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Janet Leach

Head of Service, Joint Service for Disabled Children, Enfield Council

Janet is employed by the London Borough of Enfield as the Head of the Joint Service for Disabled Children. Janet has held this position since 2006 having had 40 years’ experience working with disabled children and their families.  Janet originally trained as a teacher in the 1970s and subsequently qualified as a social worker in the 1980s.

Janet has experience of developing policy at a national and local level, much of her work focusing on delivering innovative, high quality services to sustain families within their own communities.

In 2006, having contributed to the Parliamentary Hearings on Disabled Children, she led Enfield’s successful application to be an ‘Aiming High’ Short Breaks Pathfinder.

Currently partnered with Bromley as the London wide SEND Peer Support lead, Janet is working with other London authorities to support the implementation of the SEND reforms.

Janet is a member of the International Short Break Association (ISBA) which exists to organize a bi-annual international conference on short breaks.  In 2014 she worked with UNICEF in Belgrade, facilitating training on developing services to support disabled children moving out of institutional care into community provision.   In 2015 Janet completed a Masters at Cass Business School researching into the impact of poverty on disabled children.  She was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her contribution in the area of special needs and acknowledges that this was in recognition of the work of many professionals and parents alike.