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Team Around the Child

A Team Around the Child (TAC) is a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners established on a case-by-case basis to support a child, young person or family. TACs support good professional practice in joined-up working, information sharing and early intervention. The model involves: A joined-up assessment, usually…

Tell us what you think

Complaints about Islington Council If you want to complain, you have the right to do so. Making a complaint won’t affect the services you receive. How to make a complaint Social Services complaints If you have any feedback or wish to make a complaint about…

Thinking about school

Young children develop and change very quickly. Many children who have additional needs in the early years will make good progress and will not need more support when they start primary school. Some with additional needs may need further support when they start school.  Schools…

Transforming Care

The aim of Transforming Care is to improve the lives of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge, including those with a mental health condition. The programme has three key aims: To improve the quality of care…

Transport to School and College

Children and young people that have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be able to get help from the Council to support them with their travel to and from school or college. This will depend on a number of factors including their needs, their…

Travel Training

Travel training helps children and young people gain the skills that help them travel safely and independently. Many schools and services offer cycle training and pedestrian training as part of their work with groups of children and young people. You can contact your child’s school…

Type 1 Diabetes in Schools

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, affecting the hormonal (insulin) mechanism controlling blood sugar, causing a person's blood sugar level to become too high. Diabetes has implications for a child or young person’s schooling and learning. Every child with Type 1 will have a healthcare plan…

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new government benefit for working age people on a low income or who are out of work. Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly. Universal Credit is run by the Department for work and…

The Virtual School and Children with SEND

The Virtual School has prime responsibility to ‘champion’ the educational achievement of Islington’s Looked after Children (LAC). The majority of LAC have some form of special or additional educational need - as a group, LAC are nine times more likely to have an EHC Plan…

What are Special Educational Needs?

From the moment they are born children are developing and learning new skills. They do so at different speeds, and learn in different ways. Some may be slow starters but will usually catch up with other children. Children have ‘Special Educational Needs’ (SEN) if they…

What does an Educational Psychologist do?

Educational Psychologists work with children and young people between the ages of 0 and 25 years who are residents of Islington or who attend Islington schools. They work in a range of educational settings including children’s centres, early years’ settings, mainstream primary and secondary schools,…

What happens if the LA decides that an EHC Plan is not necessary?

If, following assessment, the Local Authority decides that an EHC plan is not necessary, it must inform the parents or young person, the current education provider and the health service, and give the reasons for its decision. This must take place within 16 weeks of…

What is safeguarding?

The Children Act 2004 states that safeguarding children is about: Protecting children from maltreatment, abuse and neglect Minimising risks of harm to children Preventing impairment of children’s health or development Addressing children’s needs at an early stage rather than when serious problems have developed Ensuring…

What is the Equality Duty?

The Equality Act 2010 brings together under one Act all of the requirements regarding equality and discrimination. The Act makes it unlawful for a school to discriminate against a pupil or prospective pupil by treating them less favourably because of their: Age Disability Gender reassignment…

What is the Local Offer?

Since September 2014 every Local Authority has been required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have SEND and also services outside of the area which they expect children…

What to expect from the Health Visiting Service

Health visiting services use a 4 tiered progressive model. This involves: Building community capacity to support parents of young children by contributing to the understanding of local need and targeting work appropriately with our key partners. The provision of 5 universal contacts focusing on prevention,…

When People Can’t Agree – A Guide for Young People in Education

This guide, written with young people with SEND, provides advice for young people aged 16-25 who are unhappy with their special educational needs (SEN) provision or support at school or college. It explains the way they can get help and guidance to sort those problems…

Where can I live?

There are lots of things to think about when deciding about moving from one home to another. Different people need different homes with different kinds of support. Find more information on the different kinds of homes you may want to live in: Living with family…

Who is eligible for an Education, Health and Care Assessment?

Statutory Assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan is intended only for those children and young people with the most severe and complex SEND This is defined locally as a child or young person whose needs cannot be met from the resources normally available…