children and Families Act 2014 ( This Act and its associated Code of Practice ( requires local authorities to develop an Education, Health and Care Plan for every child or young person who needs support over and above the normal service provision. The range of resources produced by Early Support, including a guide to this ’keyworking’ approach, are accessed from and supported by the Early Developmental Support online training sessions in the Healthy Child e‐Learning for Health programme ( With reference to this approach, which participants are encouraged to access in advance via the links included here, this workshop will provide a forum to share experience in discussing how best to support and develop interdisciplinary team working. Guidance on registering in the free e‐learning training sessions will be made available to people registering for this workshop.