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About the Local Offer

The Local Offer is a way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support are available in the area where they live.The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have produced…

About the Sheffield Directory

Sheffield City Council has an obligation to publish details of services across Sheffield. This includes "Local Offer"services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Children and Familiy services and Adult Social Care services. The Directory gives you Sheffield's care, health and education services, events and activities in…

Adapting your home

Contact the Health and Housing Team if you need to make changes to your home to help you manage better and become more independent. The team can offer advice, equipment and adaptations. The team can also help you apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This…

Additional Information for Transition into Adulthood

The following sections link to sources of advice about preparing a young person with Special Education Needs or Disabilities for adulthood.

Advice and Information (Local Offer)

Sheffield SEN & Disability Information Advice and Support (SSENDIAS) You and your family can get information, advice or support from SSENDIAS - Sheffield SEN & Disability Information Advice and Support (formerly Parent Partnership Service). SSENDIAS provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on issues relating…

Alternative provision

Alternative Provision settings are places that provide education for children who cannot go to a mainstream school. Local authorities arrange education for pupils who, because of exclusion, illness or other reasons, would not otherwise receive suitable education Schools arrange education for pupils on a fixed-period…

Annual health checks for young people with a learning disability

People with a learning disability often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This does not need to be the case. Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability. An annual health check helps…

Annual review of an EHC plan

EHC Plans must be reviewed at least once a year. This is to make sure the plans accurately describe a child or young person’s needs, and the right support for them is in place. A meeting is held as part of the review. The child…

Anxiety and school refusal

What can parents do if their child suffers such high levels of anxiety that they find it difficult to attend school? The most important thing is to ask for help from professionals in and out of school as soon as problems start to emerge. Schools…

Appealing to the SEND Tribunal

You and your family can appeal to the SEND Tribunal if you disagree with a decision made by the local authority in relation to them carrying out an EHC needs assessment or the issue of an EHC plan. The SEND Tribunal can order the local…

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Supported Internships

Apprenticeships An apprenticeship is a paid job with a training component. It allows young people to earn while they learn, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Who they are for: Apprenticeships are for young people aged 16 and upwards. The young person will…

Buying a home

You can receive help to buy your own home through a Shared Ownership scheme. Shared Ownership is where you buy a share of a property and rent the rest of it. This can sometimes be cheaper than renting from a private landlord. Shared Ownership does…

Care and support at home

Care and support is the help some people need to live as well as possible with any illness, disability or impairment. Carers can come to your home for 24 hour care, or just a few hours, on a short or long-term basis.  They can help…

Changes to local services

Information about changes to local services can be found below.

Childcare (Local Offer)

Childcare options across Sheffield for children or young people with SEND. Narrow your search for childcare using the search options above or the filters on the right. Within the Childcare providers category, there are listings for Childminders, Nannies and Au Pairs, Nurseries, After-school clubs, Breakfast…

Childcare funding for children with SEND

Free early learning For two-year-olds: Two-year-olds qualify for 570 hours of free childcare per year if they receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. Some two-year-olds may also qualify if your family claims certain state benefits, for example Income…

Children with medical needs in school

As more children with complex medical conditions are surviving and living well into adulthood, new challenges and opportunities arise for children to be included in mainstream schools, as well as in specialist settings. From September 2014 a new duty came into force for governing bodies…

Communicating with families about SEND: Best practice guide for services

The local authority, CCG, Parent Carer Forum and other services have described how services should communicate with families about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND). Read our best practice guide for services to find out more. Last reviewed: December 2020Information owner: Strategy and Commissioning, People Portfolio…

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please use the buttons on the left to access information about coronavirus that is relevant to children and young people with SEND in Sheffield.

Coronavirus: Direct payments and PAs

Here are some FAQs about direct payments and employing PAs which were prepared in April 2020. They remain relevant as long as the pandemic continues. If you need further advice please contact your payroll provider or Disability Sheffield PA advice line 0114 2536750 or via…

Courses for parents and carers

Here are some examples of where you and your family can get some training to better understand and support a child with additional needs. This list is just a start. It includes some common areas of concern for families. Please note: The information on this…

Darnall Family Centre

For information about what is happening in Darnall Family Centre and Wybourne Link site in the week take a look at the attached What’s On Guide in the downloads section or click on the tab at the left hand side of this page. Where to…

Direct payments for childcare

The Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Service (SNIPS) can provide you the option of receiving a direct payment if you would prefer to employ a Personal Assistant (PA) to meet your childcare needs. However, please note that there is no legal requirement for SNIPS to provide…

Direct payments for social care needs

A direct payment is money that is given to you and your family by a public body (like the local authority) as an alternative to a service. You can then use this money to buy support for your child – for example, by employing a…

Disability Access Fund Information

From April 2017 the government introduced a funding measure for Early Year’s providers, the Disability Access Fund (DAF); this is to support children with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND).   DAF helps children access an Early Years place by supporting providers to make reasonable adjustments or increasing the number of…
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