As a parent/carer, you are responsible for making sure your child gets safely to school and that they arrive on time. Some children are eligible to benefit from free transport to school. This depends on how far you live from their school and your child’s individual circumstances.
Unfortunately children and young people who have a disability or special educational needs (SEN) are statistically more likely to experience bullying at school or in their daily lives. Bullying remains the single biggest concern raised by children and young people with a disability or SEN.
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Carer’s assessments are for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly. The assessment gives you a chance to discuss what support or services you need with the local council. To view our helpful guide click here
Care and support needs assessments are for adults (18 years of age or over) who may need help because of a disability, ill health or old age. If you have care and support needs and find it difficult to look after yourself, your local authority may be able to advise you and provide you with some help. View our useful guide media:Social_Care_Assessments.pdf Italic texthere
Families with disabled children often find it difficult to access the free childcare that is available to all three and four year olds, and some eligible two year olds. There is a guide available to help you understand your rights, you can view it here
A Learning Difficulty Assessment identifies the young persons’ needs and suitable provision to meet those needs. It is an assessment of a young person that results in a written report. To find out more, view our useful guide here
Disability Rights UK have produced a new factsheet on Pooling Personal Budgets. Pooling Personal Budgets is another way to empower disabled people and promote choice in how they wish to lead their life. To view the factsheet click here
This guide looks at the support you can expect from your child’s school. If your child has a disability, whether or not they have SEN, their school must make reasonable adjustments. To view the guide click here
This guide looks at what to do if you disagree with decisions made by professionals. That includes your local authority, your child’s school or other setting, local health and other services. It tells you what your rights are and when and how you can challenge decisions. To view the guide click here
Choosing a school is an important decision which will impact on your child and your whole family, so it is worth spending time looking at the options available. Understandably, concerns are even greater if a child has special educational needs (SEN); the aim of this guide is to provide advice to parents looking at schools for children with SEN. To view the guide click here
This section looks at what you can expect if your child is in further education.
Many young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or disabilities, once they are over compulsory school age, move into further education (FE), such as FE and sixth form colleges and 16-19 academies. To view the guide click here
Find out about how to support your child through Early Years, including what services West Berkshire Council can offer. This guide covers the support you should receive from early years settings, what happens before starting school and where to go for further advice. You can view the guide by clicking here.
This guide looks at how services should work together and support you to help your child prepare for adulthood, such as going into higher education, independent living, being involved in their community and being as healthy as possible in adult life. To view the guide click here