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Person Centred Planning

Person Centred Planning is a process of continual listening and learning; focussed on what is important to someone now, and for the future; and acting upon this with their family and friends. It means that the person is at the centre of planning their life. …

What to do if I'm not happy (SEND)

There may be some instances where you may be unhappy about a decision that has been made. It would be helpful if you could talk this through with the relevant professional in the first instance. However, if you are still not satisfied, the information below will provide some…

What to do if you think your child has SEN

Step 1 – Arrange a meeting If your child attends a pre-school, meet with their teacher or key worker. If your child is at school meet with their teacher about your concerns. The teacher will be able to tell you what they can do to…

Safe+Well™ (Living Aids for Children)

Daily living aids are products that can help you care for your child more easily, safely and comfortably whether they have a mild or more complex disability. The Safe+Well™ service can help you choose the best daily living aids for your child's needs - suggesting…

Accessibility and Inclusion in Schools – the Equality Act 2010

A child or young person is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (section 6) if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.  Equality Act 2010 Guidance on matters…

Local Offer Provider Checklist

Register your provision/service/organisation on the BFIS website. You can read instructions on how to register. Once registered, complete the Local Offer information on your BFIS website record.  If you are a maintained school/setting/pupil referral unit (PRU), complete your Annual SEND Information Report. Upload it to your…

Teaching your child with SEND good eating skills

Children with special needs can take longer to learn how to eat independently. Read these top tips for mealtimes. Eating a meal can be particularly challenging for children who have disabilities. A lack of fine motor skills (like finding it hard to hold a fork), sensory…

Assistive Technology (SEND)

The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students with special education needs often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). Assistive technology combines the best of…

Carers' assessments: what happens next

After a carers' assessment, your council will contact you about its decision. If you have "eligible" needs, your council will talk to you about what help might be available. This will be based on the information you gave them during your assessment. If you do not have…

Early Intervention and Early Support for ASD

Early intervention, education and support are crucial in enabling children and young people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. The Portage Service is a home teaching approach to support families with a pre-school child who has a significant developmental delay and/or special need. The emphasis is on…