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Bexley Local Offer

This is a section of the local offer that is currently under development.

The My Local Offer area of the website will be a place where parents, carers, children and young people can store information that is important and useful to them. We are working closely with users to find out what they would like to see and be able to do in this section of the site. If you have any suggestions about the content or functions of the My Local Offer page please e-mail localoffer@bexley.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply click on the questions below to see the answers:

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    Breakfast and After School Club (ENT-BREAK-0917-A001)

    Bexley Snap are pleased to offer these clubs at Normandy Children’s Centre. Children will be taken to/collected from Woodside School and will be able to play in our sensory room, a room for craft and structured activities, a playroom for lots of action packed fun, as well as a garden with outdoor toys.

     

    Please see attachment below for more information.

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    A new way to travel to school - Personal Travel Assistance Budgets (T-TP-0917-A001)

    A personal travel assistance budget (PTAB) is a sum of money provided to parents/carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities who are eligible for travel assistance.

    A PTAB allows parents/carers to arrange personalised, flexible travel arrangements that suit the needs of their child and family.

     

    More information can be found in the attachment below.

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    Bexley Local Offer Published Comments 2017 - You said We Did (CONTACT-0817-A001)

    Whilst developing the Bexley Local Offer we have used the feedback we have received to help us improve the quality and content of the website. We have gathered together the feedback that we have received and the actions that we have taken. These comments have been published in a YOU SAID… WE DID… format and can be downloaded below

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    SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds’ entitlement to EHC plans (EHC-GI-0817-A001)

    Reforms to the SEND system should mean that children and young people are better prepared for adulthood. The majority of young people with EHC plans complete further education with their peers by age 19, and our expectation is that this will continue. However, we recognise that some young people with SEND need longer to complete and consolidate their education and training. The length of time will vary according to each young person, and judgements on when to stop or maintain a plan must be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the statutory tests and processes.

     

    Full information can be obtained by following the link below.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-19-to-25-year-olds-entitlement-to-ehc-plans/send-19-to-25-year-olds-entitlement-to-ehc-plans

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    Effective Support For Children, Young People and Families in Bexley (LO-CONT-0817-A001)

     Bexley Safeguarding Children Board

     

    This guidance is for everyone who works with children, young people, their families and carers in Bexley.

     

    It is about the way we all work together, share information and make sure that children and families are always our main focus and concern when we are providing effective support to them. This advice is to help us to help families to become stronger and more resilient so that they can identify what is difficult and find solutions before their difficulties become so complex that specialist statutory social work help is required.

     

    To view the Effective Support For Children, Young people and Families in Bexley guidance please click here.

     

     

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    Conversion Plan - The Transfer of Statements of SEN to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC-STATE-0817-A001)

    London Borough of Bexley Local Conversion/Transfer Plan

     

    This plan details how Statements of special educational need (SEN) in the London Borough of Bexley will be transferred to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

     

    Please download the document below for full details.

     

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    Narrowing the Gap – School Improvement (EL-GI-1115-A004)


    Schools and Learning: Narrowing the Gap

     

    The Education Improvement Service (EIS) provides high quality support, training and advice for all staff working in education.

    The team is composed of experienced education professionals dedicated to ensuring that every young person in Bexley attends a great setting, school or college, in order to achieve their full potential.

    The EIS team  (part of the EIS team) works with the full range of education staff in school, including head teachers, senior leaders, classroom teachers, teaching
    assistants and governors.

     


    Link to Bexley Education change programme


    Educational support

     

    The Narrowing the Gap team aims to raise outcomes for all children at risk of under achievement and in particular, the most vulnerable, including children eligible for free school meals, early years pupil premium or two year old funding, looked after children, children who speak English as an additional language and Gypsy Roma Traveller pupils. 

     

    In the first instance it is important to consider the need and outcomes of each individual child.  Some children and young people may require targeted support to help meet their educational needs and this is carried out by the school.

     

    The Narrowing the Gap advisers, part of the EIS team, work with schools to ensure they have a clear and defined approach for this and the team also monitor schools and pupil achievement so that each child/young person progresses well.  

     

    As part of its responsibilities, the Narrowing the Gap team also monitors pupil achievement, liaises with teachers and parents and carries out language assessments, ensuring that all under performing pupils are challenged.

     

    The team also works to ensure that parents and pupils are active partners in the learning process; that they have a direct role in accountability strategies and are part of development of programmes that meet the individual pupil’s needs.

     

     

    Parental support 

     

    GRT families, new to Bexley, can call the contact centre on 0208 303 7777, for support on registration and admissions to Bexley schools.

    Further information and reports on GRT pupils can be found here https://www.gov.uk/search?q=gypsy+roma+traveller

     

     

    FSM

     

    Information on eligibility for free school meals can be found on the government web site at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

     

    If you live in Bexley and think you may be entitled to free school meals, you can download the form to apply for FSM here:

     

    http://www.bexley.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals?contactid=16245

     

     

    Schools: news

     

    You may be aware that there will be changes to school budgets.  In these budget changes, the government will allocate additional funding to boost achievement and raise aspirations among specific groups of pupils.   These groups will include FSM, low prior attainment and English as an additional language (EAL).

     

    To gather information on pupils with EAL, your school may now ask you about your nationality, your child’s country of birth, your ethnicity and the languages your family speaks.

     

    Consequently, registering for free school meals or providing information to your school about your child’s EAL status will boost the funding your school receives.

     

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    Youth Action Diversity Trust Summer Activities (ENT-ACT-0717-A001)

    YADT's Summer Fun For All!

     

    Here at Youth Action Diversity Trust (or YADT as we are better known) we focus on encouraging youth and family engagement and participation in activities and learning across the Bexley Borough, whilst ensuring that everything we do is inclusive and a whole lot of fun! We love working with children, young people and adults and we pride ourselves in being creative and dynamic in all that we do.

     

    Check out our Summer Holiday activities for our 3-5 Rookie Rangers, 5-7 Play Rangers, 8-14 Year Olds and Adults! Most of the sessions must be booked beforehand so please contact us as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

     

    Please download the program for more details below, click here to visit our website or Contact us on 0208 308 3862!

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    The Learning Centre Open Day (EL-AE-0717-A001)

    The College has been offering adult education, vocational qualifications and skills for life in Bexley for over 50 years. We are holding an Open Day on Friday 14th of July from 10am to 2pm. Please see the below attachment for more details.

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    Have your say on changes to travel (T-TP-0717-A001)

    A consultation on how young people over 16 receive travel assistance has been launched in Bexley this week. Parents, carers and young people are being called on to have their say on proposed changes to the ‘Post 16 Travel Assistance Policy for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)’. 

     

    Cabinet Member for Education Cllr John Fuller said; “By looking at other ways of supporting the service we hope to keep travel assistance as an option for our students. There is no legal requirement for us to provide the service, but we don’t want to withdraw assistance completely. Financial pressures that are affecting all local authorities mean that we must make changes.

     

    “We are looking at offering those students that live farther away from their place of education a greatly subsidised service, as well as offering links to the alternative support available, such as bursary funding. I’d urge anyone that makes use of the current Bexley scheme or who may use it in the future to look at the survey and let us have their views.”

    Annual travel assistance currently averages £5,650 a student and more than 600 young people used the service last year.

     

    Find out more and fill in the consultation

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    Funded Childcare (C-2YR-0617-A001)

    For more information about funded childcare please visit the Childcare Choices website
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    Preparing for Adulthood Team - Bexley (PA-GI-0617-A001)

    The Preparing for Adulthood Team, works with Young people who are diagnosed with Learning Disability/Asperger’s/Down Syndrome/Autism and physical disabilities, have Special Educational Needs and who also require support with transitioning into Adult Social Care. 

    The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to conduct needs assessments for Young People, their carers and young carers where there is a likely need for care and support after the Young Person in question turns 18 and a Preparing for Adulthood assessment would be of ‘significant benefit’.

    In order to fully meet these duties, we work closely with the Children With Disabilities Team, our Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Case Officers and Health colleagues, to identify those young people and their carers who are likely to require support to transition from Children to Adults services. A Social Worker is then assigned to support the Young Person and their families/carers and a Needs assessments offered.

     

    In some cases the Young Person may require a Mental Capacity assessment to determine if they can make their own decisions and a Best Interest decision will be made in cases where they are deemed to lack capacity to do so. This is to ensure the best outcome for the young person and that their wellbeing is at the heart of all decisions.

    For more information regarding Mental Capacity Assessments please click here

     

    You can contacted the Preparing for Adulthood Team using the contact details below
     

    Email: transitionsadmin@bexley.gov.uk
    Tel: 0208 303 7777 

     

    Preparing for Adulthood Team

    Civic Offices
    2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7AT
     
     

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    MY GUIDE TO - FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES (SCS-FIN-0617-A001)

    If your child has a disability or long-term health condition, you might be entitled to financial support (such as the Disability Living Allowance) to help meet their needs and cover any costs that arise as a result of your child’s needs.

     

    This guide explains more about the disability benefits and entitlements you and your child might qualify for and how to claim them.

     

    To view this guide please download the document below.

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    Travel Assistance Policy for Students attending School (2017-18) (T-TP-0517-A003)

    This policy outlines the assistance that the council will provide for eligible children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) to access school.

    The policy explains the background relating to the provision of travel assistance by the Council for children living within the boundaries of the London Borough of Bexley or in the care of the Council and describes how the policy applies to:

     

    • Children aged 5-16 with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan
    • Children aged 5-16 without a Statement of Special Educational Needs/ Education, Health and Care Plan

    The policy is intended to provide clarity for parents/carers and to ensure that children with particular and significant needs are appropriately supported. If the Council agrees to provide travel assistance it will be provided in a safe manner, taking account of the child’s specific needs and with regard to the best use of the Council’s resources.

    Wherever possible, in the provision of travel assistance, the Council will consider travel options that lead to independence and life skills.

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    Travel Assistance Policy For Post 16 Students (2017/18) (T-TP-0517-A004)

    The purpose of this document is to describe the travel assistance that the London Borough Bexley can provide to enable students to access educational provision agreed by the local authority. Young people can be eligible for travel assistance if they are:

     

    • Aged 16 to 18 and meet the eligibility criteria
    • A continuing students who started their programme of learning before their 19th birthday and continuing students up to age 25, if the student has particularly complex learning difficulties and/or disabilities

    The London Borough of Bexley’s travel assistance policy for students aged 16 to 25 is based on the following principles:  

    • The Council wishes to encourage and promote independent travel wherever practicable and possible, and will provide travel training for students who would benefit from it.
    • The provision of travel assistance by the Council is discretionary. Students seeking travel assistance from the Council will be expected to apply for support each year and all applications will be considered if the eligibility criteria are met.
    • The availability of appropriate public transport services, the provision of travel assistance provided by educational establishments, and the external provision of financial support to facilitate travel, will be taken into account before the Council will consider providing travel assistance.

     

     

    The full policy is available to download below:

     

     

     

     

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    SEN Travel Assistance Code of conduct (T-TP-0517-A002)

    We know that most young people behave well on school transport, but occasionally the behaviour of a few can make the journey unpleasant for everyone, and can sometimes endanger others. We have a code of conduct because we want everyone to stay safe and travel in comfort.
     
    To view our code of conduct please download the document below
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    Impact of puberty - Bexley National Autistic Society (PA-GI-0517-A001)

    Date -  Friday 16TH June 2017
    Time - 7.00pm – 9.30pm
    Venue - The Fellowship Rooms, Christ Church, Main Road, Sidcup (opposite the Horse and Groom pub)

    Bexley NAS are very pleased to welcome guest speaker Geoff Evans back to Bexley. He will be talking about the impact of puberty and adolescence for youngsters on the Autistic Spectrum.

     

    the session will cover:

    - how to maintain stability at this time of change

    - the impact of communication, interaction and sensory input
    - the importance of and type of support and information to be provided
    - providing support in common areas of need eg public/private, personal space and appropriate behaviours.

     

    For more information and to book a space please download the flyer below.

     

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    SFactor Academy Inclusive Athletics Club (ENT-ACT-0517-A001)

    Providing Inclusive Athletics at Ladywell Arena on Silvermere Rd London SE6 4QX

     

    The club meets on Saturdays 11-12pm and is open to anyone aged 7-24 with any disability, impairment or additional need.

     

    SFactor is also open to non disabled siblings.

     

    Disabled athletes pay £2.50 a session, non disabled siblings are free.

     

    For more information including contact details visit the SFactor website

     

     

     

     

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    Transport and travel assistance appeals form (T-TP-0517-A001)

    If you have applied for school travel assistance and have received a formal refusal of this or you disagree with the type of travel assistance offered and wish to appeal against the decision, please download, complete and return the form below either by email or by post to the following address.

    Transport Appeals
    Statutory Assessment Service
    London Borough of Bexley
    Civic Offices
    2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath DA6 7AT
    Email:  Transport.Appeals@bexley.gov.uk 

    Your appeal will be considered in light of the council’s current policy on school travel assistance – it is advisable to read the policy before making any appeal:

    Please ensure you complete the form in full, including your reasons to support the appeal.  You must include any relevant documentation.  For example, if you are citing financial reasons, please provide evidence with the form, or if your reason for appeal is a medical or health condition of either yourself or your child, then written evidence from your doctor or hospital will be required in order that the Panel are able to make a fully informed decision.
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    Identifying and Addressing Risk Taking Behaviour in Young People - Parent Workshop (EL-SENSUPP-0317-A005)

    The workshop is thought provoking and hard hitting programme designed to address the impact and reality of risk taking behaviours on young people. The aim of the workshop is to empower parents so they have the knowledge to recognise warning signs and the confidence to address their concerns to help their children stay safe and make positive life choices.

    The programme has been designed by the New Horizons Federation Outreach Service and the London Borough of Bexley Community Safety Team and is delivered in partnership with practitioners who have first-hand experience in these areas. This includes ex-offenders and victims of serious crime. 

     

    Date: Friday 14th July 2017 

     

    Time: 10.00 to 14.30 

     

    Venue:
    Pathways Short Stay School
    Lensbury Way
    Abbey Wood
    SE2 9TA

     

    For all enquiries or to confirm your attendance, please contact; Emma Stubbington - Head of Outreach - New Horizons Federation
     
    Telephone: 0208 312 2746 ext. 205
    Text: 07854 714253
    Email: emma.stubbington@newhorizonsfederation.org.uk  
     
    Spaces are limited so please reserve your seat before Wednesday 5th July 2017

     

    For more information please download the workshop flyer below
     

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    What information can be added to the Bexley Local Offer? - View our Information Inclusion Criteria (QUEST-0317-A001)

    Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their local area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. In setting out what they ‘expect to be available’, local authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available.

     

    To view the Bexley Local Offer inclusion of information criteria please download the document below.

     

    If you would like to request that information be added to the Bexley local offer please complete the and return this form.

     

    If you have a query you can contact the Bexley local offer by e-mailing localoffer@bexley.gov.uk

     

     

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    Parent/Carer Survey Results - special educational needs and disabilities in Bexley 2017 (EL-SENSUPP-0317-A003)

    Thank you to all parents/carers who were able to complete the survey and share their views with us. The time taken to complete the survey and the honest responses we received are much appreciated. This survey is the first of many steps we are taking to improve our understanding of the views and experiences of parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Bexley.

     

    Over 350 parents/carers completed the survey and the results can be viewed by downloading the document below.

     

    As a local area and as your local council we take this and all feedback seriously. We are taking a number of actions to address the areas you have identified. Improvements are already underway and in order to keep you informed about the progress we are making in response to your feedback we will be publishing a regular Special Educational Needs and Disability

    e-newsletter.
     
    If you would like to receive our newsletter please follow this link and register your e-mail address. These updates will also be published on the Bexley Local Offer website.
     
    Our deeper analysis of your feedback is already informing our improvement plan and the priorities of the special educational needs and disability implementation board. We will continue to work closely with our parent/carer forum Bexley Voice to ensure continued meaningful engagement of parents/carers as we improve.
     
    If you have any comments about the survey or would be interested in working with us to improve the experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Bexley please e-mail sendsurvey@bexley.gov.uk  or call 020 3045 3311.

     

     

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    Local Area Improvement Plan 2017 - Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities 0-25 (EL-SENSUPP-0317-A004)

    Special Educational Needs and Disability in Bexley: Focusing on the right things and making a difference
     
    In October 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a five day joint local area inspection at the London borough of Bexley. Such inspections aim to establish how effectively local areas are implementing the special educational needs and disabilities reforms and associated legislation as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. The inspection findings were published on the 7th December 2016 in the form of a letter addressing the Director of Children’s Services (view letter here)
     
    We have thanked, and continue to thank, all participants for their engagement and assistance with the Ofsted inspection. The encouragement schools and our local parent forum gave to parents to engage in the inspection was really important and hugely appreciated. Feedback from children, young people, families and carers is critical to the changes and innovation we want to see and we will continue to seek it out and use it well. Over 70 parents took part in the webinar and over 200 engagements took place with parents. This meant their views of the good and the not so good were well articulated and heard. 
     
    The improved outcomes that we are working towards, in relation to the areas for development outlined in the published inspection letter, form the basis of our local area improvement plan which can be viewed below. We are prioritising the difference we are trying to make. Our response to the inspection findings reflects our commitment to a shared core purpose across all local agencies to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.
     
    We are single minded about the successful implementation of the government’s reforms for children with special educational needs and disabilities. We hope you will continue to be excited about our work together to achieve great things for our children and young people here in Bexley.

     

    To view the full plan please click and download the document below.

     

     

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    My guide to SEN support in a mainstream school (EL-SENSUPP-0317-A002)

    A guide for parents and carers about special educational needs (SEN) support a mainstream school

     

    SEN support is support that is additional to or different from that generally given to other children and young people of the same age. SEN support helps children and young people identified as having special educational needs to make good progress.

     

    This guide (download below) answers the most frequently asked questions and provides contacts to further information and support.

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    Bexley Voice - confidence in meetings workshop (LO-CONT-0317-A001)

    Bexley Voice are delighted to offer three workshops for parent and carer members to support them in being confident in meetings with professionals.

     

    Each session is the same so you only need book onto one workshop.

     

    The main focus of the session will be education, health and care plan meetings and special educational needs support meetings. However, many of the skills are transferrable and useful when meeting with any professionals.

     

    Workshop 1

    Tuesday 16th May

    9.30am -11.30am

    Normandy Children's Centre

     

    Workshop 2

    Thursday 15th June

    12.30pm-2.30pm

    Crayford Manor House

     

    Workshop 3

    Wednesday 21st June

    7.30pm -9.30pm

    Sidcup Christchurch

     

     

    For more information and to book a space please visit the Bexley Voice website and click on the Bexley Voice Events tab.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sibling Support Workshop - Bexley Voice (LO-CONT-0317-A002)

    A parent/carer workshop about supporting siblings of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Bexley Voice and Sibs are hosting this workshop. Sibs is the UK charity for brothers and sisters of disabled children.

    Wednesday 15th March 2017
    9.30am - 1.30pm
    Sidcup Conservative Club, Oxford Road,
    Sidcup, Kent. DA14 6LW

    Please download the flyer below for more information.

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    Index Care Ltd (PA-LIVE-0317-A001)

    Index Care is a Supported Living and Outreach care provider, registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) to help vulnerable adults, aged 18 + towards living as independently as possible and safely, in the community.

    Our homes and services, at present, are in South East London and North Kent areas.
    Index Care support packages are centred around individual needs, preferences, values, goals and aspirations.

    Our primary aim: Supporting our service users to have a lifestyle that matters, balanced with their wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.

    Our outcomes: Reduced feeling of isolation amongst service users.  Confident individuals valued and actively engaged in the local community.  Service users progressing on to employment, either voluntary or paid.

    Our philosophy of care is based around you, underpinned by the following principles; empowerment, respect, choice, independence and dignity.

    Index Care staff are skilled in delivering personalised support for adults who may have very complex and/or display behaviours that challenge.  As one of our service users, your supported living care will be delivered within a vibrant and creative environment, focusing on your achievements and aiming towards real and meaningful outcomes for you.

     

    www.index-care.co.uk

     

    Tel: 0208 312 1952

    email: info@index-care.co.uk

     

    88 Abbey Wood Road
    London 
    SE2 9NW

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    Draft Learning Disability Strategy Bexley - Consultation have your say (LO-CONT-0317-A001)

    Draft Bexley Learning Disability Strategy

    11 October 2016 - 17 March 2017

    The Council is working together with other organisations and stakeholders on a Draft Learning Disability Strategy for Bexley. A strategy is a plan to manage something or get something done.

    Our draft strategy is about making sure people with a learning disability have good support in the community. It tells you how we plan to help people with a learning disability to stay healthy, live their life and keep safe.

     

    To complete the survey and have your say please click here.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Dyslexia Association of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham - Feb 2017 newsletter (EL-SENSUPP-0317-A001)

    Dyslexia Association of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham - Feb 2017 newsletter

     

    Download below

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    Local Area Inspection - Special Educational Needs and Disability in Bexley improvement plan (EL-SENSUPP-0117-A001)

    Special Educational Needs and Disability in Bexley: Focusing on the right things and making a difference
     
    In October 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a five day joint local area inspection at the London borough of Bexley. Such inspections aim to establish how effectively local areas are implementing the special educational needs and disabilities reforms and associated legislation as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. The inspection findings were published on the 7th December 2016 in the form of a letter addressing the Director of Children’s Services (view letter here)
     
    We have thanked, and continue to thank, all participants for their engagement and assistance with the Ofsted inspection. The encouragement schools and our local parent forum gave to parents to engage in the inspection was really important and hugely appreciated. Feedback from children, young people, families and carers is critical to the changes and innovation we want to see and we will continue to seek it out and use it well. Over 70 parents took part in the webinar and over 200 engagements took place with parents. This meant their views of the good and the not so good were well articulated and heard. 

     

    The improved outcomes that we are working towards, in relation to the areas for development outlined in the published inspection letter, form the basis of our local area improvement plan which can be viewed below. We are prioritising the difference we are trying to make. Our response to the inspection findings reflects our commitment to a shared core purpose across all local agencies to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

     

    We are single minded about the successful implementation of the government’s reforms for children with special educational needs and disabilities. We hope you will continue to be excited about our work together to achieve great things for our children and young people here in Bexley.

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    My guide to ...The annual review of an education, health and care plan (EL-SENSUPP-0117-A002)

    Information for parents and carers about the annual review of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan

    Once an EHC plan has been issued it must be reviewed regularly. For children under 5 years old this will happen every 6 months and for children aged over 5 years old the review will be held annually. The local authority must ensure that every EHC plan is reviewed within these timescales and work closely with schools and other educational settings to make sure this happens.

     

    This guide (download below) provides parents and carers with an overview of the annual review process and answers those most frequently asked questions.

     

     

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    Early Years Support Forum (EL-EY-0117-A001)

    A space to share concerns or worries with support from professionals and voluntary services, to talk and think about ways to help your under fives. More details can be found here
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    Imago - Bexley Young Carers (SCS-SFC-0117-A001)

    Imago Young Carers delivers a support service to anyone aged 8-18 living in Bexley who is taking on caring responsibilities for a family with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue.

    Imago Young Carers will enable Young Carers aged 8-18 to receive some respite from their caring responsibilities, socialise with their peers and receive tailored support and information. We provide social groups for Young Carers called Chill Clubs. 

     

    For further information, please contact the Imago Young Carers Hub:

    Phone: 0300 111 1110

    Email: hello@bexleyyoungcarers.org.uk

     

    The Imago YC Hub is available for you to call Monday - Friday 9-5pm to talk about Young Carers’ needs and can provide information, advice and signposting

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    Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disability Inspection Letter Bexley (EL-SENSUPP-1216-A001)

    From 3 October to 7 October 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Bexley to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the special educational needs and disability reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. 

     

    The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors from Ofsted, with team inspectors including an Ofsted Inspector and a children’s services inspector from the CQC. 

     

    Inspectors spoke with children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), parents and carers, representatives of the local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they were implementing the special educational needs and disability reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area’s self-evaluation. Inspectors also met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. Inspectors reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning. 

     

    This letter outlines the findings from the inspection, including some areas of strength and areas for further improvement.


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    Welcome to Bexley Local Offer (BLO-1216-A001)

    The Bexley Local Offer has been co-produced with the help of parents, professionals and young people and is under continuous development. Our aim is to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0-25 years old.

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    Local Area Inspection SEND - A letter of thanks to parents and carers (EL-SENSUPP-1116-A001)

    Letter from;

     

    Jacky Tiotto, Director of Children's Services

    Councillor Rob Leitch, Cabinet Member for Education


    A letter to the parents/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) 

     

    This letter acknowledges the support and assistance provided by families during the recent inspection of Local Area SEND provision.

     

    Please click below to view the letter in full.

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    My child has a statement, will they need an Education, Health and Care plan? (EL-GI-0215-N001)

    From September 2014 Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans are replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN). No more statutory assessments for a statement of SEN will be started. Instead, there will be a new EHC needs assessment.

     

    All current statements of SEN will be transferred to EHC plans by April 2018. The local authority has published a transfer plan which sets out the timescales for transferring statements of SEN to EHC plans.

     

    Parents/carers can contact to the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) at their child's educational setting to discuss their child's transfer arrangements.

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    Will the support that my child/young person receives change when their statement of SEN is transferred to an Education, Health and Care plan? (EL-GI-0215-N003)

    Just like a statement of SEN an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan details a child/young person’s special educational needs and the support that they require. The level and type of support will be discussed and assessed as part of the transfer process. As with an annual review of a statement of SEN, the EHC plan will reflect the advice received from the professionals involved. This means that for some children and young people the level and type of support may change but only in the same way that it would have done if an annual review of a statement were being carried out. EHC plans consider not only a child/young person’s special educational needs but the outcomes that the child/young person is working towards.

     

    If you would like to speak to someone about your child/young persons EHC plan or statement of SEN you can contact the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) at the educational setting your child/young person attends.

     

    If you require further advice you can contact;

     

    Statutory Assessment service

    Civic Offices
    2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7AT

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777

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    Can I still appeal if I disagree with changes made when transferring to an Education, Health and Care plan? (EL-GI-0215-N004)

    Bexley Independent Advice and Support (IASS)

    Should you wish to seek advice from someone who is independent of the Local Authority the Information and Advice Support Service (formally known as the Parent Partnership)
    This service offers advice about SEN, statutory assessment, Education, Health and Care Plans and legal advice. This service is independent of the Local Authority. 
    For more information:
    Telephone: 0203-045-5976
    Email Address –  bexleyIASS@bexley.gov.uk
    Bexley Information, Advice and Support
    Shepway Centre
    Oxford Road
    Maidstone
    ME15 8AW 

     

    Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation

    This is a free, independent and confidential service which aims to settle disagreements between parents and Local Authorities about the SEN of children and young people. In Bexley, dispute resolution and mediation services are provided by KIDS London SEN Mediation Service. Should you wish to make an appeal about the above decision, you are required to consider mediation and obtain a certificate from this service before registering an appeal. The Tribunal will not take account of the fact that mediation has taken place, or has not been taken up, nor will it take into account the outcome of any mediation.  

    KIDS can be contacted as follows:

    Email: mediationlondon@kids.org.uk  

    Website: http://www.kids.org.uk

     

     

    Appeals

    In accordance with the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 you have a right to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal against the decision not to write an Education, Health and Care Plan. You can appeal within 2 months from the date of this letter or one month from the date of a certificate which has been issued following mediation or being given mediation information, whichever is the later. 

    The Tribunal can be contacted as follows:

    Website: www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/send

    Email: sendistqueries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

     

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    What special educational needs (SEN) support is available in early year’s settings? (EL-GI-0715-N001)

    It is particularly important in the early years that appropriate steps are taken to put in place effective support for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND).  Early years settings in the private, voluntary and independent sector must have an SEN policy which sets out how they will enable children to participate,learn and make progress. All educational settings must take reasonable steps to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place.Settings must inform parents/carers if they have identified that a child has, or may have, a special educational need.

     

    When making arrangements to support children with SEN early years settings must follow an “assess, plan, do, review” cycle, involving external professionals where necessary. Settings should work with parents/carers to agree next steps and outcomes for children and ensure that they have accurate information in order to meet needs and track progress.

     

    Parents/carers should be updated about their child’s progress by the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Parents/carers will be invited to review meetings to discuss their child’s needs and the support that they require. If it is felt that a child would benefit from further assessment/support from another professional this will be discussed with parents/carers and with their permission a referral will be made.  

     

    Parents/carers who would like advice about their child’s needs and the support that they require should arrange to meet with the SENCO at their child’s setting.

     

     Further information about SEN support in early years settings can be found in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 years; 2015 (chapter5) by clicking here

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    Is there a day nursery that has experience of supporting children with autism? (EL-GI-0715-N002)

    Every day nursery will have some experience of supporting children with special educational needs and disability (SEND). Parents/carers are encouraged to meet with nursery staff to discuss the individual needs of their child before they begin attending nursery. Parents/carers should directly contact the early years setting that they are interested in their child attending.

     

    The Local Authority Early Years Team are available to give advice and support regarding SEND to managers, Special Educational Needs coordinators (SENCOs) and nursery staff. The Early Years Team can be contacted by the manager or SENCO of the nursery to request support in order to meet a child's individual needs.

     

    Please contact the manager/SENCO of the early years setting for more information.

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    Can a childminder make a referral to the Speech and Language Therapy Service? (EL-GI-0715-N005)

    Yes, childminders are able to make referrals to the speech and language therapists if they first have permission in writing from the parent/carer. The Local Authority Early Years Team are able to give advice and support to child minders about how they can best meet a child's special educational needs. Child minders can contact the Early Year’s Team to request support.

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    Family Lives - Early Years Family Support Service (EL-EY-1016-A001)

    Family Lives- Family Support Service for Bexley

    Family Lives’ is a national charity providing an Early Years Family Support Service in Bexley through a range of time limited targeted interventions; we aim to support families with children 0-5 and their siblings up to 11 years so that they can function effectively with support from universal services.  Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and co-located within the three Children and Family Centres at St Augustine’s, Danson and West Street, the service works with families who are isolated and/or who need a level of support that is above that normally provided by universal provision in order to engage or re-engage with children and family centres, health, early years’ education and childcare services.  The three main services are: 

    1. Engagement with children’s centres to access a range of stimulating and developmental activities. 
    2. A home visiting family support service delivered by trained volunteers. 
    3. Parenting workshops and programmes. 

    Our services are delivered by a team of highly skilled and qualified staff, trained volunteer befrienders and mobile play workers, who will help to engage families into services. Families can be referred to us directly or where there are more complex needs, as part of a wider multi-agency response from a lead professional.  To request support for a family please complete and submit the form found on the Bexley Website  or downloaded at the bottom of this page.

    For more information, the Early Years Support team can be contacted directly via :

     

    Lisa Pitcher- Volunteer Development Manager -  LisaP@familylives.org.uk  
    Jacqueline Turner- Administrator - JacquelineT@familylives.org.uk  
    Michelle Caesar - Family and Volunteer Coordinator & Mobile Play Lead - MichelleCa@familylives.org.uk  
    Fiona Verge - Family &Volunteer Coordinator &  Parenting Lead - FionaV@familylives.org.uk  

    Interested in becoming a Volunteer?


    We offer a free 4 day Befriending training course so you can support a family on one to one basis. The role involves building relationships with a parent, offering a listening ear, help parents find their own strengths to build their confidence, support a parent accessing activities and information on other sources of support. In return you will receive supervision and support, attend our Practice Development Groups to increase skills and share experience. For more information and an application pack contact the Bexley Team above.


    Other sources of support available from Family Lives

    Family Lives’ Website: Provides advice and support on all aspects of parenting available whenever you need it : Family Lives Website

    Free and confidential Helpline:  Information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying. Service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday & Sunday: click here

     

    Ages & Stages Parenting Information: A wide range of short videos providing instant parenting tips: click here

     

    If you are a practitioner who would like to refer a family to family lives you can download, complete and return the referral form below

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    Family Fund (CONTACT-1016-A001)

    Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants to families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young adults. We can provide grants for things like clothing, bedding, washing machines, computers and tablets, family breaks and sensory equipment.

     

    Family Fund

    4 Alpha Court,

    Monks Cross Drive,

    York

    YO32 9WN.

     

    01904 550055

     

    info@familyfund.org.uk

     

    www.familyfund.org.uk

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    Special Schools and Resource Provisions (EL-SS+SP-0916-A001)

    Resource Provisions, Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

    This document sets out the details of resource provisions, special schools and alternative provisions in the London Borough of Bexley. The full document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. 

    The majority of pupils identified as having special educational needs (SEN) will have their needs met in a mainstream setting and with the additional support available. For some children, their needs can best be met in a specialist resource provision or special school. This document aims to give a brief overview of such settings and make clear which settings in the London Borough of Bexley are mainstream schools with resource provisions, special schools or alternative provisions. 

    To support parents and young people in understanding the special educational support available, every educational setting is required to publish an SEN Information Report on their website that sets out how they support pupils with SEN. This should be accompanied by an SEN policy. As each setting will have their own approach to supporting pupils with special educational needs, parents and young people are advised to read the SEN information report. Parents and young people may also wish contact the school directly to ask any questions and/or arrange a visit. 

    For children and young people already attending an educational setting the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) will be able to provide information about a child/young person’s needs, the outcomes they are working towards and support in place to aide them in meeting their outcomes.

    If a child or young person has a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan the SEN statutory assessment team can provide information and advice about the various educational settings in Bexley. The statutory assessment team should also be contacted if requesting a special educational needs assessment. School places for children with Statements of SEN / EHC plans are allocated through the Statutory Assessment Panel. School places for children who do not have a Statement of SEN or an EHC plan are allocated through the school admissions team. Please note that in common with many other boroughs our schools are often full and available spaces are limited. 


    SEN Statutory Assessment Team
    Tel: 0208 303 7777 
    e-mail - specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk 

    School Admissions Team
    Tel: 020 8303 7777
    e-mail - schooladmissions@bexley.gov.uk

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    Children with Disabilities Team - Short Breaks Statement - 2016/17 (SCS-SBS-0916-A001)

    Short Breaks (previously referred to as ‘shared care’ or ‘respite’)  are activities for children and young people with SEND that enable them to have fun, spend time with friends and build their confidence and skills, in a safe environment. Many Short Breaks take place outside of a child’s or young person’s home, for example in local leisure centres and community spaces.
     
    Some Short Breaks can take place in a child’s home, with specialist support, depending upon the needs of the child or young person with SEND and their family. Some of our Short Breaks are provided in one of our specialist Resource Centre’s or from the home of an approved carer, depending upon the needs of the child or young person with SEND and their family. Short Breaks take place outside of the school day. This means that activities could happen in an evening, at a weekend or during school holidays. Short Breaks can also include overnight stays, depending upon the need of the child or young person with SEND, and their family, and the type of activity. Some Short Breaks can be for a child or young person with SEND to attend independently of their families, giving parents and carers the opportunity to have a break from their caring role. Some Short Breaks give siblings and/or families the opportunity to take part in activities together.
     
     
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    Children and Family Centres (EL-EY-0916-A001)

    There are three Children and Family Centres in Bexley, located in the north, south and centre of the borough.

     

    Each centre co-ordinates local activities and supports services for families. St Augustine's Children and Family Centre covers the center of the borough.

    This programme includes details of activities that are held here and at other venues in this area.

    Make sure you check the venue and any booking details before setting out.

    You can attend activities at any of our centres

     

    Either download the document here or click here to see the other centre programmes and find out more.

    Find St Augustine's Children and Family Centre on www.facebook.com

     

     

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    Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (EL-SENSUPP-0916-A001)

    Bexley Council places a high priority on improving the outcomes and raising aspirations of our children and young people aged 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). To achieve this and meet the changing legislative requirements we have developed this five year strategy.

     

    To view our strategy in full, please download the attached document:

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    Education, Health and Care plan request form for young people - post 16 (EHC-PROC-0916-A001)

     

     Request by a Young Person for an Education, Health & Care Assessment

    If you are a young person who would like to ask for some additional support with your special educational needs you can fill in and then send us the form at the bottom of this page.

     

    You can complete this form with support from your parent/carer or someone who someone else who support you and who you are happy to have help you complete the form.
     
    The following questions are from your point of view.  If you need help to fill this in, you could ask someone who knows you well such as your parent/carer, school/college tutor, social worker or personal adviser to support you.

     

    If you have questions about completing this form you can contact the;

     

    Special educational needs statutory assessment service

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777
     
    If you would like some advice about special educational needs and disability from someone who doesn't work for the London Borough of Bexley please contact the;
     
    Independent Advice and Support Service
    Telephone: 0203-045-5976
    Email Address – bexleyIASS@bexley.gov.uk
     

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    Education, Health and Care Plan - Request form to be completed by schools (EHC-PROC-0916-A002)

    Education, Health and Care plan request form - Schools

     

    The form below can be downloaded, completed and submitted by school staff requesting statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care plan.

     

    If you have questions about this form or the statutory assessment process please contact the;

     

    Statutory Assessment Service

     

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777

     

    Each school will have been allocated an SEN case officer from the Local Authority to support them in meeting the needs of the children within their school who require an EHCP. If you have the details of your link SEN case officer please contact them directly.

     

    If you have general questions about supporting children in you school who have additional needs you can contact the;

     

    Bexley Early Intervention Team

     

    E-mail - earlyintervention.team@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone - 020 8303 7777

     

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    Education, Health and Care Plan - Request form to be completed by pre-schools (EHC-PROC-0916-A003)

    Education, Health and Care plan request form - Pre-schools
     
    The form below can be downloaded, completed and submitted by pre-school staff requesting statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care plan.
     
    If you have questions about this form or the statutory assessment process please contact the;
     
    Statutory Assessment Service
     
    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777
     
    Each school will have been allocated an SEN case officer from the Local Authority to support them in meeting the needs of the children within their school who require an EHCP. If you have the details of your link SEN case officer please contact them directly.
     
    If you have general questions about supporting children in you pre-school who have additional needs you can contact the;
     
    Bexley Early Intervention Team
     
    E-mail - earlyintervention.team@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone - 020 8303 7777
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    Bexley Voice AGM (LO-CONT-0916-A001)

    Bexley Voice AGM – Tuesday 27th September 2016

    Time - Registration - 9.45am
    AGM & Refreshments - 10.00am -12.00noon
    Card Craft Workshop - 12.30pm - 2.00pm

    Venue: Bexley Voluntary Service Council
    Crayford Manor House, Mayplace Road East
    Crayford, Kent. DA1 4HB

    Our AGM from 10am -12noon will be an opportunity for Bexley Voice to share what we have been doing over the last year, celebrate our achievements and outline our plans for the coming 12 months. The formal business of voting in the new Trustees will be completed – we hope there will be some new faces coming forward to join us.
    All the information required to become a trustee (and also a volunteer) can be found on our website. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee or wish to nominate someone else, contact us by the 20th September to obtain the relevant forms. All nominations must be with us in advance of the meeting so that we can ensure nominees understand the role they will be taking on.

    The afternoon Card Craft Workshop will be an opportunity to learn how to make a handmade birthday card for your child. Don’t worry if you are not ‘crafty’, there will be lots of other jobs to do such as cutting out shapes to support our BV Card Club, so if you can use a pair of scissors please come and join us. Representatives from Bexley Voice, Contact A Family and Family Fund Grants will also be available if you wish to chat on a 1-2-1 basis. A light buffet lunch will be provided.

    There will be opportunities to take home a range of cards hand made by the BV Volunteer Card Craft Team and you can win prizes every time at our Tombola table! - so don't forget to bring your purse! You are welcome to attend the morning AGM or come all day for just or the afternoon card craft workshop. If you would like to join us at our AGM, please let us know by 20th September.

    To book your place or for more information, please complete the on-line form on our website at www.bexleyvoice.org.uk.
     
    For information contact: 07512 409936 or email: rachel.bexleyvoice@hotmail.co.uk

     

    The event flyer can be downloaded below

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    Bexley Local Offer Published Comments 2016 - You said We Did (CONTACT-0816-A001)

    Whilst developing the Bexley Local Offer we have used the feedback we have received to help us improve the quality and content of the website. We have gathered together the feedback that we have received and the actions that we have taken. 

    These comments have been published in a YOU SAID… WE DID… format and can be dowloaded below

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    Special Schools and Resource Provisions (EL-SENSUPP-0816-A002)

    Resource Provisions, Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

    This document sets out the details of resource provisions, special schools and alternative provisions in the London Borough of Bexley. The full document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

    The majority of pupils identified as having special educational needs (SEN) will have their needs met in a mainstream setting and with the additional support available. For some children, their needs can best be met in a specialist resource provision or special school. This document aims to give a brief overview of such settings and make clear which settings in the London Borough of Bexley are mainstream schools with resource provisions, special schools or alternative provisions.

    To support parents and young people in understanding the special educational support available, every educational setting is required to publish an SEN Information Report on their website that sets out how they support pupils with SEN. This should be accompanied by an SEN policy. As each setting will have their own approach to supporting pupils with special educational needs, parents and young people are advised to read the SEN information report. Parents and young people may also wish contact the school directly to ask any questions and/or arrange a visit.

    For children and young people already attending an educational setting the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) will be able to provide information about a child/young person’s needs, the outcomes they are working towards and support in place to aide them in meeting their outcomes.

    If a child or young person has a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan the SEN statutory assessment team can provide information and advice about the various educational settings in Bexley. The statutory assessment team should also be contacted if requesting a special educational needs assessment. School places for children with Statements of SEN / EHC plans are allocated through the Statutory Assessment Panel. School places for children who do not have a Statement of SEN or an EHC plan are allocated through the school admissions team. Please note that in common with many other boroughs our schools are often full and available spaces are limited.


    SEN Statutory Assessment Team
    Tel: 0208 303 7777
    e-mail - specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk

    School Admissions Team
    Tel: 020 8303 7777
    e-mail - schooladmissions@bexley.gov.uk

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    Bexley Mencap 2016 (SCS-FS-0816-A001)

    Bexley Mencap

    Bexley Mencap works with and for people with a learning disability and their families who live in, or are the responsibility of, the London Borough of Bexley. They offer advice and support to children and adults with learning disabilities, their parents, carers and the wider community and provide the following services:

    • Family Support Service for carers of adults with a learning disability
    • Self-Advocacy Service for adults with a learning disability: Respect In Bexley
    • Inclusive playgroup for under fives: Toddy Tots

     

     You can find out more information by clicking here

     

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    Bexley Citizens Advice Bureaux (CONTACT-0616-A002)

    An independent charity committed to helping people overcome the problems they face.
     
    Bexley Citizens Advice Bureaux employs over 15 people and has in excess of 50 unpaid volunteers. Through the training, information systems and operational support provided by Citizens Advice are equipped to deliver the highest quality advice to residents in our local community. They provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. CAB advice helps people resolve their legal, money, debt, benefit, employment, housing, consumer, discrimination and other issues.
     
    Bexley CAB is able to support parents and carers of children and young people with DLA (Disability Living Allowance) and PIP (Personal Independence Payment) up to and including appeals.
     
    For more information please visit -  www.bexleycab.org.uk or telephone 01322 517150
    Lines are open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday ~ 1:30 till 3:30pm
    Lines are open: Thursday ~ 10:00 till 1:00pm and 1:30 and 3:00pm
     
    In Person
    Citizens Advice Bureaux offer free, confidential, impartial and independent advice from many locations.

    For advice in person call into one of our offices:
     
    ADDRESS OPENING TIMES

    Bexleyheath Central Library, 2 Townley Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 7HJ - Monday and Thursday 10.00am to 1.00pm 
    Erith 42 Pier Road, Erith, DA8 1TA - Monday to Friday(except Thursdays) 9.30am to 12.30pm  
    Sidcup Library Hadlow Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AQ -Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00am to 1.00pm
     
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    Tax credits – Contact A Family (SCS-FIN-0616-A001)

    This leaflet is a general guide to tax credits for families with disabled children. It includes information on who qualifies and how the tax credits system works in
    practice. Tax credits are nothing to do with income tax. They are regular payments made by the government to families on low to middle incomes. You can claim tax
    credits even if you don’t pay tax. 
     
    You can find more information about financial support and benefits for families with a disabled child/children via the contact a family website www.cafamily.org.uk
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    Disability Living Allowance – Contact A Family (SCS-FIN-0616-A002)

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for children and adults with a condition or disability. DLA helps to meet the extra costs that you might have as a result of your child's disability.

    You can claim DLA even if your child does not have a diagnosis. It is sufficient that they have some form of disability even if this has not yet been formally diagnosed.
    DLA is made up of two components. Depending on their circumstances your child may qualify for one or both.

    You can find out more information about DLA by following this link to the Contact A Family DLA information page

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    Disability Living Allowance - Cerebra - A step-by-step guide to claiming disability living allowance for children under 16 (SCS-FIN-0616-A003)

    Founded in 2001, Cerebra is a national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions. Cerebra’s guide to completing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) form for children under 16 years of age has been designed to make completing the form as straight forward as possible.
     
    Who is this guide for?
    This guide is for anyone, parent or professional, who is considering making a claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), on behalf of a child under 16 years of age who has a neurological or neurodevelopmental condition. This includes conditions like autistic spectrum conditions, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, learning difficulties, global developmental delay and acquired brain injuries among others. Covering such a wide range of conditions means that, inevitably not everything in the guide will be applicable to all children. The intention is that you can use whatever is most appropriate and expand on it with your own examples.
     
    To download please click here
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    Money matters – Contact A Family (SCS-FIN-0616-A004)

    A booklet containing a financial checklist for families of children and young people with disabilities and SEN.

     

    Click here to load the website

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    Department for Work and Pensions - Employment and Support Allowance (SCS-FIN-0616-A005)

    If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:

    - financial support if you’re unable to work
    - personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to

    You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.
    You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.

     

    For more information – click here

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    Bexley Voice – Disability ID Card, Discount cards, emergency cards, car signs, radar keys (CONT-OTHER-0616-A001)

    Information for parents/carers of children with SEN and disability including

    ·         National Disabled Identification Card (DID)
    ·         Disabled Rail Persons Card
    ·         National Express Discount
    ·         Epilepsy ID card and wallet
    ·         Autism Alert Cards - Product number NAS565
    ·         Tourettes Action ID cards
    ·         Mencap Carers' Card
    ·         CEA Card – Cinema card
    ·         Taxi Card
    ·         Capital Call
    ·         RADAR - National Key SchemePersonalised Car Signs

     

    For more information please click here

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    Bexley Voice - Summer 2016 Newsletter (LO-CONT-0616-A002)

    Summer 2016 newsletter issued by Bexley Voice Parent Forum

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    The Family Wellbeing Service (SCS-FS-0616-A001)

    The Family Wellbeing Service can support you to identify solutions to family difficulties and to become more confident and resilient in how to deal with them.  The Family Wellbeing Service replaces Bexley's existing Thriving Families service. The service works with children and their families where;

    ·         There is known domestic violence
    ·         Parental or carer mental ill health
    ·         Parental substance misuse
    ·         A child is at risk of or has already been excluded from school

    We can offer a range of help together with a number of our partners. Help from local youth service agencies, Bexley Women's Aid, Bexley Moorings, local health agencies, MIND and other agencies can be accessed through the service. We are also able to work in partnership with local schools to consider the needs of children who are at risk of exclusion or have been excluded. The Family Wellbeing Service is a voluntary offer of help and you will need to give your consent if you wish to take part in the programme.

    How can I get help from the Family Wellbeing Service?

    If you think that you need extra support, have a chat with your child's school, nursery, children's centre, health visitor or one of our partners who has been helping you.  You can also refer yourself, or find out more information, by calling 020 8303 7777. Your call will be routed to a children's services adviser based in our initial response team. They will discuss your thoughts and concerns.

    The school, nursery, children's centre, or someone else like a health visitor or youth worker may also talk to you if they think the Family Wellbeing service could help you. If you agree they will make contact on your behalf.

    For more information about the service please click here

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    Royal Association For Deaf People (CONTACT-0616-A001)

    Children and Families Service


    Supports all families, where one or more members of the family unit are deaf, by providing information, support and accessible and inclusive activities.  We recognise and understand the isolation that deaf children can face; many of our activities welcome people with all levels of hearing impairment.  Parents, friends and siblings are also welcome to join some of our family events.

    Youth & Transition Team


    Programmes can offer stability and a supportive and safe environment in order that young people can confidently develop their own identity. We aim to support this transition period for every deaf young person through an array of accessible projects providing an environment for young deaf people to build friendships, gain valuable life skills and confidence whilst developing language skills for their journey into adulthood.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Funded Childminders (C-CH-0616-A001)

    The aim of this service is to provide parents and professionals with a swift and easy process for placing children with an appropriate childminder. Funded childminders Offer high quality care to meet children’s individual needs. We have a number of Funded Childminders with experience and training in caring for children with special needs.

     

    For more information about funded childminders please download the leaflet below.

     

     

     

     

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    Bexley Voice Newsletter 26 - March/April 2016 (LO-CONT-0616-A001)

    The March/April 2016 edition of Bexley Voice Newsletter

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    MCCH - out of school and holiday clubs (ENT-ACT-0616-A001)

    MCCH supports children with learning disabilities and autism in Bexley and the surrounding areas within the following services:

     

    • Bexley after school club
    • Bexley saturday playscheme
    • Bexley half-term playscheme
    • Bexley holiday playscheme

     

    For more information including locations and times please click here?

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    Personal budgets for children and young people - A guide for parents and carers (EHC-PB-0616-A001)

    Personal budgets help people manage their care in a way that suits them. It is a sum of money that is made available to a parent, guardian or young person who qualifies for an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC). An EHC plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. The plans help identify educational, health and social needs and sets out the additional support to meet those needs.

    Download the attached document for more information.

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    The Mobility Scheme (T-TRAV-0516-A001)

    The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair, using their Government funded mobility allowance . If you are not the disabled person, but are acting on their behalf as an appointee or nominee, you may be able to access the scheme on their behalf.  Appointees are solely responsible for collecting state benefits for the disabled person and for deciding how they are used. They are assigned by the Department for Work and Pensions and are usually a family member.

     

    An appointee may be needed when the disabled person is under 16 years old or unable to look after their own affairs.  If you are unsure if you are an appointee, you can check directly with the DWP on 03457 123456.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Scope (CONTACT-0516-A001)

    Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, we'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.

     

    For more information about Scope please click here

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    The Sick Children's Trust (SCS-SFC-0516-A001)

    The Sick Children's Trust believes keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children. We provide free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, to families with sick children in hospital in the UK. 

     

    For more information please click here

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    Care Trade - Opportunities for Londoners with autism to transition into employment. (PA-WORK-0316-A001)

    CareTrade is a multi-award winning charity providing innovative opportunities for Londoners with autism to transition from school/college towards and into employment.
    In our first 5 years we have supported over 80 young people:-

    All participants report increased self-confidence

    92% of graduates from The Autism Project @GSTT are work ready
    57% of those on Employment Opportunities gain paid employment or a paid apprenticeship within 6 months
    2 have been in work for over 4 years now
    We also provide in work support (funded by DWP Access to Work), run a weekend café training programme at Spa School House Café in Bermondsey and are in the process of becoming a City & Guilds Centre. To date we have supported young people from 14 London boroughs. We are based in Southwark near Elephant & Castle.

    For more information please click here 
    Tel: 020 7060 5706
    E-mail: info@caretradeuk.org

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    Bexley Voice Newsletter - March/April 2016 (LO-CONT-0316-A001)

    Latest copy of the Bexley Voice Newsletter

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    Education, Health and Care planning – Concerns and complaints (EHC-DISAG-0216-A002)

    If you are not happy about any part of the Education, Health and Care planning process or a decision that has been made regarding your child, you should discuss your concerns first with your child’s SEN Case Officer.
     
    You may also ask for a reconsideration of your child’s case by writing to;
     
    The Complex Needs Manager, Statutory Assessment Service,
    The Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath,
    DA6 7AT
     
    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777
     
    The complex needs manager may contact you directly with a decision or may refer your case to a panel of elected members. 
     
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    Bexley’s Public Toilet Service (HW-GI-0216-A001)

    There are two types of public conveniences in Bexley.

    1.     APCs (automatic public conveniences)
    2.     Traditional brick building

    With the exception of Danson Park, APC's are open 24 hrs a day and cost 10 pence per use.  All APC's have disabled facilities and are cleaned thoroughly after every use.

    For a list of these facilities please click here

     

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    Works for me (Bexley Mencap) (PA-WORK-0216-A001)

    16 Weeks of Free Job Search and Employment Skills for Those with Autism
     
    Works For Me is a collaboration between Bexley Twofold, Bexley Mencap, BVSC and Re-Instate.  Along with supported job search, those who come along will be given a range of workshops to gain skills to find work and stay in work including Goal and Outcome Setting, Confidence Building and Team Work, Industry Sectors, Job Roles and Money Matters. Also included is the construction of a CV and an accredited Health and Safety qualification delivered by Re-Instate.
     
    To make a referral please download and complete the referral form
     
    For more information please contact
     
    Stephen McIlroy
    Bexley Twofold
    Atrium Court
    104 Erith High Street
    Erith, DA8 1SL
    Telephone: 020 3045 4917
    Email: stephen.mcilroy@bexley.gov.uk
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    Virtual College (PA-WORK-0116-A001)

    Virtual College are the E-learning Development Company of the Year with over 1.9 million learners. We offer over 300 online courses, delivering cost effective and time efficient training.

     

    Career VOOCs:
    Virtual College has developed a new vocational learning concept called VOOCs (Vocational Online Open Courses). The Career VOOCs offer online, self-directed careers guidance on a range of industries and job roles.
    VOOCs are short free online courses to introduce an individual to a career within a specific vocational sector and include information such as:
    ·         Introduction and background to the sector
    ·         Career options / jobs available within the sector
    ·         What to expect from working in the role / sector
    ·         Career progression / opportunities / remuneration
    ·         Case studies of people working in the sector
     
    VOOCs will form the starting point for learners to find out more about a particular sector / job roles and will be the catalyst to set a learner on a broader learning journey.
    They have been developed to cover a broad range of job roles in the following sectors, with more to follow:
     

    Social Care 
    Child Care
    Accountancy
    Active Leisure
    Construction
    Hair & Beauty
    IT
    Hospitality
    Retail
    Armed Forces (coming soon)
     
    Visit our website (http://careervooc.co.uk/) for more information and I do encourage you to register for our free Career VOOCs.

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    Mellow Dads - Parenting Course (CONT-OTHER-0116-A001)

    If you would like ideas on how to manage your child to get the behaviour you want, Mellow Parenting could be for you. Mellow Parenting is a parenting group to support dads with at least one child 0 to 12 years.

     

    The group takes place at Belvedere Family Centre 1 Station Road, Belvedere DA17 6JJ • 9.30am - 2.30pm for 14 weeks Lunch will be provided and there will be a crèche for your child for part of the day.

     

    The programme will help you:

     

    • learn new ideas to support your child’s development

    • think about those things that influence you and what you would like to be different in your life

    • enjoy activities with your child and help strengthen your relationship

    • gain your child’s co-operation and manage challenging behaviour

     
    Contact Kam Marjara 020 2045 5350 Senior Social Worker, Think Family Service

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    Mellow Parents - Parenting course (CONT-OTHER-0116-A002)

    If you would like ideas on how to manage your child to get the behaviour you want Mellow Parenting could be for you.

    Mellow Parenting is:

    • A parenting group to support mothers with at least one child 0 – 5

    • At : Belvedere Family Centre 1 Station Rd, Belvedere DA17 6JJ
    • 9.30 – 2.30 for 14 weeks

    Lunch will be provided and there will be a crèche for your child for part of the day. The programme will help you:

    • learn new ideas to support your child’s development
    • think about those things that influence you and what you would like to be different in your life
    • enjoy activities with your child and help strengthen your relationship
    • gain your child’s co-operation and manage challenging behaviour

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    Positive Discipline Parenting Programme (CONT-OTHER-0116-A003)

    12 weeks (36 hours) of group facilitated parenting education, discussion, guidance and exercises to increase a parents understanding of the following;
     
    ·         Alternative forms of discipline to physical chastisement
     
    ·         Reasonable vs unreasonable and expectations within the UK police, legal system and social services. Safeguarding definitions of abuse/maltreatment of a child
     
    ·         Discipline vs punishment
     
    ·         Understanding age appropriate levels of how children think, feel and problem solve to increase a parents ability to have realistic expectations around children’s behaviour
     
    ·         How culture, religion, upbringing and life experience influence parenting practices
     
    ·         The impact of physical chastisement on children
     
    ·         Authoritarian vs Authoritative parenting style
     
    ·         To increase understanding in routines and boundaries and how to set and enforce.
     
    ·         Parent’s behavioural and emotional responses to children and how that influences a child’s behaviour
     
    ·         Increase positive interactions and relationships between parent and child.
     
     
     Please contact Kam Marjara Senior Social worker on x 5350 at Belvedere Family Centre for discussion regarding a referral.
     
     
    To make a referral please complete the Think Family referral form ticking the box for Positive Discipline.
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    Caring Dads - Parenting Course (CONT-OTHER-0116-A004)

    Starts: Monday 25th January 2016
    Time: 10am—12pm
    At: Belvedere Family Centre

     

    Hours: 2 hour sessions. Over 17 weeks
    Who for: The fathers of children who live in constant anxiety about the harm that their fathers may cause to them and their mothers, or others they love.
     

     

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    Bexley Voice Newsletter ~ January / February 2016 (LO-CONT-0116-A001)

    Welcome to our first newsletter of 2016!

    The team from Bexley Voice would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for their hard work last year and long may we all continue to support families in Bexley!

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    Bexley SNAP (Leisure Services) (CONT-OTHER-1215-A004)

    SNAP leisure services enable disabled children and young people to feel welcome, safe and confident have fun, develop and achieve away from their primary carer who they are often dependent on whilst enabling parents and carers to access a break.

    For more information please click here
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    Home to school travel and transport statutory guidance (T-GI-1215-A001)

    Statutory guidance for local authorities on sustainable school travel, and school travel arrangements for children and young people.  For more information please click here
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    Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) Families - Frequently Asked Questions (EL-GI-1215-A001)

    The attached download contains Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) Families - Frequently Asked Questions

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    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA) (CONT-OTHER-1215-A001)

    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA) is Bexley's location for careers and life information, advice and guidance for young people aged 13 to 19 (and up to 25 for young people with additional needs).

    For more information please click here

    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA)
    233 The Broadway
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7EJ

    Telephone: 020 3045 5555
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    Council for Disabled Children (CONT-OTHER-1215-A002)

    The Council for Disabled Children aims to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and children with special educational needs. We do this by influencing Government policy, working with local agencies to translate policy into practice and producing guidance on issues affecting the lives of disabled children.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Preparing for Adulthood Programme (PfA) (CONT-OTHER-1215-A003)

    The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) is funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for the SEN and disability reforms. The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides knowledge and support to all local authorities and their partners, including families and young people, so they can ensure young people with SEN and disabilities achieve paid work, independent living, good health and community inclusion as they move into adulthood.

    For more information please click here
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    SEN and disability support changes: information for young people (PA-GI-1215-A001)

    Leaflets for young people explaining changes to the special educational needs and disability support system that start on 1 September 2014.

    Please click here for more information. 
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    Transition Information Network (PA-GI-1215-A002)

    The Transition Information Network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who come together with a common aim: to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood. TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals. TIN is based at the Council for Disabled Children, the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector. The Council for Disabled Children is hosted by the National Children's Bureau.

    For more information please click here
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    Financial help if you are disabled - gov.uk website (PA-MONEY-1215-A001)

    There is a wide range of disability-related financial support, including benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions. The main disability and sickness benefits are: Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment Attendance Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Depending on your circumstances, you might also be able to get: Industrial Injuries Benefit if you’re disabled as a result of work Constant Attendance Allowance if you need daily care and attention because of a disability

    For more information please click here
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    NHS Benefits (PA-MONEY-1215-A002)

    Children under 16, and young people aged 16, 17 and 18 in full-time education* You get free: NHS prescriptions NHS dental treatment for any course of treatment that starts before your 18th birthday or, if you are in full-time education, your 19th birthday NHS sight tests NHS wigs and fabric supports You also: Get help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses May get help towards the cost of repair or replacement of glasses or contact lenses May get help with travel costs for NHS treatment.

    For more information please click here
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    Statutory guidance, for local authorities, on the provision of transport for post-16 students to a place of education or training (T-ES-1115-A001)

    This statutory guidance is for local authorities.  It applies to all post-16 students or trainees attending:

     - a school
     - a further education institution
     - an authority maintained or assisted institution providing higher or further education
     - an establishment funded directly by the Education Funding Agency, for example independent specialist providers for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
     - a learning provider that is funded by the local authority to deliver accredited programmes of learning (including colleges, charities and private learning providers)
     - a place of work or apprenticeship

    This guidance outlines a local authority’s duty to prepare and publish an annual post-16 transport policy statement. The policy statement must detail the transport provision for everyone of sixth form age receiving education or training.This guidance replaces the ‘Post-16 transport’ guidance issued in June 2010. It will be reviewed annually from February 2015 and updated as necessary

     

    For more information please click here

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    Application for Post 16 Travel Assistance (T-ES-1115-A002)

    This form is for completion by parents and carers who wish to apply for assistance with Post 16 travel. If you believe you may qualify for travel assistance for your child from the Local Authority (LA), please complete all the sections on this form.

    Please note: For the majority of students, transport needs will be met by the provision of free transport by Transport for London (TfL). Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk for further details, including how to apply for an oyster card.

    Travel assistance can cover a range of options, including Council arranged transport, Independent Travel Training, Personal Transport Budgets, travel cards and mileage reimbursement. Where assistance is agreed the Local Authority will decide which option to offer and will focus on options that encourage and support the independence of young people as they move into adulthood. Learning to be more independent is an important part of a student’s development.

     

     

     

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    Bexley Accessible Transport (CONT-OTHER-1115-A001)

    Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme (BATS) serves to provide quality, affordable and accessible community transport for Bexley and the surrounding Boroughs. We operate a membership-only scheme, and our services are aimed at those with mobility needs, of all ages, and those with learning difficulties. We also provide transport for community and voluntary groups, Care Trusts, Social Services and SEN Schools.
    We can provide a wide range of services thanks to our team of dedicated volunteer drivers.

     

    Bexley Accessible Transport

    Unit G05,

    Thames Road Depot,

    Thames Road,

    Crayford, Kent, DA1 5QJ

    Telephone: 01322 311333

    Email: enquiries@bexleyct.co.uk

     

    For more information please click here

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    SEN transport, SEN school transport, SEN school transport eligibility, Home school transport, transport education, apply for transport, (CONT-OTHER-1115-A002)

    SEN transport, SEN school transport, SEN school transport eligibility, Home school transport, transport education, apply for transport,
     London Borough of Bexley,

    2 Watling Street,

    Bexleyheath, Kent,

    DA6 7AT

    Telephone: 020 3045 4431

    Email: specialeducationalneedstransport@bexley.gov.uk

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    Travel Application Form - Frequently Asked Questions (Pupils with Special Educational Needs) (T-ES-1115-A003)

    We have received some queries as to why we are asking parent/carers to complete an application form. This document will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

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    Disabled Childrens Newsletter - November 2015 (SCS-DCS-1115-A001)

    The Disabled Childrens Newsletter (published Nov 2015) is available here for download.

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    Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service (Oxleas website) (TE-SL-1115-A001)

    A small team of specialist speech and language therapists and therapy assistants. They provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy for children's speech, language and communication needs. They also provide specialist support for children with feeding and swallowing difficulties. They run clinics within the Children's Development Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital and also visit children in schools, nurseries, clinics and their homes.

    For more information please click here
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    Children's Physiotherapy Team (EL-PHYS-1115-A001)

    A team of physiotherapists and therapy assistants who work with children aged 0-19 years at Queen Mary's Hospital, in patient's homes and in schools.

    Paediatric Physiotherapy Department,

    Frognal Avenue,

    Sidcup,

    Kent,

    DA14 6LT

    Telephone: 020 8302 2678

     

    For more information please click here

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    Application for Travel Assistance for Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) (T-ES-1115-A004)

    Home to school transport applications for children and young people of compulsory school age who have a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care Plan, or have a disability will be considered against the general transport policy.

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    ADHD & ME (EL-SENSUPP-1115-A002)

    ADHD & ME was set up to help parents, children and adults that are affected by ADHD. Offering advice, support and a network of friends that understand this condition on a personal level .

    ADHD & ME is a an unfunded voluntary group contributions towards refreshments are requested at each session.

    The group meet on the 1st Thursday of every month 9:30 - 12:00 and is run by Michelle Holloway.

    The Danson Centre
    Brampton road
    DA7 4EZ 

    Tel 07576 884579

    ADHD & ME can also be found and contacted via Facebook

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    English as an additional language - Frequenty Asked Questions (EL-GI-1115-A002)

    The attached document contains some frequently asked questions for children and young people who have English as an additional language and their families.

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    Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) - Frequently Asked Questions (EL-GI-1115-A003)

    The attached provides information about arrangements for Standard Attainment Tests (SATs).

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    KIDS Mediation Service (EHC-DISAG-1115-A001)

    KIDS is a leading disabled children’s charity that has been in existence for over 40 years working to enable disabled children and young people and their families to enjoy their lives. We run vital, life changing services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, along with their families. Our purpose is to enable children and young people with special education needs and disabilities to enjoy their lives and achieve their ambititions, whilst providing support and guidance to their families.

    For more information please click here
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    Appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (gov.uk website) (EHC-DISAG-1115-A002)

    You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) if you disagree with your local authority’s decisions about your child’s special educational needs - for example if they refuse to: assess your child’s educational, health and care (EHC) needs make a statement of their special educational needs reassess their special educational needs create an EHC plan change what’s in your child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan You can also appeal to the tribunal if a local authority has discriminated against your child or someone else because of your child’s disability.

    For more information please click here
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    Bexley Voice Parent Partnership - Website Link (LO-CONT-1115-A001)

    Please use this link to visit the Bexley Voice website to find out more about the service and support available

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    Education, Health and Care Plans (gov.uk) (EHC-GI-1115-A001)

    Link providing helpful information about Education, Health and Care Plans.  For more information please click here

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    NHS England - Personal Health Budgets (EHC-GI-1115-A002)

    This website provides information and news about the Department of Health's personal health budgets policy being rolled out nationally in the NHS; and is home to a learning network for NHS and social

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    SEN and disability support changes: information for young people (Education, Health and Care Plans) (EHC-GI-1115-A003)

     
    Leaflets for young people explaining changes to the special educational needs and disability support system that start on 1 September 2014.

    For more information please click here
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    Special Educational Needs and Disability Statutory Assessment Service (EHC-ASSESS-1115-A001)

    The SEND Statutory Assessment Service oversee the statutory assessment process and work with parents, carers, professionals and educational setting to develop Education, Health and Care Plans.

    Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Case Officers work for the Statutory Assessment Service and are allocated to a child or young person once a request for an EHC needs assessment is received. They support children and young people and their family through the EHC needs assessment process. Case Officers are responsible for ensuring that everyone supporting the child or young person during an EHC needs assessment is working in a co-ordinated way.

    Contact the SEND Statutory Assessment Service

     

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 020 3045 3311

     

    Civic Offices
    2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7AT

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    Transition from Statements and Learning Difficulties Assessments (LDAs) to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans) - IPSEA website (EHC-STATE-1115-A001)

    From 1 September 2014: Children with statements of special educational needs (SEN); Young people with Learning Difficulties Assessments (LDAs); and Those with non statutory “EHC plans” issued before the 1 September 2014, will start the process of transitioning to an EHC plan within the new legal framework under the Children and Families Act 2014. All children with statements must have completed this process by 1 April 2018. All young people with LDAs must have completed this process by 1 September 2016.

    For more information please click here
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    Exclusion of pupils in schools - Frequently Asked Questions (EL-GI-1115-A001)

    This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about the exclusion of pupils in schools.  For more information please click here.
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    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) (HW-CAHMS-1115-A001)

    CAMHS provides specialist mental health services for children and young people from birth to 18 years and their families who are registered with a Bexley GP or who are Looked After by the LB Bexley.

    Young people are offered a service where they have significant and complex mental health difficulties which are affecting their functioning in their day to day lives.

    The service comprises a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychological Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Social Workers who provide mental health assessment and a range of evidence-based treatments.

    Clinicians work in partnership with children and families to agree their treatment goals and to work towards achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

    Young people are usually referred by a professional. However, they can also self-refer via our website headscapebexley.co.uk . The website contains information, self-help tools and quizzes that can help young people to maintain good emotional health.

    Some young people who are referred to CAMHS are not offered a service when their needs are best met by an alternative service. When this happens, we always endeavour to signpost service users to the most appropriate service to meet their needs.

     

    Contact information:

     

    Bexley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

    Highpoint House,

    Shooters Hill,

    London, SE18 3RZ

     

    Tel: 020 3260 5200

    Email: oxl-tr.bexleycamhsreferrals@nhs.net

    Website: www.oxleas.nhs.uk
     

     

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    Bexley Hearing Impaired Toddler Group (EL-SENSUPP-1115-A001)

    Bexley Hearing Impaired Toddler Group 

    Northend Children’s Centre,

    4A Lincoln Close,

    Slade Green DA8 2EB

     

     

    Sessions run every fortnight during term time
    9.30am – 11.30am
    For further information please phone
    Shelagh Norman 07814156563
    Gill Gamblin 07814156486
    Yvette Wilson 07807079877
    or email yvette.wilson@bexley.gov.uk
    Once a month we hold  an impression clinic for new ear moulds by appointment only.

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    Sorting out Separation (SCS-SFC-1115-A001)

    Sorting out Separation is a FREE online resource for people who are dealing with divorce or separation. www.sortingoutseparation.org.uk will:

    ·         show you where to find reliable information, easy-to-use tools and specialist services on a range of topics
    ·         help you focus on and deal with the most important issues
    ·         create a personalised list of support services and tools for your circumstances

    You can use the ‘help near you’ section of the website to find both local and national services which help parents to work together to resolve disputes and help them focus on the interests of their children.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Child Maintenance Options (SCS-SFC-1115-A002)

    Child Maintenance Options is a FREE service that provides impartial information and support to help separated parents make decisions about their child maintenance arrangements. The www.cmoptions.org website has a range of tools and guides including a Family Based Arrangement form and calculator to work out maintenance. It also offers Live Chat and Email services for users who wish to engage digitally.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Post-16 Open Event Diary 2015 – 2016 (PA-WS-1115-A001)

    Please download the attached document to view the 2015-2016 Post 16 Open Event diary

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    UCAS - Progress (PA-WS-1115-A003)

    Bexley is no longer producing the ‘Decisions’ Bexley’s Post 16 Directory. All year 11 students at schools in Bexley can now research their options for post 16 education and training using an online directory called UCAS Progress .

    UCAS Progress  provides you with an overview of the range of courses, in different subjects and at different levels, which are available in Bexley for post-16 students. It is designed to help you to decide where and what to study so that you can find the right pathway for you. Remember it is important that you find the education or training opportunity that is best for you so that you gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications that employers are looking for. Take the time to attend open evenings to find out more about different providers and to help you make an informed decision about your next steps.

    UCAS Progress  https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses

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    Decisions’ Bexley’s Post-16 is changing to UCAS Progress (PA-WS-1115-A004)

    Bexley is no longer producing the ‘Decisions’ Bexley’s Post-16 Directory. All Year 11 students at schools in Bexley can now research their options for post-16 education and training using an online directory called UCAS Progress.

     

     

    This document provides more information.

     

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    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA) (LO-CONT-1015-A001)

    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA) is Bexley's location for careers and life information, advice and guidance for young people aged 13 to 19 (and up to 25 for young people with additional needs).

    Bexley Youth Advice
    233 The Broadway
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7EJ

    Telephone: 020 3045 5555
    For more information please click here
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    Bexley Youth Offending Team (YOT) (LO-CONT-1015-A002)

    Bexley YOT is responsible for providing and co-ordinating local Youth Justice Services for children and young people aged between 10 and 17 who are offending or who are at risk of offending.

    For more information please click here
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    Greenwich Association for Disabled People - Independent Supporters (LO-CONT-1015-A003)

    Greenwich Association of Disabled People (GAD) is a Centre for Independent Living that enables hundreds of deaf and disabled people each year to achieve independence.

    For more information please click here
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    KIDS - Mediation Service (LO-CONT-1015-A004)

    KIDS Mediation provides independent SEND mediation services for disagreements between parents and the Local Authority or a school.

    For more information please click here
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    Calm Alert Kids (TE-OT-1015-A001)

    A Private Occupational Therapy Service for children aged 0-18 years.  Services include but are not limited to:
     - Comprehensive and screening assessments
     - Comprehensive reports
     - Individual therapy intervention within the school or nursery setting
     - Classroom based interventions
     - Group interventions, including: “Head Start”- a school readiness group and “Tools for school” -handwriting interventions.
     - Intervention in school environment to help fulfil EHCP targets

     - Training for school SENCO’s, teachers or teaching assistants.  Training includes - Introduction to sensory processing, sensory circuits, handwriting skills and the development of fine motor skills.

    Calm Alert Kids 
    28 Craybrook Road
    Sidcup
    DA14 4HL

     

    Tel: 07980 737330

    Email: enquiries@calmalertkids.com

     

    For more information here

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    Animal Days Out (EL-SENSUPP-1015-A003)

    As part of the Animal Days Out C.I.C. group, Animal Days Out is a not for profit Community Interest Company. They provide Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for individuals, groups, parents and professionals. 

     

    They can offer therapeutic sessions and workshops for many types of groups, schools with special needs provision, residential homes, day centres, hospitals and private health.

     

    They offer a wide range of interactive animal, nature and horticultural based activities.  Their staff are trained to work specifically with children and adults with additional needs, dementia, mental health, older people, physical disabilities and sensory impairment. 

     

    Animal Days Out can work at your own centre or venue or you can visit them at their tranquil 9 acre wildlife reserve site in the heart of South-East London.

     

    For more information please click here

     

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    How do I apply for travel assistance or transport? (T-GI-1015-A001)

    Bexley Parents/carers, in the first instance, are required to apply for home to school travel assistance by completing a request for home to school travel assistance form online, the links are provided below.

     

    Request for home to school travel assistance – click here
    Request for home to school transport POST 16 pupils – click here

     

    Applications received will be processed and will be subject to the eligibility criteria.

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    Do I need to re-apply each year? (T-GI-1015-A002)

    Yes application forms will be sent annually until a child leaves school. Applications will be sent out in April each year for children who currently have travel assistance and these should be returned by the end of May. If you require support to complete the application form staff at your child’s school or social worker should be able to help you. Travel requirements are then assessed based on school placement, written evidence and family circumstances.  Supplementary evidence may be required at this stage. The parent/carer will be informed in writing of the outcome of the application. Where this assessment indicates that the child is not eligible for travel assistance, parents/carers will be advised accordingly and will have a right to appeal against this decision.  If you need to send the form in later than these dates, please advise BITU so allowances can be made for this. Further applications are received from children who are changing schools or moving into the borough later than these dates. When all applications are received and have all been assessed, optimisation exercises begin to allocate children to routes and providers. As we transport more than 500 children and young people, this task takes some weeks to complete, especially when late applications are received and vehicles/routes have to be re-arranged. When this is complete (usually in mid-August) routes are allocated to providers ensuring best value for money. Providers then allocate to individual drivers and escorts.

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    What type of travel assistance will be provided? (T-GI-1015-A003)

    We will contact you in advance, advising you of the arrangements we have put in place.  Depending on their disability your child may be provided with a free bus or train pass or a special vehicle i.e. taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, to help them travel to and from school. Other forms of assistance could be access to independent travel training, transport budgets and escorted public transport.

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    When is travel assistance not provided? (T-GI-1015-A004)

    Travel assistance will not be provided;

    - If a child attends a school which is not the nearest appropriate school to their home
    - to work experience placements;
    - to dental, clinical or hospital appointments; or
    - in the event of sickness where a child has to be collected from school, or for parents to attend.
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    Will my child always receive travel assistance? (T-GI-1015-A005)

    Not necessarily.  Applications must be completed annually as criteria may change depending on the age and circumstances of your child and family.  All children and young people’s eligibility for travel assistance will be reviewed regularly and at least annually.  For children and young people with Statements or EHC Plans, their continued eligibility for travel assistance will be discussed at the child or young person’s school as part of the annual review. Parents/carers should attend the review in order to consider whether or not travel assistance continues to be appropriate. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to notify the Council immediately of any changes that may affect the provision of travel assistance

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    What can I do if I am not happy with the decision about entitlement to help with transport? (T-GI-1015-A006)

    If parents are not happy with a decision about the transport entitlement for their child, they should discuss the case first with their SEN Case Officer or they may ask for a reconsideration of their case by writing to the Complex Needs Manager, Statutory Assessment Service, London Borough of Bexley, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7AT who may refer it to a panel of elected members.If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Bexley complaints procedure; Click here for more information.
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    The National Trust (ENT-ACT-1015-A002)

    The National Trust welcomes visitors with disabilities, for more information about The National Trust please click here
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    Oxleas NHS Website (HW-CHN-1015-A001)

    We provide local NHS services in south London and Kent that take care of the whole person - body and mind.  For more information please click here
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    Help if you have a disabled child - gov.uk website (HW-CAHMS-1015-A001)

    Your local council can provide help if you have a disabled child, including: short break services holiday play schemes care at home some aids and adaptations financial help, eg money towards travel costs for hospital visits Your council has a duty to provide these services under the Children Act 1989. Some are free of charge - the council might ask you to contribute towards others.  For more information please click here

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    Immunisations and vaccinations - Bexley (HW-IHS-1015-A001)

    Sixty years ago, before routine immunisation was introduced in the UK, hundreds of thousands of children caught infectious diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles every year. Thousands died. Nowadays, immunisation keeps these diseases at bay, but they haven’t gone away. Tetanus, for example, lives naturally in the soil and can cause infections through open wounds. So we still need immunisation to protect us. If your family haven’t had their vaccines yet, please make an appointment and get them up-to-date as soon as possible. If your children have missed an injection, or are older than the recommended age, it’s not too late. Contact your family doctor or health visitor to make an appointment.  Please click here for more information

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    Birth-to-five development timeline - NHS website (HW-D&C-1015-A001)

    An interactive guide to child development from birth to five years old, including videos and advice to help parents along the way. Please click here for more information

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    ProParent - App for parents and young people (Oxleas NHS) (HW-D&C-1015-A002)

    School nurses and health visitors have joined forces to promote our latest innovation. Introducing our School Nurse Matters and ProParent App, aimed to deliver helpful advice and information to parents and young people.  Please click here for more information

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    Parents to Be Information - NCT website (HW-D&C-1015-A003)

    Bexley and District NCT supports, informs and connects hundreds of parents across the borough in Kent. NCT Branches are your local parent support network run by volunteers to help you become the parent you always want to be. NCT Branches are your local parent support network run by volunteers to help you become the parent.  Please click here for more information.

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    Blake Hammond Education Centres (EL-ALT-1015-A001)

    Blake-Hammond Education (BHE) offers part time day tuition for a small number of students whose additional educational needs are not met by a school. The needs of such pupils are supported using a flexible programme of study and an adapted curriculum. BHE falls outside the definition of an independent school as it does not provide full-time instruction.

     

    For more information please click here

     

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    The Tutorial Foundation - Bromley (EL-ALT-1015-A002)

    The Tutorial Foundation, a private pupil referral unit in Bromley which provides an educational setting for Key Stage 1 – Year 13 pupils. Established in 2005, we have a proven track record in delivering both educational and pastoral support to both mainstream and SEN students, especially those with challenging behaviour. We regularly accommodate children from Bromley, Bexley and Lewisham schools to name but a few. 

     

    For more information please click here

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    Special educational needs and disability (SEND) – Department of Education and Department of Health guidance documents (EL-SENSUPP-1015-A001)

    Please follow the link to view the key SEND guidance published by the Department of Education and Department of Health guidance documents

     

    For more information please click on this link

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    Housing in the London Borough of Bexley (SCS-GEN-1015-A001)

    Bexley offers a number of option for people who are looking for a home, including housing support and social housing.

    For more information please click here and find the statement which best describes your current housing situation.

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    Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (HW-ADI-1015-A001)

    Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term for a range of effects that can occur to an individual who was exposed to alcohol before they were born. Please follow this link for more information and advice about FASD.

     

    For more information please click on this link

     

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    The Equality Act 2010 and Schools - Departmental advice for school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities (EL-SENSUPP-1015-A002)

    This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. It has been produced to help schools to understand how the Equality Act affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the Act. On 1 October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. It has consolidated this legislation and also provides some changes that schools need to be aware of. Please click here to view the full document.
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    Shooters Hill Campus (EL-COLL-1015-A001)

    The Campus has a strong track record in being highly inclusive and the services & infrastructure enable young people with the widest range of abilities, needs, interests and experiences, the opportunity to participate fully in all of the courses and facilities offered. There is wheelchair access across the Campus and it has an on-site hearing impairment team and a large learning support team, who are on hand to provide specialised services to students.

     

    For more information please click on this link

     

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    Showcase Cinema Bluewater - Autism Friendly Screenings (ENT-ACT-0915-A003)

    Showcase are proud to present the launch of our Autism Friendly screenings in partnership with not-for-profit support provider, Dimensions.

    What makes the screenings autism friendly?

    • The lights will be on low
    • The volume will be turned down
    • There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
    • You will be able to take your own food and drinks
    • You will be able to move around the cinema if you like

    All film start times will be 10am and will be shown in 2D only.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Special Educational Needs school funding information (funding matrix) (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A010)

    The changes made to the Code of Practice in light of the Children and Families Act (2014) include the re-categorisation of School Action and School Action Plus as ‘SEN Support’ and Statements of SEN will now be converted to ‘Education, Health and Care plans’. The guidance calls for Local Authorities to set up ‘moderating groups’ to ‘support transparency in decision making’ in regard to EHC Plan requests for assessment and completion of plans. In Bexley this role is provided by the SEN Panel, consisting of education, health and social care professionals.
     
    This document set out the funding arrangements for pupils with SEN in Bexley. The rationale provides an explanation of the Bexley banded funding matrix
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    Special Educational Needs school funding information (banded funding rationale) (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A011)

    The changes made to the Code of Practice in light of the Children and Families Act (2014) include the re-categorisation of School Action and School Action Plus as ‘SEN Support’ and Statements of SEN will now be converted to ‘Education, Health and Care plans’. The guidance calls for Local Authorities to set up ‘moderating groups’ to ‘support transparency in decision making’ in regard to EHC Plan requests for assessment and completion of plans. In Bexley this role is provided by the SEN Panel, consisting of education, health and social care professionals.
     
    This documents set out the funding arrangements for pupils with SEN in Bexley. The rationale provides an explanation of the Bexley banded funding matrix
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    Education, Health and Care Plans - Top Ten Facts for practitioners (EHC-PROC-0915-A001)

    The majority of children/young people with special educational needs (SEN) will not have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and will have their needs met in an educational setting through the resources usually available, this is called SEN support. Only those children/young people aged 0-25 with a level of SEN that cannot be met at SEN support level will have an EHCP.
     
    Please click on the link below to view our Top Ten Facts for Practitioners
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    SIBS - For brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults (SCS-FS-0915-A002)

    Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. Siblings have a lifelong need for information, they often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations. They also want to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care. There are over half a million young siblings and 1.7 million adult siblings in the UK.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Social Arts for Education (SAFE) (EL-ALT-0915-A001)

    Social Arts for Education (SAFE) is a study centre for children who have been unable to cope in mainstream school due to bullying and associated reasons. SAFE teach children from the age of 8 up to 16. Children often come to us with additional needs such as autism, anxiety disorders, fear of social situations and extreme shyness

     

    For more information please click here

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    Cineworld - Disability Access (ENT-ACT-0915-A002)

    At Cineworld Cinemas, we are committed to offering maximum accessibility and we strive to provide facilities that meet the requirements of all our customers.

     

    For more information about disability access at Cineworld and to search for movie showings please click here 

     

    Cineworld (Bexleyheath) 

    28-70 Broadway,

    Bexleyheath

    DA6 7LL
    Phone: 0871 200 2000

     

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    Claiming Disability Living Allowance for children (SCS-FIN-0915-A001)

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for children with a condition or disability. Any ill or disabled child may qualify. It helps to meet the extra costs that you might have as a result of your child’s disability.
     
    For more information please click here to view the contact a family DLA factsheet
     
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    Disability Living Allowance - claiming the higher rate mobility component for children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (SCS-FIN-0915-A002)

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for disabled children and is there to help meet the extra costs of being disabled. A child with any sort of illness or disability, even if they have no diagnosis, may qualify. The benefit is paid in two main parts, called ‘components‘:

    - the ‘care component’ – designed to help with the extra costs of having care needs, and

    - the ‘mobility component’ designed to help with the extra costs of getting around

     

    There are two rates of the mobility component. The higher rate, which can be paid from the age of three years, and the lower rate, which can be paid from the age of five years.

    For more information please click here to view the contact a family factsheet

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    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – a new benefit for disabled people aged 16 and above (SCS-FIN-0915-A004)

    A new benefit called Personal Independence Payment is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for young people and adults aged 16–64. At first, it only applied
    to those making a new claim, but it also replaces some existing DLA claims in many postcode areas. DLA will continue as a separate benefit for children aged under 16 years.
     
    For more information please click here to view the contact a family PIP factsheet
     
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    Contact a family finance and benefits information (SCS-FIN-0915-A006)

    Contact a Family - Many families with disabled children live close to or below the poverty line. It costs on average three times more to raise a disabled child than a non-disabled child and it can be difficult to combine paid work and caring.

    There are many different sources of financial help and benefits that might be claimed, but families who don't know about them are not claiming the benefits they are entitled to and are missing out on vital extra income.
    Our helpline - Benefits advisors on our freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday) will make sure parents know about all the different financial help available and give advice on claiming for it. Our helpline can also put families in touch with local advice agencies who can help them with one to one help, for example form filling, and with national condition support groups, who often provide families advice on claiming benefits specific to their child's condition.

    For more information please click here to view the finance and benefit page on the contact a family website

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    Carer’s Allowance – a benefit for carers (SCS-FIN-0915-A007)

    Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You might be able to claim if your child receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or highest rate or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
     
    Carer’s Allowance is not means tested. It does not matter what savings you have and most forms of income are also ignored. However, if you work you can only get Carer’s
    Allowance if your earnings after deductions are no more than £110 per week.
     
    For more information please click here to view contact a families carer’s allowance factsheet 
     

     
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    Carer’s Credit (SCS-FIN-0915-A008)

    You could get Carer’s Credit if you’re caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week.  Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record.  Your income, savings or investments won’t affect eligibility for Carer’s Credit.

    For more information about carer’s credit please click here

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    How to access Short Break (SCS-SBS-0915-A002)

    A helpful flowchart explaining how to access Short Breaks

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    Accessibility Strategy (EL-GI-0915-A001)

    This document is DRAFT and is under development. The Bexley Accessibility Strategy has been updated to reflect our implementation of the SEND reforms 2014. Further information to evidence how this strategy is implemented is currently being added.
     
    We want to support all young people in Bexley to achieve; young people should be aspirational for their futures and inspired to reach their full potential.  Education in Bexley needs to be inclusive, support services provided and tailored to meet the need and agencies working together to support children to succeed.  We will work to deliver high quality support around the child, to remove the barriers to learning that some children may face and work to ensure children can participate fully in the curriculum.
     
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    Search for Breakfast and after school clubs with LB Bexley (ENT-BREAK-0915-A001)

    If you are looking for a childcare provider or support group or out of schools clubs, please use the London Borough of Bexley online search facility
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    Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment Service (LO-CONT-0915-A001)

    The SEND Statutory Assessment Team over see the statutory assessment process and work with parents, carers, professionals and educational setting to develop Education, Health and Care Plans.

    Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Case Officers work for the Statutory Assessment Service and are allocated to a child or young person once a request for an EHC needs assessment is received. They support children and young people and their family through the EHC needs assessment process. Care Officers are responsible for ensuring that everyone supporting the child or young person during an EHC needs assessment is working in a co-ordinated way.

    Civic Offices
    2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7AT

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777
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    The Down’s syndrome association (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A002)

    The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is the only organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which support people with Down’s syndrome at every stage of life. Since 1970, we have grown from being a local parent group to a national charity with over 20,000 members.
     
    For more information please click here and visit our website  
     
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    The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS) (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A003)

    The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. Whatever you're looking for in ADHD, we'll do our best to help.
     
    For more information please click here to visit our website
     
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    Living with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A004)

    As the parent/carer of a child diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), you know firsthand the kinds of issues, challenges and questions the condition raises for your child, and for you and other family members.

    If your child is newly-diagnosed, these may be first-time concerns for you, and you may be wondering what happens next, or how to find out more.
    By gaining a better understanding of ADHD and how it is treated, and by working together with your child, their healthcare providers and teachers, you will be better equipped to help your child live with their condition, and also cope better yourself.

    For more information please click here and visit our website

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    Little stars school for parents (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A005)

    Little Stars School for Parents is one of a national network of about 30 groups. We were set up to introduce the principles of conductive education to parents of young children with physical disabilities or delayed motor development.

    Conductive education is a system of learning developed at the Peto Institute in Hungary designed to help children and adults with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy and other motor disorders. It works towards helping children to meet the challenges they face more independently, with an emphasis on developing the whole child through active learning.

    Our philosophy promotes a partnership between parents, children and professionals, which recognises the crucial role that parents play in the education of young children.

    For more information please click here and visit our website

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    CerebralPalsy.org.uk (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A006)

    CerebralPalsy.org.uk provides support by offering impartial information on a broad range of subjects that people affected by CP should find useful. As you navigate the site you will find tips, guides and advice available to aid those who are impacted by the condition You may be looking mobility aids such as stair lifts? or perhaps seeking toys to engage a child we can support you with your search.

     

    Please click here to visit our website.

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    Blind Children UK (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A007)

    Our Family Support team gives the families of children with visual impairment emotional and practical support, advice and information. We also advise and work with other professionals and organisations.

    We can explain complex terms, give independent advice on claiming benefits or make contact with agencies and organisations on the family’s behalf. We usually work over the telephone, although we may provide face-to face-support in some cases.

    What is of most importance to many parents and carers of a blind child is the consistent and informed emotional support we provide for the whole family, including grandparents, brothers and sisters. We listen, care and advise.

    For more information please click here and visit our website

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    Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome Society (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A008)

    Formerly known as the PDA Contact Group, the PDA Society aims to offer support, advice and information to anyone involved with an individual with PDA, whether suspected or diagnosed, child or adult.
    The PDA Contact Group was originally set up in 1997 to put people with an interest in PDA in touch with each other, which we still do today through our discussion forum. The change in name to the PDA Society is a reflection that we are becoming more than a ‘contact group’ and see ourselves as the voice for PDA, running awareness campaigns and sharing information.

    Our objectives include:

    ·         to raise awareness and understanding about the condition
    ·         to signpost people towards gaining a diagnosis
    ·         providing a telephone support line
    ·         sending people information through email or post about PDA
    ·         putting families in touch with each other locally
    ·         imparting good quality information about the condition as new research comes out
    ·         and providing people with information to set up their own local support groups.

    Pleaseclick here to visit our website

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    The Asperger's Syndrome Foundation (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A009)

    The Asperger's Syndrome Foundation are a small registered charity based in central London, England. The Asperger's Syndrome Foundation is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of Asperger's Syndrome. The Foundation aims to promote high quality support and services, and to enable people with Asperger's syndrome to develop into members of the community who are respected for their contribution and recognised for their unique differences.

    Please click here to visit our website

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    St Piers School & College at Young Epilepsy (EL-NONB-0915-A001)

    Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy. With over 100 years of experience we are a leading provider of specialist health and education services. The charity offers support, information, training for health, social care and education professionals and campaigns to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.

    St Piers School and St Piers College provide outstanding, highly specialised education for children and young people with neurological conditions and learning disabilities.

    Set in stunning grounds, St Piers School and College offer the all latest facilities to help students grow in confidence and learn independence. New School Opening Early 2016

    Highly skilled and dedicated staff excel at teaching students with a range of conditions including:

    ·         Autism
    ·         Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    ·         Acquired brain injury
    ·         Behaviour difficulties
    ·         Epilepsy
    ·         Moderate learning difficulties
    ·         Non weight bearing needs
    ·         Profound multiple learning difficulties

    Young Epilepsy

    St Piers Lane

    Lingfield

    Surrey

    RH76PW

    Telephone: 01342 832243 

    Email: education@youngepilepsy.org.uk

    Helpline: 01342 831342

     

    Websites:
    www.youngepilepsy.org.uk
    www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/for-parents-and-carers/st-piers-specialist-education/

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    Pheonix Parent Outreach Service (HW-GI-0915-A001)

    Phoenix parent outreach is a fully mobile service, coaching provider, we specialise in sessional programmes or workshops which cover topics such as the "Valued Parent Programme"  "Just4Me programme" and the "Endeavour Programme"  plus many more positive thinking and leadership skills programmes designed to enhance your personal and parenting experience.We also design "bespoke and One to one positive thinking programmes on request. We are life coaches with additional qualifications and are fully DBS checked. We support Parents/ carers and young people over the age of 18 years.

     

    Contact information: 

    Pheonix Parent Outreach Service

    First Floor Riverwharf Business Park

    Mulberry Way

    Belvedere

    Kent DA17 6AR.

    Tel: 07727662977
    Fax: 020 8311 1667
    Email: phoenixparentoutreach@live.co.uk
    Website: www.phoenixparentoutreach.co.uk
     
     

     

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    Policy Document: Personal Budgets for Children & Young People (0-25 years) who live in Bexley with Education, Health & Care Plans (EHC-PB-0915-A001)

    A Personal Budget enables the individual to have choice and control over who provides help. The help will be as described in the Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan. This can be social care, education or health provision. Not all children and young people with an EHC Plan will meet the criteria for social care services from Children’s Social Care or Adult Social Care (for over 18’s) in Bexley.
     
    The Children and Families Act 2014 replaces Statements of Special Educational Needs and introduces Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans which include the right to request a Personal Budget.
     
    It is expected that children with continuing health care needs will have an EHC Plan. Therefore this Personal Budget Policy applies to children and young people for whom an EHC Plan is maintained. In the unlikely event that a child with continuing health care needs does not have an EHC plan, this policy will also apply. 
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    About Bexley Voice Parent Carer Forum (leaflet) (LO-CONT-0915-A001)

    A helpful leaflet explaining the support/service available from Bexley Voice Parent Partnership

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    Local College First Programme (LCF) (PA-WS-0915-A001)

    What is the Local College First Programme?

    All young people with special educational needs are encouraged to raise their aspirations, maximising their potential as they plan to leave school. The vast majority of people have access to a wide range of educational programmes designed to meet a variety of educational needs. We refer to these programmes as ‘mainstream’ courses. Most of the mainstream courses and colleges are attended without the need for additional support. However, some people require enhanced levels of support to have their learning needs met locally. This is the primary reason for creating the Local College First Programme.

    Bexley is committed to offering local education opportunities for young people with learning disabilities. With this in mind, Bexley has published a ‘Statement of Intent’. This statement describes the levels of appropriate educational support young people may need through school and up to their 25th birthday.

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    Eleanor Care – Learning Disabilities – Smerdon Centre (PA-WORK-0915-A002)

    Learning Disabilities - We have a specialist and experienced team who are able to promote client-centred care while ensuring parents, carers and families, those who know the individual’s needs best, are fully involved in the decision-making process.

    Our care assistants are experienced in working with people with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities including autism. Support plans are developed in partnership with families and other support teams to maximise the potential of the individual.

    Smerdon day centre in Belvedere, Bexley offers a wide choice of activities and enterprises to provide the service-users with work experience across many fields. We can provide at-home care to those who are unable to access the day-care centre.

    Eleanor Care can also provide personalised in-home and community care for adults with mental health needs. We focus on consistent support and rehabilitation for positive outcomes while respecting the uniqueness of the individual.

    For more information click here 
     

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    Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich & Lewisham (EL-SENSUPP-0915-A001)

    The Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich and Lewisham gives information to and help for parents, teachers, adults and interested professionals.  The separate adult group is open to anyone over 18 from any area within commutable distance of Bromley.

     

    The association provides;

     

    ·         Open Meetings – free entry to everyone, including non-members but donations welcomed.
    ·         Separate Adult Group meetings.
    ·         Special events and conferences.
    ·         Information about national conferences and courses.
    ·         A freely accessible helpline.
    ·         A dyslexia screening service for children and adults
    ·         Advice on special educational needs stages in school.
    ·         Assistance from trained Befrienders.
    ·         Advice on Statutory Assessments.
    ·         Training for employers, schools, parents etc.
    ·         Contacts for specialist teaching.
    ·         Contacts for Educational Psychology assessments.
    ·         Contacts for Adult Assessments.
    ·         Three newsletters a year.
    ·         British Dyslexia Association’s Contact magazine three times a year.

     

    For more information please click on this link

     

    The Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich and Lewisham

    Community House
    South Street
    Bromley
    BR1 1RH

     

    Admin: 020 8315 2526
    Helpline: 07000 50 50 55

    Email: info@dyslexiawise.co.uk

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    Search for childcare within LB Bexley - childminders, playgroups, holiday clubs, out fo school clubs etc (EL-EY-0915-A001)

    If you are looking for a childcare provider or support group, please use our online search.

     

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    How to access The Disabled Children's Service (SCS-DCS-0915-A002)

    A helpful flowchart explaining how to access The Disabled Children's Service

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    How to access a Carer's Assessment if you care for a disabled child (SCS-DCS-0915-A004)

    A helpful flowchart explaining how to access a Carer's Assessment if you care for a disabled child.

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    What is a Child and Family Assessment? (SCS-GEN-0915-A003)

    If a child has been referred to the Children with Disabilities Team the family will be contacted by a children with disabilities social worker. The social worker will discuss with the family the key information that has been provided through the referral and establish if the child/young personal and their family may be eligible for specialist short breaks. The social worker will then make arrangements to visit the family and begin a child and family assessment. This is an assessment that looks in detail at the needs of the child or young person with a disability and those caring for them. The assessment also takes account of all aspects of family life that may be impacting on the needs of the disabled child, siblings, anyone living in the family home and parents/ carer’s ability to care. This assessment considers the following information;

    ·         The severity of a child’s needs and how this impacts on family life
    ·         If there is more than one disabled child in the family
    ·         Other caring responsibilities within the family
    ·         Parental health / disability impacting on ability to carry out caring role
    ·         Isolation and lack of extended social networks
    ·         Adopted children with additional needs
    ·         Children who are looked after by the Local Authority
    ·         Concerns about a child or young person’s safety 

    For more information please contact;

    Children With Disabilities Service

    Address: Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT
    Telephone: 020 3045 3600 Email: disabledchildrenserviceunit@bexley.gov.uk

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    What is the difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection? (SCS-GEN-0915-A004)

    Safeguarding means proactively seeking to involve the whole community in keeping children safe and promoting their welfare, for example – road safety and anti-bullying work. Child protection is a central part of safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare. It is about  protecting individual children identified as either suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm.  This could be as a result of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

    For more information click here to visit the Bexley website

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    The Children's Trust (HW-CHN-0915-A001)

    We run the UK’s largest paediatric residential rehabilitation service for children with brain injury. Each child has an individual programme of therapy, education and care. It is funded by NHS England via National Specialist Commissioning or via CCGs. 

    The Children’s Trust School is non- maintained for children ages 3 upwards with learning difficulties. We combine education, therapy, care and medical cover to cater for children with complex medical needs, degenerative conditions and sensory impairments. Our residential short breaks offer flexible and nurse-led care for children and young people between the ages of 0 to 18. We also offer holiday schemes and Saturday clubs for children from Surrey with complex needs. We provide a nurse-led service for children who are technology-dependent. This includes children: who have a complex tracheostomy; require artificial ventilation; fed via parental nutrition; need central line management/ intravenous medication. Our Brain Injury Community Team supports children and young people in challenges around cognition, communication/ behaviour and gives them the best opportunity to succeed in school. The team works closely with the child’s family, school/ local agencies.

     

    The Children's Trust
    Tadworth Court,
    Tadworth,
    KT20 5RU

     

    Telephone: 01737 365000

    Email: enquiries@thechildrenstrust.org.uk

    Visit the website

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    Day centres and respite - Adult services – Frequently Asked Questions (SCS-SBS-0915-A001)

    1)    What day centres are available for people with a learning disability?

    Information about the Ken Boyce Centre can be found here

    Information about the Smerdon and Carlton Centre can be found here

     

    2)    How often can the day centre be attended each week?

    This is subject to assessment, validation and availability. Please call 020 8303 7777, ask for ‘Screeners’ to request an assessment

    3)    What respite options are available for people with a learning disability?

    For adults 18 years and over - Brook Street (residential service) information can be found here

    4)    How much respite will I be entitled to?

     

    This will be subject to assessment and validation for an annual allowance. Please call 020 8303 7777, ask for ‘Screeners’ to request an assessment.

    5)    How far in advance can I book respite?

    Up to 6 months in advance, subject to availability and within your annual allowance.

    6)    How do I become validated for services?

    A social worker carries out an assessment, which is then presented to a Panel for validation. Please call 020 8303 7777, ask for ‘Screeners’ to request an assessment

    7)    Can I have respite at short notice?

    Yes but only if available and within your annual allowance

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    Disabled Children's Service - Frequently Asked Questions (SCS-DCS-0915-A001)

    1) What do the Disabled Children’s Service do?

    The DCS is a specialist social work team, who work with children/young people with severe and profound disabilities and their families.  It is also our duty to safeguard disabled children when necessary. We complete assessments to help us understand what families need.  If we are not the right team to help, we signpost families to other teams or services that may be able to help them. Contact the Disabled Children’s Service;

     

    Telephone: 020 3045 3600

    Email: disabledchildrenserviceunit@bexley.gov.uk

     

    2) What age range do the Disabled Children’s Service you work with?

    0 – 18 but children from 0 – 5 can access support from universal services for example; GP’s, Health Visitors, children’s centres and the local community.

    3) How is a decision made about who can use your service?

    The team provide services to children who have a severe or profound need and are registered as disabled children under the following categories: Significant learning disability, physical difficulty or chronic ill health

    4) How do I apply for Direct Payments or Respite?

    Your child/young person will need to meet the threshold for a service from the team.  A social worker and/or the register coordinator will visit you to carry out a C&F Assessment.  If your child meets the threshold the case will be taken to Short Break Panel for a decision. Contact the front door team on 0203 045 5440 to request an assessment. 

    5) How do I apply for a Carers Assessment?

    If you have a disability yourself you can request a Carers Assessment from Adult Social Care.  If you are the parent of a Disabled Child, a Carers Assessment is carried out as part of the C&F Assessment.

    6) Where can I find out about activities for my child?

    Bexley SNAP, MCCH, Bexley National Autistic Society (NAS), and Bexley Voice have a lot of information on activities for disabled children.

    7) Where can I get nappies for my disabled children?

    Contact the Children’s Community Nursing Team on 0208 302 2678 Ext 2755.

    8) Where can I get a buggy or wheelchair from?

    Contact Bexley Wheel Chair Service at Inspire Community Trust on 0203 045 3755

    9) What happens to my child when they are 18?

    They will transfer to adult services who will make their own assessment of your child’s needs.

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    Youth Offending Teams (YOT) (PA-HEALTH-0915-A001)

    Bexley Youth Offending Team (YOT)

     

    The Bexley Youth Offending Team supervises young people subject to interventions ordered by the courts (Magistrates’ and Crown Courts) and other out of court disposals including Youth Conditional Cautions issued by police.
    Bexley YOT is directed by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) of England and Wales on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The YOT works to prevent offending and reduce reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18 and, for young people who receive a remand to Youth Detention Accommodation (YDA) or custodial sentence, that  they are kept safe, secure and given help to address the causes of their offending behaviour. The YOT cannot intervene directly in cases where young people have not committed an offence unless a young person is at risk of offending and chooses to engage voluntarily in offers of targeted support. 

     

    Youth Offending Teams (YOTs)

     

    The Youth Offending Teams are key to the success of the Youth Justice System.  Bexley YOT includes officers from Police, Probation,  Health, Education, Social Care, Drugs and Alcohol Misuse and other YOT practitioners in specialist areas such as bail support, victim support, speech and language and prevention. Because the YOT incorporates representatives from a wide range of services, it can respond to the needs of young offenders and those at risk of offending  in a comprehensive way. The YOT identifies the needs of each young offender, and other young people referred by police for early help support,  through a comprehensive assessment. It identifies the specific problems that have led to the offending as well as measuring any risks they pose to themselves and to others. This enables the YOT to identify suitable programmes to address the needs of the young person with the intention of preventing further offending.

     

    The YOT is committed to providing early help intervention and support and has a prevention service which works closely with police to deliver triage, liaison and diversion work alongside other linked support services including early help, health, youth services and targeted activities. 

     

    For more information about Bexley YOT please click here 

    Bexley YOT was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation in June 2015.  For more information about the inspection findings please click here 

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    Youth Justice Board and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) vision (PA-HEALTH-0915-A002)

    The MOJ vision is of an effective youth justice system, where:

     

    - more offenders are caught, held to account for their actions, and stop offending
    - children and young people receive the support they need to lead crime-free lives
    - victims are better supported
    - the public has more confidence in the youth justice system

     

    For more information about the YJB, YDA and the MOJ please click here 

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    Substance Misuse - Frequently Asked Questions (PA-HEALTH-0915-A003)

    1) What is substance misuse? 

     

    Some young people will experiment with drugs and alcohol for various different reasons. Concerns arise when a young person begins to use these substances on a regular basis and this then starts to have a negative effect on their emotional, physical and social well-being.

    2) Who can access substance misuse services?

    Most often we support young people who are regularly misusing substances and this use has had a negative effect on their mental health and emotional well-being. As well as the risks to health, substance misuse can also increase the risk of a young person being arrested for possession of drugs, other crimes or anti-social behaviour.

    3) What does the service do?

    The service provides assessments and treatment for young people aged 12 to 18 years old and gives support and advice for families/carers to help them cope with a young relative misusing substances and the harm this can cause.  It also offers an outreach service where young people can be seen in a local community venue or in their home.

    A telephone consultation service is also provided to young people, their families/carers, other professionals and agencies. This offers risk assessments for young people’s substance misuse and information, education and harm reduction approaches. Young people, their families/carers and other professionals involved, can be helped to work towards stopping or reducing the young person’s misuse.

    4) How can I or someone I know access this service?

    This is not a self-referral service. If you live in Bexley you can access this service via your GP, School, School Nursing Service, Bexley Youth Advice (located at 233 The Broadway, Bexleyheath),  Thriving Families and Early Help Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Children Social Care and Bexley Youth Offending Team.

    If you know someone who you think would benefit from this service you can contact one of the above agencies or contact Bexley Substance Misuse Service on the details below.  

    Bexley Substance Misuse Service
    CAMHS
    Highpoint House
    Shooters Hill
    SE18 3RZ

    Telephone: 0203 260 5200

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    ADOPTION SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE – 2015 / 2016 (SCS-FOST-0915-A001)

    Bexley Council acts as an Adoption Agency to provide adoption services as required under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, the Adoption Agencies Regulations and Guidance 2013 and the Adoption National Minimum Standards (Care Standards Act 2000).

     

    The Adoption Service ‘Statement of Purpose’ sets out the aims and objectives of the Adoption Services provided by Bexley Social Care Services.

     

    The ‘Statement of Purpose’ is a requirement under the Adoption Agency Regulations (England) 2003, the National Minimum Standards for Adoption, and the Care Standards Act 2000. 

     

    The full document can be downloaded on the link below

     

     

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    I am concerned about a child’s safety what should I do? (SCS-GEN-0915-A002)

    If you are concerned about a child or young person's safety please contact the Local Authority by calling the numbers below

    • Telephone 020 8303 7777, Mon – Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am 4.30pm
    • Outside of these times contact the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8303 7777 or 020 8303 7171

    If a child is in immediate danger please call the emergency services on 999

    If we receive a referral which raises a child protection concern, we have a statutory duty to investigate. In such situations a social worker will carry out an assessment and this may involve other agencies such as the police and the child or young person's school.

    For information about safeguarding children visit the Bexley Safeguarding Children Board website

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    Children’s Social Care (SCS-SAFE-0915-A001)

    Children’s Social Care provides frontline specialist services to children and young people aged 0 to 24 years, and is responsible for ensuring that the children and young people of Bexley are protected from abuse or neglect.

    All referrals to Children's Social Care, including referrals for disabled children and young people, should be made through our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).  For parents, referrals can be made by telephone 020 8303 7777.  For professionals, referrals must be made using the online referral form:

    What we do

     

    This is a legal duty for which the Local Authority is held to account by the Government and by the public. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in the legal guidance as:

    ·         Protecting children from maltreatment;
    ·         Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
    ·         Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
    ·         Taking action to enable all children to have the best chances. (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015).

    To fulfil our legal duties we have systems in place to provide the following services to children, young people and their families:

    Referral and assessment


    ·         We provide an initial response to referrals and use thresholds to consider whether a referral will be accepted, whether an assessment will be undertaken, and what services will be offered or provided. This ensures that help is targeted at those children who are most vulnerable, and that any decisions made about services are consistent.
    ·         If a referral is accepted, staff will carry out an assessment to identify the child’s level of need and risk, and decide on an appropriate plan of action and services to be offered depending on this assessment.
    ·         When a referral is below threshold, Children’s Social Care will provide referrers with information on more suitable resources and pass the referral to other services where appropriate.

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    Children's Social Care - Referral Form (SCS-SAFE-0915-A002)

    All referrals to Children's Social Care, including referrals for disabled children and young people, should be made through our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).  For parents, referrals can be made by telephone 020 8303 7777.  For professionals, referrals must be made using this referral form

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    Support for children in need (SCS-SAFE-0915-A003)

    ·         For children who meet thresholds (‘Children in Need’), Children’s Social Care put in place Plans and Packages of Family Support to meet their needs and review these regularly. For almost all children in need or at risk staff work in partnership with families to ensure that children are safe and thrive within their own families.
    ·         The legal guidance states that a child shall be considered “in need” if:
    ·         S/he is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services by a local authority;
    ·         Their health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision of such services; and/or
    ·         S/he is disabled.
     
    All referrals to Children's Social Care, including referrals for disabled children and young people, should be made through our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).  For parents, referrals can be made by telephone 020 8303 7777.  For professionals, referrals must be made using the online referral form
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    Child Protection (SCS-SAFE-0915-A004)

    For children at the highest risk of abuse or neglect, Children’s Social Care works with other organisations on child protection matters including:

    ·         Making enquiries and carrying out investigations,
    ·         Arranging for the immediate protection of children considered to be at risk of significant harm,
    ·         Putting in place Child Protection Plans with our partner agencies, acting as lead agency for these plans.

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    Children Looked After (SCS-FOST-0915-A004)

    ·         Sometimes, for a number of reasons, children are not able to live with their families. In these cases, the children will be cared for by the council. This is called being 'Looked After'.
    ·         All children under the care of the council have Care Plans, and these plans reflect the child's needs and take account of their wishes and feelings, as well as the views of family and other important people in their life. Children’s Social Care keeps in regular contact with all Looked After children, including visiting them regularly.
    ·         The council has an education support service specifically to support young people in the care of the local authority. For more information on this service, which is called The Virtual School, follow this link
    ·         The council also makes plans to give the child a stable future. If this cannot be with the birth family, extended family or others who are important to them, we will make plans for adoption, foster care or for a place in a residential home.
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    Are you concerned for a child’s safety? (SCS-SAFE-0915-A005)

    If you think a child or young person is being abused , please call:

     

    •        Tel: - 020 8303 7777, Mon – Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am 4.30pm.
    •        Outside of these times contact the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8303 7777 or 020 8303 7171.
    •        If a child is in immediate danger call 999.

    If we receive a referral which raises a child protection concern, we have a statutory duty to investigate. In such situations a social worker will carry out an assessment and this may involve other agencies such as the police and your child's school. This may lead to a child protection conference to consider whether a multi-agency child protection plan needs to be put in place to work with you and improve the situation for your child or children.

    For information about safeguarding children visit the Bexley Safeguarding Children Board website

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    Youth Action Diversity Trust (YADT) (ENT-YOUTH-0915-A002)

    YADT provide a wide range of fun and varied activities and programs for young people aged 8 to 16 years in a safe and friendly environment, these activities are based at the North Cray Neighbourhood Centre and include Sports, Drama, Football and Girls Clubs.

     Our multi-sport club includes fitness sessions and team sports such as Basketball and Dodgeball. The Football Club is designed for all abilities and split into age groups to ensure that the sessions are tailored to suit everyone. The Drama Club teaches acting techniques and fun drama games and also works towards performance. Our Girls Club has a varied program of art, design, cooking, netball and team building challenges.

    YADT run accredited courses and workshops for young people aged 11 to 18 years, these include Drama, Sport Leaders, Cooking, Drug Awareness, Communication Skills, Office and Business Skills and numerous Life Skill courses. For our full list of accredited courses and workshops, please see our website

     

    North Cray Neighbourhood Centre
    1 Davis Way
    North Cray

    Sidcup, Kent
    DA14 5JR

     

    Telephone:   020 8308 3862 / 020 8302 8475

    Email:   yadt@sky.com

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    Disabled Persons Railcard (T-TRAV-0915-A001)

    The Disabled Persons Railcard is for people with a disability that makes travelling by train difficult.
     
    You will qualify if you:

    - receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
    - receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at either:?the higher or lower rate for the mobility component, or the higher or middle rate for the care component 
    - have a visual impairment
    - have a hearing impairment
    - have epilepsy
    - receive Attendance Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance
    - receive War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
    - receive War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability
    - buy or lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme

      

    From more information please click here

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    Parkwood Leisure (Crook Log, Erith and Sidcup Leisure Centres) (ENT-ACT-0915-A001)

    Within your local leisure centres you’ll find a wide variety of activities for all individuals. We currently host a number of activities for those with SEND, from swimming sessions with the Bexley Beavers of a Friday evening, Disability Trampolining Sessions and Bexley Snap Swim Lessons at Erith Leisure Centre. 

     

    For details of activities  please click here

     

    For more information please contact:

    Samantha Plaster

    Sports Development Manager
    Tel: 020 8304 9090 extension 126

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    The Archway Motorbike Project (ENT-YOUTH-0915-A001)

    The Archway Project is a youth organisation based in Thamesmead that is open to young people from 11-19 years of age (up to the age of 25 with SEN). It provides a range of activities including cycle and motorcycle workshops sessions and riding trips plus cookery and IT sessions too. The project offers targeted daytime groups through the week plus open access free evening sessions running from Monday to Thursday.

     

    For more information about the project please click here

     

    The Archway Project

    PO Box 3974

    London

    SE2 9YB

     

    Tel: 0208 310 1730



     

     

     

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    Where can I work? - Frequently asked questions (PA-WORK-0915-A001)

    1)    Where can I get help to find work?

    There are specialist providers in Bexley that can help residents find work.  Please click on the ‘where can I work’ button on the preparing for adulthood page to find out more about employability providers in Bexley.

    2)    If I start work, will by benefits be affected?

    Information regarding benefits and starting work can be found on the GOV.UK website here

    3)    Will my housing benefit be affected if I start work?

    You can find out if your housing benefit will be affected by contacting the housing benefits office.  For more information please click here

     

    4)    What is the current minimum wage?

    The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice - you must be at least school leaving age to get it.  Up to date pay rates can be found on the GOV.UK website here


    5)    Where is my local Jobcentre Plus office?

    Jobcentre Plus have one office based in the borough of Bexley.  Full address – 186-194 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AB.  For general Jobcentre Plus enquiries, please click here

     

    6)    Can I consider part-time work?

    If you are not claiming any benefits, there will be no restrictions on how many hours you choose to work.  If you are claiming benefits, then you should make an appointment with your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach to discuss restrictions that could apply to you personally.

    7)    What if I want to be self-employed?

    You can find out more about becoming self-employed or starting your own business by contacting the Thames Innovation Centre - for more information please click here

     

    8)    I am starting work, where can I find child care?

    There are a number of different child care options you can consider, to find out more, please click here

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    Bexley Local Offer – Published Comments August 2015 – YOU SAID – WE DID (CONTACT-0815-A005)

    Whilst developing the Bexley Local Offer we have used the feedback we have received to help us improve the quality and content of the website. We have gathered together the feedback that we have received and the actions that we have taken. 

     

    These comments have been published in a YOU SAID… WE DID… format and can be dowloaded by clicking the link below

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    Gallions Reach Dental Clinic (HW-DENT-0815-A001)

    Gallions Reach Dental Clinic
    Bentham Road
    Thamesmead
    London
    SE28 8BE

    Tel: 0208 312 3363 or 0208 310 4948

    The practice is located on the first floor of Gallions Reach Health Centre, Central Thamesmead, London. SE28 8BE.

    For more information please click here

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    Parkwood Leisure - Swimming lessions (ENT-ACT-0815-A003)

    We are dedicated to ensuring our swimming lessons are fun. We believe no one is too old or young to start learning. With that in mind our swimming lesson programme is designed to suit all ages and abilities.

     

    For more information please click here

     

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    Find your local GP surgery (HW-DC-0815-A001)

    Local doctors, also known as general practitioners (GPs), look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems.

    GPs provide a range of services including:

    - medical advice
    - physical examinations
    - diagnosis of symptoms
    - prescribing of medication
    - health education
    - giving vaccinations
    - carrying out simple surgical operations
    - providing ongoing care for more longstanding or chronic conditions

     

    To search for your local GP surgery please click here

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    Find your local dentist (HW-DENT-0815-A002)

    With so many appointments, assessments and professionals involved in your life, it might be easy to forget about your dental health. However, it is really important that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities see their dentist regularly. It can be particularly important for young people with additional needs to see the same dentist or group of dentists, at routine times and in routine places and for them to understand what is likely to happen while they are at an appointment.

     

    To find your local dentist please click here 

     

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    Find your local optician (HW-EC-0815-A001)

    If you would like to find a local optician please click here
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    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Clinical Commissioning Group) (HW-CONT-0815-A001)

    The CCG places great priority on knowing what patients think of the services it commissions. The CCG’s patient experience team works with patients and patient groups to get information on the experiences, good and bad, that Bexley residents have of local healthcare services.

    Call the patient experience team from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on free phone 0800 328 9712.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Oxleas) (HW-CONT-0815-A002)

    We are committed to providing the highest standards of care with courtesy and respect at all times.

    However, from time to time service users or carers may have concerns about their care and treatment. The Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS) can provide help, advice and support.

     

    For more information please click here 

     

    Telephone: 0800 917 7159

    Email: pals@oxleas.nhs.uk

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    London Borough of Bromley - Local Offer (CONTACT-0815-A001)

    Every local authority is required to provide a Local Offer containing information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability aged 0-25 years old.

     

    If you would like to view the information contained within the LB Bromley Local Offer please click here

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    Royal Borough of Greenwich - Local Offer (CONTACT-0815-A002)

    Every local authority is required to provide a Local Offer containing information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability aged 0-25 years old.

    If you would like to view the information contained within the RB Greenwich Local Offer please click here
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    London Borough of Lewisham - Local Offer (CONTACT-0815-A003)

    Every local authority is required to provide a Local Offer containing information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability aged 0-25 years old.

    If you would like to view the information contained within the LB Lewisham Local Offer please click here
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    Kent County Council - Local Offer (CONTACT-0815-A004)

    Every local authority is required to provide a Local Offer containing information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability aged 0-25 years old.

    If you would like to view the information contained within the Kent County Council Local Offer please click here
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    16 -19 bursary fund (PA-WS-0815-A001)

    Young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education and training after age 16 can apply to their school, college or training provider for the 16-19 bursary fund.

     

     For more information please click here

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    Bexley MENCAP Newsletter (Summer 2015) (PA-FRIEND-0815-A002)

    Periodical newsletter produced by Bexley MENCAP - this is the summer 2015 edition

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    Special Needs Youth Club (ENT-YOUTH-0815-A002)

    A club for young people in Bexley who have a variety of additional needs. We meet at Sidcup Youth Centre on Monday evenings from 7pm - 9pm.

    The sessions always have a fun atmosphere with a variety of games. Some weeks the young people do cooking, often this is using the vegetables we grow in the garden at the centre. In the summer months the young people are on bikes out on the field. There are a variety of bikes including tandems and hand powered bikes plus an electric off road wheelchair so everyone can take part.

    We go away on an annual residential and during the holidays they usually do some form of outward bound activity which might be canoeing, bike riding or family picnics.

    Sidcup Youth Centre
    Burnt Oak Lane,
    Sidcup, Kent
    DA15 9BZ.

    Telephone: 020 8303 7777
    Email: youth@bexley.gov.uk

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    Inspire Community Trust (Inspire) (SCS-DCS-0815-A001)

    Inspire provides a range of services for people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments on behalf of the London Borough of Bexley and Bexley NHS CCG. Access to these services is through Bexley Council’s referral processes i.e. via the Council’s Contact Centre, Adult Social Care Teams and Children with Disabilities Teams. The Services that are on offer for Children and Young People include:

    ·         Direct Payments Support Service, including Brokerage for short breaks
    ·         Sensory Support Services– equipment, support with communication and sign language interpreting
    ·         Disabled parking Badges (Blue Badges)
    ·         Integrated Community Equipment Service
    ·         The NHS Wheelchair Service, including special seating
    ·         Persons Assistant Support for the LCF – Local College First Initiative

    In addition to the above services we also offer some services for people who wish to “self-funders”

    Equipment from our equipment shop

    Living SolutionsCommunity Support

    Home Care Service, including live-in carer

     
    Vinod Kumar Khanna,

    Chief Executive,

    Inspire Community Trust
    20 Whitehall Lane,

    Slade Green,

    Erith, Kent,

    DA8 2DH
     
    Telephone: 0203 045 5465

     

    For more information please click here

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    Inspire Community Trust (Inspire) (TE-SEQUIP-0815-A001)

    Inspire provides a range of services for people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments on behalf of the London Borough of Bexley and Bexley NHS CCG. Access to these services is through Bexley Council’s referral processes i.e. via the Council’s Contact Centre, Adult Social Care Teams and Children with Disabilities Teams. The Services that are on offer for Children and Young People include:

    - Direct Payments Support Service, including Brokerage for short breaks
    - Sensory Support Services– equipment, support with communication and sign language interpreting
    - Disabled parking Badges (Blue Badges)
    - Integrated Community Equipment Service
    - The NHS Wheelchair Service, including special seating
    - Persons Assistant Support for the LCF – Local College First Initiative

    In addition to the above services we also offer some services for people who wish to “self-funders”

     

    - Equipment from our equipment shop

    - Living SolutionsCommunity Support

    - Home Care Service, including live-in carer

     

    Vinod Kumar Khanna,

    Chief Executive,

    Inspire Community Trust
    20 Whitehall Lane,

    Slade Green,

    Erith, Kent,

    DA8 2DH, Kent
     
    Telephone: 00203 0455100

     

    For more information please click here

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    Respect Newsletter (Summer 2015) - Bexley Mencap (PA-FRIEND-0815-A001)

    Prodcued by Bexley Mencap/young people, this newletter is the summer 2015 edition.

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    Would you like to add a service to the Bexley Local Offer website? (QUEST-0815-A001)

    The Bexley Local Offer will continue to grow over time and we are continually adding to the information available on the site. If you or your organisation provide a service for children and/or young people aged 0-25 or if you know of a service that isn’t listed but should be listed on the Bexley Local Offer (for free), please complete and return this form by email to localoffer@bexley.gov.uk

     

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    School Nursing (EL-SENSUPP-0815-A005)

    Universal Children Services (5-19) school nursing provides a service to work towards the delivery of the School Age Healthy Child Programme and supports schools (both primary and secondary) to promote the health and wellbeing of their pupils in Bexley.
     
     
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    Autism Assessment Service - A guide for parents and professionals (HW-ADI-0815-A003)

    Your child has been referred to our team because there is a concern that he or she may have social/behaviour traits which can be associated with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).  The assessment process helps us to understand a child’s profile of strengths and needs, in order to support them most effectively.  The earlier that assessment takes place and a diagnosis is made the better the chances of a child receiving appropriate help and targeted support.  This leaflet explains the next steps in making a diagnosis. 

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    Speech and Language Therapy at Woodside School (EL-SENSUPP-0815-A003)

    This leaflet is for parents of children at Woodside School with communication difficulties. It explains what speech and language therapists do and how we will work with your child to improve their communication.

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    Speech and Language Therapy Service for pre-school children with special needs (TE-SL-0815-A001)

    This leaflet is for parents and carers of pre-school children with special needs. It introduces the Speech and Language Therapy Service and explains who we work with, the problems we can help with and the support we offer

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team (HW-ADI-0815-A001)

    This leaflet is for parents, carers and referrers of children and young people with communication difficulties. It introduces the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team and explains who we work with, the problems we can help with, the support we can offer and how to make a referral.

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    Children’s Community Nursing Team (HW-CHN-0815-A001)

    The Children's Community Nursing Team provides a range of services to support children and young people who require skilled nursing support in their own home, school, clinic or a community setting. They are a team of specialist children's nurses and healthcare assistants who provide a range of services for children with complex, chronic or acute healthcare needs. Click here for more information

     

    This leaflet is for parents and carers of sick children. It introduces the Children’s Community Nursing Team and explains the support we provide, our aims and the referral process.

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    Vibrance (SCS-SBS-0815-A001)

    Vibrance enable people with a range of disabilities to have a greater voice and presence within their community.

     

    As a charity, we provide a wide range of high-quality, innovative social care and support services to more than 850 people across London and the south east.
    As experts in our field, we know the importance of providing the right kind of high quality care for people with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

     

    For more information here

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    Headscape - Self help website for young people (HW-CAHMS-0815-A001)

    HeadScape provides a 'one stop' source of self-help about a range of mental health issues that may be affecting children and young people. It was created by Oxleas and young people and designed for maximum compatibility on iPads, smart phones and PCs.

    Young people can take an online screening test and, if they are Greenwich residents, send a self-referral directly into Greenwich CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services).

    HeadScape is also a great resource for health professionals who can use the online questionnaire to make referrals and signpost young people to further information. And parents and carers can access the site for information and support about specific issues.

    HeadScape is very simple to use and everything from the name, design, colour scheme, icons, language and navigation has been developed with groups of young people. Carefully designed guidance and messaging throughout the site helps explain what to do in an emergency, how referrals work and the age restrictions that apply.

     

    For more information please click here

     

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    Joint Communication Team - Speech and language therapy services (EL-SENSUPP-0815-A001)

    This leaflet is for parents, carers and referrers of children with communication difficulties. It introduces the Joint Communication Team and explains the problems we can help with, who we work with and the support we offer.

     

    Contact details are:

     

     

    Lindsay Malekzai

     

    Woodside language Centre, Woodside Road, Barnehurst, Kent DA7 6LA

    Tel: 01322 521330  Email: oxl-tr.slt-admin@nhs.net

     

    Frances Akinde

     

    Specialist Teaching Service, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT  Tel: 0203 045 5016 Email: Frances.Akinde@bexley.gov.uk

     

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    Specialist Hearing Impairment Team - Speech and language therapy services (EL-SENSUPP-0815-A002)

    This leaflet is for parents and carers of pupils with hearing difficulties. It introduces the Specialist Hearing Impairment Team and explains the problems we can help with, who we work with and the support we offer

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    Autism Strategy

    Local Authorities and NHS organisations are required to deliver local plans for adults with autism.
     
    This document is Bexley’s response to the current legislation and statutory guidance. The document sets out a local strategy to address four key priorities –
     
    -Leadership, Planning and commissioning
    -Diagnosis and care pathways
    -Training
    -Transition
     
    The Autism Strategy will be reviewed in Autumn 2015.
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    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (SCS-GEN-0717-A001)

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting and challenging programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for young people. It encourages you to widen your interests, get involved in the community, and broaden your horizons.

     

    For more information about this service please click here

     

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    Bexley Kickstart Motor Project (SCS-GEN-0317-A001)

    Bexley Kickstart motor project was launched in September 2012 and formally known as Sidcup Motorbike project, which for the past 12 years operated as an integral part of Bexley Council's Youth Service.

     

    For more information about this service please click here

     

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    Bexley Targeted Youth Service (SCS-GEN-0717-A001)

    This service is committed to making a difference to the lives of young people, ensuring a smooth transition to adulthood.

     

    For more information about this service please click here

     

    Bexley Youth Service – Contact Details
    Civic Offices
    2 Watling Street
    Bexleyheath
    Kent
    DA6 7AT
     
    Email: youth@bexley.gov.uk
     
    Telephone: 020 8303 7777

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    Bexley Youth Council (PA-GI-0717-A001)

    Bexley Youth Council (BYC) is a voluntary organisation made up of young people for young people. From consultations with young people and the Council, we give young people of Bexley a voice. We aim to:

    -    Promote equal opportunities and diversity throughout the community
    -    Design services and make sure they meet the needs of the young community
    -    Combat discrimination Provide training and guidance to members and relay this into helping the community

     

    For more information about this service please click here

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    The Transfer of statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans – Change to Timescales

    Minister of State for Children and Families Edward Timpson has written to all local authorities outlining further support for the process of transferring Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments to Education, Health and Care plans. Mr Timpson’s letter advises Local Authorities of the decision to extend the timescales for transferring individual Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments. The timescale for transferring Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments will be extended from 14 weeks to 20 weeks. This new timescale will apply to all transfers carried out from September 2015 onwards. A copy of Edward Timpson’s letter can be found here

     

    In response to this change we are reviewing our transfer process and we will be published a revised timeline by the end of August 2015.

    If you have any questions regarding these changes or about Education, Health and Care planning in general please contact the Statutory Assessment Team

    Statutory Assessment Team
    London Borough of Bexley

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

    Telephone: 020 3045 4304

    Email: specialneedsels@bexley.gov.uk

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    Bexley Beavers Swimming Club

    Bexley Beavers provides swimming for people with disabilities, their families, carers and friends – an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a good swim.  The swimming club meet every Friday at the Crook Log Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath between 6:00 PM and 7:30PM.  During this time we have exclusive access to both the main and training swimming pools with a hoist in the larger pool.

     

    The club is run entirely by volunteers with assistance from fully trained volunteer lifeguards.   Voluntary contribution at the door

     

    For more details, please ring 020 3393 8305 or click visit the Bexley Beavers Swimming Club website here

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    Disabled Go - Disabled access information for venues across the UK

    Detailed access information to thousands of venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland: shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, hospitals and more.  

     

    To visit the Disabled Go website please click here

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    The Learning Centre Bexley - enrolement, available courses and disabled access (EL-AE-0717-A001)

    The Learning Centre Bexley is the main provider of part-time courses and training in the London Borough of Bexley.  The College offers a wide range of courses from its sites at Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Sidcup High Street and Erith High Street.  Our courses cater to a diverse range of needs and interests. If you are not sure what course would be right for you we have a team of qualified staff who will be able to guide you in the right direction.
    Our courses are aimed at you whatever your age, background and experience. The College welcomes everyone and provides a friendly environment in which to learn.  If you want to learn new skills or refresh old ones; from short introductory courses to industry recognised qualifications there are plenty of options to choose from.

     

    For information about current course or to access the current current brochure/enrolment forms etc please click here

     

    For information about disabled access/special needs please click here

     

    The Learning Centre Bexley

    5 Brampton Road

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA7 4EZ

     

    Telephone: 020 3045 5176

    The Learning Centre website

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    Transfer from Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessment's to Education, Health and Care Plans - Letter from Edward Timpson MP (13th July 2015) (EHC-STATE-0715-D001)

    Letter from Edward Timpson concerning the extension of the transfer deadline from 16 to 20 weeks maximum.

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    About health checks - Easy read guide (PA-HEALTH-0715-D001)

    This leaflet tells you:

     

    - what a health check is

    - how to get a health check

    - how to find out more information about health checks

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    Safeguarding adults from abuse - leaflet (PA-HEALTH-0715-D002)

    When adult abuse is reported, we will listen carefully. Our first priority is to ensure that the person is safe. By talking things through with them, we can plan what to do to safeguard them.

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    Protecting adults at risk: London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse (PA-HEALTH-0715-D003)

    In London, as elsewhere, the main statutory agencies, local councils, the police and NHS organisations, need to work together both to promote safer communities to prevent harm and abuse and also to deal well with suspected or actual cases. That is why we have come together to produce this document on Protecting adults at risk: London multi-agency policy and procedures.

     

    It is our firm belief that adults at risk are best protected when procedures between statutory agencies are consistent across London.

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    Alerters Guide: Safeguarding Adults (PA-HEALTH-0715-D004)

    This leaflet is aimed primarily at workers or volunteers in Health or Social Care. However, if you are a member of the public, the information will still be useful if you are concerned that an adult at risk is experiencing abuse

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    Stopping Abuse (PA-HEALTH-0715-D005)

    Everyone has the right to feel happy and safe in their lives

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    The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Easy read leaflet) (PA-HEALTH-0715-D006)

    The Mental Capacity Act is a law about making decisions and what to do when people cannot make some decisions for themselves. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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    The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - A guide for parents, family, friends and unpaid carers (PA-HEALTH-0715-D007)

    As a family member or friend of the relevant person (this is the person who needs to be deprived of liberty), you may have an opinion about whether the proposed care plan is appropriate. You may also want to know more about how long your friend or family member will be deprived of their liberty, and how this will be monitored.

     

    This is where the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS) come in. These safeguards have been introduced to ensure that no one is deprived of their liberty in a hospital or care home setting without good reason, and that people who are deprived of their liberty receive the care they need while retaining specific rights.

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    The Mental Care Act - Easy Read Summary (PA-HEALTH-0715-D008)

    This booklet tells you about:

     

    - The big ideas behind the Act

    - The new things the Act introduces.

     

    These include things like:

     

    - New Lasting Powers of Attorney and deputies, these will start in October 2007

    - A new Court of Protection, this will start in October 2007

    - A new Office of the Public Guardian, this will start in October 2007

    - A new criminal offence, this will start in April 2007

    - A new Independent Mental Capacity Advocate service, this will start in England in April 2007. In Wales it will start in October 2007

    - A Code of Practice that will tell people how to make sure they are following the Act, this will be available in April 2007.

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    Bexley Deaf Centre (SCS-GEN-0715-N001)

    Bexley Deaf Centre aims to ensure Deaf people have as good a quality of life as hearing people. It also helps to reduce isolation and makes a difference to lives of Deaf people by encouragement and empowerment. The Centre also promotes Deaf Awareness, provides Sign Skills courses, lipreading and is very proud of its Job Club and hearing aid clinics in the borough.

     

    Bexley Deaf Centre

    20 Whitehall Lane

    Slade Green

    Kent

    DA8 2DH

     

    Email: bexleydeafcentre@fsmail.net

    Telephone: 01322351122

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Learning Disability Team (Stuart House) (PA-HEALTH-0715-N001)

    Provides services to people over the age of 18 with moderate to severe learning disabilities living in Bexley. Psychologists, social workers, community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and the person centred planning coordinator are all based here. The consultant psychiatrist, health facilitator and community living and support scheme are also based here.

     

    The team is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

     

    Stuart House

    45-47 Halfway Street

    Sidcup

    Kent

    DA15 8LH

     

    Telephone: 020 8269 3300

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    Where can I live? - Helpful contact information and telephone numbers (PA-LIVE-0715-N001)

    Many people choose to remain at home with their families, and support can be provided to achieve this. If you wish to live more independently, your Social Worker can advise you about suitable housing options which can include:

     

    - general needs council housing

    - social housing

    - supported accommodation

    - supported living (Including Pengarth Road new scheme)

    - CLASS

     

    In exceptional circumstances if you have very complex needs which cannot be met in any of the above resources, you may be eligible for residential accommodation. Supported Living, CLASS and residential accommodation are considered at Bexley’s Learning Disability Advisory Panel.

     

    Bexley Housing Department Customer Services - Telephone 020 8303 7777

    Transitions Team, Bexley Customer Services - Telphone 020 8303 7777 or email transitionsteam@bexley.gov.uk

    CLASS Catherine Nairn Customer Services - Telephone 020 8303 7777

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    Early Years Advisory Team - LB Bexley (EL-EY-0715-N005)

    The Local Authority Early Years Advisory Team - The service is provided for practitioners in private, voluntary and independent settings and schools by the London Borough of Bexley and is part of the Directorate of Education and Social Care, Education Improvement Service.

     

    Early Years Advisory Team

    London Borough of Bexley 
    Civic Offices 
    2 Watling Street 
    Bexleyheath 
    Kent 
    DA6 7AT

     

    Telephone: 020 3045 4355

    Email: early.years@bexley.gov.uk

     

    For more information about the Early Years Advisory Team please click here

     

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    Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) (SCS-SAFE-0715-N001)

    Child protection is part of safeguarding of children. It refers to the work undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure children are protected.

     

    A Local Safeguarding Children Board is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how each organisation in Bexley will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the locality and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Danson Youth Centre (ENT-YOUTH-0715-N001)

    Danson Youth Trust aims to help educate children and young people, especially but not exclusively through leisure time activities and programmes so to develop their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual capacities, self-confidence and individual responsibility that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

     

    The Danson Centre Brampton Road

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA7 4EZ

     

    Email: dansonyc@btconnect.com

    Telephone: 020 8303 6052

    Website: www.dansonyouth.org.uk

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    Howbury Friends / Slade Green Big Local (ENT-YOUTH-0715-N002)

    After school activities including arts and crafts, literacy, sports, fitness, cookery and lots more.

    Clubs for teenagers including Health and Beauty, Singing and recording, cookery, glee club, Street Dance.

    Youth forum for young people to come together and make decisions and they have their own pot of money to spend on activities.

    Contact:Melanie Hudson

    Email: melaniehudson@btinternet.com or sladegreenbiglocal@btinternet.com

    Telephone: 07538 300768

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    What type of childcare would be best for my child? (EL-EY-0715-N001)

    You should consider carefully what type of childcare would be best for your child. Childminders can care for children of any age and offer the greatest flexibility.

    - Day Nurseries often care for children aged from a few months to 5 years and can provide care all day.

    - Pre-schools usually care for children aged 2 to 5 years on a sessional basis (morning or afternoon).  

    - Out of School Clubs (Breakfast, After-school and Holiday Playschemes) usually care for children aged 5 and up. Settings will have different levels of expertise, specialism and experience. You should contact the setting directly for more details.

    You can find the information on the London Borough of Bexley website here

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    Where can I find information on free childcare? (EL-EY-0715-N002)

    Currently all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours free childcare per week for 38 weeks a year. This can be with a Childminder, Nursery or Pre-School. These hours are usually accessed during term time only but can be used as “stretched” offer where children access fewer hours a week for more weeks per year (throughout the school holidays).

    From September, children of working parents could be entitled to an additional 15 hours per week (Subject to eligibility). Some 2 year old are also entitled to free childcare for up to 15 hours a week, 38 weeks per year (subject to eligibility).

    More information can be found on the London Borough of Bexley website  and on the Childcare Choices website

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    Can childminders make referrals to other agencies (e.g. speech and language therapist) if they and the parents are concerned about a child’s development? (EL-EY-0715-N003)

    Yes, Childminders are able to make referrals to the speech and language therapists with the parents signed permission. The early year’s team in the local authority are also available to give advice and support to Childminders for individual children who attend. Please contact the Childminder who will contact the early year’s team on your behalf.

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    How do I know if a childcare setting is good or not? (EL-EY-0715-N004)

    All Childcare in the London Borough of Bexley is registered with Ofsted. They are inspected regularly against the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and are given a judgement.

    Current judgements and copies of the reports can be found on the Ofsted website here:

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    Early Years Pupil Premium (C-CONT-0715-N001)

    From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders, academies and any setting registered to provide the 3 & 4 year old free entitlement will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s development, learning and care. The attached leaflet provides more information

     

    For further details please click here 

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    Advocacy For All - Project for Young People ages 10 to 18 years old (CONTACT-0715-N001)

    This is project is for young people aged 10-18 who have autism and or learning disabilities and or are looked after children who live in the borough or Bromley, Bexley and Lewisham, support includes a 1:1 issue based advocacy service to ensure that the young persons voice is heard and to support young people to speak up for themselves and gain confidence.

     

    Advocacy for All     

    Unit 1

    241 Main Road

    Sidcup

    Kent

    DA14 6QS

     

    Email: charlotte.mendoza@advocacyforall.org.uk

    Telephone: 0208 300 9666

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    England Athletics- Run! London project (ENT-ACT-0715-N001)

    The Run!

     

    London project offers opportunities to participate in athletics in a range of London boroughs including Bexley. Run! London offers inclusive sessions from age 11 upwards for all ages and abilities, many of which are free to attend. There are also family sessions for younger participants.

     

    Details of current sessions and contact details can be found on the London Athletics website here

     

    Contact: Lynne Atkinson

    Email: lynneatkinson@englandathletics.org

    Telephone: 07718394825

     

    c/o Sport & Leisure Team

    Bexley Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    DA67AT

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    Bexley Portage Service (EL-EY-0715-D002)

    Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families. It started in 1969 in a small town called Portage in Wisconsin in the U.S.A. The first U.K. Portage scheme was set up in 1976 and Portage is now delivered throughout the UK, as well as internationally. All Portage Home Visitors should have attended a Basic Portage Workshop and ideally have experience of working with pre-school children and their families.

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    Advisory Service for children on the Autism Spectrum (EL-SENSUPP-0715-D007)

    Supporting children and young people with Autism and related conditions to achieve social inclusion, meet their educational potential and go on to make a positive contribution to the wider community. This document contains more information about the services/support available.

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    Complaints Procedure - LB Bexley website (SCS-DISAG-0715-N001)

    We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, value for money services in Bexley and are committed to providing what you need, in the way you want and to the standard you expect. We believe that dealing effectively with complaints is essential to providing good services. We will treat all complaints seriously, with an honest and open mind, and do everything we can to deal with them efficiently and effectively.

     

    Please click here for more information

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    Prospects Services - Supporting young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (PA-WS-0715-N001)

    Prospects Services, on behalf of London Borough of Bexley, will attend the appropriate review at the point of transition (including year 9 reviews); so that an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) can be completed for those young people that are eligible, as outlined in the SEND reforms of the Children and Families Bill 2014.

     

    We will also work closely with schools and parents to ensure all young people with SEND are supported to make a successful transition. For those schools in Bexley that purchase additional Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services, directly from Prospects Service, we will offer all their pupils with SEND individual IAG support.

     

    For young people with SEND who are Bexley residents and not in Education, Employment or Training, Prospects Services will offer IAG (up to the Age of 25). These young people may also be allocated a Personal Adviser, offering ongoing 1-1 support. This service can be accessed by contacting:

     

    Bexley Youth Advice

    233 The Broadway

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7EJ

    Telephone: 0203 045 5555.

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    Bexley Joint Communication Team - Frequently Asked Questions (speech and language) (EL-SENSUPP-0715-N005)

    The Joint Communication Team (JCT) is an integrated team of professionals who support children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The team consists of speech and language therapists (SLTs), advisory teachers and specialist speech and language therapy assistants (the SALSA team):

     

    Why has my child been referred to a community clinic?

     

    The community clinics work with pre-school and school age children to help them develop their speaking skills. They look at speech sounds, voice, vocabulary and listening skills.

     

    I can understand what my child is saying so why is the school asking for a speech and language assessment?

     

    We need to look at all the underlying language skills before we focus on speech as these support the development of talking and then writing. They are play skills, interaction, listening and attention and comprehension of spoken instructions.

     

    Why is my child working with a teaching assistant on their language programme and not a speech therapist?

     

    Research shows that regular, daily intervention following a language programme helps the child make the best progress. This also needs to be coupled with the class teacher following up the targets in the classroom. A teaching assistant often knows the child best and is in the right place to support the child regularly. The JCT staff can support the teaching assistant and parents with follow up activities for school and home.

     

    We are concerned about a child’s writing why is the JCT looking at their listening and understanding skills?

     

    Early language skills support the acquisition of spoken language and the child needs to be competent with these before we help develop their writing. A child needs good vocabulary, ideas, sequencing and verbal reasoning skills to write successfully.

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    Bexley Jump Ahead Plus Team - Frequently Asked Questions (occupational therapy) (EL-SENSUPP-0715-N006)

    This is a multi-agency team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, a Specialist Community Paediatrician and an Advisory teacher who will offer screening, advice and support for pupils in a Bexley school with co-ordination problems.

     

    What does an Occupational/physiotherapist do?

     

    An OT works mostly fine motor skills for everyday functional movement, i.e sitting, dressing, using cutlery, toilet skills and writing etc. A physiotherapist works on mainly gross motor skills like balance, walking, running, jumping, ball skills and overall co-ordination.

     

    My child will probably grow out of being clumsy why are the school concerned?

     

    Good motor co-ordination skills underpin the ability to listen, pay attention, do table top activities like writing, maths etc. and they help with their social interaction skills with other children.

     

    Why do we have to try Jump Ahead in school before referring a child?

     

    Jump Ahead is a motor programme that all Bexley school have been given. It is a structured, graded intervention to develop all the underlying movement skills a child need for confidence and progress in the classroom. It contains a year’s worth of graded activities to develop motor skills. Research supports that doing at least one term of Jump Ahead at least 3 times a week has a huge benefit on a child’s motor co-ordination and self-esteem.

     

    My school only does Jump Ahead once a week, is that ok?

     

    Jump Ahead was designed to be carried out at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes, over one school year. If a school can only deliver it once a week progress will be much slower and completion of the programme will take longer.

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    Bexley Jump Ahead Team - Details and Contact Information (occupational therapy) (EL-SENSUPP-0715-N007)

    Following consultations to improve the support offered to families and schools for children with suspected motor co-ordination problems, we are pleased to inform you that the Jump Ahead Plus team has been formed. This is a multi-agency team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, a Specialist Community Paediatrician and an Advisory teacher who will offer screening, advice and support for pupils in a Bexley school with co-ordination problems.

     

    There is a central point of referral and the team accept referrals for pupils in mainstream primary and secondary schools with motor co-ordination problems Children can only be referred if they have been accessing the Jump Ahead programme in school, at least three times a week for a minimum of a term or something similar. We ask for evidence of pupil progress and request a parent and teacher questionnaire be completed for each child referred to the team. This is to provide us with further more specific information. When we receive the completed referral form and questionnaires, we will decide the best course of action.

     

    Benefits of this service:

     

    - Children may be offered a screening motor skills assessment appointment at Queen Mary’s hospital. Following this a short report and suggested strategies will be sent into school for staff to follow.

    - An outcome sheet will be provided for school staff to review the goals and objectives.

    - Advice will be given to parents to support their child’s motor development at home.

    - The child may also be visited and observed in school. Then children will be reviewed by the JAPT panel and either discharged with additional advice, followed up in school or referred on for further diagnostic assessments or treatments.

     

    Our service standards:

     

    Our service adheres to the National Guidelines and standards for Occupational and Physiotherapist. We ensure that all staff possess the qualifications, skills and competencies required of their role and have an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

     

    Contact Details:

     

    Paediatric Occupational Therapy Department

    Queen Mary’s Hospital

    Frognal Avenue

    Sidcup

    Kent

    DA14 6LT

    Telephone: 0208 302 2678 ext.2883

     

    or the Specialist Teaching Service

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Telephone: 0203 045 5016 (Sandie Higgs)

     

     

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    Bexley Visual Impairment Service - Frequently Asked Questions (EL-SENSUPP-0715-D005)

    Your child can receive support from the Bexley VI service if they have a diagnosis of visual difficulties which cannot be corrected by wearing glasses. For further information is available in this document.

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    About The Virtual School for Looked After Children (EL-SENSUPP-0715-D004)

    A helpful document providing more information about The Virtual School

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    Resources plus – Employability Support Services (PA-WORK-0715-N001)

    Resources plus is a service that helps unemployed or underemployed (working no more than 15 hours per week) Bexley residents with job search. Through one to one careers advice, a daily job club, employability workshops and pre-employment training, we can help you find sustainable employment. Our centre is based in Erith and there is always friendly staff available to help you with any queries. We work in partnership with local colleges and training providers and work closely with employers to find vacancies for local residents.

     

    For more information please click here 

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    What do I do if I am feeling a bit down? (HW-D&C-0715-N008)

    Speak to your Health Visitor on the telephone or visit a baby clinic, we will arrange to speak with you privately. Your Health Visitor will ask certain questions to help understand your mood and will offer you short term support 'listening visits' or refer you to your GP if necessary.

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    What if I need help with contraception? (HW-D&C-0715-N009)

    Health Visitors can give adbice about available methods of contraception and can let you know about local services.

     

    More information can be found on the ProParent app, click here for more details

     

    Or find details of your local Health Visitor here

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    How are health needs managed on school trips? (HW-GI-0715-N002)

    Each school has a mdeical alert booklet which they would take on trips along with emegency medication. A risk assessment would be completed by the school. Teachers and carers are trained to manage medical emergencies.

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    What happens if my child has to spend time at hospital or at home for health reasons? (HW-GI-0715-N003)

    If your child was in hospital or A&E, information is send to the school nurses to enable them to offer support when your child returns to school. We offer immunisation clinics for children who do not access education.

     

    For more information about the services available please click here 

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    The school advised they can't meet my child's medical needs, what can I do? (HW-GI-0715-N004)

    Speak to your child's school nurse, they will be able to help you.

     

    For more information please visit the Oxlea's website and view Community Health Services (children) for information about School Nurses please click here

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    I have moved to Bexley, my child needs a Community Children's Nurse, how do I contact them? (HW-GI-0715-N006)

    The Children's Community Nursing Team is based at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. A list of frequently asked questions about the services provided by the team can be found here
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    The Sensory Support Service (EL-SENSUPP-0715-N001)

    The sensory support service provides services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who have visual impairment and those who are deafblind. A range of services and support is provided.

     

    The Visual Impairment service includes rehabilitation officers who are specifically trained to support blind and partially sighted people. The service focuses on enabling people with a visual impairment to be fully active and independent in the community by providing training advice and assistance to access support.

     

    Sensory Support Team

    c/o Inspire Community Trust

    20 Whitehall Lane

    Slade Green

    Kent

    DA8 2DH

     

    Email : sensorysupportteam@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 020 3045 5334

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    The Specialist Advisory Teaching Team (EL-SENSUPP-0715-N002)

    The Specialist Services for Children team is made up of advisory support for:

     

    - Vision impairment • Hearing impairment

    - Autistic spectrum disorders

    - Dyspraxia (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder)

    - and speech, language and communication needs (the Joint Communication Team)

     

    The Specialist Services for Children team is made up of Advisory Teachers and Specialist Support Assistants. We are all part of the Complex Needs Team managed by Janine Wooster. Referrals from schools to the team are made on our referral form which is available in school. The service is staffed with specialist teachers and support staff whose aim is to ensure that the needs of children with specific difficulties are recognised and met in nurseries and schools. The team offer advice on strategies that may be used in class or at home and offer many training workshops to develop the skills of school staff.

     

    For further information please contact:

     

    Janine Wooster

    Complex Needs Manager

     

    Telephone: 020 8303 7777

    Email: Janine.wooster@bexley.gov.uk.

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    Bexley Visual Impairment Service (EL-SENSUPP-0715-N003)

    Provides support to parents and schools for children aged 0-19 with visual impairment.

     

    London Borough of Bexley

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Telephone: 07814 156 585

    Email: linda.barcock@bexley.gov.uk

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    Where is my local clinic? (HW-D&C-0715-N002)

    You can find your local clinic by following this link

    Please tick 'Community Health Services (children)' then scroll down and select 'Health Visiting Team Bexley'

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    Where can I get my baby vaccinated? (HW-D&C-0715-N003)

    You can take your child to your local GP practice, Health Visitors at the practice will be able to provide you with details of the vaccination programme.

     

    You can search for your local practice on the Oxleas NHS website here

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    How do I know if my baby is developing normally? (HW-D&C-0715-N004)

    Your GP will carry out a check at 6/9 weeks. Your Health Visitor will carry out developmental checks at 1 year old and 2.5 years old, usually at your local clinic or your local Childrens Centre.

     

    Your childs hand held record book with provide more details about the checks carried out.

     

    If you are concerned please speak to your Health Visitor, you can find your local practice/Heath Visitor location on this link

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    I am having problems breastfeeding my baby, where can I get advice? (HW-D&C-0715-N005)

    You can find help and advice at The Sidcup Baby Cafe, please follow this link for more information
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    How do I know who my Health Visitor is? (HW-D&C-0715-N006)

    Contact details for your Health Visitor will be in your hand held record book.

     

    You can find your nearest clinc address on the Oxleas NHS Trust website here

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    What do I do if my baby has a minor illness? (HW-D&C-0715-N007)

    You can telephone your Health Visitor for advice, their contact details will be included in your childs record book, or you could make an appointment to visit your local GP Practice.

     

    If you are concerned you could telephone 111 and seek advice. Information about managing minor illnesses can be found on the ProParent app, click here for more information and the link for the app download.

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    What is Bexley Portage Service? - Frequently Asked Questions (EL-EY-0715-D001)

    Bexley Portage Service is a Home Education Service for pre-school ages children who display a 6-9 month delay in three or more areas of their development, or who have a known disability that is likely to cause delay.

    This document provides more information about the support available from Bexley Portage Service

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    A guide to the Early Intervention Team - Social work services (EL-SENSUPP-0715-D002)

    A helpful leaflet explaining the services and support available.

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    Early Intervention Team - Special Educational Needs Support Partners (EL-SENSUPP-0715-D003)

    AEN/SEN Support Partners work with school staff, parents and children to provide support in ensuring that the child’s needs are met and that planning and teaching is tailored to the individual needs of the child. AEN/SEN Support Partners also provide training for teachers and teaching assistants on a range of Special Educational Needs and provide guidance as to how to manage these needs in the classroom to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.

     

    Referral to this service is through the school, normally the Special Needs Coordinator ( SENCo) or Inclusion Coordinator ( INCo). With written parent/ carer permission, the case can then be raised with the Early Intervention Team in which the AEN/SEN Support Partners are based.

     

     

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    The Virtual School for Looked After Children - Information and contact details (EL-ALT-0615-D001)

    More information about The Virtual School and the support/service provided can be found on the attached document.  Please use the 'Download Attachment' link below for more information

     

    The Virtual School team currently consists of:

    Andrew Russell – Head of Virtual School (Telephone 0203 045 4141)
    Lorraine Petersen – Education Support Officer – focus mainly on Year 10 to Year 13 (Telephone 0203 045 5209)
    Karen Francis – Education Support Officer - Focus mainly on Year 5 to Year 9 (Telephone 0203 045 3257)
    Kelly Ketchell – Education Support Officer - Focus mainly on Early Years to Year 4 but also picks up all the new LAC in any year group. (Telephone 0203 045 4215)
    Karen Kirk – Project Officer (Telephone 0203 045 4268)
    Denise Crooks – PEP support (Telephone 0203 045 4578)
    Lou Newell / Nazni Ali – Teaching Assistants

    To contact the team by email: andrew.russell@bexley.gov.uk or LACvirtualschool@bexley.gov.uk

     

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    Get Active London (ENT-ACT-0615-N001)

    A one stop shop for sports and physical activities in London. You are just a few clicks away to find your club, venue or sports activity in the capital

     

    For more information please click here

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    Running Group - Bexley Mencap (ENT-ACT-0615-N002)

    Takes place at Danson Park and Crook Log Leisure Centre, Mondays 6:30pm during the summer months and 6:15pm in winter months.

     

    For more information please contact Lynne Atkinson on 07718 394 825 or email lynneatkinson@englandathletics.org

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    Advocacy for All (CONTACT-0615-N001)

    Advocacy is one person helping another person to make their needs and wishes known. The helping person is called an advocate and the person being helped is called a partner. Advocacy for All provides a number of one to one advocacy services in South London and Kent.

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Education Health and Care Plan - Template (EHC-PROC-0615-D002)

    This is the template used by the London borough of Bexley when developing an EHC plan. The template gives children, young people and their families a better understanding of the sections and information that can be captured in an EHC plan. You may find it useful to familiarise yourself with this template when an EHC needs assessment has been agreed.

     

    If you have any queries regarding this template and its content please contact the Special Educational Needs Team:

     

    Special Educational Needs Team

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 0208 303 7777

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    Bexley Early Autism Service (EL-SENSUPP-0615-D001)

    Bexley Early Autism Service (BEAS) provides support for very young children who are recognised to be on the autism spectrum. Support is tailored to individual children and families and is delivered by members of a trained and experienced team in the home and / or pre-school or nursery setting.

     

    London Borough of Bexley

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Programme Supervisor - Joan Ratcliff

    Telephone: 07814 156588

    Email: Joan.ratcliff@bexley.gov.uk

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    Early Intervention Team - Social Worker Support (EL-GI-0615-D001)

    EIT social workers operate within a multi-disciplinary context, as part of the wider Early Intervention Team, and their work complements and supports the work taking place with other staff. There is a general understanding that barriers to children’s learning are not related just to issues in school, and there is a strong relationship between social concerns and educational progress.

    This document provides more information about the services/support provided.

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    Early Intervention Teams - Education Welfare Service (EL-GI-0615-D002)

    The Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) provide a service to schools to support them in raising attendance and improving punctuality, they are also able to provide advice and guidance to parents and carers. EWOs can work with other members of the Early Intervention Team and other professionals, addressing children’s needs in a holistic way, and understand that poor attendance at school can be the result of a number of different difficulties.

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    Can a parent/carer request an Education, Health and Care Plan assessment? (EHC-PROC-0615-D001)

    The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) will have their needs met through the resources and expertise within their educational setting.

    The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENco) at a child/young person’s educational setting is usually the first point of contact for parents and young people who have questions about special educational needs support. The SENco will know the child/young person well and will be able to give advice about a child/young person’s learning, the progress they are making, their strengths, their needs, the support they require. We always recommend that parents and carers speak with their child's SENCo when considering making a request for additional support.  

    Parents/carers who wish to request an Education, Health and Care plan assessment (also know as a statutory assessment) complete and submit the requested form by clicking on this link and downloading the document at the bottom of the page.

    If you have any questions about completing this form please contact the;

    Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment Service

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 0208 303 7777

    If you would like some advice about special educational needs and disability that is independent of the local authority please contact the;

    Independent Advice and Support Service

    Telephone: 0203-045-5976
    Email Address bexleyIASS@bexley.gov.uk

     

     

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    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Bexley (EL-EY-0615-N001)

    Bexley CAMHS Provides mental health assessment and treatment services to children, young people and their families/carers living in the borough.

     

    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

    Bexley Highpoint House

    Memorial Hospital

    Shooters Hill

    London

    SE18 3RZ

     

    Telephone: 0203 260 5200

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Oxleas Children's Community Nursing (Bexley) (HW-D&C-0615-N001)

    The children’s community nursing service assess and manage the needs of children aged 0-18 years (0-19 if attending a special school) with: Acute and short-term conditions Long term conditions Disabilities and complex conditions, including those requiring continuing care and neonates Life-limiting and life-threatening illness, including those requiring palliative and end-of-life care.

     

    This service also covers the needs of children and young people who require continence support and toileting programmes.

     

    Oxleas Children’s community nursing (Bexley)

    Queen Mary’s Hospital

    Child Development Centre

    Frognal Avenue

    Sidcup

    DA14 6LT

     

    Telephone: 0208 302 2678 ex 2755

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    Disabled Children's Service (SCS-CONT-0615-N001)

    The disabled children's service is a specialist team responsible for the assessment of disabled children up to the age of 18 and the provision of information, and the packages of support to meet their assessed needs.

     

    The team provides services to children aged 0-18 who are able to be registered as disabled children under the following categories:

     

    - Significant learning disability

    - Physical disability

    - Chronic ill health

     

    When the child and family are in need of: 

     

    - Social work advice and support

    - Care package provision

    - The child is looked after by the Local Authority

      

    Safeguarding and Child Protection Services

    Disabled Children’s Service

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Telephone: 020 3045 3600

    Email: disabledchildrenserviceunit@bexley.gov.uk

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    Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment Team (EL-SENSUPP-0615-N002)

     The SEND Statutory Assessment Team over see the statutory assessment process and work with parents, carers, professionals and educational setting to develop Education, Health and Care Plans.
     
    Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Case Officers work for the Statutory Assessment Service and are allocated to a child or young person once a request for an EHC needs assessment is received. They support children and young people and their family through the EHC needs assessment process. Care Officers are responsible for ensuring that everyone supporting the child or young person during an EHC needs assessment is working in a co-ordinated way.

     

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 0208 303 7777

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    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA) (EL-EDCONT-0615-N001)

    Bexley Youth Advice (BYA) is Bexley's location for careers and life information, advice and guidance for young people aged 13 to 19 (and up to 25 for young people with additional needs).

     

    Bexley Youth Advice

    233 The Broadway

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7EJ

     

    Telephone: 020 3045 5555

    For more information please click here  

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    Preparing for Adulthood Programme (PfA) (PA-GI-0615-N001)

    The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) is funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for the SEN and disability reforms. The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides knowledge and support to all local authorities and their partners, including families and young people, so they can ensure young people with SEN and disabilities achieve paid work, independent living, good health and community inclusion as they move into adulthood.

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Bexley SNAP (ENT-YOUTH-0615-N001)

    Bexley SNAP

    SNAP aims to ensure that disabled children, young people and their families have plenty of opportunities to be out and about in their local community, playing, socialising, being with friends, being included in everyday life and being supported when needed.

    For more information please visit: http://www.bexleysnap.org.uk/

    Thames Innovation Centre

    2 Veridion Way

    Erith

    Kent, DA18 4AL

    Email: admin@bexleysnap.org.uk

    Tel: 0208 320 1488

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    Bexley SNAP (PA-FRIEND-0615-N001)

    Bexley SNAP aims to ensure that disabled children, young people and their families have plenty of opportunities to be out and about in their local community, playing, socialising, being with friends, being included in everyday life and being supported when needed.

     

    For more information please click here

     

    Thames Innovation Centre

    2 Veridion Way

    Erith

    Kent

    DA18 4AL

     

    Email: admin@bexleysnap.org.uk

    Telephone: 0208 320 1488

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    Ellenor (Hospice Care Provider) (HW-CHN-0615-N002)

    Ellenor (Hospice Care Provider) Our mission is to lead and coordinate the best personalised care for all ages, sharing our expertise to ensure that all families facing terminal illness get the right support in the best place possible, enabling them to make the most of the time they have.

     

    For more information about Ellenorplease click here 

     

    Ellenor - Dartford

    St Ronans View

    East Hill Drive

    Dartford

    Kent

    DA1 1AE

     

    Telephone: 01474 320 007

    Email: info@ellenor.org

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    Demelza Hospice Care for Children (HW-CHN-0615-N003)

    Children's hospices support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families. Children's hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years. This means that children's hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.

     

    For more information about Demelza Hospice Care for Children please click here

     

    Demelza Kent Demelza House

    Rook Lane

    Bobbing

    Sittingbourne

    Kent

    ME9 8DZ

     

    Telephone: 01795 845 200

    Email: info@demelza.org.uk

     

    Demelza South East London

    5 Wensley Close

    Eltham

    London

    SE9 5AB

     

    Telephone: 020 8859 9800

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    Community Paediatric Audiology Service (HW-ADI-0615-N001)

    This service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 (or 19 if attending special education) who are registered with a Bexley GP. We can help with all children who have been identified as having potential hearing difficulties.

     

    Community Paediatric Audiology Service

    Murchison Clinic

    31 Thistlefield Close

    Bexley

    Kent

    DA5 3GJ

     

    Telephone: 01322 529476

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    Bexley Voice Parent Carer Forum (HW-ADI-0615-N002)

    Bexley Voice Parent Carer Forum provides information and advice for families experiencing assessment and diagnosis.

     

    For more information please visit the Bexley Voice website by clicking here

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    Bexley GP's (HW-DC-0615-N001)

    The NHS Commissioning Board commissions 28 GP practices in Bexley to provide free primary care health services for local residents. When it’s not an emergency, your GP is the best port of call for most health enquiries. A GP or General Practitioner is a doctor who looks after the health of local people and deals with a wide range of health issues such as: general health advice, contraception and maternity services, vaccinations. If your local GP cannot help with your health issue, they may refer you to another health specialist or to a hospital for tests or further treatment.

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - Bexley (HW-CAHMS-0615-N001)

    Bexley CAMHS Provides mental health assessment and treatment services to children, young people and their families/carers living in the borough.

     

    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

    Bexley Highpoint House

    Memorial Hospital

    Shooters Hill

    London

    SE18 3RZ

     

    Tel: 0203 260 5200

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Children's Eye Clinic Bexley (HW-EC-0615-N001)

    A small team of orthoptists (eye professionals) who test children's vision and refer on to specialist services when required. They hold two clinics one at the Children's Development Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital and the other one at Lakeside Health Centre.

     

    Children's Eye Clinic Bexley

    Tel: 020 8302 2678 ext 4962

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Bexley - Special Educational Needs and Disability Independent Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) (LO-CONT-0615-N001)

    The Information and Advice Support Service (formally known as the Parent Partnership)

     

    This service offers advice about SEN, statutory assessment, Education, Health and Care Plans and legal advice. This service is independent of the Local Authority.

     

    For more information:

     

    Telephone: 0203-045-5976
     
    Email Address – bexleyIASS@bexley.gov.uk
      

    Bexley Information, Advice and Support
    Shepway Centre
    Oxford Road
    Maidstone
    ME15 8AW

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    Disabled Childrens Service - Newsletter (23rd edition) (SCS-DCS-0615-D001)

    Welcome to the 23rd issue of the Disabled Children’s Service newsletter. As you are aware we now add the newsletter to the London Borough of Bexley website and email parents directly if we have your email details. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email please contact me and I will add your details to the distribution list for future newsletters. We are happy to publish articles from parents / carers about your children’s achievements or information about an event or outing which you enjoyed and would like to share with other families.

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    Supported Internships (PA-WORK-0615-N001)

    Bexley Twofold is the supported employment service for adults, resident in Bexley, with Learning Disabilities and who consequently have need for support to access employment opportunities deemed substantial or critical.  The aim is to help disabled adults to obtain and sustain suitable paid employment. Bexley Twofold will provide all the support necessary to help people achieve this aim.    The target group are people over 18 but the service will have a role in developing pathways for young adults with learning disabilities and in raising expectations by working with London Borough Bexley’s Transition Team.

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    Bexley Disabled Childrens Register - The Childrens Act 1989 (SCS-DCS-0515-N001)

    The Children’s Act 1989 required all social care departments to put together a register of disabled children, this register is to be used as a planning tool. We have a Register Co-ordinator (Lin Ashenden) in the team who collects information for the Bexley Disabled Children’s Register. The information is added to a register database which holds information about children and young people 0-18 with a disability.

     

    The information is used as a planning tool so that we know how many disabled children live in Bexley and helps us to make better provision for them. The information is confidential but may be shared with other departments within London Borough of Bexley and other agencies such as health partners, parent’s or professionals can refer children and young people for a registration assessment.

     

    If you are interested in referring please contact the Front Door Team on 020 3045 5440 who will take some details and refer onto our service. Registration with the Disabled Children’s Register is not sufficient evidence that a child meets the criteria for a service from the Disabled Children's Service as the Register includes children with a wide range of special/additional needs.

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    MCCH - services in Bexley (SCS-SBS-0515-N001)

    Saturday Club, held at the Carlton Centre Sidcup, 3 sessions available 9.30-12.30, 1pm until 4pm or all day 9.30 to 4pm.

    Half day sessions current cost is £5 and full day is £10. Parents can contact direct for use of this service. This service is registered early years.

     

    Afterschool club currently being held at the Northend children’s centre and runs during term time 3pm-6pm at a cost of £7 per session. Parents can contact direct for use of this service.

     

    Falconwood is situated in Welling, it is registered to provide overnight accommodation for children young persons aged 5-17. The service supports children and young persons with learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs. Children and young people access Falconwood via referral from the London Borough of Bexley Disabled Children’s team.

     

    Children’s Activity Breaks (CAB) are held during school holidays on Tues, Weds and Thurs from 10am until 3pm running from the Arrows football ground in Crayford. Parents can contact direct for use of this service.

     

    To contact us or find out more information please click here

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    Disabled Children's Service - Matrix 2015 (SCS-DCS-0515-D001)

    This matrix can be used in conjunction with the Eligibility and Threshold criteria for Disabled Children's Service

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    Eligibility and Threshold Criteria for the Disabled Children's Service (SCS-DCS-0515-D002)

    The guidance is to help staff identify children who, through disability, meet the threshold criteria for Disabled Children's Service, Social Services and to establish their eligibility for services, including appropriate assessments.

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    Bexley Voice Newsletter - May/June 2015 Edition (LO-CONT-0515-D001)

    This edition of the newsletter includes: 

     

    • ’Preparing For Adulthood’ seminar with Scope and Irwin Mitchell
    • Our new Bexley Voice Volunteers Parent/Carer‘Drop In’ Session
    • Thank you for your donations!
    • Local Events
    • Independent Travel Training Scheme Free Workshop
    • EHC Plan Process
    • Family Bowling Sessions
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    Bexley SNAP - Youth Clubs (ENT-ACT-0515-N001)

    Families of disabled children and young people often struggle to find appropriate and meaningful play, leisure activities or events for their child/ young person to participate in that offers appropriate support, captures the child’s interest, where the child is safe and can enjoy and be themselves. There is also the difficulties of trying to find appropriate child care or access a break away from the stresses of caring for a disabled child and preventing opportunities for parents to work/ spend time with siblings/ young carers and family. Disabled children are often excluded from mainstream school journeys and trips away due to individual support, medical, personal care, behaviour needs.

     

    SNAP leisure services enable disabled children and young people to feel welcome, safe and confident have fun, develop and achieve away from their primary carer who they are often dependent on whilst enabling parents and carers to access a break.

     

    For more information please click here  

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    Afasic - Voice for Life (representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties) (EL-SENSUPP-0515-N001)

    Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers. Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including free Helpline and email support, free to download factsheets and access to our local networks. We have included a link to the Afasic website below for your information and look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Please visit this link for more information

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    Comments, Complaints, Questions - LB Bexley website (CONTACT-0515-N001)

    At the London Borough of Bexley we are committed to putting you first, but we need your help to ensure we do that. We want you to tell us how we are performing, so we can recognise staff who deliver excellent customer service and, most importantly, put things right when they've gone wrong.

     

    So, whether it's a comment, compliment or complaint or a Freedon of Information Request, please visit here

     

    Or contact:

     

    Customer Services

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Email:customer.services@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 020 8303 7777

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    Jargon Buster (CONTACT-0515-D001)

    This attachment provides a helpful guide to words/terminology used within the Local Offer website.

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    Disagreement Resolution (EHC-DISAG-0515-D001)

    This page explains the routes and options available if you are unhappy with a decision made by London Borough of Bexley about your child’s special educational needs and/or disability

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    MCCH (SCS-GEN-0515-D001)

    MCCH support people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs across London and the South-East.

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    Family Footings (SCS-FS-0515-D001)

    Family Footings is a project for families of children with disabilities. They help families find a common language with professionals through person centred approaches. Family Footings brings families with disabled children together to share experiences and gain information that will enhance their family life.

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    Bexley National Autistic Society (Bexley NAS) (EL-SENSUPP-0515-D001)

    Bexley NAS are a parent led voluntary group, all of whom are the parents or carers of children who are on the Autistic Spectrum. They offer a variety of social and leisure activities for children on the autism spectrum and their families living within Bexley Borough.

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    Bexley Autism Advisory Service - Information Leaflet (EL-SENSUPP-0515-D002)

    This information leaflet was created by the Bexley Autism Advisory Service in collaboration with Oxleas NHS, Bexley NHS Commissioning Group and Bexley NAS.

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    National Autistic Society - After Diagnosis (EL-SENSUPP-0515-D003)

    National Autistic Society – After diagnosis information for parents/carers of children and young people with Autism

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    SEN Home to School Transport (T-ES-0515-N001)

    If your son or daughter has a statement of special educational needs (SEN), or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan), is of compulsory school age and is attending their nearest appropriate school, they may be entitled to free home to school transport or travel assistance.

     

    Depending on the disability your child may be provided with a free bus or train pass or a special vehicle i.e. taxi, minibus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, to help them travel to and from school. Other forms of assistance could be access to independent travel training, transport budgets and escorted public transport.

     

    For further details and criteria regarding home to school please see Bexley’s Travel Assistance Policy. We would be pleased to receive any feedback on the Policy. Bexley Parents/carers, in the first instance, are required to apply for home to school travel assistance by contacting:

     

    The Statutory Assessment Team

    Email: specialneedsELS@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 020 3045 4304

     

    or

     

    Bexley Integrated Transport Unit (BITU)

    Email: specialeducationalneedstransport@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 020 3045 3048

     

    The parent/carer will be sent a Request for Home to School Transport application form which is to be completed and emailed to above addresses or returned to the address below for processing, subject to the eligibility criteria :

     

    London Borough of Bexley

    BITU

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    All referrals are assessed for eligibility and most appropriate form of transport provision against Bexley’s Home to School Travel Assistance Policy.

     

    What to do if you have a complaint:

     

    If you have any feedback about the service you received – something you like or are not happy with; then do talk about it with the worker or manager in the service, so that they can look at how they deliver their service. If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Bexley complaints procedure by clicking here

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    Bexley Voice Newsletter - March 2015 (LO-CONT-0315-D001)

    This edition includes:

     

    • Free workshops and seminars
    • Facebook Group & Website Update
    • Parent/Carer ‘Drop In’ Session
    • National Support Websites
    • BV Volunteer Support needed
    • Bexley NAS and ADHD Coffee Mornings
    • EHC Plans ~ What are they?
    • Family Bowling sessions
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    Meet the Special Education Needs Team (CONTACT-0315-D001)

    The attached document provides helpful contact details for each of the team members Special Education Needs Team.

     

    Special Education Needs Team

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

    DA6 7AT

     

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 0208 303 7777

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    Family Health Visiting Service - Oxleas NHS Leaflet (LO-CONT-0315-D001)

    The health visiting team, working in partnership with families, delivers the Healthy Child Programme to all children registered with a GP in the borough of Bexley. Health visitors initially visit the homes of families with newborns to do a hearing test on the baby, provide feeding advice, undertake a family health needs assessment and provide support. Ongoing advice and support is provided until your child is five years old.

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    Bexley Joint Communication Team - LBB Leaflet (LO-CONT-0315-D002)

    The JCT is an integrated team of health and education professionals. It was set up to support pupils with communication difficulties attending mainstream primary schools.

    The JCT works in partnership with Early Years professionals, School staff, parents and children to maximize communication for learning, socialisation and independence.

    The JCT is funded by Bexley Council, South London Healthcare NHS Trust, and Extended Schools Services. Individual schools also contract with the JCT for their pupils.

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    The Children's Act 1989 (SCS-GEN-0315-N001)

    The Children’s Act 1989 required all social care departments to put together a register of children with disabilities, this register is to be used as a planning tool.

     

    We have a Register Co-ordinator in the team who collects information for the Bexley Disabled Children’s Register. The information is added to a register database which holds information about children and young people 0-18 with a disability. The information is used as a planning tool so that we know how many disabled children live in Bexley and helps us to make better provision for them. The information is confidential but may be shared with other departments within London Borough of Bexley and other agencies such as Health. Parent’s or professionals can refer children and young people for a registration assessment.

     

    If you are interested in referring please contact the Front Door Team on 020 3045 5440 who will take some details and refer onto our service.

     

    Registration with the Disabled Children’s Register is not sufficient evidence that a child meets the criteria for a service from the Disabled Children’s Service as the Register includes children with a wide range of special/additional needs.

     

    Disabled Children's Service

    London Borough of Bexley

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    Kent

     

    Telephone: 020 3045 3210

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    The Open University - Distance Learning (EL-COLL-0315-N001)

    The OU has more disabled students than any other university in Europe. The flexible nature of OU study and our experience in harnessing enabling technologies to support learning means almost 12,500 people with a wide range of disabilities – including mental health issues – choose to study with us each year.

     

    Our Access Centre provides additional support to our disabled students, ensuring they can take part in every aspect of university life – ranging from special computer software and advice

     

    For more information please click here

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    Independent Supporters (CONTACT-0315-N002)

    The primary purpose of Independent Supporters is to support parents and young people during the EHC assessment and planning process.

     

    The nature and duration of Independent Support to parents and young people will be time limited, task orientated and based on individual need.

     

    Email: info@gad.org.uk

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    KIDS Mediation (CONTACT-0315-N003)

    KIDS Mediation provides independent SEND mediation services for disagreements between parents and the Local Authority or a school.

     

    Call KIDS mediation on 0207 359 3635 or e-mail: audrey.dorival@kids.org.uk

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    Statutory Assessment Team (CONTACT-0315-N004)

    The SEND Statutory Assessment Team – This team over see the statutory assessment process and work with parents, carers, professionals and educational setting to develop Education, Health and Care Plans.

     

    Email: specialneeds.ELS@bexley.gov.uk

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    Occupational Therapy - Can my child have an appointment with the Bexley Children’s Occupational Therapy Service? (TE-OT-0315-N001)

    The service is for children from birth to 0-19 years

     

    - Registered with a Bexley GP

    - Attending mainstream Primary, Secondary or Special School in Bexley

    - Young people aged 16-19 years who have left school may be referred to adult services.

    - Your GP, Health Visitor or school SENCo. Health professionals, school or nursery staff, can refer with parent agreement.

     

    Parents/carers, Health and Education professionals are asked to complete a referral form and return it to the address below.  

     

    Queen Mary’s Hospital

    Frognal Avenue

    Sidcup

    Kent

    DA14 6LT

     

    Telephone: 020 8302 2678 ext 2883

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    Occupational Therapy - Where will my child be seen? (TE-OT-0315-N002)

    Children from birth to 4 years usually come to the Child Development Centre, Queen Mary’s Hospital. The therapist might also visit nursery, a Children’s Centre, or home if needed.

     

    Children from aged 5 to 19 years - some children will have an appointment at Queen Mary’s Hospital:

     

    Some school-age children are seen at school

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    Occupational Therapy - What difficulties do you help? (TE-OT-0315-N003)

    Children and young people showing difficulties which might affect writing, learning, behaviour or social inclusion, access, activities of daily living, seating

    Children and teenagers returning home after hospital treatment, Surgery, stroke, cancer, head injury.

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    Speech & Language Therapy - Can my child have an appointment with the Bexley Children’s Speech and Language Service? (TE-SL-0315-N001)

    The Service is for children from birth to 4 years: • Registered with a Bexley GP The Service is also for children and young people from 5 years to 19 years:

     

    - Attending mainstream Primary, Secondary or Special School in Bexley or Registered with a Bexley GP

    - Young people aged 16-19 years who have left school may be referred to adult services

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    Speech & Language Therapy - Do I have to go to my GP? (TE-SL-0315-N002)

    We have an open access policy where parents can refer their child. Please speak with your GP, Health Visitor or school SENCo for advice. 

     

    Queen Mary’s Hospital

    Frognal Avenue

    Sidcup

    Kent

    DA14 6LT

     

    Telephone: 01322 521330

     

    - Health professionals, school or nursery staff, can refer with parent agreement.

    - Parents/carers, Health and Education professionals are asked to complete a referral form and return it to the address above.

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    Speech & Language Therapy - Where will my child be seen? (TE-SL-0315-N003)

    Children from birth to 4 years: usually come to an NHS clinic or the Child Development Centre, Queen Mary’s Hospital. The therapist might also visit nursery, a Children’s Centre, or home if needed.

     

    Children from 5 – 19 years: most school-age children are seen at school. Some children will have an appointment at an NHS clinic or at Queen Mary’s Hospital.

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    Speech & Language Therapy - What difficulties do you help? (TE-SL-0315-N004)

    - Children and young people showing difficulties with speech sounds, understanding language; talking or social interaction.

    - Speech or language needs which might affect reading and writing, learning, behaviour or social inclusion.

    - Children with Voice Disorders, Stammering, Hearing Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder

    - Learning Disability Children and teenagers returning home after hospital treatment, such as for stroke, cancer, head injury.

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    Speech & Language Therapy - Where can I find more information ? (TE-SL-0315-N005)

    Bexley Speech and Language Therapy : www.oxleas.nhs.uk

     

    Bexley Joint Communication Team: http://www.bexleyservicesnetwork.co.uk

     

    Information and advice about speech and language needs: www.ican.org.uk www.afasic.org.uk www.communicationtrust.org.uk

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    Home to School Transport or Travel Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions (T-ES-0315-D001)

    A helpful document providing answers to frequently asked questions about home to school travel assistance/transport.

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    People with Physical or Sensory Impairments and their Carers - LBB leaflet (TE-ADAPT-0315-D001)

    Bexley’s services for people with physical or sensory impairments and their carers Bexley Social Services

    work closely with other organisations, such as Bexley Care Trust, Care Partners Trust and Inspire Community Trust, to provide a range of services to people with physical or sensory impairments and their carers.

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    Introduction to Bexley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - Leaflet (HW-CAHMS-0315-D001)

    We provide an assessment and treatment service for children and young people (aged 0 – 18) where there are significant concerns about their behaviour or emotional wellbeing.

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    Introduction to CAMHS - Childrens Leaflet (HW-CAHMS-0315-D002)

    At CAMHS we help children who are worried or upset about something or who are having a problem with things at home or at school or in their family.

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    Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Leaflet (HW-CAHMS-0315-D003)

    Explanitory leaflet

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    The Family Therapy Service (HW-CAHMS-0315-D004)

    Introductory leaflet

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    The Family Therapy Service - Childrens Leaflet (HW-CAHMS-0315-D005)

    Introductory leaflet for children

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    Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (HW-CONT-0315-N001)

    NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group oversees the coordination of various health services and the support for children and young people with a special need or disability.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service (TE-SL-0215-D001)

    The Speech and Language Therapists work in a number of different teams:

     

    - Early Years Community Team working with all pre-school children

    - Hearing Impairment Team working with pre-school and school aged children Autism Team working with pre-school and school aged children and the Autism diagnostic service

    - Special Schools team Joint Communication Team is an integrated Health & Education team working with mainstream primary and secondary schools and Specialist resourced provisions.

    - Youth Offending team

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    Children's Occupational Therapy Service (TE-OT-0215-D003)

    Your child can receive support from the children’s occupational therapy service if they are aged between 0-18 years or 0-19 years if attending a special school and who are:

     

    - Registered with a Bexley GP

    - Attending a Bexley school

    - Presenting with an identified functional difficulty.

    - Young people aged 16 – 19 years who have left school may be referred to adult services

     

    Contact details:

     

    Bexley Children’s Occupational Therapy Service
    Frognal Avenue,

    Sidcup,

    Kent, DA14 6LT

    Telephone: 020 8302 2678

     

    For more information please click here

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    Physiotherapy - Can my child have an appointment with the Bexley Children’s Physiotherapy Service? (EL-PHYS-0215-D002)

    Your child can receive support from the children’s physiotherapy service if they are aged between 0-18 years or attending a special school and who are:

     

    - Registered with a Bexley GP • Attending a Bexley school

    - Presenting with a condition affecting their movement, posture or development of physical skills Address:

     

    Queen Mary’s Hospital

    Frognal Avenue

    Sidcup

    Kent

    DA14 6LT

     

    Telephone: 020 8302 2678 ext 2883

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    Community Paediatric Team (HW-CHN-0215-D003)

    Your child can receive support from the children’s physiotherapy service if they are aged between 0-18 years or attending a special school and who are:

     

    - Registered with a Bexley GP

    - Attending a Bexley mainstream or special school

    - Children requiring specialist paediatric support in the community

     

    Bexley Community Paediatric Team
    Queen Mary's Hospital,

    Child Development Centre,

    Frognal Avenue,

    Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LT

    020 8302 2678

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    Health Visiting (HW-CAHMS-0215-D003)

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Universal Children’s Service Health Visiting Pregnancy to 5 years

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    Bexley Guidance - Special Educational Needs and EHC planning (EHC-PROC-0215-D005)

    This document describes the approaches used in the London Borough of Bexley when assessing and planning for children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. This includes the process by which EHC needs assessments are carried out in Bexley. It needs to be considered together with the following (all of which can be found on the Bexley Local Offer):

     

    - Children & Families Act and SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2015)

    - Bexley Guidance on transfer of statements Special Educational Needs and Learning Disability Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans

    - Bexley EHC needs assessment guidelines document

    - Bexley Personal Budgets Policy

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    Education, Health and Care plan 20 week assessment timeline and process (EHC-PROC-0215-D007)

    Education, Health and Care plan 20 week assessment timeline and process

     

    The document below sets out how the London Borough of Bexley carries out statutory assessment and Education, Health and Care planning.

     

    The timeline aims to support parents, carers, children, young people and professionals to understand where they are in the process and what they can expect to happen next.

     

    If you have any questions about Education, Health and Care plan assessments please contact the;

     

    Special Educational Needs Statutory Assessment Service

     

    Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0208 303 7777
     

     

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    Physiotherapy - Do I have to go to my GP? (EL-PHYS-0215-N002)

    - You can refer to the service through your child’s school, or through another professional working with your child. Schools can also refer your child to us with your permission.

    - Children and young people can be referred by Consultants, GPs and Other Health and social care and Education Professionals.

    - Health professionals, school or nursery staff, can refer with parent agreement.

    - Health and Education professionals are asked to complete a referral form 

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    Physiotherapy - Where will my child be seen? (EL-PHYS-0215-N003)

    Children from birth to 19 years: Children will be seen at Queen Mary’s Hospital and then may have some input in school if appropriate.

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    Physiotherapy - What difficulties do you help? (EL-PHYS-0215-N004)

    - Paediatric Physiotherapists work with children to help them to achieve their optimal physical development. Working with a number of different conditions or difficulties including

    - Walking problems • Co-ordination difficulties

    - Developmental delay

    - Musculoskeletal problems, joint and muscular back pain, hip, knee and ankle pain, neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist pain

    - fractures

    - post operative

    - acute injuries

    - sports injuries

    - Postural education

    - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    - Hypermobility Children and young people and teenagers returning home after hospital treatment, such as for stroke, cancer, head injury.

     

     

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    I am concerned about my child’s learning and progress, who can help me? (EL-GI-0215-N005)

    Often the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENco) at a child/young person’s educational setting is the first point of contact for parents and young peoples who need advice about SEN. The SENco will know the child/young person and will be able to talk the child/young persons learning, the progress they are making, their strengths, their needs, the support they require and how to request further support.

     

    If you would like to speak to someone other than a SENco about Education, Health and Care planning, or SEN in general, you can contact one of the following;

     

    The SEND Statutory Assessment Team 

    This team overssee the statutory assessment process and work with parents, carers, professionals and educational setting to develop Education, Health and Care Plans. Telephone 020 3045 4304 email specialneedsels@bexley.gov.uk

     

    The Information and Advice Support Service (formerly parent partnership) 
    This service offers advice about SEN, statutory assessment, Education, Health and Care Plans and legal advice. This service is independent of the Local Authority. 
    Telephone: 0203 045 5976 Email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.uk 

     

    Bexley Voice

    A member of the national network of parent carer forums, Bexley voice are a voluntary group of Bexley borough parents of children with special or additional needs. Bexley voice provide a wealth of information and advice for parent, signposting them to services and ensuring that the views of parents are represented and heard. Telephone 07512 409936 Email bexleyvoice@hotmail.co.uk Website www.bexleyvoice.org.uk/

     

     A professional who supports you or your child 

    This may include a Speech and Language Teacher, an Occupational Therapist, an Educational Psychologist, your GP, a Social Worker, a Health Visitor or anyone else who provides advice about education, health and care services.

     

    The Local Authority Early Years Team
    The Local Authority Early Years team are also available to give advice and support to managers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) and staff in pre-schools for individual children who attend. Please contact the manager or SENCO in the pre-school who will contact The Early Year’s team on your behalf.

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    I have moved into the area and my child needs a school place, how do I apply? (EL-GI-0215-N006)

    If your child will be 5 years old between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you should apply now for a Reception place. The closing date is 15 January 2017. If you haven't already applied, make sure you submit your application before the deadline.

     

    If you missed the closing date for secondary school applications for September 2017, you should make a late application as soon as possible. Contact the School Admissions Team for a paper application form. Admission authorities are now consulting on their admission arrangements for 2017/18.

     

    If your child/young person has special educational needs or a disability and requires a school/college place you can also get advice and support from the SEND Statutory Assessment Team - Email Specialneeds.ELS@bexley.gov.uk

     

    For more information click here to view the school admissions information on the Bexley website

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    Can I download a list of schools? (EL-GI-0215-N008)

    You can download the Admissions to Primary School document here and Admissions to Secondary School document here. These documents list the schools available within Bexley. For information on Special Schools and Resource provisions please click here

     

    In addition to this you can click here to download a list of approved independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools – England and Wales and Special Post-16 institutions) sometimes referred to as a section 41 list. 

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    Independent Travel Training (PA-TRAV-0215-N004)

    BATS have developed a Travel Training service: Bexley Independent Travel Scheme (BITS). This service operates in conjunction with Bexley Council Road Safety, Transport For London, the Travel Training Forum and Bexley Police. Travel Training is about gaining confidence when using public transport, road safety and ensuring persons are able to do straightforward journeys themselves without confusion or anxiety. Those who partake of the service are taken on everyday journeys by a trained and accredited travel trainer, who highlights important aspects of travel; the rules of road safety, personal safety and what to do if lost or anxious. Travel training is a gradual process, and finishes with unaccompanied journeys.

     

    For more information please click here

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    What is a short break? (SCS-SBS-0215-N001)

    What is a short break?

     

    Short breaks (previously referred to as ‘shared care’ or ‘respite’) aim to benefit both children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs, and their families. Children and young people are offered enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers to enhance their personal and social development, while parents and families are provided with a valuable break from caring responsibilities. Short breaks can occur at different times – during the day or evening; overnight or on weekends, and can span a few hours or a number of days. They are often used during school holidays. They can also be offered in various locations ranging from the family home, a carer’s home, a residential setting, or as part of a plan to offer specialist additional support by enabling access to a universal or specialist community facility or service.

     

    The underlying principles of short breaks are :

     

    - To be additional to universal provision

    - To be preventative

    – not just a crisis intervention

    - To support carers and provide benefits to children and young people

    - To improve outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families

    - To consider siblings as part of a family assessment

    - To be personal to individual need

    - Local authorities to focus on the impact of impairments on family life

    – not eligibility, dependent entirely on conditions.

     

    A copy of the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 is available for reference this link 

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    My child has a statement will they have an Education, Health and Care Plan? (EHC-GI-0215-N001)

    EHC plans will replace Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN). From September 2014, no more statutory assessments for a statement of SEN will be started. Instead, there will be an Education Health and Care needs assessment. All current statements of SEN will be converted to EHC plans over the next few years.

    Anyone who applies for an assessment of need up to Sept 2014 will be included in the current system of statements and Learning Disability Assessments. From September 2014 onwards all students undergoing an assessment of need will be assessed for an Education, Health and Care plan.

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    Will the Local Authority just take away my child's Statement and replace it with an Education, Health and Care plan? (EHC-GI-0215-N002)

    No, before the local authority can change the Statement over to the plan they will need to go through the review process with you, your child/young person, the current educational setting and the professionals who support you/your child.

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    Will the support that my child/young person receives change when their statement of SEN is transferred to an Education, Health and Care plan? (EHC-GI-0215-N003)

    Just like a statement of SEN an Education, Health and Care plan details a child/young person’s special educational needs and the support that they require. The level and type of support will be discussed and assessed as part of the transfer process and, just like an annual review of a statement of SEN, the Plan will reflect the advice received from the professionals involved. This means that for some children and young people the level and type of support may change but only as it would have done if an annual review of a statement was being carried out. Education, Health and Care plans consider not only a child and young person’s special educational needs but the outcomes that the child or young person are working towards and their aspirations. This means that Education, Health and Care plans are person centred.

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    Can I still appeal if I disagree with changes made when transferring to an Education, Health and Care plan? (EHC-GI-0215-N004)

    Independent Advice and Support

     

    Should you wish to seek advice from someone who is independent of the Local Authority, the Independent Advice and Support Service, can be contacted on 020 3045 5976 or at bexleyIASS@bexley.gov.uk. This is a free, independent and confidential service.

     

    Alternative Dispute and Mediation

     

    Aims to settle disagreements between parents and Local Authorities about the SEN of children and young people, this is a free and independent confidential service in Bexley, dispute resolution and mediation services are provided by KIDS London SEN Mediation Service. Should you wish to make an appeal about the above decision, you are required to consider mediation and obtain a certificate from this service before registering an appeal. The Tribunal will not take account of the fact that mediation has taken place, or has not been taken up, nor will it take into account the outcome of any mediation.

     

    KIDS can be contacted as follows: Email: Audrey.dorival@kids.org.uk Website: www.kids.org.uk Phone: 0207 359 3635 Appeal In accordance with the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 you have a right to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal against the decision not to write an Education, Health and Care Plan. You can appeal within 2 months from the date of this letter or one month from the date of a certificate which has been issued following mediation or being given mediation information, whichever is the later.

     

    The Tribunal can be contacted as follows: Website www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/send E-mail: sendistqueries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk Telephone: 01325 289350

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    How can I request an Education, Health and Care Plan needs assessments? (EHC-GI-0215-N005)

    An Education, Health and Care assessment can be requested by: - A child’s parents (or somebody on their behalf) - The young person if over the age of 16 (or somebody on their behalf) - A person acting on behalf of an early years setting, school or post 16 institution (this should be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person) Anyone can inform a Local Authority about a child or young person who has (or may have) special educational needs (SEN). This could include foster carers, health and social care professionals, early years practitioners, youth offending teams, probation services, those responsible for education or a family friend. Where possible this should be done with the knowledge and agreement of parents or the young person where possible. Every educational setting has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who works closely with parents, teachers, support staff and other agencies to ensure that children and young people with SEN receive appropriate support and high quality teaching. The SENCO is usually the first point of contact for parents and young people who have questions about special educational needs and the support available. The SENCO of your child/young person’s educational setting will be able to support you with making a request for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment. To find out who the SENCO is, contact the educational setting directly. Alternatively you can contact the special educational needs team who will be able to offer advice and support: Special Education Needs Team London Borough of Bexley Civic Offices 2 Watling Street Bexleyheath Kent DA6 7AT Tel: 020 8303 7777 Email: specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk You can download a Parental Request for Statutory Assessment form here
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    How do the Local Authority decide if an Education, Health and Care Plan is needed? (EHC-GI-0215-N006)

    The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (Chapter 9.16) allows Local Authorities to develop criteria for deciding whether to undertake a statutory assessment for an EHC plan. The criteria is flexible and adaptable and not applied as a blanket policy.

    The Local Authority hold a regular statutory assessment panel meeting at which requests for statutory assessment are considered. The information that has been provided about a child/young person is considered by the panel and the views of the panel support the Local Authority in deciding if a statutory assessment should be carried out. The panel, which consists of a number of professionals across education health and care, use the criteria that has been developed as a guide when considering the support a child/young person has already received, the outcomes they are working towards and any additional support that they may benefit from. Where there is a compelling reason to do so the Local Authority can, and will, depart from the criteria to consider individual circumstances that warrant such a departure.

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    As Education, Health and Care plans are for children and young people from birth to age 25 will all children and young people have a plan until they are 25? (EHC-GI-0215-N007)

    Not necessarily, young people post 16 must be remaining in education or training for the plan to still apply, therefore post 16 or post 19 funding could only be for a further 3 years. Post 16 the young person has more say in their plan and may well decide to no longer attend education therefore it could be the case that the plan is ceased. However if a young person aged 16 or over is not in education or employment (NEET) then their EHC plan may be used to try to help the young person to engage further with training and education. As with current statements of SEN the child or young person must continue to have special educational need that require resources outside of those usually available for and Education, Health and Care plan to continue to be maintained.

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    What happens if a child or young person has special educational needs but is not eligible for an Education, Health and Care plan? (EHC-GI-0215-N008)

    There will continue to be additional help and support for children/young people in education without a Statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care plan through SEN support. SEN Support will be the support available in school for children and young people who have special educational needs but do not have Education, Health and Care plans. Additional SEN support is support to meet a pupil/student’s needs so that they can meet their individual goals.

    The majority of children with special educational needs are taught, and have their needs met, in a mainstream school. However, some children will require a more specialised setting.

    Every school has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who works closely with parents, teachers, support staff and other agencies to ensure that children and young people with SEN receive appropriate support and high quality teaching. The SENCO is usually the first point of contact for parents and young people who have questions about special educational needs and the support available. To find out who the SENCO is, contact the educational setting directly.

    All educational settings are required to make arrangements to support children with additional needs. Information about these arrangements and how pupils with special educational needs are supported should be on their website. You can find links to each settings website by visiting the Bexley offer home page and clicking the Education and Learning button.

    Children and young people who are eligible for Social Care or continuing care services will continue to be, even if they are not eligible for an EHC plan.

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    Who can I talk to or contact for advice and support with Education, Health and Care planning? (EHC-GI-0215-N009)

    Often the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENco) at your child/young person’s educational setting is the first point of contact for parents and young peoples who need advice about SEN. The SENCO will know your child/young person and will be able to talk to you about their learning, the progress they are making, their strengths, their needs, the support they require and how to request further support and assessments. To find out who the SENCO is, contact the educational setting directly.

    However, if you would like to speak to someone other than a SENco about Education, Health and Care planning, or SEN in general, there are a number of people and organisations that can help including;

    The SEND Statutory Assessment Team – This team over see the statutory assessment process and work with parents, carers, professionals and educational setting to develop Education, Health and Care Plans.

    The Information and Advice Support Service (formally parent partnership) – This service offers advice about SEN, statutory assessment, Education, Health and Care Plans and legal advice. This service is independent of the Local Authority.

    Bexley Voice – A member of the national network of parent carer forums, Bexley voice are a voluntary group of Bexley borough parents of children with special or additional needs. Bexley voice provide a wealth of information and advice for parent, signposting them to services and ensuring that the views of parents are represented and heard.

    A professional who support you or your child – This may include a speech and Language Teacher, an Occupational therapist, an Educational Psychologist, your GP, a Social Worker, a health visitor or anyone else who provides advice about education, health and care services.

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    Changes to the way that children and young people are helped at school and college - Easyread document (PA-WS-0215-D001)

    The way that children and young people with SEN get this support is changing. This is because the government thinks that it doesn’t give children and young people the support they need. They also think that people like parents do not get enough help at the moment to make sure their child gets the help they need.

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    Statement of Intent to Support Young People (aged 19-25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to Prepare Effectively for Adult Life through Further Education. (PA-GI-0215-D001)

    The London Borough of Bexley will work with young people with Special Educational Needs and their families to enable them to live learn and work within their local community, assisting them to achieve their potential and resulting in better life outcomes.

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    Process for LLDD Adult Students Leaving Residential Colleges (PA-GI-0215-D002)

    For a young person with a Learning Disability Assessment (139a) or Education, Health and Care Plan, where it is known that they will soon be completing their time in education, the local authority should use the annual review prior to the ceasing the EHCP to agree the support and specific steps needed to help the young person engage with the services and provisions they will be accessing once they have left education.

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    Bexley Twofold - Worried about working? (PA-WORK-0215-D001)

    Bexley Twofold is the supported employment service for adults, resident in Bexley, with Learning Disabilities and who consequently have need for support to access employment opportunities deemed substantial or critical. The aim is to help disabled adults to obtain and sustain suitable paid employment. Bexley Twofold will provide all the support necessary to help people achieve this aim. The target group are people over 18 but the service will have a role in developing pathways for young adults with learning disabilities and in raising expectations by working with London Borough Bexley’s Transition Team.

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    Short Breaks Services Statement 2015 (SCS-SBS-0215-D001)

    This document is the first revision of the London Borough of Bexley’s Short Breaks Services Statement for 2015.

     

    The information it contains is for families living in the London Borough of Bexley who have a disabled child aged 0 to 17 years. It will enable the Council to align any future consultation processes or revisions with service planning and commissioning cycles (which are typically linked to financial years) to ensure that we proceed with a valid mandate. In other words, it will ensure that we ‘buy and provide’ the range of short breaks that families value and need.

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    Education and Learning - Frequently Asked Questions (EL-GI-0215-D002)

    Here you will find a helpful document containing frequently asked questions and answers.

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    Framework for Choice and Control - LB Bexley (EHC-PB-0215-D001)

    This framework provides a common basis for a joined up approach to personalisation, including personal budgets, across health, care and education in the borough of Bexley. It links closely with our Assessment and Planning Framework. Both frameworks have been co-produced by parent carers and professionals.

     

    This booklet is called the ‘Framework for Choice and Control’ as this recognises that there is a vast range of different sources of support, activity and opportunity available to children and young people with SEND as well as their families. The title makes clear that, however the support is provided, Bexley’s emphasis is on children, young people and families being able to take control and to exercise choice about what is provided and how.

     

    Personal budgets are allocated when the child or young person has support needs which cannot be met without individual and additional funding. They are just one part of the wide and diverse support and opportunities available. It will be up to the family to decide whether or not they wish to receive some or all of their personal budget through a direct payment.

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    Personal Budget Policy - L B Bexley (EHC-PB-0215-D002)

    This policy related to the duties of Bexley Council and Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group in relation to the Children and Families Act, 2014 (section 49), the Statutory Guidance and Code of Practice for special educational needs and disability 0-25 years, 2014 (9.92- 9.121)

    It has been developed by a group including parents, schools, health providers, commissioners, social care and education. The views of children and young people have also fed into the policy.

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    Explaining Personal SEN Budgets Leaflet - LB Bexley (EHC-PB-0215-D003)

    This leaflet explains our current shared understanding of what personal SEN budgets are, how they might be used, and how they are only one part of a much wider system of learning opportunities, support and activities available to children and young people who need additional individual investment to enable them to make good educational progress. There is a handbook available giving more detail on personal budgets and direct payments.

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    Direct Payments and Personal Budgets Handbook - LB Bexley (EHC-PB-0215-D004)

    This handbook provides detailed information and guidance about the London Borough of Bexley’s Direct Payments (DP)/Personal Budget (PB) Scheme for young disabled people aged 16 or 17 and people with parental responsibility for a disabled child or children up to the age of 18 and is for parents, young people and professionals involved with their care. It has been based on the Guidance on DP/PB for Community Care, Services for Carers and Children’s Services, published by the Department of Health in 2009.

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    Statutory Assessment Guidelines - LB Bexley (EHC-PROC-0215-D003)

    The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (Chapter 9.16) allows local authorities to develop guidelines for deciding whether to undertake a statutory assessment for an EHC plan. The guidelines in this document are flexible and adaptable and are not to be applied as a blanket policy. Where there is compelling reason to do so the Local Authority can, and will, depart from the guidelines to consider individual circumstances that warrant such a departure. In Bexley, the attached guidelines have been adopted.

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    Josuha's Story - Independent Travel Training (PA-TRAV-0215-D001)

    Joshua's independent travel story

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    Patient Liason Service - Information Leaflet (HW-CONT-0215-D001)

    This leaflet provides more information about the Patient Liason Service

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    Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions - Statutory guidance (EL-GI-0215-D001)

    Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England September 2014

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    KIDS' Mediation Service - Information Leaflet (EHC-DISAG-0215-D001)

    KIDS is a national charity. For over 40 years we have worked with disabled children and young people and their families to enable them to reach their aspirations and enjoy their lives. We also have over 13 years’ experience of providing successful SEN Mediation services in many local authorities, including Bexley Local Authority Our mediators are accredited and skilled experts with specialist knowledge of SEN legislation and our service is accredited by the Civil Mediation Council. 96% of service users report satisfaction with our SEN Mediation service.

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    Disabled persons Freedom Pass (T-GI-0215-N006)

    Travel free on public transport in London, including most National Rail services. You may be eligible for a Freedom Pass if you:

     

    - Live in a London borough and •Meet the specific age criteria, or

    - Have an eligible disability

     

    If you have a Freedom Pass, you can travel free on most public transport services in London, including National Rail, although time restrictions apply. 

     

    You may be eligible for a Freedom Pass if you're:

     

    - Blind, or partially-sighted, or

    - Profoundly or severely deaf, or

    - Without speech, or

    - Have a disability, or have suffered an injury which makes walking more difficult, or

    - Have no arms, or have a long-term loss of the use of both arms, or

    - Have a learning disability, or

    - Have been refused a licence on the grounds of your disability

     

    For further details about eligible disabilities, see the Freedom Pass website

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    Oyster Card - Free travel for under 18's (T-GI-0215-N007)

    Children aged under 18 may be eligible for free or discounted travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services in London.. For more information on the Oyster Card, please visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/travel-for-under-18s#studentlink

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    Dial A Ride and Taxi Cards (T-DARTC-0215-N001)

     

    Dial A Ride 

     

    You can apply for Dial-a-Ride membership if you are a permanent or temporary resident of the London borough. If you are applying for temporary membership, you will need to provide evidence of your membership of a similar door-to-door service for disabled travellers at your place of residence in order to qualify for the London Dial-a-Ride service.

     

    You can find out more and download an application form here.  Completed forms must be sent to:

     

    Dial-a-Ride
    Passenger Services
    PO Box 68799
    London
    SE1P 4RD

     

    You can contact 0343 222 7777 (TfL call charges) to request an application form.

     

     

    Taxi Card and Capital Call

     

    You can use Taxicard wherever you live in London. You can join Capital Call as well if you live in Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton and Southwark.

    You may be eligible for both Taxicard and Capital Call if you:

     

    - Receive the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or the higher rate Attendance Allowance

    - Are registered blind

    - Receive the War Pension Mobility Component

     

    More information and how to apply please telephone 020 7934 9791 or visit the Taxicard website here

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    Transport for London (TFL) produce a free travel support card (T-GI-0215-N008)

    Transport for London (TFL) produce a free travel support card to help people communicate any assistance or information requirements they have with staff. You can use it on any of their services. These include trams and buses, Docklands Light Railway, all Tube and Overground stations as well as some piers, For more information please visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/help-from-staff

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    Bexley Children’s Speech & Language Therapy Service (TE-SL-0215-N001)

    UNIVERSAL Speech and Language Development - Support in Children’s Centres and Nurseries to help develop your child’s communication, throughout their day.

     

    This includes advice & training for parents:

     

    - Information and training for nursery and school staff

    - Drop in Clinics TARGETED Speech and Language Support 

    - Assessment of your child’s communication skills -

    - Activities to develop speech and language are advised, to be delivered by school/nursery staff and parents 

    - Individual and group work for your child

    - Training for school staff, nursery staff and parents 

     

    This may take place at community clinics, schools, nurseries, children’s centres SPECIALIST Speech and Language Support In addition to the targeted activities (above):

     

    - Referral into specialist teams such as Hearing Impairment, Eating and Drinking Difficulties; Autism, Child Development Centre, Special Schools, Specialist Resource Provisions;

    - Specialist training for school/early years staff and parents The Speech and Language teams are: Early Years Community Team working with all pre-school children;

    - Hearing Impairment Team working with pre-school and school aged children and Pelham Specialist Provision;

    - the Autism Team working with pre-school and school aged children and the diagnostic Autism Assessment Service;

    - Special Schools Team working with Shenstone School, Marlborough School, Woodside-Colyers School.

    - The Bexley Joint Communication Team is an integrated Health & Education Team working with mainstream Primary and Secondary schools;

    - Specialist resourced provisions (SLCN);

    - the Youth Offending Team;

    - and New Horizons Behaviour Federation.

    - The children’s multi-disciplinary Eating and Drinking Difficulties team includes Speech and Language Therapists.

     

    For more information please contact: 

     

    Paediatric Speech & Language Therapy Service
    Woodside Centre
    Woodside Road
    Barnehurst
    Kent
    DA7 6LA

    Telephone: 01322 521330

     

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    Travel Training (T-ITT-0215-N001)

    Travel training is designed to help young people get more from life by giving them the confidence to travel independently. Being able to access public transport helps people to make their own choices about how they live and what they want to achieve.

     

    If you would like more information about travel training, please click here 

     

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    Post 16 Transport (PA-TRAV-0215-N001)

    The London Borough of Bexley expects and encourages most learners aged 16+ to travel independently on public transport because of the beneficial effects this can have on the young person's development. However, we recognise that in some circumstances, additional assistance with travel will be required. There is an expectation that parents / carers should be practicing independent travel with their young person during the summer holiday in preparation for the beginning of college. The Council understands this is not a possibility for students with severe and complex learning difficulties/disability. Prior to applying to the London Borough of Bexley you are required to apply for a bursary fund to your school, college or training provider. 16-19 bursary fund Applications will be considered from 16-19 year old students against the following criteria:

     

    - The learner is subject to an Special Educational Needs (SEN) statement or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and has a disability that prevents the learner travelling independently to school/college and for journeys under three miles it would be impracticable or dangerous to accompany the learner on their journey

    - Support will be provided only to the nearest available school or college where the course of study chosen by the student is available. The London Borough of Bexley will not provide assistance to students who choose not to attend the nearest school or college offering a suitable course

    - The course is deemed to be suitable and will provide an educational benefit to the learner as assessed by the Multi Agency Transitions Panel

     

    If the learner qualifies for local authority transport it is expected that all learners attending will be taken in together at the beginning of the day and returned at the same time in the evening. This may mean students will need to attend earlier than their course starts and return later than when it finishes. Student/parent of student should discuss timetable with the college. Transport may cover more than one site. If the Council feel it necessary, an Independent Travel Assessor will perform a practical assessment on the learner to assess their ability to travel independently to school/college. It may be deemed that the learner is suitable for independent travel training and then the travel assistance will be provided by the Independent Travel Service by supporting the learner to become an independent traveller. If the training is unsuccessful the local authority will arrange for another method of travel assistance to be provided.

     

    Further information regarding the Independent Travel Training can be found on Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme - Travel training

     

    Student/parent of student should discuss timetable with the college. Post 16 Travel Assistance Application forms are available from the Statutory Assessment Team:

     

    Email: SpecialneedsELS@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 020 3045 4304

     

    Bexley Integrated Transport Unit (BITU)

     

    Email: specialeducationalneedstransport@bexley.gov.uk

    Telephone: 020 3045 3048.

     

    This is to be completed and emailed to above addresses or returned to:

     

    London Borough of Bexley

    BITU

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath

    DA6 7AT

     

    for processing, subject to the eligibility criteria.

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    Adult Social Care Transport (PA-TRAV-0215-N003)

    Adult Social Care provides transport through a variety of options to people with learning difficulties, people with mental health difficulties, people with physical difficulties and older people. For further information, please contact your social worker.

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    Blue Badge and Freedom Pass - Travel Assistance (T-BB-0215-N001)

    The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help disabled people of all ages who have severe mobility problems to access goods, services and other facilities by allowing them to park close to their destination.

     

    For further information about the Blue Badge Scheme or Freedom Pass please click here

     

    Young people may also meet the criteria for a Freedom Pass, a travel pass for disabled people allowing free travel across London and free bus journeys nationally. For more information please click here

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    Early Intervention Team - Behaviour Support (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D006)

    Behaviour Support staff form part of the Early Intervention Team in the London Borough of Bexley, and they work to support schools in managing pupils who have social emotional or behavioural difficulties in school. The service is offered to schools in the Bexley collaborative and is a bought in service for some academies in Bexley.

     

     

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    Advisory Service for Hearing Impairment (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D007)

    The Hearing Impaired Service is part of the Specialist Teaching Services team based at Civic Offices. The staff have specialist qualifications and training in the education of deaf and hearing impaired children. There is currently one qualified teacher of the deaf and two Family Liaison Officers working in the service.

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    Policy for travel assistance for children attending school 2016/2017 (T-ES-0215-D001)

    The London Borough of Bexley (“LBB” or “the Council”) is committed to ensuring that every child, young person and family in Bexley leads independent, healthy lives, feeling safe and secure, and achieving their full potential.

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    Occupational Therapy Service - Service Details and Frequently Asked Questions (TE-OT-0215-D001)

    A helpful overview of the service available, this document also includes a list of helpful frequently asked questions

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    Children's Physiotherapy Team - Service details and frequently asked questions (EL-PHYS-0215-D001)

    A helpful overview of the services available, also contains a list of frequently asked questions and answers

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    Early Intervention Teams in Bexley - A guide for parents (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D001)

    Please follow this link to gain an understanding of the Early Intervention Teams role in Bexley.
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    Educational Psychology Service (LB Bexley) (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D002)

    Educational Psychologists (EPs) are trained and experienced professionals who have expertise in a variety of areas of child psychology, including child development and special educational needs. They can provide advice and guidance to support schools and parents in working with children and young people with Additional Educational Needs (AEN) and Special Educational Needs (SEN). This is between the ages of 0-16 and 16-25 where the young person is eligible for an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

     

    Educational Psychology

    London Borough of Bexley

    Civic Offices

    2 Watling Street

    Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AT

    Tel: 020 3045 4214

    Email: earlyintervention.team@bexley.gov.uk

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    Early Intervention Team - Special Educational Needs/Advice and Moderation Partners (LB Bexley) (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D003)

    SEN Advice and Moderation Partners work with schools to ensure the correct identification of special educational needs and support them in monitoring the effectiveness of any interventions. Where a child has been supported at SEN Support (coded as K by the DFE), and the difficulty persists, SEN Advice and Moderation Partners can be contacted by schools to discuss whether an EHC request is appropriate. The SEN Advice and Moderation Partners also provide support and guidance for the strategic role of SENCo’s in Bexley. This document has more information about the service.

     

     

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    Bexley Voice Newsletter - January/February 2015 (LO-CONT-0215-D001)

    Newsletter produced by Bexley Voice Parent Forum - contains information about events, seminars, support and much more.

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    Early Intervention Team - Social Workers (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D004)

    EIT social workers operate within a multi-disciplinary context, as part of the wider Early Intervention Team, and their work complements and supports the work taking place with other staff. There is a general understanding that barriers to children’s learning are not related just to issues in school, and there is a strong relationship between social concerns and educational progress.

     

     

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    Rainbow Trust - Family Support Service (SCS-FS-0215-D001)

    Full details of the services/support available from the trust.

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    Early Intervention Team - Education Welfare Service (EL-SENSUPP-0215-D005)

    The Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) provide a service to schools to support them in raising attendance and improving punctuality, they are also able to provide advice and guidance to parents and carers. EWOs can work with other members of the Early Intervention Team and other professionals, addressing children’s needs in a holistic way, and understand that poor attendance at school can be the result of a number of different difficulties.

     

     For more information please click here.

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    Requesting an Education, Health and Care Plan Assessment - Pre School (EHC-GI-0215-D001)

    Form available for download

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    Requesting an Education, Health and Care Plan Assessment - School age/young person (EHC-GI-0215-D002)

    Form available for download

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    Parent Request for Statutory Assessment (Education, Health and Care Plan) (EHC-GI-0215-D003)

    Form available for download

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    Definitions to help with the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) development (EHC-GI-0215-D004)

    Helpful document to assist with the development of an Education, Health and Care Plan

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    Statutory Timescales for Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) needs assessment and EHCP development (EHC-PROC-0215-D001)

    A helpful chart explaining the statutory timescales

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    Bexley Saver Card - Application Form (L B Bexley website) (ENT-LEIS-0215-D001)

    A cost effective way to enjoy your local leisure centre and swimming pool. Consessionary rates available.

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    Progress Check at age two (EL-EY-0215-D001)

    This form is completed by educational settings for children between the ages of 2 and 3 years. Please read the know how guide within the early years button for more information about how and why this document is used.

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    A Know How Guide - The EYFS progress check at age two (EL-EY-0215-D002)

    This document is intended to support practitioners within early years settings who are undertaking the EYFS progress check at age two. The progress check has been introduced to enable earlier identification of development needs so that additional support can be put into place.

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    Parental Request for Statutory Assessment Form (EL-EY-0215-D003)

    Please download this form if you would like to request an assessment for your child.

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    Membership and Fees (LB Bexley website) (ENT-LEIS-0215-N001)

    Leisure Centre activity prices, details of membership packages and the Bexley Saver Card application are all available here. Details of all activity prices are available on each of the centre websites. Please visit the Directory tab for more details.

     

    For more information please on prices and membership etc please click here

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    Home Library Service (LB Bexley website) (ENT-LIB-0215-N001)

    The Home Library Service is for any Bexley resident who cannot use their local library. Volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service will visit you each month with a new selection of books or talking books. The service, which is free, is for those who are:

     

    - Blind or partially sighted

    - Suffering long term illness

    - Elderly

    - Unable to get out to a library

    - Disabled •Recovering from an operation

    - Unable to carry heavy books or talking books

    - Carers of adults or children

    - Experiencing mental health problems

    - Restricted to their home for religious reasons

    - Unable to go out without help

     

    For more information please click here 

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    Parks and Open Spaces within LB Bexley (LB Bexley website) (ENT-ACT-0215-N001)

    There a number of parks and open spaces within the London Borough of Bexley

     

    For more information including a full list of parks, facilities and disabled access guides please click here 

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    Early Learning 0-5 years (LB Website) (EL-EY-0115-N001)

    Early experiences provide the building blocks for later life. Exploration of the world through play encourages the child to learn about and make sense of their environment. Children living in care of this age group may have very poor early experiences so it is essential that those responsible for this age group ensure that children are offered plenty of opportunities to make up for this.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Section 41 Secretary of State Approved List (EL-GI-0115-N001)

    Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State by order to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan by local authorities) of the Act. Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent. The Children and Families Act places specific duties upon institutions on the approved list:

     

    - institutions on the approved list must “have regard” to the SEN Code of Practice;

    - institutions on the approved list have a reciprocal duty to co-operate with the local authority on arrangements for children and young people with SEN;

    - local authorities’ published local offer must refer to the institutions on the approved list;

     

    specific duties and rights relating to admissions, in line with maintained schools, Academies, FE colleges and non-maintained special schools:

     

    - a child or young person has a right to request that an institution on the approved list is named in their EHC Plan;

    - if the institution is named in an EHC Plan, the local authority is under a qualified duty to secure a place;

    - if the institution is named in an EHC Plan, the institution must admit the pupil or young person.

     

    To view the list please click here

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    Elective Home Education (LB Bexley website) (EL-ALT-0115-N001)

    Elective Home Education is sometimes also referred to as Education Other than in/at School, Education Otherwise, or Home Education. Elective Home Education (EHE) is an option that you may choose for your child as an alternative to school. There are a variety of reasons why some families decide EHE is the best option for their child.

     

    These reasons might include:

     

    • Distance or access to a local school
    • Religious or cultural beliefs
    • Philosophical or ideological views
    • Dissatisfaction with the system
    • As a short-term intervention for a particular reason
    • A parent's desire for a closer relationship with their child

     

    To read more about Elective Home Education please click here 

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    Home Education (gov.uk website) (EL-ALT-0115-N002)

    You can teach your child at home, full or part-time (‘home schooling’) but remember to tell the school and your local council if you’re taking them out of school.

     

    To find out more about Home Education please click here

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    School Admissions (LB Bexley website) (EL-GI-0115-N002)

    Information about applying for nursery, primary and secondary school places can be found using the following link.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Supplementary Information Forms - school admission (LB Bexley website) (EL-GI-0115-N005)

    Some schools, mainly voluntary aided faith schools, ask parents to complete a Supplementary Information Form when applying for a place for their child at the school. The Supplementary Information Forms for schools in Bexley are provided on the link below and are available for you print and complete. Forms should be returned directly to the school concerned.

     

    You can also obtain paper copies from the schools.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Find schools in your area - Schoolsfinder (Direct.gov.uk) (EL-GI-0115-N006)

    This helpful link will enable you to find schools in an area of your choice. You can also use the link to find out more about the schools and their latest Ofsted report.

     

    For more information please click here 

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    School Term Dates (LB Website) (EL-GI-0115-N007)

    Recommended school term and holiday dates for community, voluntary controlled and community special schools can be found on the link below. Academies and voluntary aided schools may set different dates. Check with your child's school before making holiday commitments.

     

    For more information please click here

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    Free School Meals (LB Bexley website) (EL-GI-0115-N008)

    Midday meals are provided at all schools in Bexley for pupils who wish to have them. Arrangements are also made for pupils who bring their own food to eat at lunchtime. Children are eligible for free school meals if their parents receive one of the benefits listed on the link below. We would encourage you to apply for free school meals if you think you may qualify. An application form is also available for download/printing on the link below.

     

    For more information please click here

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