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Living with my family

You may want to go on living with your family. However, many people want support to move on from their family home as they reach their mid or late 20’s. Whatever age is best for you and your family there are several housing choices you…

Local Area SEND Inspection

Framework for inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have SEND In 2015, the Secretary of State for Children and Families has asked Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to inspect all local areas…

Local Authority Duties for Children and Young People with SEND

The phrase ‘Local Authorities must’ appears 188 times in the SEN Code of Practice: The broad duties for the Local Authority (or Islington Council) , summarised here, are to: Ensure that children, their parents and young people are involved in discussions and decisions about their…

Local Authority Expectations

Every LA has a duty to ‘explain the special educational provision it expects to be made from within a mainstream school’s budget share’. Here we make explicit the provision we expect to be made by all Islington schools for children with SEND. This is important…

Measuring progress for children with SEND

The progress of all groups of children has been a prominent issue for all schools since the introduction of the 2012 Ofsted inspection framework. Parents also want to see evidence of progress. The issue of showing progress is particularly challenging for children with special educational…

Measuring Success

All children progress at different rates, and the same is true for children with SEND. Children and their needs are individual, and what is appropriate progress is therefore also individual, and has to be defined by success in meeting appropriately challenging SMART goals. The Council…

Mediation

Mediation must be available to any parent or young person who is not happy with the final version of their Education Health and Care Plan. (Any disagreement about anything else is open to disagreement resolution, not mediation). Level 1 – Mediation Advice Access to mediation…

The Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act's starting point is the assumption that adults have the capacity to make all or some decisions for themselves, unless it is shown that they do not. If they do not, people should be given all appropriate help and support to allow them to…

Moving in and out of Islington - Children with Education, Health and Care Plans

Moving to Islington If a young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, and their family are moving into Islington, it is helpful for parents and carers to contact the Special Education Team as early as possible. The Team can then advise them…

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…

Newborn Hearing Screenings

The newborn hearing screening test helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. This means parents can get the support and advice they need right from the start. One to two babies in every 1,000 are born with permanent hearing…

Notional SEN Budgets for Islington School 2018-19

What is the 'Notional SEN Budget and how is it calculated? LAs must, through the Schools Forum, identify the formula by which schools receive funding to provide support for pupils with SEND. This is called a 'Notional SEN Budget'. It is called 'notional' because no-one…

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…

Our Vision for Children with SEND

Our vision is that every child and young person with SEND in Islington to have the opportunity to: Be happy, healthy, safe and confident about their future Become successful, resilient adults who achieve their aspirations in all aspects of their lives  Live fulfilling lives in…

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.

Owning a home

There are several ways to own a home; Shared ownership Housing for Long-term Disabilities (HOLD) Buy a home outright

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…

Person Centred Planning

Person Centred Planning discovers and acts on what is important to a person. It is a process for continual listening and learning, focussing on what is important to someone now and in the future, and acting on this in alliance with their family and their…

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…