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For children, young people and families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Useful advice and information

Concerns?

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their: behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they may struggle to make friends ability to process language, including reading and writing ability to understand things More…

Asking for an assessment

As well as parents raising concerns, schools and nurseries will use a variety of assessment tools to identify if a child has special educational needs (SEN). There are certain expectations after a child has been found to have SEN The school must tell parents when More…

Community Assessment Meeting (CAM)

If your child continues not to make expected progress despite specialist interventions and significant additional support you may feel that you should ask for an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). In this case, if your child is at school or nursery, More…

Assessment

Once the LA has received a report from the Community Assessment Meeting (CAM) that a statutory assessment may be needed it will take that report to the next Assessment and Moderation Panel (AMP). At the AMP a decison will be made as to whether to More…

Decision

Once all the advice and information has been received and the assessment completed, the next decision is about whether an EHC Plan is necessary. When deciding whether to issue an EHCP, the EHCP panel reads all the information and reports gathered during the EHC needs More…

Your plan

If the draft EHC Plan is approved by Panel, we will send this to you. You will then have 15 days to comment on the plan and make suggestions for amendments. You can contact the Assessment Officer to discuss it further it that would be More…

Your review

EHCPs must be reviewed at least annually and it is usually the nursery, school or college that will arrange & facilitate these. Reports are requested from people involved with the child/young person, e.g. professionals from education, health and social care. Parents/carers are asked for their More…

Resolving a disagreement

If you are not happy with what is happening at any stage, you should contact your named Assessment Officer. Very often, these difficulties can be resolved quite easily. You may also contact the Special Educational Needs Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS). If you are More…