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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 Medical Officer (DMO) and Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)

The Designated Medical Officer (DMO) is a community paediatrician and Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) is an experienced paediatric therapist who both has a dedicated role in providing a link between the Local Authority and Health services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Both…

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 Access Fund, DAF

Disability Access Fund, DAF, is paid to providers with 3 and 4 year olds who are accessing free early education. It is available for each child who is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, DLA, and is a one-off payment to the provider of £615 per…

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…

Disagreement Resolution

Any disagreement regarding special educational needs assessment or provision should try to be resolved through disagreement resolution. This could be between parents/young people with schools, colleges or the Local Authority. The Local Authority must make disagreement resolution services available to parents and young people. Disagreement…

Early Help Services for families in Islington

What is Early Help? Most of the time families cope well with the demands of family life, but when circumstances change, or their usual networks of support let them down, there is help available. Islington is committed to making sure that families get support when…

Early Years SEN Funding Panel

The purpose of additional SEND Funding Many children with special educational needs and disability may benefit from additional support/intervention. In the first instance this must be organised by the early years setting where existing provision resources and other non-financial support currently available from other external…

Education information required by the LA to consider an EHC needs assessment request

Evidence of the education providers arrangements (purposeful interventions), which are additional to and different from what is normally available through the differentiated curriculum for all children Copies of most recent SEND Support / Individual Plans or Provision Map information for the child plus details of…

Education, Health an Care asessment - Survey

What did you think of the Education, Health and Care Assessment? If your child has recently had an Education, Health an Care asessment, we would like to hear from you.  We would really value your feedback on the assessment process.  Please take a moment to…

Education, Health and Care Assessment

The assessment of a child’s Education, Health and Care needs is a coordinated assessment that brings together all existing relevant information about a child. A ‘Keyworker’ from the SEN Team will be assigned to the family to support them through the assessment. The assessment process…

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…

Employment and Support Allowance

If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you: Financial support if you’re unable to work Personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self employed or unemployed. Check if you’re…

English as an Additional Language (EAL) and SEND

‘Difficulties related solely to learning English as an additional language are not SEN’ SEND Code of Practice Although some children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) will also have SEND, the great majority will not. Data shows that pupils with EAL often make rapid…

Expectations of all mainstream schools: what should be in place

Provision for children with SEND is a matter for the whole school. The way in which this responsibility is excercised by individual staff is therefore a matter for each school, taking into account size, priorities, ethos etc. However, the Council expects all schools, as a minimum,…

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…

Finding somewhere to live

There are lots of housing choices for people with learning disabilities who come from Islington. You may want to live with other people and share support or you may want to live on your own and be as independent as possible. Whatever is right for…

First Tier Tribunal (SEN and Disability)

The Tribunal (part of the First-tier Tribunal [Health, Education and Social Care Chamber]) hears appeals against decisions made by Local Authorities in relation to children’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans. It also hears disability discrimination claims against schools.

Free childcare and early learning for 2, 3 & 4 year olds - free 15 hours, free 30 hours

Quick links to apply for free early education and childcare: 15 hours free for some 2 year olds 15 hours free for all 3 and 4 year olds 30 hours free for some 3 and 4 year olds Some families can get 15 hours free…