Additional SEN Information
Redcar & Cleveland Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service
The SEN Service is situated in Peoples Services, SEN Disability and Safeguarding. The main work of the Service is to co-ordinate statutory assessment procedures, to arrange for appropriate special educational provision to be put in place for children and young people with Statements of Special Educational Needs and to keep them under review. From September 2014 there is the introduction of the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. This is a phased introduction and by 1st April 2018 Local Authorities must have transferred all children/young people with Statements of Special Educational Needs to the new SEN system following a transfer review meeting. Any new referrals from September 2014 will undergo the EHC Plan process. Staff liaise with schools and colleges, parents/carers and other agencies in the issuing of documentation and staff can give you advice about SEN arrangements and Statutory Assessment procedures. If your child is undergoing Statutory Assessment they will be able to keep you informed about the progress of the assessment.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or from 1st September, your child is referred for an EHC assessment, the SEN Link Officers are your main point of contact if you have any questions about the arrangements and provision for your child/young person. SEN Link Officers support an identified cluster of schools/colleges in the timely and effective assessments, offering advice to educational establishments on their legislative responsibilities as laid out in the Code of Practice. They will also liaise with parents/carers on aspects of their child/young persons education. Link Officers will also represent the Local Authority at statutory annual, interim, transition and multi-agency reviews as required.
The SEN Service is committed to safeguard children from harm, protect them from abuse, and ensure their welfare and developmental needs are being met.
Directorate of Peoples Services
Tel: 01642 304503 or 01642 304561
The Role of the SEN Co-ordinator (SENCO)
Every school has a SEN Co-ordinator (SENCO) and that person is responsible for ensuring that the needs of pupils with special educational needs are met appropriately. The SENCO is also your contact person in school if you have any concerns around your childs progress.
Within colleges there are nominated staff that perform a similar role for students with SEN.
The role of the SENCO involves:
- Ensuring all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children and young people with SEN and the settings approach to identifying and meeting SEN;
- Advising and supporting colleagues
- Ensuring parents, children and young people are closely involved throughout and that their insights inform action taken by the setting;
- Liaising with professionals or agencies beyond the setting;
- Ensure smooth transition into the next stage of education for the child or young person.
Timescales for making assessments & issuing Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
The process of EHC assessment and EHC plan development must be carried out in a timely manner. The time limits set out below are the maximum time allowed. However, steps must be completed as soon as practicable. Local authorities should ensure that they have planned sufficient time for each step of the process, so that wherever possible, any issues or disagreements can be resolved within the statutory timescales. The diagram sets out the statutory timescales and decision points for the process of EHC needs assessment and EHC plan development that local authorities must adhere to.
The process of EHC assessment and EHC plan development must be carried out in a timely manner. The time limits set out below are the maximum time allowed. How-ever, steps must be completed as soon as practicable. The diagram sets out the statutory timescales and decision points for the process of EHC needs assessment and EHC plan development that local authorities must adhere to.
For further information please visit the People's Information Network website.