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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 facility 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 the…

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

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 advice and…

Working Time Regulations (WTR) on the maximum hours of work

Working Time Regulations are rules for both adults and young workers (aged 16 to 18) on the maximum hours you can work. There are separate rules that cover young people in part-time work whilst at school and under the official school leaving age. Young workers aged 16…