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What is a Short Break?

What are Short Breaks? Short breaks enable disabled children, young people and adults to have time away from their carers, explore new opportunities, have fun and broaden their social networks whilst promoting independence. They can provide families with an opportunity to have a break from…

What is alternative provision?

When a child or young person is unable to access mainstream school for reasons including school exclusion, behavioural issues, or illness, education outside of school will be arranged. This education is called alternative provision. Alternative provision may be arranged by: The local authority, when a…

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

The Children and Families Act puts children and young people at the centre of the assessment and planning process so that outcomes are co-produced with parents/carers and/or with young people themselves; 16 to 25 year olds should be especially involved with this. Education, health and care (EHC) plans are are legal…

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person perceives the world, how they behave and how they interact with other people. Autism is a spectrum condition which means that not all people will be affected in the same way. While autism will…

What is the Quality and Outcomes Framework?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a way the NHS rewards GPs for delivering good practice. It works by rating GP performance in several key areas related to quality care and health outcomes. For example, GP practices gain points for keeping a list of…

What SEN support may include

If a school or nursery decides your child has SEN they will write an SEN support plan. This plan identifies your child's needs, the action needed and planned outcomes. However, if your child's needs are severe or complex they may go straight to the next step…

What should a school do to support children/young people with medical conditions?

All schools should have a Medical Conditions Policy which states how the school will support children with medical conditions. This should include the procedures for getting the right care, the training in place and who is responsible for making sure the policy is carried out.…

What we expect from schools and settings around SEND

We expect every early years provider, state-funded mainstream and special school and post 16 setting to make effective education for children with special educational needs and disability so that they make good progress in their learning and, in the long-term, can become independent and gain…

White badge parking scheme

What is the White Badge Scheme? The national Blue Badge scheme does not apply in Westminster due to traffic congestion and the high demand for parking in Central London. However, Westminster City Council operate a white badge scheme, which includes a blue badge.  To maximise your parking privileges…

Who can request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment?

Any practitioner working with a child, young person, parent or carer can request an EHC Needs Assessment. If a child or young person is attending an educational setting (nursery, school, college) we recommend that you speak to the headteacher or principal of this setting and…