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SEND webinar: The legal rights of children and young people with SEND returning to school in September

Polly Sweeney, Partner at Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP, Steve Broach, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and Alice Irving, Barrister joining Doughty Street Chambers from September 2020, will be delivering a free webinar from 1.30pm – 2.45pm on 23rd July 2020 on the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities […]

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COVID-19: CDC – Frequently asked SEND support questions during the coronavirus pandemic

Each week, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is posting a new set of FAQs from parent carers and professionals in response to questions they have been receiving relating to SEND issues experienced nationally during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Temporary changes to SEND law

On 29th June 2020, the Secretary of State issued a notice to extend the temporary changes to the law on what provision has to be made currently for those with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

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Support for children and young people 0-25 with SEND and their families

This new leaflet from the Bristol City Council outlines lots of different services and resources that families can currently access in Bristol.

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Trial to make non-binding decisions about health and social care aspects of EHC plans

In April 2018, the Department for Education began a national trial to extend the powers of the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals, and make non-binding decisions about, health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans. The Trial was due to end on 31st August 2020.

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Information, advice and support for parent carers of children with SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disability, Information, Advice, Support Services are statutory services which provide information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people who have, or may have, special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and young people themselves (16+).

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BBC Bitesize Parents’ Toolkit: SEND

The BBC have created a support resource on their BBC Bitesize page for parent carers with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) children to help you and your family during the lockdown.

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Local Offer update

Thank you to Marilyn Crofts, the Local Offer Coordinator, who came to visit us a couple of weeks ago to talk about how we could improve Bristol’s Local Offer. Here are a few words from her after our meeting. “Thank you for participating in the Local Offer At Home event on 6th February 2020. We […]

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SEND Parent Carer Survey 2020 – Spring Term

Bristol’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) inspection are developing the Bristol City Council’s (BCC) improvement plan. This survey is one of the things the BCC are doing to help better understand parents’, carers’ and children and young people’s experiences of the SEND system in Bristol. The BCC want to know what parents and carers […]

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SEND Children and Young People Survey 2020 – Spring Term

Following the Ofsted/CQC inspection findings of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services across Bristol, the Bristol City Council (BCC) are developing their Written Statement of Action SEND improvement plan. The survey is one of the things the BCC are doing to help better understand parents’, carers’ and children and young people’s experiences of the […]