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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…

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term ill-health or disability. You could get between £22.65 and £145.35 a week if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age. The…

Pharmacies in Islington

Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice about over-the-counter medicines that can help with lots of common conditions, and there’s no need for an appointment. Just visit your local pharmacist. To find your nearest pharmacist visit NHS Choices, www.nhs.uk, or call 0300 311…

Preparing for adulthood EHC Plan reviews

All annual reviews taking place from Year 9 and onwards must include a focus on preparing for adulthood, including employment, independent living and participation in society. This transition planning must be built into the EHC plan and where relevant should include effective planning for young…

Prevalence of SEND in Islington schools

According to the Summer Term 2017 School Census, there were 4,618 children in Islington schools with a SEND (18.5% of all Islington pupils). 3.6% of children in Islington schools had an Education, Health and Care Plan. Both figures are higher than national, London and statistical…

Provision Mapping

What is a provision map? A provision map is a management tool providing an 'at a glance' way of documenting and showing the range of interventions, additional staffing and support that a school makes available Provision maps enable schools to look strategically at the needs…

Public Transport

All children and young people who are under the age of 16 are able to get free or discounted travel at any time on public transport. Children aged over 10 require a Zip Oyster photocard to continue to get free travel. Children aged over 16…

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium? The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children and young people (i.e. those eligible for free school meals nationally). The national allocation to schools is £2.4 billion in 2017/18 (£15 million to Islington).…

Quality Assurance

The Council ensures effective quality assurance (QA) of provision for children with SEND before and during the delivery of provision. The Children and Families Act 2014 places a duty on LAs to improve the quality of provision for children with SEND. The Code of Practice says…

Receiving a diagnosis

All children are individual and will develop at different rates. However, to get a general idea ‘milestones’ are used to help track your child’s development and to give an indication as to whether they are progressing at a ‘typical’ rate. As a general rule, if…

Renting a home

There are two ways to rent your home; Renting from the Council or a housing association Renting from a private landlord

Renting from a private landlord

When you pay rent to a private landlord to live in a home they own. A private landlord is a person or a company who owns a house that is independent of a council or a housing association. Only a small number of council or…