Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
Following the Children and Families Act 2014, health organisations have duties and responsibilities for children and young people aged up to 25 years with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). This includes:
- Early identification of children and young people with SEND
- Early support offered to children, young people, their families with SEND and support others involved in their health care needs
- Develop effective ways to gain views of children, young people families & local communities of their experiences
- Contribute to the Education, Health and Care needs assessment led by the local authority
- Work with local authorities to contribute to SEND Local Offer (Leaflet website) ‘one stop shop.
- Work in partnership with local authorities, children, young people and their families to participate in commissioning services to meet the identified needs and improve outcomes for those with SEND.
www.GetYourRights.org is a new interactive website which helps to explain to children and young people their rights when using the NHS.
All local authorities are to publish a local offer that sets out information about provision expected to be available across education, health and social care all in one place ‘one stop shop’, which is regularly reviewed and updated. You can read about Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire’s SEND Local Offer which tells you about the support and services on offer to children and young people with SEND in their area - www.norfolk.gov.uk/send
Other useful links are
• Council for Disabled Children - information and resources available - www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk