The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service co-ordinate statutory assessment processes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability aged 0-25 years. The role of the SEN service includes:
- the maintenance and review of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
- review and decision making of requests for EHC needs assessments
- co-ordination of Education, Health and Care assessment and planning linked to EHCPs
- co-ordination of EHCP annual reviews
- allocation of resources linked to EHCPs
The SEN service aims to raise the achievement of young people with SEN by putting parents, children and young people at the heart of planning for outcomes. All service members aim to work in partnership with parents, teachers and other professionals.
This service provides SEN Case Officers, who are the single point of contact for parents and/or young people during the Education, Health and Care assessment process. SEN Case Officers coordinate the multi-agency approach to EHC Assessment, the issuing of EHC Plans and the coordination of EHCP annual reviews, ensuring that parents are treated as equal partners in the assessment and planning process.
The SEN Service works with parents to find a suitable educational place for a child / young person with an EHCP. The service ensures that children and young people's progress is monitored and reviewed. The service is also responsible for strategic planning of provision for children and young people with special educational needs, to ensure that, wherever possible, there is local provision for local children and young people.