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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…

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By registering with this website, you agree to these terms and conditions ("Terms").  Please read the Terms carefully as they set out your rights and obligation.  They also provide information on how you can submit material (“Content”) and how this will be used. IF WE…

Terrorism and violent extremists

Terrorism is rare, however people become terrorists for all kinds of reasons  Some of the reasons for people becoming a terrorist include believing their way of life or the things they believe in are under threat, or feeling isolated or insecure. If you are worried…

Test A&G

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Test Page Venues in Islington

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Think you may be pregnant? Need advice?

You can take a free pregnancy test ... ... and talk about your choices if the test is positive, at Brook Islington at Pulse T: 020 7527 1300. Lift and Pulse also offer pregnancy testing, advice on your options and advice on all sexual health issues. You can…

Think your drinking is putting you at risk? Take a quick check

Take the two minute alcohol test Go to https://drinkcoach.org.uk. It looks at your drinking levels and gives you free advice based on your risk, as well as details of local support services that can help if you need it.

Thinking about a job, an apprenticeship or a gap year?

A job Look for jobs with training and the opportunity to gain relevant qualifications – important if you want to move on. Don’t take the first job you are offered if it has no prospects. Not going to Uni and The Big Choice have advice…

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…

Transition Pathways

Islington Council and Health partners are committed to developing clear and transparent pathways with service users to support young people with SEND who may need ongoing care and support to move seamlessly into adult services. Over the next 12 months’ partners will be developing an…

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 and transport

There are many different ways to travel using lots of different forms of transport If you want to go and explore more than your own area, you need to know how to travel around safely, on time and using the best method available. This section…

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…

Travelling safely

Travelling in safety only needs a little planning Plan your journey by thinking about it a little before you set out. Check the times of the last bus, tube or train.  Keep your valuables, like your purse, wallet or mobile out of site. Think about…

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…

Understanding vacancies

Working out what a job advertisement is asking for is not always easy Try to identify the main skills and experience needed and match these with what you have done and are good at. If you can match yourself to a job you are more likely…

Unemployed after Year 11

Jobseeker's Allowance is only usually paid to people over the age of 18 who are ... ... unemployed, not in education and looking for work. It is unlikely to be paid if you are under 18 unless there are unusual or special reasons for example…

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…

University and Higher Education

Institutions of higher education (IHE) include universities and colleges of higher education Many further education colleges also offer higher education (HE) course that are accredited by an IHE Higher education (HE) is education for people aged 18 or over, who have successfully completed a level…

Using chat rooms, social networking, online gaming, and websites safely

Chatrooms, Facebook, gaming and other social networking sites are a great way to keep in touch with friends ... ... and find new ones with similar interests  However, sometimes people aren’t always who they say they are, it may be someone who might be dangerous so…

Using your mobile phone safely

Mobile phones are great for keeping in touch with friends and family but ... ... they can also make it easier for others to bully you. Strangers too can contact you on your mobile. Get some tips on using your mobile safely, look at the External links…

Vacancies and job search skills

Land that job! It may take time to find – and land – the job for you, whether you are 16, 18 or older, looking for a job can be a job in itself. It is important to keep trying, keep motivated, stay focused, organised, determined and confident. Finding, getting 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…

Voluntary or unpaid work

There are lots of options for volunteers ... ... including work with: older people, children, administration and using ICT, sport, disability groups, the environment, arts and music. People do voluntary work for all kinds of reasons: to get some experience for a course or job…

Want to know more about your Youth Council? Read on ...

What is the Youth Council? The Youth Council was set up by Islington Council in 2011 to give local young people a voice. The current Youth Council was elected in February 2020 and many 11 to 17 year olds in Islington cast their vote.  The Youth…

Warning: poor careers information can seriously damage your future!

Check careers information you use is up-to-date and from a reliable source Look at a range of information – as well as looking at careers information in school or college look at careers and company websites.  Questions to ask about careers What qualifications and skills do…

Ways of working

There are different ways to work Work doesn’t just mean having a paid 9 to 5 job. Work doesn’t have to be full-time, paid or permanent and you don’t even have to work for someone else! Work includes: working under the age of 16, even…

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 do we mean by Preparing for Adulthood?

All young people and their families face big changes when a young person leaves school, and needs to make plans for their future. National guidance suggests that what young people want most is to 'get a life' and be part of their local community. This…

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 do if you’re not happy with your care

Everyone deserves safe and high-quality care, including you.It makes no difference whether you get care in your own home, a care home or a hospital – you should get good care. Friend and family carers should care for you safely and kindly too.But sometimes things…

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,…

What to study at uni and where to go?

The University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) ... ... has a course search with links to most institutions of higher education and applications to most are made online from the UCAS website, including music conservatoires. Look at course and university details carefully - courses with…

What's available in Islington?

Islington has a range of facilities and services for young people, including 12 excellent adventure playgrounds, two youth hubs, and loads of clubs and groups. We can also help when things get tough and you need a bit of extra support, or need someone to…

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 are the jobs of the future?

Technology, scientific advances and the way we live are changing jobs and the way we work Many new jobs exist now that were not thought of five years ago. Where are the jobs of the future? The National Careers Service website has careers information in its…

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…

Where to go for help about jobs and finding a job

If any of these situations apply to you there is help available: Need help with finding and applying for jobs? Worried about starting a job or apprenticeship? Don’t like what you are doing now and want to change direction? Not in employment, education or training?…

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…

Why people bully and are bullied

People bully others for all kinds of reasons They may be being bullied themselves and so they think bullying someone else will help them feel better. They may be being encouraged to bully you by ‘friends’ and are afraid of being left out if they…

Work experience and health and safety

Going on work experience should be a safe, interesting experience But wherever you go on placement there are dangers, things left on the floor in an office, hot pans in a restaurant kitchen, machinery in a factory. You should be told about safety on your first…

Work Experience for Young People with SEND

Work experience normally refers to a temporary work placement within a company where you will work on junior-level tasks to gain experience, skills and knowledge of what it is like to work. Work experience placements are usually short-term, lasting from several days to several weeks.…

Workforce Development for SEND

The SENCO and the class teachers should decide on the action needed to help the child to progress in the light of their earlier assessment. There is sometimes an expectation that this help will take the form of the deployment of extra staff to enable…

Working for yourself or self employment

To work successfully for yourself ... ... you need the right personal qualities, business skills and a business idea that has a good chance of succeeding, so research your ideas and plan your business carefully.  These organisations offer help and advice: Shell Live Wire - free…