I am a professional
As professionals you will be aware that positive, healthy experiences are vital to secure good outcomes for children and young people.
There can be constant changes across the education, health and social care sectors. We can help you to keep up to date with some of these changes, develop skills and improve your knowledge of local services through our resources and training sections enabling you to be better equipped to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Department for Education Guidance
Statutory Guidance: SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25
Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.
This statutory code contains:
• details of legal requirements that you must follow without exception
• statutory guidance that you must follow by law unless there’s a good reason not to
It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
We can offer professionals generalized advice; we will not discuss an individual’s case unless we have their consent to do so.
It is important that if you feel a family needs our advice you encourage them to contact us directly. Should a family lack the confidence to do this you may be able to support them in making that call. Please support families to view our Parent, Child and Young Persons pages where they can find advice and information specific to their requirements.
Code of Practice Principles
Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities, in carrying out their functions under the Act in relation to disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN), must have regard to:
• the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child’s parents
• the importance of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions, and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions
• the need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood
These principles are designed to support:
• the participation of children, their parents and young people in decision- making
• the early identification of children and young people’s needs and early intervention to support them
• greater choice and control for young people and parents over support
• collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support
• high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN
• a focus on inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning
• successful preparation for adulthood, including independent living and employment
Resources for Parents, Children and Young People can be found by following the link to their page. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) at the top of each page which may provide the answer you are looking for.
Infographic 'What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?'
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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
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?
SEND Partnership Service Advisory Group - Terms of Reference
Easy Read Factsheets
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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
Training Presentations and Resources
Delivering Quality Annual Reviews
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has published online training on Delivering Quality Annual Reviews. This package of online training has been developed as part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together programme, funded by the Department for Education and delivered in partnership by the Council for Disabled Children, NDTi and Mott Macdonald.
This is a freely available, self-guided course. It is aimed at adults with a role to play in the Annual Review process such as senior leaders, parent carers, practitioners, SEN Teams, and education teams.
Mind your Words: Children and Young People's Mental Health
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have developed some free, online training to ‘improve understanding of children and young people who have both mental health needs (or social emotional and mental health needs – SEMH) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)'
This section provides some useful links to other websites that may also contain relevant information and downloads of documents that may be helpful to you. These links will open in new window or tab.
Council for Disabled Children
Works collaboratively, from policy into practice, to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people. They have resources suitable for:
Education Professionals - https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/resources-and-help/i-work-education
Healthcare Professionals - https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/resources-and-help/im-healthcare-professional
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
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.
Live Well B&NES Adults
Supporting adults to live independent lives - a free resource providing a range of information, signposting, resources and activities to support you, or the person you care for, to live a full and independent life.
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
Provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals on child law and children’s rights.
A local charity supporting people who care for family and friends who need extra support day-to-day.
Specialist Autism Support Service (SASS)
The SASS support children and young people on the autism spectrum who live in Bath and North East Somerset, their families and educational settings.
The National Deaf Children’s Society have redesigned their website for deaf young people. The Buzz is for deaf young people aged 8 to 18 in the UK. It is a safe, online space created by deaf young people for deaf young people.
Cerebra is the national charity helping children with brain conditions and their families discover a better life together.
FLARE Top Tips for Professionals
FLARE's Top Tips for Professionals: Virtual Communication with Children and Young People. Especially useful at the moment, where most communications are virtual.
Useful guidance on completing Tribunal Application Form
Suffolk SENDIASS have produced two YouTube videos which families may find helpful when completing a Tribunal Appeal Application. There are separate videos for each section so you can go to the video which is relevant to you.
Tomorrow’s Leaders: A world beyond Disability
This page contains a link the to booklet 'Tomorrow's Leaders: A world beyond Disability' which includes Case Studies from Disabled Young People about their career path achievements
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.
Healthwatch - Bath and North East Somerset
The independent champion for people who use health and social care services
Education, Health and Care Plans – examples of good practice
These resources have been produced to help practitioners write good quality EHC plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Examples of good practice
A document to support the development of skills in writing good quality Education, Health and Care (EHC) 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
A template letter, from IPSEA, to request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)
Developing Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans
This resource has been developed by the Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium to support the development of outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and can be accessed from this webpage.
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
Preparing for Adulthood from the Earliest Years Review Guide
A guide to support work preparing children and young people with SEN and disabilities for the next stage of their learning and development and into adulthood. You will need to create a Login to access this this resource
Young Epilepsy - online guide for Schools
Online guide for schools which will help teachers to better support young people with epilepsy in their care
Focus on Health Advice
Training aimed at adults with a role to play in the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) system in particular to giving health advice.
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.