CONTACT NATIONAL HELPLINE

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Contact helpline Contact for families with disabled children run a free helpline for parents and carers who want to talk through their issues with one of their expert advisers. If you’re thinking of calling the helpline, please take the time to read the information on this page first so you get the most out of your […]

USEFUL CONTACTS

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Some useful SEND contacts – please let us know if you can think of more to add: Advisory Centre for Education ACE Education Advice & ACE Education Training 72 Durnsford Road, London, N11 2EJ. Phone: 0208 888 3377 Email: enquiries@ace-ed.org.uk Website: www.ace-ed.org.uk AFASIC – voice for life 1st Floor 20 Bowling Green Lane London EC1R 0BD. Phone: 020 […]

Torbay Council's Short Breaks Services Statement

TORBAY COUNCIL’S SHORT BREAKS SERVICES

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Short Breaks provide children and young people with disabilities with an opportunity to spend time away from their parents or primary carers, relaxing and having fun with their friends. They provide families with a ‘break’ from their caring responsibilities; they give parents a chance to unwind rest or spend time with other children. Short Breaks can […]

The official opening of the Changing Places toilet in Paignton seafront

Changing Places facility opens in Paignton

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Paignton sea front has now become one of the most accessible tourist places in the country following the opening of a Changing Places facility. The Festival Apollo toilet facility, which is behind the Vue Cinema and close to the Geopark, also includes a disabled and unisex toilet along with a baby changing unit. Changing Places support people […]

CHILDREN WITH HEALTH NEEDS WHO CANNOT ATTEND SCHOOL

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Statutory guidance for local authorities and departmental advice for others ensuring children with health needs receive education. This is statutory guidance for local authorities. It applies to: mainstream schools academies and free schools independent schools special schools where a child is not on the roll of a school. Local authorities must follow this guidance when […]

ILLNESS AND YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

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Maintained schools, academies (unless they’re only for pupils between 16 and 19 years old) and pupil referral units should support children with medical conditions. You can ask to see the school’s policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions. If your child has a medical condition You or a healthcare professional should tell the school if […]

EHCP ANNUAL REVIEWS

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A child or young person’s EHC plan must be reviewed at least once a year by the local authority to ensure it continues to provide the support the child or young person needs. The annual review is the statutory process of looking at the needs and provision specified in an EHC plan, and deciding whether […]

SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION NEEDS (SLCN) SCHOOLS CHECKLIST

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If your child has speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), finding the school able to support your child’s needs is a priority. Primary schools Look for, or ask about, the following features that demonstrate good practice for supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): visual support – visual timetables, targets shown on the whiteboard and […]