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Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Warrington provides a wide range of support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. This is achieved by working in partnership with parents, carers, children, schools and other agencies such as health, social care and the voluntary sector.

A number of significant changes are taking place to the way that services for children with SEND are identified, assessed and supported - see the Children and Families Act 2014 [pdf]. One of the requirements of the new legislation is the development of a Local Offer which will describe the services and provision that are available to the families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Our Local Offer site is now live - ‘Ask Ollie’ is a one-stop shop of SEND information with a directory of local and national services to support children and young people with additional needs and their families

One of the changes is the introduction of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, to replace Statements/Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs). These make it easier to access joined-up services across health, social care and education.

Over 900 children and young people in Warrington currently have a statement of special educational needs. These statements will remain in place on 1 September 2014, and over a three year period there will be a programme for converting statements of SEN to EHC plans, if appropriate. The process for converting each child/young person’s statement/LDA will be through a transfer review. The timetable for conversion can be found from the link below.

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