I am a child

Being a child with disabilities or with special educational needs can be difficult and even more so when you can't find the information, advice or support you need.

Our main aims are to provide you with the skills and knowledge to feel confident that your voice is being heard, and to understand what you need to do and when. We do that by giving you clear, straightforward information about your options.


 

It is really important that you get your say about what you want to achieve and how grown-ups can help you with daily tasks. 

You could use this yellow brick road to write on: the idea is to put something you would like to be able to do near the sun (example: make friends) then create small steps along the path which will help you to achieve this (example: sit near a child of my age who has similar interests to me; ask a child who sits near me to help me with my work or if I can help them with their work; talk to a child of my age about something I like to do; ask a child of my age about what they like to do; take part in an activity with a child I have been talking to with the support of a grown up; do something with a child I have been talking to that we will both enjoy).

 

SEND Partnership Service has some Information and Advice Officers and Volunteer Supporters who could meet with you to talk about what you find difficult, how other people might be able to help you and what you would like to be able to do better. They can either speak with you by yourself or with another grown up such as one of your parents or someone else you trust (possibly a key worker from a group you go to).

Sometimes grown-ups will meet to talk about how they can help you better with daily tasks such as getting to school and spending time in the classroom.

You may be able to go to that meeting and tell them what you think they could do to help or if you would find that difficult you could ask someone to help you make a video of you sharing your thoughts or you could write your thoughts down.

You may want to use these examples to share information about you and how people can help you or make up your own version.

 
 

 

Here are some links to other websites and organisations that might be able to give you some support with things you find difficult. These links will open in a new window or tab.
 

Video Clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1RfIfa15jk

What is an IASS (Information, Advice and Support Service) and how can they help?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sgboG7xcjE

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

 

IASS

https://cyp.iassnetwork.org.uk/

All about Information, Advice and Support Services for Children and Young People


Rainbow Resource

https://www.rainbowresource.org.uk/

Bath and North East Somerset’s Local Offer - Local information for families with a child or young person with additional needs, a special educational need or disability
 

14+ Preparing for Adulthood

https://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/

Giving everyone equal life chances as they move into adulthood.  Working to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion


Children & Families Act  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/young-persons-guide-to-the-children-and-families-act-2014

A young person's guide giving a summary of the main changes and provisions of the act and how they may affect children and families.


Off the Record 

http://www.offtherecord-banes.co.uk/

Provides a range of free, independent and confidential services for children and young people that support the development of their emotional health and well-being.

 

Youth Connect

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/youth-connect

Youth Connect provides a range of services for young people, from positive activities and advice through to individual support for those who need it the most for moving on into adulthood and work or training

 

Young Carers

https://www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/youngcarers/
For children and young people who do a lot to help look after family.

 

Young Epliepsy

https://www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/

Better futures for young lives with epilepsy and associated conditions

 

1BigD B&NES

https://www.bathnes1bd.org.uk/

Local family information.  Discover organisations and events in Bath and North East Somerset for a range of family issues, childcare, parenting support, benefits, school and much, much more.


Wellbeing Options 

http://www.wellbeingoptions.co.uk/

Wellbeing Options supports adults in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives.  You will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.

 

IPSEA

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/
 Offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 
 

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

https://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/

Provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals on child law and children’s rights.

 

Get your Rights - NHS

http://www.getyourrights.org/

Everything you need to get the most out of the NHS
 

Contact 

https://www.contact.org.uk/
Supports families with the best possible guidance and information. Brings families together to support each other and help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
 

Council for Disabled Children

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/

Works collaboratively, from policy into practice, to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people

 

Healthwatch - Bath and North East Somerset

https://healthwatchbathnes.co.uk/
The independent champion for people who use health and social care services

 

Global Mediation

https://www.globalmediation.co.uk/
An independent service that will provide a trained mediator to facilitate a discussion.

 

Education Health and Care Plans – examples of good practice

A document to support the development of skills in writing good quality Education Health and Care (EHC) plans

 

Education Health and Care Plans – examples of good practice year 9 and beyond

This guide seeks to build on the first resource with a particular focus on how plans should evolve for young people from year 9 reviews onwards.

 

Request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment

Template letter

 

Developing Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans 

A resource to support the Development of Outcomes in education, Health and Care Plans

 

Preparing for Adulthood - key topics to cover at Annual Review from year 9

A checklist designed around the four life domains that are widely used to think about planning for an adult life in the community

These are easy to read information sheets about things you might hear being talked about.   Please select  by clicking on the list below,  These will open in a new window or tab.

Information, Advice and Support you can get - What should happen
Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments - Finding out what support you need
Education, Health and Care Plans - Getting the right support
Confidentiality - Keeping what you say private
The Local Offer - Finding out about support near you
Personal Budgets - What are they

These are more detailed information sheets about things you might hear being talked about.   Please select  by clicking on the list below,  These will open in a new window or tab.

Annual Review of an Education, Health and Care Plan
Checking your Draft Plan
Choosing a New Educational Setting for your Child or Young Person
Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment for Children and Young People
Education, Health and Care Plans
Funding for Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools
Glossary
Personal Budgets for Special Educational Needs
Special Educational Needs Support in Mainstream Schools
The Local Offer
What do we mean by Impartial Information, Advice and Support? 
What if I do not agree with decisions about SEN Provision?


 

We want to hear from you about other ways we may have been able to help you and if we have been able to provide answers to the questions you had.

Part of our responsibility is to find a way for you to influence which services the Local Authority Commissions to support children and young people with SEND the policies they implement and processes they use.

If you would like to be involved, this could be completing a survey, attending a meeting or just letting us know your views.  Please let us know