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Contact a Family is a national charity specialising in SEND and they have lots of useful information available from their website http://www.cafamily.org.uk including a booklet called ‘when your child has additional needs’, available to download here or they can post out a copy. They have a free helpline: 0808 808 3555 where you can talk to someone and also request printed copies of their factsheets.
The changes to SEN (Special Educational Needs) that happened as part of the Children and Families Act 2014 took away the School Action and School Action plus categories for SEN and replaced them with one category SEN Support – sometimes called the Graduated Approach. This applies to any child or young person who has been identified as having special educational needs.
Parent representatives from HPCI have worked with Herts County Council to produce this leaflet that explains to parents what is meant by SEN and what should happen in schools and other education settings. If you want more detail then you can look at this in the SEND Code of Practice – Chapter 5 covers the Early Years, Chapter 6 Schools and Chapter 7 16 plus. The link to the SEN Code of Practice is here
As part of the SEND Reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014 statements of special educational needs are being replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans over a four year period finishing in April 2018.
Outcomes. These are new and did not occur in statements. To help you understand what they are and how you write them, this useful video has been developed. It is being used by the Department for Education in it’s training sessions for professionals. The presenter is a parent of a child with SEND. Click here for the video
In response to this the Hillingdon Parents Carers Forum have taken some steps to address it with our Local Authority and below is a link to the letter sent to Jackie Wright, Head of Disability Services London Borough of Hillingdon:
The Department of Health published its NHS Mandate in November 2012 covering the next two years. This is the NHS commissioning board's objectives for the NHS and it highlights the areas of health and carte where the government expect to see improvements. For the first time this includes some specific reference to disabled children. View the mandate.
NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR LOCAL AREAS TO ASSESS EHC PLAN JOURNEYS FROM FAMILY PERSPECTIVES ~ ehcpjourneys.com is a website of resources to support practitioners in delivering the Education, Health and Care (EHC) planning and assessment process. The resources were developed from in-depth research into the experiences of young people, families and practitioners in 4 local areas. Services are already using the resources to train staff, identify areas for development, and as a method of multi-agency self-evaluation.