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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 will be considered under the new system. Changes for those with existing statements or LDAs will be gradually introduced. The Local Authority will inform you by letter when this change will take 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 have contracted two services to deliver the programme and provide free and confidential support. These are:
Further information about how they will work together, as well as with other partners, such as the North Lincolnshire Parents' Involvement and Participation (PIP) Group, is included in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
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:
Action for Children will be taking the lead with cases involving the transfer of a Statement of SEN or Learning Difficulty Assessment to an EHC plan (transfer reviews).
If you have an LDA or your child has a statement of SEN which is due to convert to an EHCP and would like support, please contact:
Telephone: 01724 277766
SENDIASS will predominantly be working with families and young people requesting a new EHC plan.
Telephone: 01724 277665
If however you have a preference to be supported by a particular organisation, please let us know (or indicate this on the referral form below) and we will try to accommodate your choice.
Independent Support documents:
Other sources of information
You can get more information about the Independent Support programme from theCouncil for Disabled Children
Other organisations that provide information and advice about SEND include:
Contact a Family
SEN National Advice Service Helpline: 0808 808 3555
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
General Advice Line: 0800 018 4016
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