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Children's Social Care and SEND

Where a child or young person has been assessed as having social care needs in relation to their SEND, social care teams: Must secure social care provision which has been assessed as being necessary to support a child or young person’s SEND and which is…

Continuum of Help and Support Threshold Document

This Continuum of Help and Support Threshold Document provides a framework for professionals who are working with children, young people and families in Islington; it aims to help identify when a child may need additional support to achieve their full potential. It introduces a continuum…

Crisis Packages

From time to time emergency situations arise in families and usually families are able to cope from within their own or local community resources. Occasionally however emergencies are such that families cannot manage from within their existing support networks or using the current levels of…

Designated Social Care Officer (DSCO)

The role of the Designated Social Care Officer (DSCO) is to ensure high quality social care input and engagement with the Education, Health and Care needs assessment and planning process with a particular focus on how different roles are supporting coordination of social care input into…

Diagnostic Assessment

If your child’s needs are not clear a diagnostic assessment may be required. This is carried out by a group of professionals who are skilled in identifying a range of childhood disabilities. These may include learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), speech and language delay/specific language…

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax free, social security benefit for children and young people up to 16 with an illness or disability. It is not dependent on your household income but only on your child’s needs. To get DLA, your child must need…

Early Help services for families in Islington

Bright Start 0-5 Support for families from pregnancy until your child is five. Family Support Surgeries, Monday-Friday between 9am-12noon: if you have a question, need some information, advice or guidance our family engagement workers are still here to talk over the phone. If lines are…

Education, Health and Care Needs Management Board

The Education, Health and Care Needs Management Board will consider requests and provide advice about Education, Health and Social Care provision to meet the assessed needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0-25 when those needs are exceptional (i.e.…

Education, Health and Care Plans

The SEN Code of practice says that the purpose Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure improved outcomes for them across education, health and social care…

Family Based Short Breaks (FBSB)

Family Based Short Breaks enable parents of severely disabled children and young people to access a regular ‘Carers Break’ when their child stays in a FBSB carer’s own home on a regular basis overnight or for occasional day-time hours. We ensure that all our FBSB…

Independent advice and support

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) provide advice and information to children with SEN or disabilities, their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities. They provide neutral and factual support on the special educational needs system to help the…

Islington SEND Parent Parliament

When parents and professionals work together, recognising each-others expert knowledge, better decision are made. Working together helps: Professionals understand how to develop and deliver services to meet the needs of children and families Parents to understand some of the difficulties faced by those who arrange…

Joint Commissioning

Local Authorities and their health partners are required under the Children and Families Act 2014 to commission services jointly for children and young people with SEND, both those with and without EHC plan These arrangements could involve joint funding agreements or pooled budgets The joint…

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

What is MASH? A national Multi‐Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) programme began in 2011 following the successful development of a model in Devon. According to an evaluation by the University of Greenwich, the turn-around time for child protection cases judged as high or complex needs has…

Other ways to get a Short Break

Children and young people assessed as eligible for targeted short breaks can also use other services of their choosing by taking short breaks allocation as a cash payment. This option may also be useful for children who go to school in other boroughs and have…

Overnight Short Breaks

Overnight Short Breaks assist families who care for disabled children to continue to do so, or to do so more effectively, by giving them breaks from caring, They are part of the council’s Short Break offer for disabled children and their families.

Parent Carers Assessment

Parent carers of disabled children under 18 years now have a stand alone right to assessments and services under the Children and Families Act 2014. This is called a parent carers needs assessment. This assessment can be combined with one for a disabled child and…

Personal Budgets Explained

The aim of Personal Budgets is to increase an individual’s independence and choice by giving them control over the way services they receive are delivered. A Personal Budget is a sum of money that a family can use to spend in a way that they…

Safeguarding and SEND

Children with SEND are 3.4 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children 3.8 times more likely to be neglected 3.8 times more likely to be physically abused 3.1 times more likely to be sexually abused 3.9 times more likely to be emotionally abused.…

Short Breaks

Short Breaks are a way of giving parents of disabled children a break from their caring responsibilities. Short Breaks also benefit the disabled child or young person, helping them to play with friends, keep fit, improve their communication skills, gain independence or simply have fun.…

Short Breaks for children with severe and complex needs

The Council funds a range of clubs, activities and services that provide short breaks for severe and complex disabilities. These are sometimes called Targeted Short Breaks.They are only open to people who have been assessed as needing them. This is explained in the Islington Short…

Single Route of Redress - National Trial

In line with Schedule 2 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 all local areas in England are required to publish details in their local offers for ‘notifying parents and young people of their right to appeal a decision of the local authority…

Support from a Social Worker

If your child and family needs more support than is available through Early Help Services, Bright Start or the Local Offer you will need an assessment by a social worker. As part of the assessment the social worker will visit you to gather information about…

Supported Assessment Questionnaire

When looking at your needs the social worker will look with you at the whole range of support available, including informal networks such as friends and family and what is generally available in the local community for all children. Where an assessment indicates that there…

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…

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 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…