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Home educating your child with SEND

The law in England states that education is compulsory for children aged 5-16 years – but attending a school is not. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child receives a suitable education. Parents have the right to educate their child themselves. This is known…

Homelessness

Contact the Housing Solutions service if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The service can give advice about your rights, housing options and help you find alternative accommodation. Last review: 09/06/2020 Information owner: Strategy and Commissioning, People Portfolio

How to access Council education and social care services

This document is primarily aimed at professionals. It provides a summary of the pathways to Council-run education and social care services for children and young people with SEND.  Please see How to access health services for information about referral pathways to NHS services. Last reviewed:…

How to access health services

Schools and other education providers can help in getting a diagnosis for health problems observed in their setting. The following provides details on how to access different health services. It explains what might prompt a referral, who can make the referral and what the service…

How to complain (Local Offer)

Complaints about Education Services If you have a grievance or would like to comment on the treatment you have received from the education system, there are procedures that you can follow in order to make your voice heard. Details and advice on how to make…

How to search for schools on the Local Offer

You can narrow down your search for schools by choosing a category and then using the available filters. Categories Schools are divided into two categories. Primary Primary schools are schools for children between the ages of 4 and 11. In Sheffield, there are also infant…

Identifying SEND in the early years

Some disabilities are identified at birth or even during pregnancy. If your child has a significant and complex need along with a learning disability, the Portage Team will often become involved at a very early stage to provide support and advice for you and your…

If you think your child may have special educational needs

Special educational needs (SEN) is a legal term. A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which means that they need special educational provision. Special educational provision is provision which is different from, or additional to, that which…

Inclusion Co-production in Sheffield

The local authority, CCG, Parent Carer Forum and other services have described how services should work with children, young people and their families. Read our Inclusion Co-production Charter to find out more. Last reviewed: February 2020Information owner: Strategy and Commissioning, People Portfolio

Information and resources about coronavirus

Covid vaccination The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have produced a guide to the Covid vaccination for relatives of people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. This YouTube video explains the Covid vaccine for people with a learning disability and/or autism. Carers who are eligible for…

Information for parents who have a social worker, MAST worker or SNIPS worker

This information sheet is to help parents and carers navigate the support that is available to them during the current covid-19 situation. Contact Details MAST: 0114 203 7485 Children with Disabilities Service (including Preparation for Adult Team):           0114 2735198  SNIPS mentor (Special Needs Inclusive Play…

Integrated Resources - Specialist provision in mainstream schools

Integrated Resources are set up in mainstream schools. They cater for pupils with certain types of very significant Special Educational Needs (SEN) which cannot be easily met at their local school. They can do this because they have extra staff with specialist knowledge, specialist equipment…

Living with, or visiting, an approved carer in their home

If you are over 16 years old and have ongoing support needs, you can be matched to an approved carer who shares their home to give you care, support and housing. This could be for: short break placements long-term placements –  with you becoming part…

Locality SEND processes

Mainstream schools are split into seven locality areas in Sheffield. The localities work in the same way to give advice to schools and SENCOs about children with complex needs, MyPlans and EHC needs assessments. This helps them follow a graduated approach to meeting a child’s…

Mediation

Mediation can help parents or young people settle disagreements with their local authority or Clinical Commissioning Group about Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and EHC plans. Parents and young people who want to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal…

Money Matters (Local Offer)

Help to make the most of your money. Take control of debt, plan your finances, cut costs. Find what local and national support is available.  Financial information and advice can help you plan for your child's care and support needs. Advice Sheffield provides free, independent and…

Moving into a supported living scheme

Supported Living schemes are for adults with disabilities and/or mental health problems who would not be able to live in their own home without care and support. There are different types of housing available, depending on what you want. You can live in a shared…

Personal budgets for special educational provision

Personal budgets for special educational provision are available to children and young people with EHC plans. Ask for a personal budget You can ask for a personal budget: When the local authority has completed an EHC needs assessment and confirmed it will issue an EHC…

Personal budgets overview

Personal budgets are intended to give people more choice and control over their healthcare, social care and parts of their education. A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority or the CCG. You and your family may be able to…

Personal health budgets

Children, young people and adults who meet the criteria for NHS Children’s Continuing Care, NHS funded Short Breaks or Continuing Healthcare for adults can choose to have their care delivered via a personal health budget. Personal health budgets enable you and your family to have greater choice…

Primrose Family Centre

For information about what is happening in Primrose Family Centre 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 go Primrose Family Centre…

Public health advice

Government advice is available on this website. Advice will change over time, so please keep checking.Here is a simple checklist of things to do if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus.More detailed information is available on this NHS web page.If your child is ill…

Reduced or part-time timetables

There may be times when a child cannot attend school full-time. For example: Recovery from illness, including mental health When a child is going through a transition period, like starting a new school, and needs time to build up to full-time attendance In rare situations…

Renting your home

You can rent a property from a: Private landlord Social housing landlord such as the council or a housing association Private renting Private rented housing is available across Sheffield. You can find properties to rent through local estate agents; checking websites such as Zoopla and…

Resources for Schools

Education providers can find advice and guidance relating to special educational needs and disabilities in the Inclusion Taskforce section of the Learn Sheffield website. This includes training videos, flowcharts, forms and templates. Sheffield City Council, SENDIAS, Sheffield Parent Carer Forum and a city SENCO have…
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