This document provides a detailed framework for good practice in the provision of SEND Information, Advice and Support Services.
The document can be used by local authorities, IAS Services, other local support services, children, young people and parents/carers in order to clarify expectations and to determine whether local IAS Services meet good practice or not.
On our school website we have our ‘Local Offer’ for parents to access and read. I was very aware for some of our parents there was far too much information on this document. I have created a parents leaflet that summarises our local offer and makes it more accessible to all parents. This was shared at the most recent Coffee Morning and encouraged parents to look on our website if they wanted to look at the more in-depth version.
The Council for Disabled Children have released their findings from the Evidence and Build phase for Independent Support that took place during April to June 2014.
KIDS was one of the organisations commissioned to undertake research to inform the CDC report and we can now make our findings publicly available.
The UK deafblind charity, Sense, has produced a guide for the families of deafblind children and young people. The guide explains the changes to the SEND system brought in through the Children and Families Act 2014. It provides a step-by-step guide to the SEND processes and highlights aspects which are particularly relevant to deafblind children and young people.
Blind Children UK, NDCS, RNIB and Sense have produced a guide for local authority commissioners on planning services for children and young people with sensory impairments. The guide sets out five areas of best practice to prioritise when designing services: improving the quality of local data; consulting effectively with children, young people and families; ensuring the Local Offer is adequate; conducting appropriate assessments and making use of regional commissioning.
IPSEA has created two very practical resources covering how to trigger an EHC needs assessment and what happens during the assessment process.
Local Authorities have a clear duty to assess a child or young person’s education, health and care needs where they may have SEN (special educational needs) and they may need special educational provision to be made for them at a level or of a kind which requires an assessment of a child or young person’s education, health and care needs.