Special Educational Needs Service
The way children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are assessed and helped has been changed from 1 September 2014, and this booklet explains:
- what special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) means;
- the principles of the system that supports children and young people with SEND;
- the law and your and your child's rights;
- what our early years settings, schools, colleges and other educational providers must do to support you and your child;
- what this Local Authority and other services, such as Health and social care, must do to support you and your child;
- who can help provide you and your child with information and advice.
"All children and young people in Redcar & Cleveland, including the most vulnerable, will benefit from a culture of high expectations so they can achieve the very best they can from their educational and social experiences to enable them to lead independent and fulfilling lives. They will be supported to unlock their full potential, in a safe and healthy environment, and they and their families will be at the heart of how services are shaped and delivered locally to meet their individual needs."
To help make this vision happen for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, the Council and its partners aims to:
- put the child or young person at the very centre of service development and improvement;
- listen and respond to the views of children, young people and their families;
- collaborate with other partners providing support for children and young people to shape and improve joined-up services that are swift, personal and effective;
- narrow the achievement gap between the most vulnerable and the majority;
- embed an inclusive culture in our early years settings, schools, colleges, local authority services, health organisations and voluntary groups that is based on integrity, equality, respect and ambition.