Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Special educational needs and disabilities

The Children and Families Act 2014 was established March 2014. This means that Local authorities are required to publish and keep up to date information about services from Education, Health and Social Care which they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0 -25. This is the 'Local Offer'.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families.  This is so families and professionals can easily understand what support is available and can make the right decisions and plan for the future.

The Local Offer clarifies what provision is normally available from early year’s settings, schools (including academies), independent and free schools, colleges and other services including health and social care.

Birmingham

We know that the journey through education, health and social care is not always easy to understand, especially if you have a child or young person with SEN and/or a disability. The local offer is a guide to relevant advice and information to help find the right support you need to make the right decisions and to plan for the future.

What will change and why

The definition of special educational needs (SEN) will remain, however, familiar terms and procedures such as 'school action', 'school action plus' and 'statement' will be replaced by the Local Offer, Education, Health and Care Plans and the option of personal budgets.

One of the key intentions of these changes is to improve parental accessibility, choice and control in a system which can be seen as being overly complex and time consuming. The small proportion of children with special educational needs who currently have a statement will have a single assessment and an Education, Health and Care Plan. Those whose needs are met through school action and school action plus will form a single broad group of children whose special educational needs will be met through the Local Offer.

So, the Local Offer will be very important in providing information and advice to parents about what arrangements, services and provision they might expect to be normally available to meet SEN in children and young people whose needs do not require an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Designated Medical Officer

The DMO is an experienced Consultant Community Paediatrician who  provides a point of contact for the CCG, local authority, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who have been identified as having SEND and when specialist health advice is required. The DMO has oversight to ensure that assessment, planning and health support is carried out for children and young people with SEND, recognising the requirement to incorporate a smooth transition  into adult services.

The local DMO is Dr Orlaith Byrne.

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Solihull

What is an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan?

There are a small proportion of children with special educational needs who now have a single assessment and an Education, Health and Care Plan and whose special education needs are met through the Local Offer. Parents of children and young people whose needs do not require an Education, Health and Care Plan, will also be able to find important information they need to meet their Special Education needs through the Local Offer. View the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council local offer.

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Designated Medical Officer

The DMO is an experienced Consultant Community Paediatrician who  provides a point of contact for the CCG, local authority, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who have been identified as having SEND and when specialist health advice is required. The DMO has oversight to ensure that assessment, planning and health support is carried out for children and young people with SEND, recognising the requirement to incorporate a smooth transition  into adult services.

The local DMO is Dr Alan Stanton.

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