Archive for “September, 2013”

Success for SNAP

SNAP Cymru Family and Young Person’s officers are the first in Wales to achieve Level 4 Key Working Accreditation.

  • Parents who contact us often say they face a ‘constant battle’ to find out about what services are available to them. They also say they struggle to get professionals to understand their situation and to obtain recognition of their own knowledge of their child……… ………Our staff have always understood this, but when we became involved with the development of the Level 4, Key Working training, we knew we wanted our Family and Young People’s Officers to be the first in Wales to achieve this new exciting AGORED Cymru accreditation. We know that key- working and person centred planning approaches are a great way of supporting children, young people and their families to get from where they are, to where they want to be

    Caroline Rawson Assistant Director


Amanda Daniels, SNAP’s Training Manager says:

“We’re delighted with this success. The key Working training enhanced our staff’s proven abilities and brought their talents to the surface. The training helped staff understand the national context for key working and person centred planning approaches. A level 4 accreditation is a significant level and requires commitment and engagement from learners, which our staff more than met.

Our staff already embrace the family’s experience, but this training helped them re- focus on how to use the family’s strengths to solve problems and build resilience. It reinforced SNAP Cymru’s aim to promote co-ordinated approaches to working with services and agencies, keeping the family and child at the centre.”

The training built on the excellent Motivational Interviewing training delivered by Viv Mumby ( which SNAP staff attended earlier this year and the Outcome Focused Intervention Training they will attend in September.
SNAP Cymru are qualified to deliver and accredit the Key Working training and the Level 4 Award, ‘Working with Children with Additional Needs and their Families’. Both courses are based on PCP approaches and the Early Support principles are embedded throughout the training. For further information and enquiries about these courses please contact: or

The future delivery of education services in Wales

In January 2013 the Education Minister announced the appointment of Robert Hill to undertake a review of the future delivery of education services in Wales. It focused on looking at the effectiveness of the current education delivery at school and local authority level, and consideration of what should be undertaken at school, local authority, regional and national level with a focus on; raising standards and improving learner outcomes at all ages; better support and challenge to schools to improve standards; developing and strengthening the leadership of schools and the quality of teaching and learning, ensuring value for money and effective use of resources and bringing about coherence between all areas of the education system, including post-16 provision and the wider children’s services agenda.
The completed Hill report presents a wide range of options for consideration by the Welsh Ministers covering five areas:
• improving classroom teaching and learning
• strengthening school leadership
• increasing school partnership
• improving accountability
• organising school improvement.
This paper invites comment, and whether you agree or disagree with the views and options put forward in the report on the future delivery of education services in Wales. The consultation has now ended.

SNAP Cymru believe that helping children with SEN to achieve is fundamental to sustaining improvements in schools’ performance. We would encourage parents to read the Consultation document and the Hill report and let us know what you think at

SNAP Cymru’s response to the consultation, which has been informed by families’ first-hand experience, can be read here.