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In September 2014, the government made changes to the law for children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) were replaced with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). All new requests for statutory assessment are considered under the new system. Changes for those with existing statements or LDAs have been gradually introduced. The Local Authority will have informed you by letter when this change took place for you or your child.
Independent Support is a government funded programme overseen by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) to help the SEND reforms to be implemented. It aims to ensure additional support is available to those parents, children and young people:
In North Lincolnshire the CDC initially contracted two services to deliver the programme and provide free and confidential support. These were:
However, from 22 December 2017 only SENDIASS is now providing Independent Support in North Lincolnshire.
Independent Supporters can offer a range of time-limited services. The level and nature of their support will be tailored to the particular needs of individual families. They can:
If you would like to access Independent Support you can contact:
Telephone: 01724 277665
Independent Support documents:
You can get more information about the Independent Support programme from the Council for Disabled Children
Other organisations that provide information and advice about SEND include:
1. Contact a Family
SEN National Advice Service Helpline: 0808 808 3555
2. Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
General Advice Line: 0800 018 4016
1. North Lincolnshire's Parents' Involvement and Participation (PIP) Forum is made up of a dedicated group of parents who have children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
They undertake a range of roles including:
In addition, they offer coffee mornings from 10am to 11.30am in a wide range of venues in North Lincolnshire. Their coffee morning dates for 2018 are as follows:
8 March 2018 - Big Coffee - venue tbc
14 March 2018 - Steel Rooms, Brigg
23 March 2018 - Wilderspin, Barton
19 April 2018 - Costa, Scunthorpe
27 April 2018 - Costa, Brigg
4 May 2018 - Deepdale, Barton
10 May 2018 - Silica Lodge, Scunthorpe
16 May 2018 - Brigg Garden Centre
22 May 2018 - Epworth Garden Centre
7 June 2018 - Costa, Scunthorpe
13 June 2018 - The Loft, Brigg
22 June 2018 - The Ropewalk, Barton
25 June 2018 - Big Coffee - venue tbc
5 July 2018 - Costa, Scunthorpe
11 July 2018 - Steel Rooms, Brigg
(Venue tbc - keep an eye on our website and social media for up to date details. Dates subject to change).
You can contact PIP Forum on 0845 3889944, by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The Carers' Support Centre - The Carers' Support Centre is available to help carers who care for someone living in North Lincolnshire. They have a range of services to support carers and you can find lots of useful information on their website. The Carer’s Support Centre provides some of the functions provided by Kaleidoscope in the past
The word 'carer' is used for people who provide unpaid care as opposed to those who are paid, such as care workers, personal assistants and home helps.
Parent Carers provide or intend to provide support to a child under the age of 18 who has a disability and/or additional needs.
The Carers’ Support Service works with Carers, enabling them to:
Further information on the support for the above areas is available http://www.carerssupportcentre.com/north-lincolnshire/parent-carers/
They also offer a range of Carer Peer Support Groups. Carer Peer Support Groups can offer the empathetic support that only another Carer can give. There are a number of groups that focus on Parent Carers. Further details of groups and times of meetings are available on their website
You will be made very welcome at these support groups. For more information, please contact the Carers' Support Service on 01652 650585 or email@example.com
The Carers' Support Centre is based at:
11 Redcombe Lane
Tel: 01652 650585
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