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Financial support (16-25 years old)

Coventry SEND Local Offer

Parents, carers and young people who are becoming independent often have questions about the benefits and funding options that are available for a child or young person with SEND.

These can be things like benefits or the money that is allocated to a child or young person with an Education Health and Care Plan.  

You can find out more about the financial support that might be available, depending on a child or young person's situation and age.

Find out about:

View full details of Preparing young people for adulthood and employment

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Preparing for adulthood from the earliest years - Post-16 Education, Training, Apprenticeships and Employment

It is important for all young people to prepare for adulthood and employment. This is especially important for young people with special educational needs. Preparation for the move from school should start early and must have started by the time a young person is 14 (during year 9).

The views and aspirations of the young person are very important in this process. A young person's ideas and aspirations should be a central part of the transition review that happens in Year 9.

Staff who should be involved to support in the transition can include:

  • Teachers
  • Careers Advisers
  • Local authority staff
  • Health professionals (GP, therapists, voluntary workers e.g. Grapevine and colleges.)

An action plan will be drawn up with the focus on the young person's aspirations and what they want for their future. The action plan will focus on the skills and preparation a young person will need to get the job they would. The action plan will also focus on independent living skills.

For young people with complex needs, a range of professionals will be involved and may also include health and social care.

CWPT’s Health services are being restructured to enable smoother transitions for young people transitioning to adult services, where these are commissioned.

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View full details of Adult Social Care and All Age Disability Service - Adults Team

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Adult Social Care is an umbrella term for a wide range of services that are available to qualifying people across Coventry over the age of 18. For more information about the complete Adult Social Care Offer in Coventry and the local area, please refer to the Adult Social Care Directory.

Within Social Care, sits the All Age Disability Service. The All Age Disability Service works alongside people with disabilities of all ages and their carers to support their personal, social care and health outcomes. The adults team within the service provides support to adults aged 18+ with a lifelong disability, such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities or an acquired disability.

Some children with disabilities may require social care support as an adult. In these circumstances, a child can be referred to the adult’s team via the child’s school, their parent or by the Children’s Disability Team if they are already receiving support from them. From there, an assessment under the Care Act (2014) will take place. The assessment will focus on the young person’s eligible needs once they become an adult. Read about the assessment process for adult social care support.

The service covers the entire city. Any adult, aged 18+ with a disability who thinks they have care and support needs can refer themselves to the service or a family member can contact the service on their behalf. The team can also receive referrals from other professionals, such as GP’s. The team communicates with individuals during their assessment, review or completion of a support plan; and overall by conferences, awareness raising events and for younger people and their carers - participation on SEN implementation groups.

For people aged 18 and over who receive support from adult social care they can get involved in the Adult Social Care Stakeholder Reference Group.

Our offices are fully accessible however we normally visit people in their own homes.

There are several associated services that you can find out more about on this site:

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View full details of Short Breaks

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A short break gives children and young people who have a disability the opportunity to join in with an enjoyable activity  away from their parents/ carers.  Short breaks allow children and young people to take part in activities, make friends, develop independence skills and have fun. Short breaks also provide parents / carers a break from caring responsibilities.

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View full details of Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning Team (SEMHL) - Introduction

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Social Emotional Mental Health & Learning Team (SEMHL)

The SEMHL are part of Coventry SEND Support Service.

They are a team of experienced teachers and teaching assistants.

They specialise in supporting primary and secondary age children and young people who are struggling with their learning or who have presenting behaviour that is causing concern.

They investigate the reasons for difficulties and provide supportive and enabling strategies for pupils, staff and parents.

They are made up of the

The Schools Team – a team of specialist teachers that a large number of mainstream primary and secondary schools in Coventry buy into for support.

The Keys – two early intervention bases for primary aged children who need short term additional support to help manage their behaviour and emotions.

For more information, please read the information tabs about each of these services below.

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View full details of Travel assistance and training for children and young people with SEND

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4 - 16 years travel assistance

Travel assistance is help getting to and from school that some children and young people with SEND get.

There are two kinds:

  1. A child or young people aged 4-16 might receive a Personal Transport Budget (PTB) and mileage allowance, a public bus pass and training to use the bus, or access to a taxi or minibus. We pay for 2 return journeys per day for 190 school days a year. This amount is divided into 11 equal monthly payments, paid monthly in advance into their nominated bank account from Sept to July inclusive.
  2. Young people aged 16-18 might receive a bus pass or taxi/minibus. In nearly all cases, a Personal Transport Budget (PTB) and mileage allowance is not an option for Post 16 students. We will grant a PTB very rarely where a family give evidence to show why the other transport options are not suitable for their child’s needs. 

In order to be considered for travel assistance, parents or carers will need to complete an application for their child or young person. Parents have the option to express their preference of travel assistance on the application form, however this preference is not always granted. We always offer a transportation option that accommodates the eligible child’s needs, but we must always look to make the most cost efficient offer. Not all students will receive this funding.

Our travel assistance policy statements explain travel assistance in detail and use technical language.

Post-19 travel assistance

We have no legal duty to offer travel assistance to Post 19 students, however, in very exceptional cases where the Local Authority deems it necessary, we will. We have a clarification statement of the term ‘necessary’ listed with our policies. In the case we do grant travel assistance, it will always be a public bus pass or a taxi/minibus and be free of charge.

Applying for travel assistance

There are different eligibility requirements for different age groups. Find out if you, or the child or young person you care for, is eligible for travel assistance.

Travel assistance application forms are available online via hard copy upon request at access@coventry.gov.uk.

  • If you choose to complete a paper copy you will also need to complete a GDPR consent form which will accompany your application form in the post.
  • If you are a Post 16 student (aged between 16-18), you must fill out a Post 16 form as it will have information about the amount of money you will need to contribute towards your travel if transport is agreed.
  • Requests for Post 19 travel are handled by the Special Education Needs (SEN) Team. The application template for this is not available online and it is only available upon request. You can request it at SEN@coventry.gov.uk, The criteria for Post-19 travel assistance is also different.

Some children and young people with Special Needs and Disabilities may feel they need additional resources and help to get to and from their school or education setting. Travel assistance can mean a taxi or private bus that helps you get to school or it can mean getting the training you need to use public transport or walk to your school or educational setting. The Special Education Needs Team have all the information that you may need about help travelling to and from your school or education setting. Take a look at the next sections  to learn more about the service, find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Application process

Once we receive the application (in the post or online), we will look at it to determine if the child or young person is eligible. Each age group has different criteria, you can find more information about this in our policies.

The initial decision is made in a multi-agency panel that could consist of people from Social Care, Attendance and Inclusion, Travel Trainers, Travel Bureau staff and/or EHCP coordinators etc. If travel is agreed we will let families know by sending a letter in the post. If the child is new to Coventry City Council transport, a risk assessment will be carried out by a risk assessor in our travel bureau before the child can start using transport. 

Appeals

If the travel application was refused, a letter will be sent detailing the reasons why and give the families their right to appeal (get a second opinion and review of the application).

There is no appeal process for Post 19 refusals, a person who applies can ask for their application and decision to be reviewed by a senior officer (similar to an appeal). This will be done and another letter with that person’s decision will go out to the person who applied. 

  • Stage 1 appeals are heard by an EHCP coordinator who is independent from the original decisions.
  • Stage 2 appeals are heard by the Head of SEN, who is independent from both previous decisions. 

More information about Travel Assistance appeals.

Travel training

Independent travel is a crucial life skill that gives people the freedom to fulfil their potential and live a full life.

Independent Travel Training (ITT) provides people with the knowledge and skills they need to travel independently, whilst providing parents and carers with peace of mind that people are travelling safely.

ITT is a free service and is part of the education curriculum. There is a team of experienced Independent Travel Trainers currently working within the community, schools and colleges.

Travel training is available to students from year 7 and above with an EHCP, who are eligible for or in receipt of SEN Travel assistance.The Travel Trainers work closely with schools and colleges to identify young people who have potential for independent travel.

Independent Travel Training website.

People over 18 may be able to access Travel Training via Adult Social Care. If this applies to you, contact ascdirect@coventry.gov.uk to request a social care assessment under the Care Act 2014.

Telephone

024 7683 1614

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View full details of 'He makes me the happiest girl in the world'. Young woman with Down's talks love, life and work

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23-year-old Heidi Crowter is from Coventry.

She works at a children's hair salon in the city and lives in her own flat. 

In this video from ITV News, Heidi talks about her life, her work and finding love.

She explains how having Down's syndrome does not stop her doing anything she wants to in life.

 

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View full details of Access to Work - Get help at work if you’re disabled or have a health condition

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If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

  • talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
  • apply for Access to Work if you need extra help.

Your employer must make certain changes (known as ‘reasonable adjustments’) to make sure you’re not substantially disadvantaged when doing your job. These could include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job.

You should talk to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.

Find out about the Government's Access to Work Programme.

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View full details of ADHD - The questions that parents want to ask

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'ADHD: The questions parents want to ask' is a video from BBC Stories. This video has information about ADHD and how it feels for someone with ADHD. 

 

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View full details of Adult Social Care - Carer's Assessment

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What is a Carer's Assessment?

A Carer's Assessment is a good way of talking to someone about your caring role and the impact that this may have on you.  It should help you think about the support out there that can help you.  It is also the opportunity to say whether there are elements of your caring role you can no longer do.

Anyone providing unpaid care for another adult can receive a Carer's Assessment, it doesn’t matter if the person you are caring for hasn’t had their own assessment or if they are receiving support.  It can also be a good opportunity to talk to someone if you’re thinking about taking on a caring role and want to know more about the support that is available.

If your child or the person you care for already has a social worker or an allocated worker, this worker may talk to you about “combining assessments”.  This means that your needs are explored as part of your child’s assessment however you can ask for a separate assessment to be carried out. 

The assessment should look at the things you want to achieve, the impact caring is having on you, your health and emotional wellbeing.  It should help you look at aspects of your life you may be experiencing difficulty with, such as looking after the house, eating well, having the time to do things important to you and the impact it may have on working or education.   The assessment should also help you plan for emergencies and plan for the future.

To find out more about visit the Carer's Assessment website.  

 

Website

www.coventry.gov.uk/info/76/carers_support/2456/carers_assessments

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View full details of Adult Social Care - Needs and Wellbeing Assessment

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If you or the person you care for are approaching 18 and may still continue to need care and support after age 18, then you can request a needs assessment.  Sometimes a young person's school or social worker will discuss this with the young person and help make the referral.

The Care and Support journey.

Needs and Wellbeing Assessment

The assessment can look at both the young person's needs and the parent/carer needs. We call this a Needs and Wellbeing Assessment in Coventry.

The assessment will look at the following:

  • Your strengths, interests and what you want to achieve.
  • What you are finding difficult and how this affects your day to day life.
  • Looking after yourself (washing, dressing, meals, shopping, looking after the house)
  • The things that are important to you, keeping in touch with friends and family, working, getting out and about.
  • Your health and how it affects you, including medication, visits to the GP or hospital.
  • That’s already working well and the support around you.

If you struggle to be involved in the assessment we will ask you who you want to support you.  If you haven’t got anyone who can support you with the assessment and you might struggle to answer the questions we will make a referral for a Care Act Advocate.

Eligibility

Once we know about your needs and the support you require, we will discuss with you whether we can provide support or whether there are other services that may be able to help.  This is sometimes known as eligibility, there are national guidelines which we use to look at this.

 

For more information, please visit the Assessments, eligibility and support planning website

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View full details of Child Tax Credit - Disability Element

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The disability element of Child Tax Credit is paid for each disabled child or Qualifying Young Person that a claimant is responsible for, irrespective of the two child limit policy (benefit cap) and whether or not a basic child element is paid for the child or Qualifying Young Person.

A child or Qualifying Young Person is disabled for tax credit purposes if any rate of DLA or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is payable for the child or Qualifying Young Person, or has ceased to be payable solely because they are a hospital in-patient.

For more information or help with Benefits, you can contact:

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View full details of Employment Support and the Job Shop

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Coventry City Council's Employment Team provide a wide range of support to Coventry residents of all ages who are looking for work.

They can help you with:

  • Getting your CV application forms and interview skills up to speed
  • Finding the local vacancies as soon as local employers recruit
  • Exciting recruitment open days to have a chance to directly meet local employers
  • Getting specialised support and guidance to further your chances of success

Further information please visit these websites:

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View full details of Adult Social Care – Visual and Hearing Impairment Team

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What is a visual impairment?

A visual impairment is when a person has sight loss that cannot be corrected using glasses or contact lenses.
The Visual & Hearing Impairment Team is part of the Therapy Service within Coventry City Council.

We are a team of Rehabilitation Workers who work with people who are:

  • Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
  • Visually impaired
  • Dual sensory loss (both sight and hearing loss)

Our main role is to promote independent living.

The service covers the entire city. Any adult or young person going through the transitions process with a visual impairment, hearing loss or dual sensory loss who thinks they have care and support needs can refer themselves to the service or a family member can contact us on their behalf can access the service.

The team can also receive referrals from other professionals, such as GPs. We communicate with individuals during their assessment, review or completion of a support plan. 

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View full details of Alternative provision - Extended Learning Centre

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Coventry Extended Learning Centre is a Pupil Referral Unit for Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils who have struggled to be in mainstream school education due to Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) issues leading to challenging behaviour.  

The core purpose of the ELC is ‘Enhancing Futures’ - maximising the potential of all our students though getting them into mainstream or special education settings or meeting their needs within their centres.

They pride themselves on providing the best quality teaching, fostering ambition and showing their students that they can fulfil their potential through hard work .

Their staff are committed to supporting and developing students to become confident and well equipped with skills to continue their learning journey when they leave them.  They have positive expectations of the behaviour and performance of every pupil and foster an atmosphere of mutual respect between pupils and staff. 

Students receive a broad and balanced curriculum, with opportunities in Key Stage 4 to access Work Relating Learning.

The Coventry ELC has three centres:

  • Wyken - Key Stage 3 
  • The Link - Key Stage 4
  • Swanswell - Key Stage 4

 

Please visit the Extended Learning Centre website for more information. 

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View full details of Amazing Things Happen - an animated video about autism

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Amazing Things Happen is an introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents.

Amazing Things Happen is the creation of independent animation director Alex Amelines. 

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View full details of An Introduction to Health Provision in Coventry

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Health Services for children and young people with SEN or disabilities provide the following for children and young people:

  1. early identification
  2. assessment and diagnosis
  3. intervention and review.  

What health services are available?

There are many different health services available from acute hospital wards, to GPs to physiotherapists to immunisation nurses etc.

There are some health services that are more likely to be involved in supporting children and young people with SEN and/or disability. These services have different focuses;

  1. Public health services for children ensure a whole population approach to health and wellbeing including preventative service such as immunisations.  They will deliver universal services to all children at specific times and more targeted and specialist services when needed.  School nursing and health visiting services work in this way by providing screening and support at key times and offering individual interventions when needed.  School age immunisation services have an immunisation program directed by public health delivered to all schools in Coventry.
  2. Community Health Services support children who have a specialist health need or an emerging specialist health need in their communities.  These services are often delivered by Community Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. Children and young people can be referred into these services if a family or another professional had identified a need that meets individual service criteria.
  3. Some children and young people with specific specialist health needs may need Highly Specialist Children’s NHS Services provided by specialist regional or national providers. Referrals to these services will normally be made by the child or young person’s Paediatrician.
  4. All health providers have a responsibility to notify the local authority of any children under statutory school age who have or may have a SEN or disability, once discussed with the parents.

You will find out more about the health services which commonly work with children with SEN and/or disability within Coventry in their specific sections of the local offer.

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Health service provider

A health service provider is an organisation which holds contracts for delivering certain health services. Different providers will hold different responsibilities.  There is more than one provider of health services for children and young people in Coventry.
Providers local to Coventry are;

Private practitioners and third sector (charity) practitioners are also providers in their own right.

Health service commissioners

Commissioning organisations are responsible for planning, organising and buying services for the populations they serve. They will contract with providers to deliver specified services. 

The Designated Clinical Officer and Designated Medical Officer

The code of practice 2014 placed new statutory duties on clinical commissioning groups to contract services which specifically supported children and young people with SEN and/or disability.  This was to ensure local areas worked better together.

To help clinical commissioning groups undertake their new responsibilities, they appointed to a designated clinical officer (DCO) and/or designated medical officer (DMO).  These roles are undertaken by people with an appropriate level of knowledge and expertise of the health needs and systems of a local area.

Key responsibilities of these roles in Coventry are;

  • To provide a contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who have or may have SEN and/or disabilities.
  • To support providers in their duty of notifying Coventry City Council of children under statutory school age who have or may have SEN and/or disability.
  • To support commissioners in meeting their statutory duties in commissioning services to meet the SEND agenda.
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View full details of An Introduction to Universal Health Services

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Universal Health Services are Health Services that all children and young people will qualify for. In some cases, there will be similar services available especially for people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities. These services are provided by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Coventry Warwickshire Partnership Trust and the NHS.

You can find out more about universal health services on the Coventry City Council Family Health and Wellbeing website.

GP

A GP is a General Practitioner. This is the doctor that a person sees for general health concerns. A GP can refer someone on to more specialist services where needed and can advise about general health concerns.

Information about choosing a GP in your area.

School Nurse

School Nursing Teams are led by qualified Nurses who have undertaken further training to qualify for this specialist role.
Each team covers a group of schools in a geographical area. School Nurses are not based in individual schools.

The School Nurse plays a key role in Health Promotion and works to address Public Health Issues e.g. reducing teenage pregnancy, reducing childhood obesity,and issues relating to drug,smoking and alcohol use.

The School Nurse is pleased to give advice to parents and/or your children about any health concern they may have - e.g. sleeping, behaviour, allergic reactions, bed wetting, to name but a few.

School Nurses run confidential health clinics in some secondary schools within the city.

School Nursing Services that are available in special schools are arranged by the Coventry Commissioning Group (CCG).  

School Nursing website.

Dentist

Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental services. There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area. Simply find a dental practice that's convenient for you, whether it's near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.

Health Visiting 

The Health Visiting Team work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in the crucial first years of life. Our community teams offer friendly support and advice and we work closely with GPs, midwives, school nurses and the wider local community. The service is universal to all children and families, with a wider service to those with additional needs.

Health Visitor website.

Positive Choices Coventry 

Coventry Young Person's Service is a free and confidential young person's early intervention and substance misuse service for young people, their families, carers and affected others.

Positive Choices Coventry.

CWPT is committed to improving the quality of patient experience an the effectiveness of our care. They are keen to work with service users to understand how they can do things better.

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View full details of ASD Pathway - Preschool

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Autism Assessment Process (Pre-School age Children)

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis is often made after the age of three. There’s no "cure" for ASD, but speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, educational support and a number of other interventions are available to help children and parents and do not require a diagnosis.

The ASD Assessment Process for Pre-school age Children is carried out by the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust (CWPT). When they do an autism assessment, they need to know how your child is getting on at home, at nursery or in education settings.  If your child has had assessments by other professionals they would like to see their reports.  

You can learn more about the referral process by reading this the ASD pre-school leaflet or visiting the CWPT : Common conditions we work with – ASD website.  

Referral

If you are concerned that your child might have ASD, the first step is to speak to your child’s Health Visitor. You should take a list of behaviours and characteristics that make you think your child might be autistic with you to this meeting. During appointments with professionals, they will need to ask about your family, the health and mental health of family members and whether your child has had any traumatic experiences.  

Assessment Phase 1

Your child’s Health Visitor will carry out an Ages and Stages Questionnaire and, if appropriate, a Wellcomm language screen. The Health Visitor will talk to you about the concerns you have about your child’s development. 

Assessment Phase 2

Your child will have an appointment with a Speech and Language Therapist in a clinic, at nursery or in your home. They will assess your child’s communication skills and provide you with advice and strategies on how you can support your child. The Speech and Language Therapist will discuss your child’s progress with you. In cases where your child needs further assessments, the Speech and Language Therapist will move your child to Phase 3 of the Autism assessment. 

Assessment Phase 3

Once all information has been collected from the team of professionals and they determine that your child meets the criteria for Assessment phase 3, a referral will be made to a Paediatrician . Once the Paediatrician is sure, they will let you know whether your child has an ASD diagnosis or not.

Waiting for Assessment 

There is a significant waiting list for assessment because so many children have been referred.  We priorities those children who are Looked After or have a Child Protection Plan in place, so if that is the case for your child, please let us know. 

How to help 

We have a pre-assessment parent education session called

“Pre-schoolers; how to help with challenging behaviour, communication, and accessing community resources” 

This session offers tips on supporting your child and information about local services available to help you and your child. Parents can attend this group session whilst they wait for an assessment. This session is offered by professionals with many years’ experience working with children with autism.

You can call CWPT to arrange to attend one of these sessions at 02476 961226 

For more information, please see the ASD ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN COVENTRY (PRE SCHOOL CHILDREN) webpage

Website

www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/search/text-content/common-conditions-we-work-with-1007

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View full details of Assistive technology and equipment for adults

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As a child or young person with SEND moves into adulthood, they will likely be interested in having a bit more independence on a day to day basis. Approaching adulthood can be a good time to think of what will help support this. Equipment and technology can help to support you or those you care for to manage day to day tasks. It can help maintain independence, build confidence, and peace of mind.

Equipment and technology can range from a simple device to turn on a tap to stairlifts and high tech monitoring systems. Some things can be standard equipment with a helpful feature, for example an electric tin opener. Information about the different types of equipment in the Coventry Information Directory.

Within Coventry we have a range of Telecare options (a form of assistive technology) which could assist should assist you in living more independently.

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View full details of Autism and Sports : An Interview with a Junior Golfer with Autism including Additional Insights and Inspiration from his Coach

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Anthony is a 12 year old junior golfer with Autism, Dyspraxia, Hypermobility and other related issues.

He has a large twitter following (@anthonygolf2006) which is administered by his dad.  

He agreed to answer some interview questions on his experience, goals and inspirations in junior golf as a player with hidden disabilities

Read more about Anthony in this article 

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View full details of Blue Badge Scheme

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The Blue Badge scheme is a European scheme which gives parking concessions in the UK and Europe to people with severe mobility problems.

It allows badge holders to park closer than other members of the public to their destinations.

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View full details of Adult Social Care - Paying for Care

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Adult Social Care - Paying for Care 

Care services are free for children, but adults have to pay towards the cost of some services.  You can find out more about this on our paying for care pages. If you are receiving a package of support and your income changes such as; you stop being entitled to child benefit and start claiming Universal Credit, you need to inform the council of any changes as this is likely to impact on your assessed charge.

 

For more information please visit the Paying for care and support and accessing financial advice website

 

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View full details of Children's Disability Team, Children's Social Care and the All Age Disability Team 

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All Age Disability Service works alongside people with disabilities of all ages and their carers to support their personal, social care and health outcomes.

The Children's Disability Team within the service provide support to children and young people up to age 18 with a lifelong disability, such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities or an acquired disability. Children's Services are committed to support these children’s rights and help them reach their full potential.

Coventry Children’s Services have a specialist Children’s Disability Team (CDT), which works closely with Adults Social Care to ensure transitions to adulthood are well supported and planned. Children’s Disability Team helps children, young people, their families and other carers. Children’s Disability Team main work is with children who have severe learning and/or physical disabilities, and children within the autistic spectrum. The team also works with children with sensory needs. Disabled children are supported by mainstream and specialist services.

Disabled children can be referred to the Children's Disability Team via the MASH in if they are 0-18. To meet the criteria, the child will need to be diagnosed to have one or more of the following:

  • Permanent and substantial physical disability
  • Significant learning disability
  • a significant sensory impairment
  • a chronic and serious health problem

What can the Children's Disability Team do to help?

The Children's Disability Team work with children, young people and their families to arrange and set up individual care and support packages. These can include personal care in the home, short breaks, practical support, residential services and other respite options. Children's Disability Team social workers are skilled and have expertise in communicating with children who are non-verbal. Creative direct work is planned and supported by other specialist services to ensure that the voice of the child is the centre of planning and decision-making.

How can you access the service?

Request for a service can be made by a professional and/or parent themselves by contacting the MASH.
Email: mash@coventry.gov.uk
Tel: 024 7678 8555

A Social work Team Manager will whether consider an assessment may be required, either a Carer’s Assessment or Children and Families Assessment. These are the steps to this process:

  1. A Child and Family Assessment (C&F) is requested by a professional via a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF)
  2. The MARF is sent to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). 
  3. 3. If the Child and Family Assessment (C&F) identifies that the child needs an additional service, then support is offered via a Child In Need Plan. If a child is at risk of significant harm, agencies will assess the level of harm and identify any action needed to protect the child.

In the following situations, the Children’s Disability team will deliver the service:

  • The primary reason for the involvement of social care services is a disability 
  • The impact of the disability on the child or family is severe; and
  • The disability requires a service that is specialist.

In all other cases the area social work team will provide the service.

What is a Carer’s Assessment?

Parent carers who look after a disabled child, and young carers can have an assessment under the Children and Families Act. This assessment can help determine if you are eligible for additional support. An assessment means collecting information about you and your life and talking with you about the difficulties you have and how they affect your wellbeing. This helps us all to understand your situation, what your needs are and how to plan for the future. It is a very important process and should not just be seen as a way to get care and support services; sometimes there other ways to help you and often just having the time to consider your situation can be very helpful for a carer. 

When a child needs support that cannot be delivered by the Early Help offer alone, a Child and Family Assessment is completed by Social Care.

What is a Children and Families Assessment?

A Child and Family (C&F) Assessment addresses the central and most important aspects of the needs of a child / young person, and the capacity of his or her parents or caregivers to respond appropriately to these needs within the wider family and community context. The conclusion of the assessment should provide analysis of the findings leading to a clear understanding of need that will facilitate care planning and inform service provision. C&F Assessments should contain input from other professionals and make use of additional assessment tools such as scales and questionnaires.

If an assessment is required, the child(ren) will be allocated a Social worker within the Children’s Disability Team for this assessment to commence.  This assessment establishes what the needs of the child(ren) and family are and how they can be met.

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View full details of Family Hubs in Coventry

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A family hub is a place where children, young people and their families can go when in need of help and support.

The people working in the family hub will work in partnership with you and your community.

They will help you find and get help from different services in the area and will be able to give you information, advice and support.

There are 8 Family Hubs in Coventry.

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View full details of Early Years Education, Support and Childcare - provision in Coventry, funding options and eligibility

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There are a number of childcare options available in Coventry 

Day Nurseries

  • A group setting which provides childcare for children from birth to five years.
  • Some nurseries will offer holiday care for school-aged children.
  • These are privately owned businesses.

Reasons to choose a day nursery

  • Most day nurseries are open from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm all year round, except on Bank Holidays and Christmas.
  • Children are cared for and taught in groups of a similar age. 
  • You can pay for meals and snacks including hot food.
  • Nursery owners and staff undergo rigorous checks to make sure they are safe to work with children.
  • At least half of all staff must have a childcare qualification.
  • Day nurseries may be located in a purpose-built building or a renovated house or building.  
  • You can use 2, 3 and 4 year old government funding.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.  

School Nursery Class

  • Nursery classes are generally for children between three years and five years old.
  • Nursery classes are attached to a primary school.
  • Some nursery classes will take two year-olds.

Reasons to choose a Nursery Class

  • So that your child makes friends with the children he/she may eventually go to school with.
  • If you have older children at the school, you can drop off and collect from one place.
  • Your child will be taught by a qualified teacher.
  • You think the school is a good school.
  • Nursery classes are term time only and generally offer morning or afternoon places. Some schools will offer care for the full school day.  Additional charges may apply.
  • You can use 2, 3 and 4 year old government funding.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.  

Preschool

  • A group setting which offers childcare for children aged 2-4 years old.
  • They are sometimes privately owned, run by a committee or a voluntary group.

Reasons to choose a Preschool

  • Children are cared for and taught in groups of a similar age or mixed age groups.
  • Children can sometimes stay for lunch and you would provide a packed lunch.
  • Nursery owners and staff undergo rigorous checks to make sure they are safe to work with children.
  • At least half of all staff must have a childcare qualification.
  • These are often run from a church hall or Community building.
  • Preschools are term time only and generally offer morning or afternoon places.
  • You can use 2, 3 and 4 year old government funding.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.

Childminder

  • A person who cares for children from her own home for more than 2 hours a day.
  • Childminders undergo several checks, including a police check, before they can begin working with children.
  • They must attend a course that helps them learn about what they must teach children.
  • There are strict rules about what they must do to keep children safe and what they must teach children.
  • A Childminder can be male or female
  • They can care for up to 6 children under the age of 8 years

Reasons to choose a Childminder

  • They can look after your child from as young as 6 weeks old in a home environment
  • They often care for older children before, after school and during the school holidays.
  • Your other children can also be looked after by the childminder.
  • If you work shift patterns, long and/or unsociable hours, a childminder may be able to accommodate this kind of schedule.
  • Some childminders provide offer overnight care.
  • You can sometimes pay an additional charge for hot meals and snacks.
  • The childminder can offer your child care as part of a small group.
  • Some childminders employ an assistant.
  • You can use 2, 3 & 4 year old government funding with many childminders.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with the costs.

Out of School Care

  • A supervised session where children go before and/or after school
  • The number of children that attend will depend on the number of staff available to work with children.
  • They usually operate on a school site and are for children of school age.
  • They will be run by the school governors or an independent company.

Reasons to choose out of school care

  • To fit around your working hours. Some open from 7.30am and close at 6.00pm
  • You can drop off and collect your child from one place
  • Your child can be cared for in the familiar surroundings of the school
  • Your child is able to play with their school friends, outside the school day
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with the costs.

Nanny

  • A Nanny is someone who cares for children in the child’s own home, or in the home of another child they are caring for.  
  • Nannies are sometimes called an Au Pair. 
  • As well as providing childcare, they may also do other tasks around the home, such as cleaning or cooking.  
  • A Nanny can care for children from up to two families at any one time. 
  • In some instances a Nanny will live in your home.

Reasons to choose a Nanny

  • A Nanny is employed by you, so you can agree what tasks will be included as part of her role.
  • Your child is generally cared for in your own home so you don’t have to worry about dropping off or collecting children.
  • You can negotiate with the Nanny to do some light housework and cooking.
  • The Nanny can work long or unsociable hours.
  • You may be able to get help with childcare costs if the Nanny is registered with Ofsted.

Independent school

  • Independent schools charge fees for children to attend instead of being funded by the government. 
  • Children do not have to follow the national curriculum.

Reasons to choose an independent school

  • The school may have a specialist focus such as dance.
  • Class sizes are usually smaller which allows the teacher to spend more time with your child.
  • Some offer childcare for children aged 3 to 4 years old and allow you to use 3 and 4 year old government funding. There is often the expectation that you buy additional childcare sessions on top of your government funded hours.
  • Independent schools are term time only and may offer care for the full school day.
  • You can use the Tax Free Childcare scheme to help with costs.  
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View full details of Community Paediatrics

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Community Paediatricians provide specialist care for children and young people. They also carry out a range of duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care. 

The role of the paediatrician involves prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. C

Community paediatricians are also closely networked with many other health professionals.

For more information, please visit the CWPT Community Paediatrics website.  

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View full details of Complex Communication Team - Autism and Social Communication 

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The Complex Communication Team are a team of experienced teachers who specialise in supporting primary and secondary age children and young people who are diagnosed with autism, or who present with social communication difficulties. They consider the child or young person’s needs and provide supportive and enabling strategies for the individual, their school and their parents/carers.

How do they work?

They are a traded service, that means that their services are bought in by schools. They work closely with schools to provide support for individuals, groups and school staff, and we also deliver staff training on a bespoke basis.

Schools request work at termly planning meetings. Parents must give their consent and their views are requested before work begins.

When they meet pupils, they talk to them about the things they are good at, the areas they find tricky and how they would like things to improve.

Information from parents, pupil and school is used alongside their own professional judgement to determine priorities and next steps. Recommendations for supportive strategies and interventions which will have a positive impact on pupil progress are provided to school. Progress can be reviewed by the team or by school.

How can they help you?

The Complex Communication Team can offer a range of services including:

  • Observation in class (advice, strategies, resources)
  • One to one interventions with CYP (including ‘Pupil Voice’)
  • Group interventions
  • Meetings with parents (both individual and groups)
  • Caseload surgeries
  • Peer awareness sessions
  • Assemblies around Autism Awareness
  • Learning walks/Environmental audits
  • Informal assessments of individual children
  • Attendance at My Support Plan meetings and Annual Reviews
  • Formal reports 
  • Training packages

Specific one to one interventions that they offer include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Managing anxiety
  • Self-awareness
  • Diagnosis awareness
  • Friendship skills
  • Self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • Intensive interaction
  • Understanding puberty

Specific group interventions that they offer include:

  • Social skills
  • Transition groups
  • Lego Therapy
  • Relaxation groups
  • Yoga for children
  • Others at the request of the school

How to contact them

Support can be accessed through your child or young person's school.

For more information, please see the Complex Communication Team's website

 

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View full details of Complex Physical Health Service - children and young people

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The Complex Physical Health Service

The Complex Physical Health Service provides specialist nursing care to children and young people with complex health needs.

Continuing Care

Continuing Care is a way to decide how to make a highly specialist package of care for a child or young person who might need it. In Coventry, Community Care Nurses (CCNs) do assessments on behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Group.

If a child meets criteria for continuing care, a care package will be set up through the CCN team. You don't need a EHCP to qualify for Continuing Care.

These packages are for children for the most extreme and complex needs where even specialist services cannot meet need.

The Children's Community Nursing Team

The Children's Community Nursing Team support children with a specialist nursing need in the community. This includes a special school nursing service in 5 special schools in Coventry: Sherbourne Fields, Baginton Fields, Castlewood, Tiverton and Riverbank.

The service is available Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm to children and young people up to the age of 18 or 19 if they attend special school who have a Coventry GP.

Children on the caseload also have access to a 24 hour telephone on-call service for urgent advice and support.

This is accessed via the Switchboard at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire; the phone number is 024 7696 4000.

They will also offer a 24/7 visiting service to those children who require end of life care at home. 

The Birches Respite Team

The Birches Respite Team support children with highly complex needs to attend nursery and school, and provide respite for families in their homes or in The Birches Respite Unit. This includes overnight care to the children who have an identified need for it.

The team delivers services 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. The team provides an out of hours telephone on call service for those children who receive continuing care funded care packages. This provides advice and support for urgent matters outside of normal working hours.

Children who have very complex needs receive care packages that are made just for them and are funded by the continuing care process. They undergo a multi-agency assessment and are presented to the multi-agency continuing care panel to decide if they meet the criteria for a service.

All children on the teams’ caseloads will have a named nurse who will work with families and other professionals to meet the children's complex health needs.

The Birches Respite Team aim to enable children to be discharged from hospital sooner, and to prevent admission to hospital where possible.

They support their attendance at school and other care settings by delivering care themselves or training and supporting carers. The service has a Specialist Respiratory nurse, Specialist Palliative Care nurse, Specialist Epilepsy nurse and Respiratory Physiotherapist supporting children with these needs.

A Play Specialist works with children to support them with difficulties around their treatment and to support children and their families facing the end of their life. This includes support for siblings.

We are supported by the Clinical Education Team who deliver the training our nurses and carers need in order to meet the individual needs of the children.

Contact

  • CCN Team 024 7696 1315
  • The Birches Respite Team 024 7696 1411
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View full details of Coventry's Accessibility Strategy

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All schools are required to make reasonable adjustments for any child who has specific long or short term health needs or a disability.

This might include exploring the scope for and following recommendations about physical adaptations to the school, providing access for pupils with disabilities by installing  handrails, lighting and contrast application and training.

It might also include providing children with specialist furniture, adapted materials or ancillary aids like writing slopes, specialist IT equipment, or assistive technology like Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) that would include signing and more specialist communication aids. Schools also have the duty to ensure that appropriate management of medical needs are met in school.

The council must have an Accessibility Strategy and each school must have an Access Plan, which sets out how they will improve access to:

  • the curriculum for disabled children and young people
  • school buildings
  • information

The specific duties regulations within the Equality Act 2010 requires schools:

  1. to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty.
  2. to prepare and publish equality objectives.

This information will also be included in or available through each school’s SEN Information Report that can be found on each school's website, or on each independent school or college's website.

The Equality Duty is proportionate, which means that the duty will not be the same for a small primary school as they are for a large secondary school.

The Accessibility Strategy is currently under review.  An updated Strategy covering the years 2019-2022 will be available on this page from 31st October 2019.

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View full details of Coventry’s 2 Year Progress Check - Together at Two Review

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Together at Two Review – Coventry’s 2 Year Progress Check

All children aged 2 years who are in childcare should receive a progress check before their 3rd birthday.

  • The check should be completed by staff at your child’s nursery, preschool or childminder.
  • Ideally the check should be completed before your child has his/her two year check with the Health Visitor.
  • The check is designed to identify things that they are doing well and things they might need help with.
  • The completed 2 year progress check should be shared with you.
  • You will take the completed check to your appointment with the Health Visitor. This provides them with a much better view of what your child can do.
  • Early Years Council Officers and Health Visitors work together to create a check that shows your child's achievements. Although childcare providers must complete a 2 year progress check, in Coventry we co-operate with Health and have created a system that recognises that children perform better in familiar surroundings such as their nursery.
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View full details of Dimensions Tool - Find Out What Help is Available

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The Dimensions tool helps young people, parents, carers, referrers and professionals find out what could be offered to help with their particular difficulties, using a shared database of local interventions.

The database includes interventions across the services for young people, inside and outside the NHS, including those available through charities, support groups and the local authority.

This demonstrates the different kinds of services and support for well-being, with specialist mental health services being needed for only the more severe difficulties.

The Dimensions app has been developed with carers, service users, referrers, local services, clinicians and the CWPT Trust. 

 

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View full details of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:

  • is under 16
  • has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability

They will need to meet all the eligibility requirements.

The amount of DLA received depends on the level of help the child needs.

For more information or help with benefits, you can contact 

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View full details of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

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You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) to cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance. You will not need to repay DSAs.

If you’re a part-time student, your ‘course intensity’ can affect how much you get.

How much you get depends on your individual needs - not your household income.

If you decide to submit an application for DSA, you will get confirmation of whether your application is successful within 6 weeks.

It can take up to 14 weeks to get your DSA support in place, as this is done separately.

For more information or help with Benefits, you can contact:

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View full details of Early Support Team

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Early Support - What is it? 

The Early Support Team is set up to improve the delivery of services for families of children with disabilities or complex health needs aged 0-5 years and not in full-time education.

The team aims to help deliver coordinated services for parents and carers, achieved by a designated Key Worker working with the family. The role of the Key Worker is to ensure that families receive help, support and information acting as an advocate for the family.

In order for families to access the Early Support Programme and receive Key Worker services, the child would either have a disability or complex health need. It is recognised that not all children with additional needs receive a medical diagnosis. As such, involvement with a child from three health professionals on a basis of high-level intervention (generally taken to be ongoing, with regular therapeutic input), will enable families to receive the service.

For more information, please visit the Early Support Team website.

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View full details of Community Dental Service

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The Community Dental Service is a specialised service providing dental treatment for children, adults and older people who, because of a mental or behavioural impairment or disability, are unable to access general practice dental care.

Our staff have expertise in the care, management and understanding of people with special needs. The provision of this dedicated care is often complex and challenging.

To be referred to this service a young person must have special needs and be registered with a Coventry GP.

This service offers treatment for people with:

  • learning difficulties;
  • mental health problems;
  • physical disability;
  • severe or complex medical problems;
  • social/emotional/behavioural problems;
  • phobias that are currently undergoing treatment;
  • older people who are housebound or in residential care.

Services provided:

  • Routine dental care for special needs patients;
  • Mobile dental unit to serve special need schools and adult centres for people with learning disabilities;
  • Domiciliary visits for housebound patients who meet service criteria;
  • Oral health promotion services;
  • General anaesthetic referral for patients requiring extractions and who meet service criteria.  

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Telephone

 024 7696 1375

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View full details of Community Paediatric Dieticians

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Community Paediatric Dieticians

Community Paediatric Dieticians provides a service for children with special needs. 

If you have concerns regarding your child’s or young person's nutritional needs, please initially discuss them with their school nurse, health visitor or GP. 

If they feel it is appropriate, they will refer you for a consultation with one of the dieticians.

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View full details of Early Years Education, Support and Childcare - SEND and Portage

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Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

The SEND Early Years team is a group of experienced early years practitioners who provide support for children and families by delivering high quality education for children 0-5 years old. We deliver this service in the home, in early years settings and in schools. 

What is Portage?

Portage is educational support for children aged birth-3 who have additional needs. It is provided in the home or school setting. Portage aims to improve areas of children’s development through play with the goal of enriching their life experiences.

Through our inclusive practice, we aim to reduce the barriers that young children and their families face.

Portage helps the family and early years setting to see the child’s strengths and challenges as well as their ability to learn. It gives the family confidence that they are doing everything they can to help the child achieve and reach their full potential. Portage helps people to understand the importance of breaking tasks down by teaching parents and practitioners how to teach small steps and celebrate each achievement as it happens.

Portage is part of the national and local development of inclusive services for children.

For more general information please visit the National Portage Association website

There are currently two groups for children with additional needs who are not in nursery or educational settings. 

1. Together we can

Together we can provide opportunities for children to play and learn in a safe environment with staff who understand their specific needs. We support children aged between 18 months and 3 years who are presenting with developmental delay by offering specialist play experiences and assessment. After a session, there will be time to discuss your child’s progress and to make referrals on to other agencies if needed. This is run in partnership with SEND Early Years Team and Central Health visiting team. 

2. Experience Group

The Experience group is for non-mobile children and their parents/carers. It provides opportunities for children to play and learn in a safe environment with staff who understand their specific needs. It also provides a space for parents/carers to talk to others in similar situations. 

Eligibility criteria 

Birth – 18 months 

  • An identified condition or syndrome where there is known to be an associated learning difficulty.
  • Developmental delay associated with premature delivery.
  • If a child meets the above criteria and is looked after by the Local Authority, they will be prioritised. 

18 months – 36 months

  • Developmental delay of 9+ months in two or more areas, as identified in the SEND Code of Practice 2014
  • Physical difficulties that significantly impact the child’s access to learning
  • Significant social and/or communication difficulties
  • If a child meets the above criteria and is looked after by the Local Authority, they will be prioritised. 

Identification and assessment process 

  1. Initial referral – the initial referral can only be made by teachers or professionals.
  2. Initial contact – Home visit to be completed by SEND Early Years team.
  3. Initial assessment – Visit is made to the home to discuss the child’s needs. A play based assessment will be carried out to see the current level of development against the criteria for support from the service. Where English is an additional language, an interpreter will be provided. Support needs will be discussed and agreed.
  4. Allocation of worker - SEND Early Years Portage worker or a Family Hub worker will be allocated to the family.
  5. Portage worker will contact the family/setting to arrange the first visit. 

We will also signpost to other services such as Coventry Speech and Language Service, Coventry Occupational Therapy Service and SEND Early Years Teachers to further aid a child’s development.

Coventry SEND Support Service in Early Years Settings 

We support the early identification of children with SEND and aim to develop inclusive practice in settings and schools. We work in partnership with parents to improve the outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation stage. We support children to make progress from their individual starting point. SEND early years teachers offer support to children in their nursery year and support the transition into reception in mainstream schools. 

Identification and Assessment Process 

Initial referrals can be made by teachers and professionals. For example, if a child is in a setting, the parent or carer would raise the concern with the SENCo. If a child is at home the concern could be raised via the health visitor. We have an open referral route and encourage schools and settings to refer in if they a concern about a child’s development. Once the referral has been processed a teacher from the team will be allocated and they will make contact with the school or setting and arrange to do an initial visit to observe the child. They will assess the level of support needed using the 4 areas of need in the Code of Practice and the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teacher will use a modelling and coaching approach in order to enhance the skills of the setting to be able to support the needs of the child and remove barriers to learning. If further support is needed we will signpost to other services including Educational Psychology Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy.  

SEND Early Years Complex Communication 

Send Early Years Complex Communication is made up of a teacher, a preschool coordinator and 2 Higher Level Teaching Assistants. We offer targeted support where it is most needed. Support is offered to children in early years settings with a diagnosis of Autism and for those on the pathway. We offer group sessions to children and support and advice to parents and carers. We are licensed to deliver the National Autistic Society Early Bird programme. Once an initial assessment has been completed targeted nursery support will be offered depending on the level of need. This could be from the teacher who will do observations and offer advice, strategies and support with target setting. Children may also be offered blocks of support from a higher level teaching assistant who will model strategies to staff and work on targets that have been set.

Telephone

024 7678 5646

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View full details of Eating and Drinking - SEND Friendly Restaurants and Pubs

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Children and Young People have spoken, and they let us know some of their favourite pubs and restaurants around town. 

Take a look at this list when you are planning a trip!

Want to add a place to eat or drink that you think is great? Email us to let us know! 

Drapers Bar and Kitchen Website                                      Drapers Bar and Kitchen email address 

 

 

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View full details of Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) - Eligibility

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Assessment and identification 

All class teachers regularly assess the progress of each of their pupils to check that they are learning well. Once a teacher has identified that a child is not making the progress expected, additional support will be given by the class team- the teacher or/and a teaching assistant working under the guidance of the teacher.

If, after this additional help, the child is still not making good progress the teacher will usually ask for advice from the school SENCo (special educational needs coordinator) who will recommend extra help and support. A student who is being given this additional support will have their progress tracked using the Graduated Pathway (see below).

An EHCP is an Education Health and Care Plan, this used to be known as a Statement of Educational Need. In order to be eligible and considered for an EHCP Assessment, the school will have needed to use every resource available to them in order to support the child or young person with SEND. When a parent or professional requests an EHCP Assessment, Coventry City Council will require proof that the Graduated Pathway steps have been followed and that the school has done everything that they can to address the child or young person's additional needs. 

Teachers use a range of strategies to encourage children with SEND to concentrate on their work and manage any distractions. Children with SEND are also helped assess their own work- to think about what they have learned, what they can do well and what they need to do next.

The SENCo will work with teachers and teaching assistants to put in place support for the child. This additional help could include special books, learning activities, materials or computer programmes. The teacher or SENCO might also ask for advice from an outside professional, such as Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning (SEML) professional or a specialist from Complex Communication Team (CCT) or other SEN Support Service, so that the help offered is just right for the child. Parents/carers are informed at an early stage and their knowledge and views taken into account in planning any support for their child. This is the assess, plan, do, review cycle of actions. This cycle continues after a child has started to receive SEN Support.

What provision and support can I expect my child to receive in a Coventry School as part of the Graduated Pathway?

Graduated Pathway

Graduated pathway diagram

 

  • Assess - find out how well the child is learning and what progress s/he has made. These assessments will include the teacher talking with the child to find what s/he thinks about their learning and what s/he they find difficult.
  • Plan - decide what action to take to help the child make better progress, such as special resources or intervention programmes, or help from an adult.
  • Do - carry out the intervention programmes or additional support for a period of time, usually no more than 12 weeks
  • Review – assess the child’s progress again to find out what difference the extra help or intervention programme has made. Decide if this is the right help for this child and, if not, plan something else.

As illustrated in the Graduated Pathway diagram, all schools and settings are expected to put in place a range of interventions to support pupils identified with additional needs. This support is funded through Element 1 and Element 2 for pupils identified as requiring SEN Support. Through this graduated ‘wave’ approach, schools have a variety of interventions at their disposal to support a child or young person. To enable families, children and young people to understand the provision map of what schools should be providing to meet SEN needs in Coventry, view the ordinarily available provision in Coventry schools. This is provision that should be provided without an Education, Health and Care Plan.

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View full details of Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) - Needs Assessment Overview

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Most children and young people’s needs will be met by the help available through their early years setting/school/post 16 years educational placements. Coventry is working closely with schools to support children with additional needs through My Support Plan.

My Support Plan allows professionals to work together effectively to identify a child’s needs and in time to consider whether an EHC Needs Assessment is appropriate for them. It allows professionals to evidence the support that is in place and have regular review periods to see if the support is working. Schools will involve parents closely in this process and invite you to regular review meetings of the support being implemented.

However, for a very small number of children and young people who need a lot of extra help at school, the Statutory Assessment and Review Service may decide that an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment is required to find out exactly what extra help is needed.

If you would like to talk to someone about your concerns, then please talk to your child's educational setting in the first instance. If you would like further information, then please get in touch with the Statutory Assessment and Review team

More information about the Education Health and Care Plan Needs Assessment Process and some frequently asked questions.

When is an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment necessary?

An Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment may be recommended for your child or young person if they do not make progress, despite getting appropriate extra help from their educational setting. If your child's educational setting feel that an assessment is necessary, they will discuss with you the reasons for moving to an education, health and care needs assessment. At this point if you feel it would be beneficial, you will be offered a meeting with the school SENCo (Special Education Needs Coordinator) and the link Education, Health and Care Plan Coordinator from the Local Authority to discuss your child’s additional needs before a formal request is made to Coventry Local Authority (LA). This is part of Coventry’s person centred Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment Pathway which sets out how we will work with parents, children and young people to enable co-production with families.

An Education, Health and Care needs assessment is sometimes referred to as formal assessment and is carried out by Coventry LA under the 2014 Children and Families Act and in accordance with the SEND Code of Practice 2014. Your child's progress, your views and the views of your child's educational setting or those who work closely with your child (this may include health professionals) will all be considered by Coventry LA before an assessment goes ahead.

Criteria for EHC Needs Assessment (Statutory assessment)

Most children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met in their local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges. Some children and young people may need to have an EHC Needs Assessment in order for the local authority to decide whether it is necessary for it to make provision in accordance with an EHC Plan. Local authorities use criteria to help them make fair and transparent decisions about whether or not to carry out EHC needs assessments. In addition to these criteria, the panel that makes the decision will consider all the abilities, strengths and needs of the child or young person. Although Coventry has criteria this is not applied as a blanket policy and we will consider every request individually based on the information provided.

Coventry’s SEN criteria.

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Requesting an EHC Needs Assessment 

To make an EHC Needs assessment request schools and colleges will need to use the Request for Statutory Assessment – non early years form.

If Early Years Setting wish to make a request the Request for Statutory Assessment – Early Years will need to be fully completed.

Education Health and Care Plan - Needs Assessment process documents.

We would always recommend that you speak to your child’s educational setting before making a request as they will be able to help you with this. If you decide to make a request directly to us then you will need to write a letter detailing why you believe an EHC needs assessment is required together with any supporting evidence which outlines your child’s special educational needs.

How long does the whole EHC process take?

If we receive a request to carry out an EHC needs assessment, together with all the information to enable us to make a decision, then a panel will decide whether or not to carry out an assessment within six weeks.

If a decision is made to carry out an assessment then, following the assessment, you will receive a decision in writing about whether or not an EHC Plan has been agreed and your rights of appeal within 16 weeks from the original request for assessment.

If it is agreed to issue an EHC Plan then the whole process should take 20 weeks, although there are some exceptions to this, such as during the school summer break.

You can see our handy flowchart for a breakdown of what happens during the process.

Weeks 1-6

Your request will be considered by a Panel of Professionals to decide if the request meets Coventry’s Criteria for an EHC Assessment (weblink to EHCP Process/criteria to be inserted). Please note that every request is considered on an individual basis but to bring fairness to the process there is a set of local criteria. After the request has been to the Panel you will be contacted by the SEN Team to advise if your request has been agreed. If it has been refused you will be notified of the reasons for refusal together with information about how you can appeal the decision and where you can access impartial information, advice and guidance.

Weeks 6-12

When an EHC Needs Assessment is agreed we will spend the next 6 – 12 weeks gathering advice from professionals who may know your child and any new advice that is required to inform the outcome of the EHC Needs Assessment. 

Weeks 12

Once all of the information has been gathered a decision will be made as to whether an Education, Health and Care Plan is required. If following the assessment it is evident that an EHC Plan is not required to meet your child’s needs we will contact you to inform you of the reasons why the decision has been made and offered information as to how your child’s education provider can use the assessments to support your child’s special educational needs. You will also be notified of your right to appeal and offered impartial information, advice and guidance.

Weeks 14-16

An EHC Plan is needed to support your child’s Special educational needs a draft EHC Plan will be developed using the professional advice gathered during the assessment. Once the EHC Plan is drafted a copy will be sent to you with the offer of an opportunity to meet with your link EHC Plan Coordinator to discuss any amendments or additions you would like to be included. It is often useful to meet at this point to co-produce the Outcomes to be included in the EHC Plan. At this point you will also be asked to express a preference for an educational setting. You will have 15 days to respond to the Draft Plan.

Access the draft plan reply slip.

Weeks 18-19

Any final amendments will be made to the EHC plan and consultations made with educational setting/s. Educational settings have 15 days to respond.

Week 20

The final EHC Plan will be sent to you with all the appendices (advice reports used to write the plan) naming the educational setting in section I. Copies will also be sent to the Educational setting and professionals that provided advice for the EHC Plan.

The SEND Information and Advice Service is also there to help you at any point.

Who can make a request for an Education, Health and Care Needs assessment?

Any professional working with a child, young person or family can make a referral to the authority for an Education, Health and Care assessment. It is usual for referrals to come from the child/young person's educational setting.

A parent/young person (over the age of 16) can make a direct request for an Education, Health and Care Assessment. However, we recommend that they speak to the young person's teacher or Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo) first as they will be able to help you.

Asking for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment

Parents/Carers can ask us to make an education, health and care needs assessment if you feel that your child is falling seriously behind, despite getting extra help from their educational provider.  If you decide to make a request directly to us then you will need to write a letter detailing why you believe an assessment is required together with any supporting evidence which outlines your child’s needs. You will need to send the letter and supporting evidence to Statutory Assessment and Review Service, PO Box 15, Council House, Coventry CV1 5RR.

We would suggest that you should always talk to your child's education provider first before asking for an assessment. Coventry Local authority will carefully consider your request and if we feel it is necessary, will carry out the assessment. If we decide that an assessment is not needed, we will write to you and your child's educational provider to explain the reasons for our decision. We will give you details about your right to appeal against the decision to the SEN Tribunal. We will also tell you about the informal disagreement resolution arrangements available through the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service and Mediation Services.

How do health services work with Coventry City Council in the Education Health and Care Needs Assessment Process?

When a child has been referred for an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment, a panel will look at all the information provided to see if any concerns around the child’s health and wellbeing have been identified. A health representative is invited to attend the panel to ensure health needs are specifically discussed. If a health need or potential health need is identified, Coventry City Council will notify the relevant health service provider and request their advice to be provided within 6 weeks.

This advice can take different formats;

  1. If a child is already known (or classed as ‘open’, ‘on a waiting list’ or ‘recently discharged’) to a service, Health Services may provide advice based on the information within the clinical notes.  It is expected that most children should be already open to a service and referrals should be made when the need is identified and not wait for the EHC needs assessment.
  2. Please check if a referral form is needed when seeking advice for a child not already known to the service. 

  3. Clinicians may review the information provided and decide that the universal offer from their service is most appropriate to meet the needs identified at that time.  This will be their advice.
  4. On occasions the clinicians may need to speak to the child/family or to carry out a screening assessment to provide the advice.
  5. Once all the advice is provided, the Local Authority can then decide if an EHC plan is required.  If a plan is required then the health advice may be written into more than one part of the plan.
  6.  Some of the health advice will be written as special educational provision as the focus of the health advice is to support being at school, educating the child or young person and accessing the curriculum.  
  7. Some of the health advice will be written as health provision as the focus will be on health and wellbeing and long term condition management.

Telephone

024 7683 1614

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Support for families and young people during the EHC Assessment Process

Parent, carers and young people can get support from a number of agencies throughout the EHC process.

This includes the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS). For more information about the support available please visit the SENDIASS website.

The support that SEND IASS could offer includes:

  • Explaining the EHC process
  • Ensuring that your views are included in the assessment 
  • Help in understanding the draft plan
  • Discussing the arrangements for challenging decisions/resolving disagreements
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Appealing Local Authority decisions

If the decision is made to carry out an assessment, an SEN Education Officer will take you through the rest of the process. If the decision is not to carry out an assessment, you and the school will be given the reasons in writing including your rights of appeal and the time limits for appealing. The routes of appeal are:

  • disagreement resolution or mediation, and
  • tribunal – the First-tier Tribunal SEND (The SEND Tribunal)

What if I don't agree with what the LA is saying?

When disagreements arise between parents, carers or families and local authorities or schools about an aspect of a child or young person’s education they can be difficult to resolve.

Local authorities are required to provide parents, carers and families with an independent way of addressing any such disagreement. Mediation is a positive way of resolving conflict and can help to avoid the traditional adversarial approach to disagreement resolution without affecting other rights of appeal. It can work within or alongside the time frame for the SEND first-tier tribunal. You should first speak to your SEN Officer to see if the disagreement can be resolved locally. If we cannot come to an agreement, there are other options open to you.

These are:

Disagreement Resolution

Disagreement Resolution helps resolve disputes between parents and the Local Authority about the education of children and young people with special educational needs. 

Mediation

Mediation is a way of helping families where relationships have broken down to reach agreement about the future. It can be an alternative to tribunal appeals or work alongside them. Mediation provides a safe, neutral place where parties can talk through difficult and sometimes distressing issues with the support of a skilled professional family mediator who will not take sides or make judgements. It aims to improve communication, reduce stress and enable families to move forward into the future.

The SEND Tribunal 

The Tribunal hears appeal against decisions made by Local Authorities in relation to children and young people’s EHC Needs Assessments and EHC Plans.

Where parents disagree with the decisions of the Local Authority (LA), they have the right to appeal to the SEN and Disability Tribunal, which is an independent body.

Parents can appeal in the following circumstances:

  • If the parents request the LA to carry out a formal assessment of the child’s Education, Health & Care (EHC) needs, but the LA refuses 
  • If the LA refuses to issue an EHC Plan following an assessment 
  • If the parents disagree with parts of the EHC Plan 
  • If the LA refuses to change the school named in Section I of the Plan 
  • If the LA refuses to re-assess a pupil 
  • If the LA decides to no longer maintain an EHC Plan 
  • If the LA does not amend the Plan after re-assessment 

The LA will keep parents informed about their right of appeal during the assessment process.

Single Route of Redress - National Trial

The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans as part of a two-year trial. The trial will apply to decisions made or EHC Plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018. 

To date, you have only been able to appeal the educational aspects of EHC plans.  The trial gives you new rights to request recommendations about the health and social care needs and provision specified in EHC Plans, in addition to the educational aspects, when making a SEND appeal.  This gives you the opportunity to raise all your concerns about an EHC plan in one place.

It is only possible for the Tribunal to consider the health and/or social care aspects of the EHC plan where you are already making an appeal in relation to the education aspects of the EHC plan and the education aspect must remain live throughout the appeal.

For more information, please visit the SENDIASS Single Route of Redress webpage 

Disagreement resolution process

  1. We understand that for some families going through the Education, Health and Care Needs assessment process can be a difficult time. We endeavour to work together with you during this process. If during this process you feel unhappy with the following Local Authority decisions; refusal to assess, refusal to issue an EHCP following assessment, the content of EHCP or the setting named in ‘Section I’ we can arrange to meet informally to try and resolve any disagreements. We want to listen to your concerns and work with you to an amicable resolution.
  2. Contact the Statutory Assessment and Reviewing Service. We can schedule a meeting or talk over the phone to go through your concerns. Call us on 024 7683 1614 or email us at SEN@coventry.gov.uk. You can also access impartial advice and information from: SEND Information and Support Service on 024 7669 4307.
  3. If this did not resolve your concerns you can contact mediation services. This is a free service.
  4. If you are still unable to reach agreement about the EHC Plan, or after contacting a mediator you have the option to register an appeal to the Tribunal.
    HM Courts and Tribunals Service
    Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
    1st Floor, Darlington Magistrates Court,
    Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RU
    Telephone: 01325 289350
    E-mail: sendistqueries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
    Justice Department SEND Tribunals Website
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How does a Plan help us meet the needs of your child?

All mainstream schools are required to contribute the first £6,000 of additional educational support for a pupil from their notional SEN budget. For more information about budgets please refer to the financial support portion of the website. Pupils should only require an Education, Health and Care Plan if they need support above what is ordinarily available.

Because mainstream schools are required to contribute the first £6,000 of additional educational support for a pupil from their notional SEN budget, the EHCP will only  be required to provide additional funding to the school in exceptional circumstances.

We will discuss the contents of the Plan with you and the school to agree how best the Plan can describe what special help is needed. We will always begin by trying to meet your child's needs in a mainstream school although in some cases it may be necessary to consider the provision available within specialist provision.

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The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a specialised response to children/young people whose progress in educational settings is presenting serious concerns to their parents/carers and to staff who teach that child/young person. Support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested in most cases by:

  • a school/academy, 
  • the local authority, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

The EPS is based at Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9QX.

Requests from schools

At the beginning of each financial year, schools ask for an agreed total number of hours from the EPS. In exceptional circumstances, schools may request additional hours from the EPS during the course of that financial year. At the beginning of each school term, the EP and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) meet to agree the work that the EP will complete over the course of the term. 

How to access educational psychology in Coventry

Coventry City Council’s Educational Psychology team (EPS) provides services for children and young people with significant or complex special educational needs. In most cases, support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested by:

  • the local authority, 
  • a school or academy that has purchased support from the team, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

Requests from the Local Authority

The Local Authority commissions the EP team to complete a range of work on its behalf. This includes EHC Needs Assessments, work with Early Years children, work in special schools and work with children and young people attending out-of-city provision. Support is usually requested by the Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SARS). 

Requests from parents, carers and young people

If parents or carers have concerns that their child has special educational needs and wish for the involvement of an EP, they should raise their concerns with the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in the first instance. 
If a parent or carer contacts the EP team directly to request involvement, the EP may agree to discuss the parent or carer’s concerns at the next Planning Meeting. A representative from the school will then inform the parent or carer of any actions that are agreed.  

Gaining parental consent

Parental consent is necessary for an EP to start work with a young person and to process their personal information. This is usually gained from parents, carers or the young person themselves by the SENCo of the setting they attend.

Children receiving education at home

Requests for EP support for children who are electively home educated, should be addressed to the SARS team in the first instance.

For more information, please visit the Educational Psychology website.

The Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Coventry’s Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway has been created to improve the support for parents and carers of children and young people with social communication difficulties that may be linked to autism.

Health and education professionals have gathered the views of parents/carers, schools and GPs  in order to make the pathway more user-friendly and supportive. They want families and professionals to be able to work together more easily.

For more information please visit The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Leaflets and Forms page 

Here you can find more information about the Neurodevelopmental pathway in Coventry and how to get the kind of help and support that is best for you. 

Telephone

024 7678 8400

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Full time jobs should include training tat leads to an accredited qualification, until a young person is 18. Lots of young people work part time alongside studying at school and at college.There are a number of different places you can find information about employment options.

JobCentre Plus 

Jobcentre Plus work coaches offer comprehensive help and support and are responsible for delivering personalised interventions for claimants across all benefits, including those with a complex health condition and/or disability. JobCentre Plus coaching is designed to equip the job seeker with the tools/skills they need to progress towards, or into work.

Job centre plus work in partnership with experts to make sure that a broad range of support is on offer. The Work and Health Programme is a Welfare to Work programme commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). It is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities and those unemployed for more than two years.

Preparing for Adulthood - Routes Into Work Guide 

The Preparing for Adulthood website has a well researched guide for young people about getting into work.

The National Careers Service 

The National Careers Service provide information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work.

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MindEd for Families - Children and Teens

Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager?

Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting?

MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family and how to take care of yourself.

MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and parents working together. 

For more information, please visit the MindEd website 

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The Sensory Team work with children with a hearing or visual impairment that are currently aged between 0-19.

Children or young people are referred either by their hospital eye or ear clinic or by their school.

The child or young person must either have a medically diagnosed visual impairment which is not fully corrected with glasses or have been issued with hearing aids.

Please telephone or email the team if you have queries about whether your child or young person is eligible for support.

Telephone

024 7678 6174

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Do you love music?

Would you like to learn how to make your own music or develop your music making skills if you already do?

SoundLab-Cov is for 10-16 year olds who have a range of musical interests and styles including spoken word, dance, electronic, jazz, classical, and more.

It is open to young people who play an instrument, create digital beats/music and those who sing, rap or create spoken word.

At SoundLab-Cov you'll work with a team of professional musicians, with guest artists and performance opportunities across the year.

Sign up here for their termly Saturday sessions.

Sound Lab Coventry Website

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Many parents and carers have questions about if their child or young person can have an Education Health and Care Plan.

They may also wonder what kind of support comes with an EHCP.

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A child or young person's school is the first place to go if you feel that your child or young person needs help with a special education need or disability.

Click on the  About Education section to find out more about what is available and how your child or young person's school can help if they are having trouble at school.  

Please visit the Support available in primary and secondary education for more information about what an education setting must provide. 

Please visit the SENCOs - Special Education Needs Coordinators site to know more about the SENCOs and how they can help.  

 

 

 

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Choosing what school a child or young person will go to is an important decision. 

The Coventry Special Education Needs and Disabilities Independent Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) has made a guide about how the process works with some top tips about how to be prepared. 

Please see the SENDIASS Choosing a School webpage for more information. 

 

 

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If you think that your child or young person may have a special education need or disability (SEND) and you would like to get more information, there are a number of things you can do. 

1. For general information and advice about SEND, you can speak with SENDIASS, Coventry's independent SEND advice and support service. 

2. If your child is aged 0-5, you can speak with a health visitor, or you can describe your concerns at your child's Together at Two Review.

3. If your child or young person is 5-25 and in education, you can speak with their teacher or the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at their education setting. 

4. If you are interested in knowing more about the resources available to children and young people who have SEND the Dimensions Tool provides an interactive way to understand a person's health and well-being and find local support. 

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You can find links to some important policies and documents about SEND here. 

 

SEND Code of Practice 

The SEND Code of Practice explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. 

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is the way that a local authority (in this case Coventry) comes together with the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to talk about the community's current and future health, care and wellbeing needs. The result of these conversations are used to make decisions in the local area. 

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations.

Privacy Notices 

There are two Privacy Notices used for SEND in Coventry. These explain how your personal information is going to be used, what for, who it might be shared with and why. Coventry City Council Complies with the Data Protection Act 2018 and is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a Data Controller.

  1. Privacy Notice for Coventry SEND Support Service
  2. Privacy Notice for Statutory Assessment and Referral Service (SARS)

 

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SENDIASS offers impartial information, advice and support to:

  • parents/carers,
  • children and young people (0-25)

Their independently trained staff can help explain Special Educational Needs, Disability or exclusion processes and procedures in straight forward language, so you know what to expect and what part you can play in your/your child’s education.

They provide accurate, unbiased information to build your confidence and help you make informed decisions.
The service is commissioned by Coventry Local Authority but works at an “arms-length”.

This means that children, young people and their parents can feel confident that the information they receive from the SEND IASS is based on national guideline and not local policy.

They aim to:

  • Help develop and encourage good communication and relationships between all parties – parents/carers, children, young people, educational settings, the Local Authority, voluntary organisations – to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people and prepare them for adulthood
  • Ensure the views, wishes and feelings of parents/carers, children and young people are heard and valued
  • Provide impartial information and support to enable participation in decision making

Can they help you?

  • Does your child or young person have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a Disability?
  • Are you a young person with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a Disability?
  • Do you have concerns about your/your child’s progress at nursery/school/college?
  • Do you need help preparing for or participating in a meeting with professionals to discuss your/your child’s SEND?
  • Do you need help in understanding or writing reports/letters?
  • Are you finding it difficult to get your views across?
  • Would you like to learn more about Special Educational Needs and services available locally?
  • Has your child been excluded from school?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, then there’s a good chance that they can help you. They won’t make decisions for you – they will talk through the options available, the possible outcomes and help you make an informed decision.

Find out more

There is a range of information available on their website, including downloadable leaflets which can also be translated using the “Browsealoud” tool.

Thye also have a separate website for children and young people with SEND – “The CHYP Shop” – which has a range of opportunities for young people to get involved.

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There are a number of words and phrases that are helpful to know about as you use this website and when you or your child or young person interact with professionals. Take a look at Coventry's SEND Jargon Buster to find out more about these words and phrases and their definitions.

Words and phrases and their definitions

Term

Commonly used abbreviation

Definition

Academies

No abbreviation

Academies are a category of schools that are not part of the local authority. The number of academies has expanded significantly since the first ones were set up. Local authorities have no statutory jurisdiction over academies.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Admissions

No abbreviation

Each school has its own admissions policy. It is the responsibility of every Local Authority to co-ordinate admissions across its area.

Each primary and secondary school has a certain number of places available for its first year of intake (e.g. Reception for primary schools and Year 7 for secondary schools). This is known as the School’s Admission Number or its Published Admissions Number (PAN).

Parents have to apply by set dates for entry year admissions and to nominate their preferences. These preferences are considered according to supply (how many places available), demand (how many people are applying for particular schools) and criteria. Parents are informed of the allocated place. Parents can appeal against this decision if they feel that it is not in line with admissions policies.

Advocacy

No abbreviation

Support for people that helps make sure that their views and opinions are heard.

Advocate

No abbreviation

Someone who helps another person (e.g. a child or their carer) to make decisions and have a voice.

All Age Disability Service

No abbreviation

The All Age Disability Service works alongside people with disabilities of all ages and their carers to support their personal, social care and health outcomes.

Alternative Provision

No abbreviation

The Department for Education describes Alternative Provision as: “Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs – Statutory guidance for local authorities. (January 2013)”. The guidance states that LAs must follow this guidance when carrying out their duty to arrange suitable full-time education (or part-time when appropriate for the child’s needs) for children who are unable to attend a mainstream or special school because of their health.

Coventry Alternative Provision comprises the following:

  1. Coventry Extended Learning Centre (CELC) – consists of 3 sites and some school based provision.
  2. Hospital Education Service
  3. Work Related Learning Team - This is based within the LA and consists of a small team of 4 staff who work on behalf of schools to manage work-related learning provision off site for 13-19 year-old learners, particularly those who are most at risk of becoming disengaged from learning and of becoming NEET.

Annual Review

No abbreviation

A review of a statement of Special Educational Needs (now being replaced by an Education Health Care (EHC) plan), which an education authority must undertake at least every 12 months.

Apprenticeship Levy

No abbreviation

The apprenticeship levy is a charge placed on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships

No abbreviation

Apprenticeships build job-specific knowledge, skills and experience through practical training within a job role alongside a programme of study. Apprenticeships offer the chance to work with experienced staff, earn a wage (national minimum wage applies)/holiday pay and provide time out of the workplace to study. Courses can take between 1-5 years to complete depending on their level which ranges from intermediate (equivalent to GCSE level) to degree (equivalent to a bachelor or master’s degree).

Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASD

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

Attendance

no abbreviation

Every school has a responsibility for attendance and inclusion. Where a child is permanently excluded from a school, the local authority has a responsibility for this child to receive education no later than the sixth school day of the exclusion.

RISE

RISE

RISE is an emotional well-being and mental health service for children and young people. RISE was previously known as CAMHS.

The key aims of Rise are:

  • Have increased emphasis on prevention and early intervention
  • Focus on building resilience
  • Be integrated in our working, especially with schools
  • Systemically work with families and the child’s network
  • Support in partnership with the system complex and vulnerable children.
  • Help Children and our Young People bounce back when things get tough
  • Make getting help really easy- our vision of ‘No door being the wrong door’
  • Support children and young people aged 0-25 in a way that matters to them
  • Support the whole family – not just the child
  • Go the extra mile to reach out to those who need us most

Care Plan

No abbreviation

A record of the health and/or social care services that are being provided to a child or young person to help them manage a disability or health condition.

Children Missing Education

CME

The Department for Education statutory guidance states all children, regardless of their circumstances, are entitled to full time education which is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have. Children missing education are children of compulsory school age who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise than at a school.

CHYP Shop

No abbreviation

The CHYP Shop has been developed by SENDIASS and students from Hereward College, and is a website for Children and Young People with SEND needs to interact with peers about SEND issues and voice their needs and opinions about the SEND offer in Coventry and the Local Area.

Compulsory school age

No abbreviation

Broadly speaking, a child from 5-16 years old, a child must be in education during this time. A child is of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday until the last Friday of June in the year in which they become 16, provided that their 16th birthday falls before the start of the next school year.

Coventry Music Hub

No abbreviation

Coventry Music Hub is the major provider of music activity across Coventry and will deliver this in partnership with schools, Hub partners and regional arts organisations. Coventry Music strives to support schools, raise standards and to provide an inclusive, rich and balanced programme along with opportunities for training and development.

Designated Clinical Officer

DCO

The Designated Clinical Officer helps clinical commissioning groups undertake their responsibilities to provide services. This role is undertaken by people with an appropriate level of knowledge and expertise of the health needs and systems of a local area.

Key responsibilities of these roles in Coventry are;

  1. To provide a contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who have or may have SEN and/or disabilities.
  2. To support providers in their duty of notifying Coventry City Council of children under statutory school age who have or may have SEN and/or disability.
  3. To support commissioners in meeting their statutory duties in commissioning services to meet the SEND agenda.

Department for Education

DfE

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

Disabled Students Allowance

DSA

Financial support for undergraduate or post-graduate students who have a disability or long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty which affects their ability to study. It can be used to pay for things such as special equipment, a note-taker or transport costs.

Disagreement Resolution

No abbreviation

This is a statutory service commissioned by local authorities to provide a quick and non-adversarial way of resolving disagreements between parents or young people and bodies responsible for providing education, whether the child or young person has an EHC plan or not, or health and social care in relation to EHC assessments and plans.

Disability Living Allowance

DLA

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people.

You can only apply for DLA if you’re under 16. You can apply for:

If you already get DLA, your claim might end. You’ll get a letter telling you when this will happen and how you can apply for PIP.

Designated Medical Officer

DMO

A Designated Medical Officer helps clinical commissioning groups undertake their responsibilities to provide services. These roles are undertaken by people with an appropriate level of knowledge and expertise of the health needs and systems of a local area.

Key responsibilities of these roles in Coventry are;

  1. To provide a contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who have or may have SEN and/or disabilities.
  2. To support providers in their duty of notifying Coventry City Council of children under statutory school age who have or may have SEN and/or disability.
  3. To support commissioners in meeting their statutory duties in commissioning services to meet the SEND agenda.

Early Years

EY

0-5 years old

Early Years Settings

No abbreviation

All pre-school education provision such as nursery classes and schools, day nurseries and play groups.

Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans

EHCP

The Department for Education research report regarding a survey of parents and young people states an EHC plan is a statutory document which details the education, health and care support that is to be provided to a child or young person who has a Special Educational Need or a disability (SEND). It is drawn up by the local authority after an EHC needs assessment of the child or young person has determined that an EHC plan is necessary, and after consultation with relevant partner agencies.

Education Psychology

EP

Educational Psychology provides:

  1. The Local Authority’s statutory assessment function for Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
  2. Professional advice in the statutory decision making processes
  3. Representation of the Local Authority at Tribunals

It also offers a comprehensive service directly to schools.

Education Health and Care Plan Assessment

EHCP Assessment

Most children and young people’s needs will be met by the help available through their school/ early years setting/ college. Coventry is working closely with schools to support children with additional needs through My Support Plan.

My Support Plan allows professionals to work together effectively to identify a child’s needs and in time to consider whether an EHC Needs Assessment is appropriate for them. It allows professionals to evidence the support that is in place and have regular review periods to see if the support is working. Schools will involve parents closely in this process and invite you to regular review meetings of the support being implemented.

However for a very small number of children and young people who need a lot of extra help at school, the Statutory Assessment and Review Service may decide that an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment is required to find out exactly what extra help is needed.

Elective Home Education

No abbreviation

Guidelines from the Department for Education states elective home education is the term used to describe parents' decisions to provide education for their children at home instead of sending them to school. This is different to home tuition provided by a local authority or education provided by a local authority other than at a school. These guidelines are intended for use in relation to elective home education only.

Exclusions

No abbreviation

Exclusion can occur when a child has misbehaved either in or outside of school or similar educational establishment. The Head-teacher has the authority to exclude a pupil on disciplinary grounds within the parameters of their legal duty of care. It is unlawful to exclude for a non-disciplinary reason such as lack of provision for an additional need the child may have or their level of academic ability.

There are two types of exclusion – fixed-term (often known as suspension) and permanent (expelled). Fixed term exclusions involve temporary removal of the child from the school; however, this cannot be for more than forty five school days in one academic year. It can include removal of the child from the school at certain times of day. Permanent exclusion is where the child is removed from the school and is not permitted to return. By law a fixed-term exclusion cannot translate into a permanent exclusion.

The local authority has a duty to arrange suitable full-time education for the child no later than the sixth day of the permanent exclusion.

The Coventry Information Directory

CID

The Coventry Information Directory is a website where you can find information about services, events, money and more.

There are two parts:

  1. the Adult Social Care and Communities Directory (focused on services for those over 18)
  2. the Family Directory (focused more on children and young people up to age 18 and their families).

Further Education

FE

Further education (FE) includes any study after secondary education that’s not part of higher education (that is, not taken as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree).

Courses range from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).

FE also includes 3 types of technical and applied qualifications for 16 to 19-year-olds:

  • Level 3 tech levels to specialise in a specific technical job
  • Level 2 technical certificates help get employment or progress to another tech level
  • Applied general qualifications to continue general education at advanced level through applied learning

HomeFinder

No abbreviation

Coventry Homefinder is the system used to allocate social housing in the city. The policy sets out how properties are advertised and who is given priority for social housing.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy

IAPT

IAPT services are for people with mild, moderate and moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety or depression living in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

Independent school

No abbreviation

A school that is not maintained by a local authority and is registered under the Education Act 1996. Independent schools will be approved by the Secretary of State as being suitable for the admission of children with EHC plans.

Local Authority

LA

The Local Authority is another name for the Council.

Local Offer

No abbreviation

Local Authorities in England are required to have a Local Offer, a place to find information about services and activities related to Special Education Needs and Disabilities. The Local Offer includes information about the provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled.

Maintained school

No abbreviation

Schools in England that are maintained by a local authority.

Mediation

No abbreviation

Mediation is a less formal way of trying to settle the dispute between you and the LA. It involves a meeting between you, the LA and an independent mediator, who will try to help you reach agreement on the points of dispute.

My Support Plan

MSP

The My Support Plan is available to use with children and young people who have identified special educational needs and receive SEN Support in school. It can be used for anyone who has a number of professionals supporting them that would benefit from coordinated support. The MSP is a non-statutory document and can be used flexibly to support the needs of the child, young person, their family and all who work with them.

National curriculum:

No abbreviation

This sets out clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all pupils, determining what should be taught and setting attainment targets for learning.

Continuing Care

No abbreviation

Support provided for children and young people under 18 who need a tailored package of care because of their disability, an accident or illness.

NHS Continuing Healthcare

No abbreviation

A package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals aged 18 and over who are not in hospital but have complex ongoing healthcare needs.

Non-maintained special school

No abbreviation

Schools in England approved by the Secretary of State as special schools which are not maintained by the state but charge fees on a non-profit-making basis. Most non-maintained special schools are run by major charities or charitable trusts.

Occupational Therapy

OT

Occupational Therapy aims to enable children and young people (CYP) to become as independent as possible and maximise their potential in their daily lives. The main occupations of a CYP include play/ leisure, learning to take care of themselves and participating in school. OTs use therapeutic techniques and sometimes specialist equipment to help children/young people become as independent as possible with everyday activities such as self-care, school work and play.

Parent Carer Forum

PCF

The way parent carers work with professionals is by forming groups called parent carer forums. A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children. Their aim is to make sure the services in their area meet the needs of disabled children and their families. They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers to highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

Personal Budget

No abbreviation

An amount of money identified by the local authority to deliver provision set out in an EHC plan where the parent or young person is involved in securing that provision. The funds can be held directly by the parent or young person, or may be held and managed on their behalf by the local authority.

Personal Independence Payment

PIP

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term ill-health or disability and you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age. The amount you get depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself. You can apply for PIP through JobCentre Plus.

Profound Multiple Learning Disability

PMLD

A profound and multiple learning disability diagnosis is used when a child has more than one disability, with the most significant being a learning disability. Many children diagnosed with PMLD will also have a sensory or physical disability, complex health needs, or mental health difficulties.

Portage

No abbreviation

Planned, home-based educational support for pre-school children with special educational needs. Local authorities usually provide Portage Services. The Portage service is named after the town of Portage, Wisconsin, USA. There is an active and extensive network of Portage Services in the UK.

Pupil Referral Unit

PRU

A specially organised school which provides education for pupils who would otherwise not receive suitable education because of illness, exclusion or any other reason.

Respite Care/Short Breaks

No abbreviation

Identified package of support to give parent/carers a break from caring. Short breaks can be overnight care for the child/young person with disabilities, activities or a carer.

Special Education Needs Code of Practice

SEN Code of Practice

The Special Education Needs Code of Practice is a government document that provides practical advice to those carrying out their statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children's special educational needs.

Special Education Needs Provision

SEN Provision

The additional or different help/support given to children with special educational needs, designed to help them access the National Curriculum.

SEN: Special Educational Needs and Disability

SEND

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service

SENDIASS

The abbreviation for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service: Provides information, support and advice children and young people with special education need and disabilities and to their parents and carers.

Social Care

No abbreviation

Social care in England is defined as the provision of social work, personal care, protection or social support services to children or adults in need or at risk

Special School

No abbreviation

A school that is organised to make special educational provision for pupils with SEN and available for children with Statements of Educational Needs/EHC plans.

Specialist Learning Disability Team

No abbreviation

The team provides specialist, multi-disciplinary provision for children with a learning disability whose health needs cannot be fully met by general health services.

Specialist Services

No abbreviation

Specialist services are very specific services that a child or young person may need to manage their health issues. Specialist Services most often require the child or young person to have an Education Health and Care Plan.

Speech and Language Therapy

SALT/SLT

Speech and language therapy is a health care profession. Their role is to enable children, young people and adults with speech, language and communications difficulties to communicate as best as they can.

Statutory Assessment

No abbreviation

A detailed assessment of a child's special educational needs, which informs the EHC plan.

Statutory

No abbreviation

Something that is required. Many times it is used to mean that something is available for everyone.

Transition Plan

No abbreviation

A plan drawn up after the Year 9 Annual Review of a statement/EHC plan that draws together information from a range of individuals to plan for the young person's transition to adult life.

Travel Assistance

No abbreviation

Travel assistance is help getting to and from a child or young person’s place of education. The Council will provide travel assistance to pupils who meet the criteria set out in our policy. This will normally be in the form of a bus pass.

Travel Training

No abbreviation

Training to help a qualifying child or young person with SEND use public transport

Tribunal

No abbreviation

The SEND Tribunal as an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young people’s appeals against LA decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people. It also hears claims of disability discrimination against schools. (Definition from IPSEA Independent Parental Special Education Advice website)

Universal Services

No abbreviation

Universal Services are services that all children and young people will qualify for, regardless of whether or not they have a diagnosed Special Education Need or Disability.

Young Person

YP

A person over compulsory school age (the end of the academic year in which they turn 16). When a young person reaches age 16 they can start to make decisions connected with their EHCP

Universal Interventions

No abbreviation

Health, Education, Social Care and other kinds of services that are offered to everyone regardless of the level of need they are experiencing

Targeted Interventions

No abbreviation

Health, Education, Social Care and other kinds of services that are offered to people who have a specific area of vulnerability in an area

Specialist Interventions

No abbreviation

Health, Education, Social Care and other kinds of services that are offered to people who are eligible for targeted interventions for those who require a highly specific set of services to respond to their needs.

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View full details of Local Organisation - Coventry and Warwickshire MIND

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About

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind is a local mental health charity affiliated to MIND: the leading mental health charity in England & Wales. For over 50 years they have been developing and delivering quality services with, and for, people with mental health problems.

They want to make sure that everyone with a mental health problem gets the support they need and the respect they deserve. This could mean having access to information, a listening ear, or more specialist support and services to help someone to live and recover from their mental health problem.

They have a variety of things on offer.

The MIND Vibes

The MIND Vibes service is a children’s and young people’s service developed to meet the emotional and mental health needs of young people between the ages of 7-19 years.

Coventry MIND Reach 

Reach is a community based children and young people’s service for 5-18 year olds delivered by MIND and Relate.
Reach offers a range of services and self help tools supporting children and young people to manage their emotional well-being.

Services include:

  • Counselling – Face to face or on-line
  • Therapeutic Group Work
  • Peer Support Groups
  • On line self help tools and activities

The Buddy Service

The MIND Buddy Service website empowers young people to take ownership and look at ways to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.The support provided can be on a 1-1 or small group basis within the community. The young person will be matched with a buddy based on their likes and similar interests.

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View full details of Local Organisation - Enabling Spaces

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About

Enabling Spaces CIS is targeted specialist support for people aged 18+ living with hoarding behaviours to prevent or delay social care and health need.

For more information please visit the Enabling Spaces CIS website 

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View full details of Local Organisation - Life Path Trust

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Life Path Trust is a charity group that supports people with learning disabilities in Coventry and Warwickshire and have support services in Oxfordshire too.

Their approach is person centred and focuses on the needs and wants of the individual to live their life as independently as possible.

For more information, visit the Life Path Trust website

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View full details of Local Organisation - Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind (CRCB)

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About

Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind (CRCB) is a registered charity that provides support, information, resources, training and social activities for people with a visual impairment in the Coventry area.

The Resource Centre is open during the following times and you are welcome to telephone for an appointment or simply drop in: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00am until 4.00pm.

It's based at 33 Earlsdon Avenue South, Coventry, CV5 6TH.

For more information visit the CRCB website

Telephone

024 7671 7522

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View full details of Local Organisation - Mencap: Coventry, West Midlands and beyond

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About

Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.

Mencap's work includes:

  • providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose
  • providing advice through helplines and websites
  • campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want.

Mencap has strong relations with a local network of more than 500 affiliated groups. Local groups are individual charities in their own right, but Mencap works closely with them to ensure people with a learning disability and their families have support locally as well as nationally.

There is a variety of local groups that are a part of Mencap and who work to support people with learning disabilities in Coventry and the local area.

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View full details of Local Organisation - Red Cross Borrow A Wheelchair Scheme

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About

The Red Cross Borrow a Wheelchair Scheme lets you borrow or hire a wheelchair from the British Red Cross for a single trip or for short-term use.

They provide wheelchairs:

  • you can push yourself (self-propelled)
  • someone else can push (transit)
  • to suit your size and weight – from extra small (suitable for children over five) to extra large
  • with accessories (eg leg extension).

For more information, please visit the Red Cross Borrow a Wheelchair Scheme website

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View full details of Local Organisation - VoiceAbility

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VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts.

VoiceAbility supports people in Warwickshire and Coventry to have their voice heard and their rights respected. They provide free, independent and confidential advocacy

VoiceAbility has led work to ensure that people are supported to have control over their lives.

They have pioneered new ways of enabling people to be heard and have rights, ranging from the creation of local Parliaments run by people with learning disabilities to new statutory services supporting people with the highest support needs facing the most critical decisions.

They have developed excellent services and as a result have become one of the largest advocacy providers in the UK.

For more information, please see the VoiceAbility website

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View full details of Looked After Children - The Virtual School

About

Looked After Children are young people whose care provision is the responsibility of a local authority.

The Virtual School makes sure that there is educational provision for Looked After Children, regardless where they are placed. We are asked to do "all that a good parent would" by encouraging and supporting Look After Children's educational, social and emotional development.

The Virtual School monitor their pupils' education by supporting Personal Education Planning (PEP) meetings. Support for Looked After Children is implemented via the educational provider. Since April 2018, The Virtual School has also offered support & advice to pupils who hold the status  'Previously Looked After'.

For more information, please visit the Virtual School website 

For more information about Through Care (social work and personal advice to young people from 12 to 25) please visit their website  

Telephone

024 7683 4162

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View full details of Mental health support for adults - IAPT

About

IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapy and is an NHS service designed to offer short-term psychological therapies (CBT) to people suffering from anxiety, depression and stress. IAPT may also work with people who suffer from panic disorder, simple phobia, OCD or PTSD.

IAPT services are for people over 16 and registered with a GP in Coventry, Rugby, Solihull or Warwickshire.

The service helps people by:

  • talking about concerns and issues and how these can be addressed by telephone or in person
  • Listening without prejudice

The ways they help (interventions):

  • Psychological Education materials and courses.
  • Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (cCBT)
  • Guided self-help, helping you manage your symptoms.
  • Group or individual therapy.
  • Books on prescription and recommended helpful reading.

How soon will I get help?

IAPT will take your details and if  it is right for you, they will offer you an assessment to discuss what will be most helpful. This first step will generally be a telephone appointment, so please let them know if this is a problem for you. Your telephone appointment will be within 28 days of your first call to the service.

Your local service

Our staff work across locality teams based in Coventry, Rugby, Solihull and Warwickshire. This means they can provide you with help close to where you live.

The service is run jointly by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire MIND.

All staff are trained in the use of psychological therapies.

These leaflets have information about IAPT translated into Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Gujarati, Polish and Punjabi.

For more information, please visit the IAPT website

Telephone

024 7667 1090

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View full details of Mental health support for adults - Transferring to Adult Mental Health Services

About

The Adult Mental Health Service works in collaboration with Coventry Warwickshire Partnership Trust, MIND and other organisations to:

  • help people with mental health difficulties live in the community
  • help people avoid mental illness
  • help people who are experiencing mental ill health to recover

When a young person with Mental Health needs transitions into adulthood, they may want to know how to access Mental Health Services as an adult.

Here are a list of ways to make the transition to Adult Mental Health Services, based on their situation. 

The young person is currently involved with CAMHS or Rise 

If a young person is currently involved in Rise, their RISE worker will arrange for the young person to transition to Adult Mental Health, where this is appropriate. Any questions about this transfer should be directed to the RISE worker in the first instance. 

The young person is Looked After

When a Looked After young person is transitioning into adulthood, their social worker will coordinate the transition into Adult Mental Health, where this is appropriate. Any questions about this transition should be directed to the young person’s social worker in the first instance. 

The young person is not currently involved with a mental health professional or service, but feels they may need to access services from the Adult Mental Health team when they reach 18. 

The Adult Mental Health team is very interested in making sure that people transitioning to adulthood receive the right mental health support at the right time. If a young person or adult feels that they need mental health services they can: 

  • Call the 24/7 helpline: 0800 616 171. The Helpline team will listen to the young person’s situation and point them in the direction of the most appropriate help.
  • Talk to their GP. A young person’s GP can call the Central Booking line at : 0300 200 0011 Opt. 1. A member of the Central Booking team will recommend the most appropriate help that is available for the young person. The young person can call this number any time, they can call the number even if they are not currently receiving support from Mental Health Services.
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View full details of Mental Health Support for Children - CAMHS Specialist Learning Disability Team

About

Who are we?

The LD - CAMHS are a multi-disciplinary team who work with children who have a moderate to severe learning disability and additional significant mental health/behavioural problems. We endeavour to work closely with young people, their families and other professionals who are also supporting the young person. We accept referrals for children and young people aged 0-18 years old that have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP ). Our service only supports children with Section G of their EHCP.

If children are referred over the age of 16 years, our team will work with adult services and transition forums as needed. 

Who is in the team?

A young person with Special Education Needs and Disabilities may need to be supported by a number of different professionals. We have the following professionals on our team:

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Specialist Learning Disability Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language therapist

What do we offer?

A young person and their family are offered an initial assessment which will determine if we are the right service to help with their difficulties. This will be carried out by one of the clinical professionals in the team.

Initial assessments are often held in clinic but can be arranged to be carried out at home or school. It is essential that the young person and the parents/carers attend the assessment.

If a young person qualifies for our service a specialist assessment will be carried out. This may involve:

  • Formal mental health, behavioural, psychological, sensory and/or communication assessments
  • Direct interviews and observations of the young person, parents/carers/schools/respite carers
  • Indirect interviews / gathering historical information
  • Group intervention

Intervention will depend on the outcome of the specialist assessments and may include:

  •  Working with the people around the young person, at home, in school and respite services
  • Direct work with the young person

Sometimes it is necessary for a young person to be under the care of our Consultant Psychiatrist, this would be for:

  • Medication
  • Diagnosis

Who can refer?

Referrals are accepted from:

Any professional that is involved with a child or young person as part of a local tiered response. This could be:

  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Health Visitors
  • Paediatricians
  • School Nurses
  • Primary Mental Health Workers
  • Doctors
  • Educational Psychologists.

When a referral comes through a school, the Head Teacher should be notified. 

 

Referral Guidelines LD - CAMHS

https://www.cwrise.com/what-is-camhs

Telephone

 0300 200 2021

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View full details of Mental Health Support for Children - RISE and the Neurodevelopmental Service

About

What is Rise?

RISE is Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust's and the NHS' emotional well-being and mental health services for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. In 2017 they put a short list of names out to vote and 'Rise' was the chosen name for the services.

Rise seeks to work more closely with schools, voluntary community services, Social Care and Primary Care (such as GP practices) to increase support for the children and young people who need it. We have put in place and continue to develop programmes and training packages that can be accessed by our partners.

The key aims of Rise are:

  • Increased emphasis on prevention and early intervention for mental health issues
  • Focus on building resilience 
  • to be integrated in our working, especially with schools
  • to work with a child or young person's family and extended network
  • to support in partnership with the system complex and vulnerable children
  • to help children and young people bounce back when things get tough
  • to make getting help really easy - our vision is : ‘No door being the wrong door’
  • to support children and young people aged 0-25 in a way that matters to them
  • to support the whole family – not just the child
  • to reach out to those who need us most

For more information, please see the Rise website

Neurodevelopmental Service

What is The Neurodevelopmental Service?

The Neurodevelopmental Service is a highly skilled multidisciplinary team within the wider Rise service who provide assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD, ADHD, Tourette’s and Dyspraxia (as a co-occurring disorder).

The Neurodevelopmental service was created in order to meet the needs of children and young people with these disorders, understanding that they may not have a Learning Disability and/or a Mental Health concern.  It also appreciates that these individuals have needs which should be supported in a holistic way, including social, emotional and physical well- being. The vision of the service is to improve the child/young person’s life chances by reducing/preventing co morbid acute mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm and reducing/preventing family, social and educational breakdown. The Neurodevelopmental Service also strives to support the child/young person in reaching their individual potential.

The aims:

  • To reduce the occurrence of mental health concerns requiring specialist mental health services for children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide streamlined assessment  and diagnosis process for children and young people with co- occurring neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide specialist pre and  post assessment/diagnostic support to families and carers of children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide group interventions to support secondary symptoms relating to neurodevelopmental disorders such as managing anxiety,  anger and other emotions, communication difficulties, and sensory differences.
  • To provide specialist psychological/ therapeutic interventions for children with complex needs relating to their neurodevelopmental disorders that cannot be successfully supported in or are not appropriate for mental health services.
  • To work with other services to ensure access to support for children and young people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and their families is core to what they provide.

For more information, please see the Neurodevelopmental Service website.

For information about referring in to the service, please see How to refer to the Neurodevelopment Service

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View full details of Motability Scheme

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About

The Motability Scheme provides a way to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair without the worry of owning and running one.

For more information, see the Motability website. 

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View full details of Hospital Education Service

About

The Hospital Education Service is team of teachers and other education support staff who provide education for school age children who are unable to attend their usual school temporarily due to accident or illness. Their illnesses could be mental or physical.

We have knowledge and experience with:

  • The need for children and young people to remain in education, even if they are in hospital or have an illness
  • The ways that medical conditions affect learning and development.
  • The ways that missing school for long periods of time can affect a child or young person’s capacity for reaching their potential.

We work with children, teachers, parents/carers, medical staff and other agencies to promote the development and learning of children aged 4 -16 years.

We work directly with children and young people who have difficulties with things like:

  • Attending their usual school following hospitalisation or long term illness
  • Reaching their full potential because of time missed at their usual school due to various medical conditions
  • Re-integrating successfully back into their usual school
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View full details of Finding Somewhere To Live

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Social Landlords and Homefinder 

If you need to find a property that you can rent and you would prefer that to be through a Registered Social Landlord rather than renting a private property then you can register with Coventry Homefinder. This offers you an opportunity to search available properties and apply for those which best meet your circumstances.

Learn more about social landlords in Coventry (also called Housing Associations or co-ops).

There is an initial form to complete online and the team will assess what priority you have on the system based on your personal circumstances. This priority helps to identify people with greater need to our property partners which might help to speed up the time it takes to obtain a tenancy. 

Information on the policy and banding.

Are you facing homelessness?

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are facing the possibility of being made homeless, have a look at the Council's homeless information: then come and see the team as they will be able to help to offer lots of support:

Customer Service Centre
Broadgate House
Broadgate
Coventry
CV1 1FS

Supported Living (Adult Social Care - Supported Living)

Supported Living, also called supported housing is one of the housing options available for people with disabilities which enables them to live in their own home. Supported living properties are normally rented from a housing association with help provided by adult social care to support the person to live independently. Each supported living option is tailored to the eligible social care needs of the person with a disability. This means support can range from 1 hour to 24 hours a day. Sometimes people can live in shared home with other people or in their own flat or house.  In order to explore supported living options for a young adult in Coventry they need to have had an Adult Social Care assessment to assess their care and support needs.

This assessment will be carried out by the Adults Team in the All Age Disability Service.  
024 7683 3003
ascdirect@coventry.gov.uk.

Some examples of Supported Living are:

Shared Lives

The Shared Lives Scheme is a personalised service that provides people with disabilities with the support they need to live an independent life in the community. This support is provided by Shared Lives Carers and their families using their family home. Shared Lives placements can be for an extended stay, short break, or short stay. Find out who can be part of the Shared Lives Scheme.

Residential care homes 

A residential care home is accommodation that provides care and support for people who need regular help or supervision. There is a range of residential care homes across Coventry which the Council either runs or purchases services from. You can filter to find Residential Care Homes that fit your specific needs.

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View full details of National Organisation - Cerebra

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Cerebra

Cerebra's vision is that every family that includes a child with a brain condition will have the chance to discover a better life together.

Their mission is to listen to families that include children with brain conditions.

They use that information to inspire the best research and innovation, put the knowledge into practice so families can discover a better life together.

Their key values are:

  • Positive: Their optimism helps families see past every barrier
  • Inquisitive: A spirit of relentless discovery drives everything they do
  • Together: Our researchers, practitioners and families go further when they travel together

For more information, visit the Cerebra website 

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View full details of National Organisation - Contact for Families with Disabled Children

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Contact for Families with Disabled Children supports families with the best possible guidance and information.

They bring families together to support each other and help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

For more information, visit the Contact for Families with Disabled Children website

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View full details of My Support Plan

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My Support Plan is a document that can be used to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). It contains information about their needs, the support that will be put in place to meet these needs and their progress in school.

My Support Plan is usually used for children and young people who have lots of different professionals working with them. It allows information from all of these professionals to be written in one place.

My Support Plan is used in lots of nurseries and schools across Coventry. This means that if a child or young person with SEN moves schools, their new school can find out quickly about their needs and how to support them.

When children and young people have severe or complex special educational needs, the information in My Support Plan can be used to help request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.

Telephone

024 7678 8400

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View full details of National Organisation - ADDISS Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service

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ADDISS provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, people who have ADHD, teachers or health professionals.

For more information, please visit the ADDISS website.

Telephone

020 8952 2800

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View full details of National Organisation - AFASIC Unlocking Speech & Language

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AFASIC is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Their Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including helpline and email support, free to download factsheets and access to our local networks.

For more information, please see the AFASIC Website.

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View full details of National Organisation - ALLFIE Alliance for Inclusive Education

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ALLFIE

ALLFIE campaigns for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education, training and apprenticeships with all necessary supports.

They also create the resources that people and organisations need to advocate for inclusive education, training and apprenticeships and to develop good inclusive education practice.

ALLFIE believes that Disabled and non-disabled pupils and students learning together creates opportunities to build relationships and create a diverse and inclusive society that welcomes everyone.

For more information, please visit the ALLFIE website

Telephone

020 7737 6030

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View full details of National Organisation - Autism Education Trust (AET)

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The Autism Education Trust (AET) is a partnership of organisations with an interest in autism and works to improve education for children with autism. It is hosted on behalf of the partnership by the National Autistic Society.

The AET helps raise awareness of the importance of appropriate educational provision for children and young people on the autism spectrum through a range of dedicated events, information sharing conferences, web based resources and ongoing research and project work.

For more information, please see the Autism Education Trust website

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View full details of National Organisation - Autism Links

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Autism Links is dedicated to making helpful and sometimes vital links to charities, support groups and specialist service providers that are all ready to share advice and experience whenever you need it.

The Autism Links website covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.

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View full details of National Organisation - Bladder and Bowel UK

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Bladder and Bowel UK (formerly PromoCon) offers advice and information on all bladder and bowel issues in children and young people including those with additional needs.

They have a range of resources that will help parents, carers, professionals and schools cope with incontinence in children and young people.

They also offer advice, support and health for bowel and bladder issues in adults.

For more information, please see the Bladder and Bowel UK website

 

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View full details of National Organisation - Carers Trust

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The Carer's Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

They do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.

With locally based Network Partners they are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks.

They offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities.

For more information, visit the 

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View full details of National Organisation - Carers UK

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Carers UK is the UK's only national membership charity for carers. 

Carers UK is both a support network and a movement for change.

For more information, please visit the Carers UK website

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View full details of Music - Notables Foundation

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The Notables Foundation provides opportunities for people with learning difficulties and special needs to acquire skills with music and the performing arts.

For more information, please visit the Notables website 

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View full details of Music - Music in Coventry

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Coventry Music runs Open Orchestras via MAC makes Music and Open Up music, these are currently at Sherbourne Fields and River Bank Schools. The plan is to expand this to all the KS3 special schools year on year.

Coventry Music also offers a Band creation project in Baginton Fields with MAC makes music.

Coventry Music offers a free 6 week choir creation scheme for all schools (Primary/Secondary/Special) with Armonico Consort.

Inclusive music provision

Coventry Music offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional instrumental/vocal lessons in groups or to individuals through Coventry Music. We currently deliver in all 3 Extended Learning Centres and can create bespoke packages for schools.

Coventry Music also offers LAC children a free 20 minute individual lesson on an instrument of choice through the virtual school. Holiday courses are provided in collaboration with the Virtual School for LAC children. Looked after children can have weekly music lessons up to 33 per school year. For more information you can contact the Virtual schools team on Virtualschool@coventry.gov.uk

Music CPD

Available via Hub partners and ourselves to develop and deliver inclusive/SEND music programmes.

  • SoundLab-Cov is an inclusive Saturday centre for Creative Music Making. The SoundLab is equipped to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND, however they are currently not able to meet the needs of children and young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Visit SoundLab's website.
  • Coventry Music groups – There are a variety of music groups up and running around Coventry.
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View full details of National Organisation - Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

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The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations.

They work collaboratively, from policy into practice, to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people. 

They work across a range of subject areas. Browse through the themes and see what projects they’re working on by going to the Council for Disabled Children website 

 

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View full details of National Organisation - Dimensions UK

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Dimensions supports people with learning disabilities and autism to have a louder voice, choice and control in their lives. Their 7000 colleagues deliver ambitious, effective, personalised support often with those whose previous support has not been successful.

As one of the country’s largest not-for-profits supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs, they are driven by their values.

People with learning disabilities and their families are at the heart of everything they do and they want every person they support to have a great life, with excellent outcomes.

Dimensions enables the people they support to live as active citizens, playing their part in our communities. 

For more information, please see the Dimensions UK website

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View full details of National Organisation - Disability Rights UK

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Disability Rights UK is the leading charity of its kind in the UK.

It is run by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions.

Their stated priorities for 2016-2019 are:

  1. Independent living: getting a life
  2. Career opportunities – getting work, education and skills
  3. Influencing public attitudes and behaviours: seeking a sea change in perceptions of disability and tackling hostility, bullying and hate crime 

For more information please visit the Disability Rights UK website

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View full details of National Organisation - Dyslexia Action

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Dyslexia Action is a leading provider of specialist teacher training/practitioner training and specialist teacher/practitioner assessor training.

They offer a range of pathways to achieve specialist teacher/practitioner assessor status.

Their dyslexia training courses are designed to strengthen the expertise and confidence of teachers, SENCos, practitioners, teaching assistants, learning support staff, language therapists, tutors and lecturers who support students with literacy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

For more information please visit the Dyslexia Action website

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View full details of National Organisation - Dyspraxia Foundation

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The Dyspraxia Foundation answers approximately 10,000 enquiries and distributes more then 20,000 leaflets about the condition each year.

The Dyspraxia Foundation  is committed to making the teaching and medical professions more aware of dyspraxia; and to spread understanding of how those who have the condition can be helped.

For more information, visit the Dyspraxia Foundation Website

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View full details of National Organisation - Epilepsy Action

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Epilepsy Action is a community of people committed to a better life for everyone affected by epilepsy.

They want high quality, accessible epilepsy healthcare services, so that people with epilepsy have the support they need to manage their condition.

They want wider awareness and understanding of epilepsy, so that people living with the condition are treated with fairness and respect.

For more information, see the Epilepsy Action website 

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View full details of National Organisation - ERIC The children’s bowel and bladder charity

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ERIC is the only charity dedicated to the bowel and bladder health of all children and teenagers in the UK.

Their vision is that "every child and teenager with a bowel or bladder condition can access support and live free from embarrassment, shame, isolation and fear".

For more information, please visit the ERIC website

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View full details of National Organisation - I CAN

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I CAN is the children's communication charity.

They are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.

Their vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential.

Their mission is to ensure that all children with communication difficulties are identified and supported so that they’re not left out or left behind.

For more information, visit the I CAN website 

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View full details of National Organisation - Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

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Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a charity operating in England.

IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

For more information, please visit the IPSEA website

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View full details of Music - Rhymetime in Coventry

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Rhymetime sessions in Coventry Libraries

Rhymetime sessions are available at your local library.

Great things about rhymetimes:

  • Sharing rhymes is a way for you to be close to your child and spend time bonding.
  • Most rhymes involve physical activity for example clapping, bouncing, wiggling fingers etc. These are all good for developing motor skills, and support your child's brain development.
  • Rhymes help a child's listening and concentration skills. Your child can also build on social skills by learning to take turns and join in.
  • Learning new words and phrases through repetition in songs and rhymes can improve your child's language and communication skills.
  • Above all, rhymes, songs and stories can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both child and adult!

For more information, please visit the Rhymetime webpage on the Coventry Information Directory 

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View full details of Early Years Education, Support and Childcare - general overview

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In Coventry we have several different types of childcare to meet the needs of children and families.

These include:

  • Day Nursery
  • School Nursery Class
  • Preschool
  • Childminder
  • Out of School Care
  • Nanny
  • Independent school

The majority of childcare in Coventry is regulated by a government body called Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). Ofsted make sure that people working with children and in childcare setting are safe and suitable to do so. Ofsted regularly inspect childcare sites to make sure they meet minimum Ofsted standards.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years childcare providers must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which explains the learning, development and care that a provider is expected to give children between birth and five years of age.

Childcare providers who offer childcare using 2 year old, 3 year old  and 4 year old funding must be clear about how they will support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and make this information available to help parents to choose the right setting for their child.  Childcare providers are required to make sure that all of their staff members know what is required of them in relation to the SEND Code of Practice and the Equality Act 2010.

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View full details of National Organisation - National Autistic Society (NAS)

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The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.

Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

The NAS also has information about the National Autism Act 2009.

The National Autism Act 2009 was the result of two years of active campaigning. 

It is the only act dedicated to improving support and services for one disability.

For more information, please visit the NAS guides to the National Autism Act and the NAS website 

 

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View full details of Recreation - Libraries in Coventry

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Coventry Libraries and Information Service has provided free books, information, ideas and education in Coventry for over 100 years.

How to join

To join a library visit any library, or complete a library application form online. All you need is proof of your address.

Autism friendly library at Tile Hill

In January 2017 Tile Hill Library became the first ever autism friendly library in Coventry. With ideas from parents and specialists the library has been redesigned and features such as, an open plan children’s area, specialist signage stock.

Digital creativity

Coventry Libraries provide coding clubs for a variety of age ranges. From ‘Code and Go’ to Storytimes to ‘Coder Dojos’ (Coding Workshops), there is something for everyone.

Activities for young people

Coventry Libraries also offer Storytimes, Rhymetimes, Stay and Play sessions, Chatterbooks, craft sessions and Lego labs!

What's on in Coventry Libraries?

Library services for people with a visual impairment

Coventry Libraries provide talking books as well as large print and braille books for people with a visual impairment. Most libraries also have helpful resources like screen readers and magnifiers to help library users read.

Reading Well: Books on Prescription

Reading Well: Books on Prescription helps people to understand and manage their health and well-being through recommended self-help books. There are three strands to the Reading Well: Books on Prescription Scheme. One focuses on self-help reading for common mental health conditions, another strand focuses on dementia and the third strand focuses on common mental health issues that young people face. The Reading Well Mood-Boosting books scheme includes uplifting novels, poetry and non-fiction. The lists are recommended by readers across the country.

Book Start packs

Bookstart in Coventry is co-ordinated by Coventry Libraries and Information Services in partnership with the Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust Early Years and Childcare Service, Coventry Children's Centres and other community services. Bookstart supports parents and carers to enjoy books with their children and young people from as early an age as possible.

Special collections

Coventry Libraries also provide specialist collections. “Life’s ups and downs” supports young people with life experiences such as visiting a dentist or moving house. “High/low books” offer engaging and age-appropriate material for readers that are struggling to advance to higher levels of reading. A full list of specialist collections is in the library catalogue.

For more information, please visit the Coventry Libraries website

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View full details of Occupational Therapy - Children and Young People

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Occupational Therapy for 0-18 (19 years in special education provision)

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy aims to enable children and young people (CYP) to become as independent as possible and maximise their potential in their daily lives. The main activities that children and young people do include playing and having leisure time, learning to take care of themselves and participating in school.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) use therapeutic techniques and sometimes specialist equipment to help children and young people become as independent as possible with everyday activities such as self-care, school work and play.

Currently, Occupational Therapy for children and young people in Coventry is provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust.

Here are some common reasons to consider a referral to an Occupational Therapist:

  • When a physical difficulty is impacting on a child or young person's performance or development of skills. 
  • There are difficulties with age-appropriate activities of daily living (such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, washing hair)
  • To get an assessment for a child or young person to use equipment at home and school
  • To get an assessment of a child or young person's motor skills - these are important foundations for future skills
  • To get an assessment of visual motor integration skills (hand-eye coordination)

Referral criteria

Children and young people between the ages of 0-18 (19 years in special education provision) who are registered with a Coventry GP can be referred to this service. Referrals must be made by teachers and other health professionals like consultants, GPs, school nurses, health visitors etc.

If a professional is referring on behalf of a family/carers they need to get consent from the parent/carer before the referral is sent to the Occupational Therapy team.

The service does not accept referrals based on a specific diagnosis alone or for children whose functional skills are in line with their cognitive ability.

Concerns regarding behaviour related to toileting should be directed to the relevant health visitor or school nurse.

Once a referral is received it is prioritised by our Occupational Therapy team triage.

A letter will be written to the person who referred and the parent or carer when they make a decision about the outcome of the referral triage.

For more information, please visit the Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy in Coventry Website.

Telephone

024 7696 1455

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View full details of National Organisation - Preparing for Adulthood (PFA)

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The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years.

The Preparing for Adulthood outcomes are based on what disabled young people say is important to them. Ultimately, young people want to have full lives with choices about their future and control of their support.

The Preparing for Adulthood programme has three key strands of work:

  • Development and implementation of good practice through the PfA Demonstration Sites
  • Best practice and information sharing
  • Regional support in relation to all PfA outcomes and partnership working through events and networks

The Preparing for Adulthood Programme works with the Department for Education and its partners to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living and housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion as they move into adulthood.

For more information, please see the Preparing for Adulthood website 

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View full details of National Organisation - Rethink

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Rethink helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives.

They provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.

For more information, please visit the Rethink website.

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View full details of National Organisation - Scope

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Scope is a disability equality charity.

Their aim is to have a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness.

They are a strong community of disabled people and non-disabled people with a shared vision of equality.

They provide practical advice and emotional support whenever people need it most. They do this through our Scope helpline, their online community, a range of employment services, community engagement programmes, and more.

Their helpline provides information, advice and support on disability issues.

They provide free, independent and impartial information and support on issues that matter to disabled people and their families.

Please visit the Scope website for more information 

Telephone

0808 800 3333 (Helpline)

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View full details of National Organisation - Shine

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Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff.

Shine enables people to get the best out of life.

For more information, please visit the Shine website 

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View full details of National Organisation - The Communication Trust

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The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations.

They work together to support people who work with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

For more information, please see The Communication Trust website

 

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View full details of National Organisation - The Curly Hair Project

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The Curly Hair Project (CHP) is an award-winning social enterprise founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe.

Their resources are used by individuals, families and professionals all over the world.

Things that make their work different: 

  • It is based on real life, personal experiences
  • They teach people how to really apply the theory we teach about autism
  • They have a very ‘inclusive’ approach – supporting all people in developing communication and relationships
  • They don’t expect the rest of the world to change to fit in with the autistic person – they want everyone to adapt and work together!
  • They aim to help autistic people learn to understand themselves and their needs and ultimately be able to self-manage
  • Their work is all about acceptance, understanding and empathy for different world experiences
  • They can offer differentiated learning because Alis is on the autistic spectrum herself

For more information, see The Curly Hair Project Website or the Curly Hair Project Facebook Page

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View full details of National Organisation - YoungMinds

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Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

They are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

They are here to make sure young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

For more information please visit the Young Minds Website 

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Disabled Person’s Free Travel Pass

The English National Concessionary Pass gives disabled people free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' times

'Off-peak' times are 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays. 

For more information and to find out if you are eligible, visit the Network West Midlands website. 

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View full details of Neurodevelopmental Pathway - Educational Psychology Service

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The Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Coventry’s Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway has been created to improve the support for parents and carers of children and young people with social communication difficulties that may be linked to autism.

Health and education professionals have gathered the views of parents/carers, schools and GPs in order to make the pathway more user-friendly and supportive. They want families and professionals to be able to work together more easily.

For more information please visit The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Leaflets and Forms page

Here you can find more information about the Neurodevelopmental Pathway in Coventry and how to get the kind of help and support that is best for you.

Telephone

024 7678 8400

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View full details of Physiotherapy - Adults

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There are two main types of Adult physiotherapy. One is the outpatient services of the Coventry Musculoskeletal Service and the Women’s Health Service, and the other is  the Community Service, which includes some clinic appointments as well as home visits.

Coventry Musculoskeletal Service (CMS)

This service is for patients who require a restoration of movement and function when someone is affected by a musculoskeletal injury, illness or disability. We aid the rehabilitation of patients with a musculoskeletal injury through assessing, advising and providing treatment for the problem. It can also help to reduce your risk of musculoskeletal injury or illness in the future.

The service can only be accessed via a referral from a Coventry based GP.

Women’s Health Service

This service is for women who are experiencing continence problems, pelvic organ prolapses, and pelvic pain. Treatment of your symptoms will depend on the type of problem you have and the findings from your individual assessment. Treatments may include advice on diet, fluid intake, bladder retraining and exercise programmes as well as other medical treatment and specialist equipment.

The service can be accessed via a referral from your GP, Nurse, Consultant, Physiotherapist, Midwife or Health Visitor

Community Therapy

This service is for patients who require assistance to improve or reduce deterioration of movement and function when someone is affected by a musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory condition or who is generally deteriorating in their ability to cope with daily activities. We aid rehabilitation by assessing, advising (patients and carers/family) and providing some treatment, focussing on realistic goals that patients want to achieve in the short term.

The service can be accessed via a referral from a Coventry based GP

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View full details of Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning Team (SEMHL) - The Schools Team

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The Schools Team is a team of specialist teachers that many mainstream primary and secondary schools in Coventry buy into for support with Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning needs.

Website

www.coventry.gov.uk/info/62/coventry_send_support_service/2319/semh_and_learning_team/2

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View full details of Ordinarily Available Provision for children and young people without an EHC plan

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Not all children and young people with SEND have or want to have an Education Health and Care Plan. In this case, it is important to know the educational provision that is available without one of these plans.

Find out about the education provision that children and young people can expect to access in the three main stages of education when they don't have an EHCP.

 

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View full details of Paediatric Continence Service

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Paediatric Continence provides specialist assessment, advice and treatment for children with the continence problems, daytime wetting and nocturnal enuresis. 

How do I know if my child has a continence problem? 

Daytime wetting 

Leaking urine after we expect a child to be toilet trained is very common: one in seven children aged four and one in 20 children aged nine are affected; it ranges from damp patches in your child’s pants to a full-blown pee accident.

Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis) 

Bedwetting happens when a child unconsciously empties their bladder whilst they’re asleep. Wetting the bed is a common childhood condition affecting half a million children and teenagers in the UK. It’s not your child’s fault if they wake up with wet sheets and it doesn’t mean they’re lazy.

What can I do if my child has a continence problem?

If you are concerned that your child has a difficulty, you can get information and advice in the first instance from your health visitor, school nurse or GP. You should see you GP if you suspect your child is constipated or has a urinary tract infection. Health visitors and school nurses will provide initial advice and support with toilet training daytime wetting and bedwetting.

Support is also available through 

When should your child be referred to the Paediatric continence service? 

If the child or young person continues to experience problems with daytime wetting and/or nocturnal enuresis after following advice from the health visitor or school nurse, they may benefit from a referral to the specialist paediatric continence service. This can be made by your health visitor ,school nurse or GP.

The specialist offer 

Some children require specialist assessment of their continence problems and should be referred to the Paediatric Continence service. After referral, you may be invited to group parent information session at which you will be provided with advice and information about your child’s condition including practical advice that you should start prior to initial assessment in the clinic.

After attending the group session your child will be invited for initial assessment (usually at the City of Coventry Health Centre). During the initial assessment, treatment options will be discussed and a treatment plan formulated. Follow up appointments will review and adjust the treatment plan.

All treatment plans require support from parents and carers and the child needs to be motivated to resolve the problem for treatment to be effective.

In some cases support from school may be required, this may include encouraging children to drink during the day allowing access to the toilet during lessons and continence management plan may need to be written.

 

Telephone

024 7696 1416

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View full details of Parent Group - Coventry Action for Autism Group (CAFAG)

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Coventry Action For Autism Group (CAFAG) is a support group run by parents for parents. Meetings are usually held at The Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry.

They offer:

  • A chance to meet other parents and look at issues and problems linked to Autism
  • Information about help and support for Autistic children and their families
  • Social activities for Autistic children and their families

Click here for more information please visit the CAFAG Facebook page 

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The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is a network of over 150 local forums meeting in regional settings, working together to effect local and national service improvement through participation and co production with parent carers.

Each Parent Carer Forum includes parent carers with a full range of experiences in Health, Education and Social Care as their children have a wide range of conditions.

Parents in the network total over 52,000: they contribute to local, regional and national consultations. We continue to develop closer working relationships with local authorities and health authorities at all levels, including local working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

For more information, please visit the NNPCF Website

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View full details of Parent Group - North Warwickshire and Coventry Dyslexia Association

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North Warwickshire and Coventry Dyslexia Association (NWCDA) is a charity that holds regular community events about Dyslexia and Dyscalcula. 

They hold events around the West Midlands.

Please see the check the North Warwickshire and Coventry Dyslexia Association (NWCDA) website for more information about events and resources. 

Telephone

02476316813

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View full details of Parent Group - One Voice: Coventry's Parent Carer Forum

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"Working together for change”

Are you interested in helping to influence and shape services for disabled children and young people in Coventry?

If so, this group is for you.

The One Voice Parents' Group is a group of parents who have come together to help influence, shape and develop services for Children and Young People 0-25 yrs with a disability and/or additional need in Coventry.

The One Voice Parents' Group is an independent parent carer forum, we receive the DfE Participation Grant and this is facilitated through the charity Contact.

We link with and are part of the National Network of Parent Carers Forum (NNPCF).

We aim to:

  • work together with other parent/carers and develop partnerships with key stakeholders across education, health and social care.
  • Raise awareness of the impact of a wide range of disabilities
  • Influence decision makers
  • Provide views based on personal experiences
  • Share information and provide opportunities for parents/ carers to participate 

If you would like to join our mailing list and/or get more involved please get in touch, we are always looking for parents to get involved in developing the work of the forum.

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View full details of Parent Group - Roots to Branches

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Roots to Branches is a group for people with a diagnosis of Autism/Asperger's and their families to enable you to get to know other families that are affected by ASD.

There are no age restrictions

Siblings/carers/grandparents welcome.

Please see the Roots to Branches Facebook Page for more information 

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View full details of Personal Budget

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A Personal Budget is one part of a personalised way of supporting children and young people with special educational needs or disability (SEND). A Personal Budget should not be seen in isolation but as an integral part of the agreed individual plan, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for children and young people.

A Personal Budget is an amount of money identified by the Local authority to deliver provision set out in an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  It is not all of the money that is spent on a child or young person, but is the element that a parent or carer can have control of. It is the funding that must be used to meet the needs, outcomes and provision outlined in the EHCP.

For more information, please see the Coventry Personal Budget Statement 

The video above was made by KIDS Charity, a charity that supports disabled children and young people and their families. 

Website

www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/file/29242/personal_budgets_policy_for_children_and_young_people_with_send

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View full details of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term ill-health or disability.

You could get between £22.65 and £145.35 a week if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age.

The amount you get depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.

You’ll be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help you can get. Your rate will be regularly reviewed to make sure you’re getting the right support.

For more information, please consult the UK Government PIP website.

If your application for PIP is turned down you can ask the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to look at the decision again – this is called a Mandatory Reconsideration (MR).  If you have additional information to support your PIP claim that was not available when you made your claim, this can be presented to the DWP as part of the MR process.  Full details on how to request a MR or how to Appeal a decision is provided on the PIP award letter you will receive from the DWP when you apply for PIP.

Is PIP for you or someone you know?

This film focuses on the steps before the claim and an overview of who might be eligible.


Claiming PIP 

This film looks at the claim process – making the initial telephone call, when you should get the form and how long you have to complete it.


Supporting information for PIP 

This film focuses on the supporting information you should include with your claim and why it’s important.


The face-to-face assessment

This film gives an overview of what to expect if you are asked to attend a face-to-face assessment with an independent, qualified health professional.


The PIP decision – key things to know

This film focuses on when a claimant has received a PIP decision letter. It also outlines the importance of reporting any changes in circumstances so that we can ensure the level of benefit they are getting is still right.

For more information or help with Benefits, you can contact:

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View full details of Occupational Therapy - Adults 18+

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Occupational Therapy for Adults 18+


Occupational Therapists within Adult Social Care work with children and adults to enable them to live as independently as possible. They can provide advice about a range of possible solutions that may make everyday tasks easier for you. This could range from daily living equipment such as bathing aids to stair lifts and monitoring systems.


An Occupational Therapist can also arrange for people to have minor adaptations carried out in your home to enable you to live at home safely.

When major adaptations to your home are required, Occupational Therapists refer people for a Disabled Facilities Grant. The service covers the entire city. Any child or adult with a disability who thinks they have care and support needs can refer themselves to the service or a family member can contact us on their behalf. The team can also receive referrals from other professionals, such as GPs.

We communicate with individuals during their assessment, review or completion of a support plan.

For people aged 18 and over who receive support from adult social care they are get involved in the Adult Social Care Stakeholder Reference Group.

Occupational Therapists normally visit people in their own homes.          

For more information please see the Occupational Therapy for Adults Website 

Telephone

Contact  024 7683 3003

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View full details of Physiotherapy - Children and Young People

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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a therapy that works to help people move about and lead as active a life as possible. Physiotherapists who work with children often look at how their motor skills are developing and give advice on how to encourage good development and how to improve skills.

Physiotherapists also work with children who have certain conditions or disabilities to help them keep their muscles and joints in the best condition and to help them to be active.

What can I do to help my child or young person's motor skills develop?

There is lots you can do to encourage motor development, for example taking your child to clubs such as swimming, dancing, team games or martial arts, or to soft play or the park.  For more ideas visit our website 

What can I do if I think my child needs Physiotherapy?

If you are concerned that your child has a difficulty, you will need to be referred to the Physiotherapy service by a professional.

People you can talk to about this include:

Your child’s GPs

• A health professional that your child is already known to such as their Consultant, Occupational Therapist, Health Visitor

• The school nurse attached to your child’s school

• Preschool education services or Early Support Workers

• Your child’s social worker

They will need to refer to us by filling out a form about your child.  They will be able to get the form either by phoning us.

If you have been known to our service previously, you may be able to re-refer without going through another professional. To do this you will need to ring our department on 024 7696 1455.

When may a child with a difficulty need to see a Physiotherapist?

If you have a concern about how your child is developing, you should firstly speak to either their Health Visitor or GP. They may wish for your child to be seen by a Physiotherapist for an assessment:

• If a child is missing their motor milestones

• If a child is in pain when they move

• If a child moves around in a very different way to other children

• If a child has a disability or condition which means they need help to keep their joints active and healthy

What are common conditions Children’s Physiotherapists see?

• Toe walking

• Developmental Delay

• Cerebral Palsy

• Muscular Dystrophy

• Genetic conditions

• Musculoskeletal conditions  eg fractures, sprains, Osgood Schlatters

• Chronic Pain conditions

• Prematurity

When won’t a Physiotherapist see my child?

A Physiotherapist won’t need to see your child if:

• Your child does not have a Coventry GP

• They are over 18 at the time of referral

• They have been recently discharged from the service and have no new needs or there is no additional intervention which is needed

• You child presents with in-toeing (pigeon toes) under the age of 6, that is not impacting on their functional ability

• Your child has flat feet. This would need a referral to a podiatrist.

Where do Physiotherapists work?

Our team is based in the centre of Coventry. We offer appointments at a location most suitable to carry out the assessment or intervention. This will be either the clinic at the City of Coventry Health Centre in the City Centre, a school or nursery or at a child’s home.

At the City of Coventry Health Centre we have specially designed treatment rooms and a gymnasium. It is also where we usually run our group sessions.

What are the Physiotherapy treatment options?

For many children their needs can be met by having a detailed assessment which supports family/carers to understand why a difficulty it occurring. The Physiotherapist will also provide information and activity suggestions to improve motor development or a particular skill. Many things will improve with specific practice and typically children are discharged after one or two appointments.

Some children need a specific course of intervention in order to treat a difficulty. This intervention may be carried out weekly for a few weeks. For some children this will include group sessions, Hydrotherapy or a programme of sessions with a skilled member of the physiotherapy team. We work closely with educational services and other health professionals to ensure that any recommendations we make are carried out throughout the child’s whole day, as this will make them more effective.

A small number of children need more regular Physiotherapy input. This may be to prevent their joints or muscles becoming weaker or compromised, or perhaps to support others in helping a child’s overall development. If this is the case for your child we will work closely with other staff involved to ensure we are all working for the same goals.

The types of intervention we typically offer are:

• Bespoke advice and recommendations

• Specific liaison with other professionals

• School visit

• Individual treatment sessions with either a Physiotherapist or a skilled Physiotherapy assistant

• Group treatment sessions

• Prescription of specialist equipment

• Hydrotherapy sessions

Here are examples of the current groups we run:

• Pilates: A mat-based group session that exercises the upper and lower muscle groups and the core of the body. This has an overall effect on strength, flexibility, co-ordination and posture.

• Baby Group: A developmental play group for babies and parents with identified developmental delay. It is based around floor play such as tummy time, rolling, early sitting and transition skills on the floor. The sessions run for six weeks and have input from both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

• Little Movers: A motor development group for pre-school age children. It is play-oriented and works on functional skills such as crawling, pulling to stand, and play in supported standing. The sessions run for six weeks.

 

Links with other services

We have strong links with other services and work closely with other professionals involved in your child’s care.

Some examples of this are:

• Orthopaedic Consultants – this is so we can ensure that we are timing our input around any interventions your child’s Consultant is carrying out

• School staff – we work closely with schools to make sure all staff working with a child know how to handle them physically and how to support their development.

Physiotherapists offer therapy in a variety of settings across the city including, schools and nurseries, other NHS settings, clinic rooms at the City of Coventry Health Centre as well as seeing children and young people in their own homes. The input required from our service will determine the best environment to see the child/young person.

Can I use this service?

Our service is for children/young people who have a Coventry GP.

We also give advice to parents, carers and other professionals such as teachers as part of a child/young person's therapy programme.

The service is provided to children and young people from 0 to 18 (19 if still in school).Initial referrals are accepted only from other professionals. Re-referrals can be made by anyone relevant to the child/young person, with the child/young person and their family/carer's consent.

Once referrals are received they are screened and prioritized according to urgency of need and placed accordingly on a waiting list. The child or young person's family/carer and the professional will be notified that the referral has been received.

Your views and how to get involved

Parents/Carers are fully involved at every step of the assessment process and play a key role in intervention their children/young people receive. This includes jointly setting therapy goals.

 

Telephone

024 7696 1455

Website

www.covkidsphysio.co.uk

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View full details of Social Group - Creative Bridges

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Creative Bridges uses cultural and creative engagement to aid transition to independent adult life for young people (16 – 25) with a learning disability or barrier to learning.  

Funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, they use culture to engage young people and develop their digital skills so they are able to create new stories.

Please see the Creative Bridges website for more information.

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View full details of Recreation - Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Equestrian Disabled Riding & Horse Therapy Centre

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Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Equestrian Disabled Riding & Horse Therapy Centre (NNWEC)

The NNWEC, a registered charity, is a purpose built disabled riding facility which offers riding therapy, learning and training opportunities for over 80 disabled adults and children from the North Warwickshire & Leicestershire area each week.

The NNWEC offer lessons for both children & adults who experience a wide range of disabilities.

Riding presents a stimulating, enjoyable challenge and helps to improve co-ordination and balance.

When newly found capabilities begin to overtake previously excepted disabilities, a greater degree of confidence and happiness is attained.

For more information, please see the NNWEC website

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View full details of Recreation - Belgrade Theatre

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The Belgrade Theatre

The Belgrade is the largest professional theatre in Coventry.

The Belgrade Theatre offers free companion tickets for theatre-goers that need to be accompanied.

They also have performances that are adapted to be accommodating to those with Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

All Belgrade productions and many visiting productions are supported by captioning or sign language interpreters and are audio-described. They also have large print, Braille and audio versions of our brochure available on request.

For more information, please visit the Belgrade Theatre website

 

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View full details of Recreation - Brandon Marsh Natural Reserve

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Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, wander the reserve to discover large pools, many bird hides, woodland walks and meadow flowers. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop.

Around the Visitor Centre you’ll find the orchard, mouse manor, bird watching hides, the Education garden and a sensory garden.

Explore the willow-woven mouse manor with its stunning willow sculpture of a harvest mouse nest - you can even climb inside!

For younger children, try the brass rubbing trail - find the brass plaques hidden near the visitor centre to create colourful pictures on your rubbing sheet.

Then it's off to the Nature Trails which guide you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve. Enjoy lunch at Badgers Tearoom or picnic in the courtyard where there is also under-cover seating. 

For more information, please visit the Brandon Marsh website

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View full details of Recreation - Castlewood Play Scheme

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The Castlewood Play Scheme is a Holiday Scheme for children with additional needs - Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, physical and sensory difficulties and children with medical needs.

They have a team of fully trained playworkers and accept any child with a disability aged 3 to 11 years in or around Coventry.

Activities will be adapted so that all children are included.

Activities include:

  • swimming in our on site hydro-therapy pool
  • soft play
  • messy play
  • rebound therapy
  • bouncy castle
  • sensory play
  • physical activities
  • cooking
  • sensory room
  • and much more

For more information, visit the Castlewood Play Scheme page 

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View full details of Recreation - Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card

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Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card

The CEA Card is a national concessionary card developed by the Cinema Exhibitors' Association for UK cinemas in order to allow people with disabilities to obtain one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

For more information, please see the Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card website 

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View full details of Recreation - Cinemas

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Some cinemas have special show times for people who have Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

For more information, please click on the links below.

Showcase Cinemas

Odeon Cinemas

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View full details of Recreation - Circles Equine

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Taking the Reins is a new and different project run by Circles Network. 

They work with and care for horses as a way to help a wide range of disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

They have a very clear understanding about what helps and does not help people’s personal development.

They focus on: 

Communication

Relationships

Self Worth

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) - learning by helping care for horses -  provides for giant leaps of progress in all three aspects and offers further opportunities over time.

For more information please visit the Circles Equine website or the Taking the Reins leaflet

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View full details of Recreation - Coventry Transport Museum

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Want to know what it's like driving the fastest car in the world? Then come for a day out to the Coventry Transport Museum!

The Coventry Transport Museum has the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the story of Coventry through the rise and fall of its biggest industry.

The Coventry Transport Museum is a Makaton-friendly museum, their shop and museum assistants are trained in basic Makaton signing.

Weekends and school holidays are usually very busy, especially when there are activities or events on at the Museum.

During term time, school groups visit in the mornings. Someone who prefers quieter times might prefer to visit the museum after 2.30pm during the week.
 

For more information, please visit the Coventry Transport Museum website 

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View full details of Recreation - Dol y Moch

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Dol-y-Moch

At Plas Dol-y-Moch, their aim is to provide high quality education through the medium of the outdoors in a residential setting.

They strongly believe that children and young people deserve the opportunity to experience the outdoor environment as an integral part of their learning and development, complementing learning in the classroom.

For more information about how to be involved in the activities at Dol-y-Moch, please contact Alistair Cook at 01766 510200 or visit the Dol y Moch website

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View full details of Recreation - Kenilworth Castle

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From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history.

Today, you can explore the Kenilworth Castle's garden, tower and gatehouse and learn about the people and animals that lived and worked there. 

Kenilworth Castle has a variety of access arrangements available, please see the Kenilworth Castle Access Information page for more details. 

 

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View full details of Podiatry

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Podiatry

The Podiatry Service provides a specialist role in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of people of any age that have a foot problem combined with an underlying medical condition that may put their foot health and mobility at risk.

They provide treatment of skin and toe nail pathology, nail surgery procedures, management of foot and ankle musculoskeletal problems with provision of orthoses (a brace, splint, or other artificial external device serving to support the limbs or spine) and injection therapy and wound care with debridement (medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing ) for foot ulcerations.

Home visits are provided for bed bound patients.

You can access this service if you have a GP in Coventry.

Your GP or health professional will need to submit a referral on your behalf. 

For more information, please visit the CWPT Podiatry Website 

Telephone

02476 961335

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View full details of Post 16 Education - Sixth Form and College

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At the age of 16, a young person can make a choice about whether to continue in education, employment or training.

Some schools offer sixth forms so that a young person can stay in school; however this depends on which school the young person attends. Individual schools and the Prospects Careers advisers will be able to provide more information about this.

A young person could also apply to sixth form college, 16-19 academies, specialist post 16 institutions or vocational training providers in the voluntary or public sector.

The range of study programmes is broad and includes A Levels, vocational qualifications at all levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships.

View a list of schools and their websites

Further Education

Further education (often abbreviated to FE) covers the type of education which goes beyond compulsory education (ages 5-16), but which is not at degree level (higher education). It may be at the same level, at a higher level, or at a lower level than secondary education.

There is a range of colleges in Coventry. The Prospects Careers advisers will be able to give more information +about these or you can contact the colleges directly to ask for information about courses and the support they offer.

School 6th Form and Further Education Colleges 

The majority of schools in Coventry offer 6th form provision, for more details see the individual school websites.

There are 2 colleges in Coventry – Coventry College (Henley and City campuses) and Hereward. They both offer a wide variety of courses and support arrangements. There are also several colleges in the areas surrounding Coventry that Coventry young people can access.

Hereward is a much smaller college, with smaller class sizes, than Coventry College.  All students at Hereward have an Education Health and Care Plan. Hereward offers a range of study programmes that relate to sport, business, computing, performing arts, music and visual arts.

Colleges outside of Coventry that might be of interest are: Warwickshire College Group, NWH College, and Solihull College.

Level 1 and above course usually require students to have GCSE level qualifications. 

All colleges also offer general supported learning programmes. These allow students to continue to develop their basic skills in English, Maths and ICT.  Students can also access personal development opportunities and do taster/foundation courses in a range of vocational areas available at the college.

Colleges

Coventry College

This college is organised over two Campuses. Henley Campus and City Campus.  It offers full and part time courses and Apprenticeships

Hereward College

Hereward offers a range of full time courses and supported internships. The majority of applicants will need to have an Education Health and Care Plan.

Warwickshire College Group

Leamington Spa, Moreton Morell, Rugby Campus, Pershore, Warwick Trident Centre, Evesham and Malvern Hills.  

Offers full and part-time courses and Apprenticeships.

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College offer full and part-time courses and Apprenticeships.

Solihull College

Full and part-time courses and apprenticeships

Stratford upon Avon College

Stratford upon Avon College offers full and part time courses and apprenticeships

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View full details of Recreation - Tiny Tim's Children's Centre and Purple Planet

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Tiny Tim's Purple Planet

Tiny Tim’s Purple Planet is a place for children to have fun and exercise in a clean, safe and friendly environment. Their indoor soft play area is packed with adventure. The equipment has been specially designed to ensure children with disabilities and special needs have access and do not miss out, as they actively encourage integrated play. 

The Purple Planet offers…

  • A range of play equipment – including a ball pool and slides…
  • Café – enjoy a tasty snack as you build up a healthy appetite…
  • Secure environment – security measures ensure that your visit to the Purple Planet is a safe one…
  • Safe environment – regular safety checks ensure that playtime is always a safe time…
  • Birthday parties

Children who attend their soft-play centre not only have a fantastic time, but also have the opportunity to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.

Admission is free for children with special needs for a 1½ hour session per day.

For more information, please visit the Tiny Tim website

Telephone

024 7622 8254

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View full details of Right Help Right Time

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The Right Help Right Time guidance from Coventry’s Safeguarding Children Board is to help practitioners to understand and assess risk consistently and appropriately so that children and families can receive the right help at the right time.

This guidance is for practitioners in all agencies working with children, young people and their families in Coventry. This guidance will assist professionals to identify the support that a child, young person or family might need and how best this support can be provided.

It replaces all previous Threshold Guidance or Levels of Need Documents.

 

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View full details of School Aged Immunisation and Vaccination Service

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The CWPT School Aged Immunisation and Vaccination Service is commissioned by Public Health England to deliver routine scheduled vaccinations to children and young people aged between Rising 5 to 18 years of age.

The service is commissioned to work in all mainstream, special and independent schools.

The team’s deliver:

  • Nasal flu vaccine to primary aged school children in year’s reception to Year 5, with year 6 pupils being done in some identified special schools. This programme runs routinely from October to December, but children can still be vaccinated after these dates if required.
  • HumanPapiloma Virus (HPV) is routinely offered to girls only in 2 doses:
    • Dose 1 to girls in year 8
    • Dose 2 to girls in year 9
  • Diphtheria/tetanus/polio (Dt/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY is offered to boys and girls in year 9 

All vaccines sessions are initially offered in the school setting, but there are also regular clinics that children and young people can attend if they have missed the opportunity to be vaccinated in school or if they have extra requirements where more support is required.

Within the Vaccination Teams there are staff with specialist skills who can help and support children and young people who may struggle with receiving vaccinations.

Prior to the teams visiting the schools, CWPT will offer an immunisation pack to take home to parents/carers for all the children and young people that are offered vaccination. This pack will contain a letter from the immunisation team, a leaflet from the Department of Health about the vaccines and a consent form for the parent to complete and return to school.

For more information please visit the CWPT School Aged Immunisation and Vaccination Service website 

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View full details of School attendance requirements

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Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education. It is also vital that they encourage their child's regular and punctual attendance at school.

It is important that everyone works together to help children obtain the best possible start in life with a good education. Parents and carers should work in partnership with the school, notifying them of the reason for any absences and highlighting any areas of concern so they can be addressed promptly.

If you have school attendance concerns or queries, your child has received a fixed-term or permanent exclusion or is at risk of exclusion, view the Attendance and Inclusion website.

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View full details of SENCOs - Special Education Needs Coordinators

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Who are SENCOs?

SENCOs are Special Educational Needs Coordinators. It is a legal requirement for every school to have a designated SENCo in place. This person has to be a qualified teacher and must have completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

What do they do?

The SENCo identifies the children and young people who are on the schools SEND (Special educational needs) register. They monitor the  progress of the children and young people on the SEND register and usually co-ordinate the interventions for these individuals. The SENCOs liaise with and refer to specialist outside agencies to ensure that children and young people have the support that they require. The SENCO is responsible for all children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans and their annual and interim reviews. They will also write requests for Education Health and Care plans, although these can be requested by anyone, not just educational professionals.

Who do they work with?

SENCOs work with external professionals including health care, social care and educational professionals. These professionals include, but are not limited to, speech and language therapists, CAMHS (Rise) professionals, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Educational Psychologists, Doctors/Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Sensory Support and Coventry SENDIASS. The SENCo also has a link SEN officer who works for the local authority.

How does a parent or carer get in touch with a SENCo?

The best way to get in touch with the school SENCO is to speak to the school reception team. They who will know who  the school SENCO and will be able to direct you to that person.

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View full details of SENDIASS In Partnership Bulletin

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Coventry’s SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) work together with local partners to produce an “In Partnership” e-bulletin once every half term.

The bulletin contains information about and links to:

  • Local and national updates in relation to SEND
  • Changes in policies and procedures in education, health and care
  • Opportunities to get involved in shaping services in Coventry 

Current and past issues of the In Partnership Bulletin

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View full details of Sexual Health

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Integrated Sexual Health Service

The Integrated Sexual Health Service can help you with care and advice on sexually transmitted infections and contraception in Coventry.

All services are completely free and confidential, including for under 16s.

Services offered include clinic based appointments and drop in, outreach services out in the community and fully comprehensive HIV care.

For more information, visit the Integrated Sexual Health Service website

BeSavvy

BeSavvy is an online resource provided by Coventry City Council that supports young people and parents on relationship and sexual health advice. The website content includes important information relating to a wide range of subjects, a directory of services in the Coventry area and resources for sexual health professionals.

Be Savvy website

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View full details of Short Breaks - CHICKS

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CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to children aged 8-15 from all over the UK who would really benefit from a break from their home lives.

They believe every child has the right to make positive childhood memories. A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax.

More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children.

For more information, please see the CHICKS Website 

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View full details of Short Breaks - Take A Break Warwickshire

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Take a Break Warwickshire provides community based short breaks for children and young adults who have a disability or life threatening illness, and adults with a learning disability. This support enables people to live their lives to their full potential, gain skills and move towards independence with confidence.

Take a Break provides a wide variety of group activities across Warwickshire and Coventry. Their groups provide safe places for children and young people to socialise away from school, build on their confidence and independence and most importantly have fun!

Activities include Saturday clubs, holiday play schemes, a youth group in Rugby and an after school club in Nuneaton.

Further information or to book a place.

A service coordinator will talk with you about what you are looking for, and will then arrange a home visit to discuss your child or young person's needs in more detail. They will talk about the support they can provide and the cost in more detail.

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SEMH & Learning Team – The Keys

The Keys – two early intervention bases for primary aged children who need short term additional support to help manage their behaviour and emotions.

How does the Keys work?

The Keys are mainstream provisions for keys stage 1 and key stage 2 pupils who are at risk of exclusion and are struggling to meet the behavioural expectations of their school.  One provision for 24 KS1 and KS2 children is based at Parkgate Primary School and one for 12 KS1 children is based at Frederick Bird Primary School.

Short term, intensive support in a small group is provided to improve resiliency and skills and enable successful integration back into mainstream school. The provision is for 2 terms for 4 days per week, with the 5th day back in their school.

To access a place at the Keys, schools complete a Keys referral. This is then presented at a panel meeting of heads and Keys staff. If the child is accepted, visits to the Key and home are arranged. Once this is completed a start date is agreed between the school, parent/carer and the teacher in charge of the Key.

The Keys offer a broad and balanced creative curriculum which is differentiated in order to ensure that children experience successful outcomes.

Our aim is to equip children to successfully return to their mainstream school. A personalised re-integration programme ensures good outcomes for pupils. This re-integration programme is planned in partnership by Key and school staff, parents/carers and pupils and includes follow up visits and support, if needed.

How can we help you?

At the Keys, we work together in partnership with parents and schools to:

  • Build trust, increase resilience and unlock potential to better prepare children for their learning journey.
  • Develop a shared understanding of strengths and difficulties between The Key, parents/carers and the child’s mainstream school.
  • Offer outreach support to the mainstream school.
  • Strengthen multi-agency links.
  • Improve inclusive practice for children with SEND.
  • Reduce exclusions.
  • Improve academic attainment.
  • Improve attendance.
  • Reduce barriers to learning.
  • Provide clear consistent rules, routines and boundaries
  • Listen to the voice of the child
  • Work with other agencies to support the best outcomes for children and families
  • Support parents/carers and children to ensure appointments, support and interaction happens as planned
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The Keys - How To Contact

Further information is available through the SENCo at your child’s school or from Jo Cave, Keys Provision Manager at jo.cave@coventry.gov.uk

 

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View full details of National Organisation - National Deaf Children's Society

About

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity for deaf children.

They are there for every deaf child who needs them– no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.

For more information, please see the National Deaf Children’s Society website 

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View full details of National Organisation - National Portage Association

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The National Portage Association (NPA) is national charity that supports Portage services, families and professionals involved in Portage.

The NPA operates at national and regional level throughout England and Wales, supporting individual members, registered services and settings who have been awarded the NPA Stamp of Approval award.

For more information please visit the NPA website. 

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View full details of Sport - Xcel Leisure Centre

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Xcel Leisure Centre is located in the South West of Coventry.

The Centre specialises in providing swimming and outdoor sports facilities.

Facilities Include 

Indoor

  • 4 court sports hall
  • 25m, 6 lane swimming pool
  • Lifestyles fitness suite
  • Group exercise class studio
  • Health suite (sauna, steam & spa)
  • Children's play and party area
  • Function rooms
  • Meeting and conference rooms
  • Youth / community room
  • Café bar

Outdoor

  • 2 5-a-side all weather pitches
  • 4 netball courts
  • 6 tennis courts
  • Cricket pitch
  • 2 grass football pitches
  • Rugby pitch
  • Natural play area
  • Sensory garden

For more information, please see the Xcel Leisure Centre website

Telephone

02476 856 956

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View full details of Social Group - Red DS Friendship Group

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Red DS is a social group where young people over age 16 with disabilities can come together in a safe space to make friends and take part in lots of fun activities. 

Young people in the group do crafts, make music, cook, play games and do sensory activities.

They also have the opportunity to learn more about the Bible.

The group is based at Hillfields Church and also organises trips around the local area. 

For more information, please see the Red DS Facebook website

Contact 0773146538 or reddsgroup@yahoo.co.uk before coming along.

Telephone

0773146538

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View full details of Social Group - RIP Stars

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The Rip Stars are a group of disabled young people aged 17 – 25 from Coventry, UK.

They have been trained by Anita Franklin and Geraldine Brady (Coventry University) to be researchers.

They lead their project – research by young disabled people for disabled young people.

They have a voice and they want to give a voice to other disabled young people. They want to use research evidence to improve the lives of disabled young people.

For more information about the RIP Stars, please visit their RIP Stars Website

You can also read more about the RIP Stars.

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Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding.

They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.

The Scouts state that all volunteers should make reasonable adjustments to ensure Scouting is accessible and inclusive.

For more information please visit the Coventry Scouts Website  and Information about the Scouts' reasonable adjustment policies.

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View full details of Social Group - STARS Club

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STARS Club is a young members club for children and young adults, up to the age of 21, who have disabilities to get together on a Saturday afternoon while supported by qualified and experienced staff.

The children enjoy playing games, socialising and meeting new friends. During the time at the Club, based at the AT7 Centre in Coventry, parents and guardians can also have some well-earned respite.

For more information please visit the STARS Club information page 

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View full details of Social Group- The Grangers Club

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The Grangers Club is a social club for young people with learning disabilities - a place to meet up with their peers and have fun.

Activities include - pool/snooker, table tennis, ball games, arts and crafts, cooking, dominoes and other table activities.

Members are encouraged to voice what they want.

They go on trips out and can arrange drama sessions.

For more information please visit the Visit the Grangers Club Facebook page

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Special Schools 

The majority of children and young people with Special Educational Needs will have their needs met within a mainstream school or college setting.

The SEND Code of Practice 2014 says that it expects that children and young people will be in a mainstream setting, and that parents and young people have the right to express the choice to be in a mainstream setting.

However, a minority of children and young people will need a more specialised curriculum to support their needs. This is delivered in a specialist setting.

Coventry has a range of special schools including:

  • Generic special schools for primary and secondary pupils
  • A secondary school for complex communication and interaction difficulties
  • A school for social emotional and mental health difficulties
  • A number of primary Enhanced Resource Provisions for pupils with complex communication and interaction difficulties
  • Enhanced Speech and Language provision
  • Schools which can support Hearing and Visually Impaired pupils. 

Parents and carers can express a preference for a specific school to be named within a child or young person's Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The Local Authority has a duty to name this choice unless:

  • It would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or
  • The attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources (In this case, ‘others’ is intended to mean the children and young people with whom the child or young person with an EHC plan will directly come into contact on a regular day-to-day basis).

Efficient education means providing each child or young person with:

  • A suitable and appropriate education in terms of their age, ability, aptitude
  • Provision for any special educational needs they may have. 

Only children and young people with complex needs which cannot be met within mainstream would require a specialist setting.

Therefore, to be considered for a specialist setting a child or young person will need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan where the setting would be named in Section I.

The SEN Code of Practice 2014 section 9.80 outlines when a Local Authority would name a specialist setting:

The local authority must consult the governing body, principal or proprietor of the school or college concerned and consider their comments very carefully before deciding whether to name it in the child or young person’s EHC plan, sending the school or college a copy of the draft plan. If another local authority maintains the school, they too must be consulted.

For more information, please email the Coventry City Council SEN Team 

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Speech and Language Therapy - Adults

The role of the Speech and Language Therapy - Adults Team is to assess and treat adults who have swallowing, speech, language, voice, stammering and/or communication problems. People may find they have one or more of these difficulties.

This is a self-referring service.

There can be many reasons why people can have difficulties with speech, language and/or swallowing.

For example, someone has had a stroke (CVA), suffered from a head injury, or if they have a degenerative neurological condition such as Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntingdon's Disease or Motor Neurone Disease.

We work with adults who may have one or more of the following difficulties and who have a Coventry GP:

  • Producing speech and using speech
  • Stammering/stuttering
  • Understanding language - spoken and/or written down by other people
  • Using language e.g. finding the right words to say, or finding the right words to write down
  • Voice problems e.g. a hoarse or croaky voice
  • Swallowing food and/or drinks and/or medications

For more information, please visit the Speech and Language Therapy - Adults website.

Someone with a learning disability who has swallowing problems should refer to our Community Learning Disability Team.

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What is Speech and Language Therapy? 

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) provides assessment, advice and intervention for children who have difficulties communicating (understanding and/or expressing their needs) or have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

How do I know if my child has a difficulty with speech, language or communication? 

Children typically develop certain skills at certain age ranges. However it is worth noting that all children are different and that there is a very wide range of ‘typical’ development.  You may be concerned if your child has:

  • unclear speech
  • a stutter/stammer
  • difficulty understanding you
  • difficulty using the right words or making sentences
  • an unusual voice quality
  • difficulty talking in certain social situations or environments

What can I do if my child has a difficulty with speech, language or communication (SLC)?

There are lots you can do to encourage development of SLC.  Have a look at the Coventry Children's SLT website for some great ideas.

If you are concerned that your child has a difficulty, in the first instance you should speak to your health visitor, school or nursery staff. They will have had specific training in order to offer advice and some intervention.

When may a child need to see a speech and language therapist? 

Many children will experience difficulties with their communication or eating and drinking at some point in their life. Most of these children will make progress naturally, others may benefit from advice and support from their health visitor/ nursery/ school.  Some children however will need some specific support from the Speech and Language Therapy service.

We offer appropriate levels of support to meet a child’s needs in the following ways:

The universal offer

Communication development is best supported through a child’s everyday routine and experiences and by those who spend the most time with the children (ie parents/ education staff).

This way they get more opportunities to practice the skills they will need to use in the environments that they use those skills. 

Children who attend a special school often have a range of more complex difficulties, which may include communication.

The Speech and Language Therapy team aim for these children and young people to have access to a total communication environment, where spoken language is supported by objects, signs and symbols if appropriate. 

The specialist offer

Some children need input from the Speech and Language Therapy team for a period of time following on from the universal support. If this is the case, a child can be referred directly to the Speech and Language Team. The person making the referral will be asked to provide details on what universal support has already been offered to the child . This helps us to understand what support has been put in place already.  

Please use the referral form to refer a child into this service. Anyone who knows or works with a child/young person can refer to our service (with parental consent), the referral system is open to all including parents/carers.

All referrals are looked at by a qualified speech and language therapist to ensure the most appropriate management is offered to the child. All children/young people accepted to the service will be offered an assessment with a speech & language therapist. If we need to carry out an initial assessment we will contact the family/carer directly to arrange this. The initial assessment may be offered in a variety of settings (school/ nursery/ home/ clinic).

Following the initial assessment the therapist will discuss the findings and next steps with you. On some occasions, the therapist may need time to score the assessments before contacting you to discuss the outcome. The Speech and Language Team provide evidence-based intervention and support for a number of specific difficulties.

All interventions continue to require support from parents, carers and education colleagues to be successful and the Speech and Language Team work in partnership to achieve this. Following assessment, advice will be given and children/young people may receive intervention as appropriate. To achieve the best outcomes, the Speech and Language Team work together with:

  • The child/ young person
  • Their family/carers
  • Their nursery or school
  • Other important people in a child/young person's life.

Intervention can be:

  • 'Indirect' where advice and activities are suggested. These are carried out by families/carers and other professionals such as school staff.
  • 'Direct' where the child is seen more regularly by a speech & language therapist or speech & language therapy assistant with follow up work to be carried out at home/ school/ nursery.

Parents/carers are invited to all assessment and intervention sessions. The speech and language therapists set their speech and language therapy targets along with the child / young person and their families. 

Some children have very specific needs which require our input urgently. This includes children with swallowing difficulties or those who have recently had a major head injury or surgery, leading to sudden onset speech, language or communication difficulties. These children tend to be referred directly to us via their doctor. 

The service is based at City of Coventry Health Centre (4th floor) Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry CV1 4FS

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View full details of Sport - Brandon Wood Golf Course

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Brandon Wood Golf Course 

Nestling in the heart of Warwickshire on the banks of the River Avon, the parkland course is set within some of the most picturesque countryside.

The excellent condition of the parkland course provides a test of golf for both beginners and high/low handicappers.

The club offers exceptional value across a range of membership packages and green fee options.

For more information please visit the Brandon Wood Golf Course website

Telephone

02476 543 141

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View full details of Sport - Centre AT7 Sports Centre

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Centre AT7 is located in the North East of Coventry. The centre specialises in providing swimming, outdoor adventure and indoor sports facilities.

For more specific information about activities that are accessible to children and young people with SEND at AT7, please contact the Sports Development Officer Nikki Stilwell.

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View full details of Sport - Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club

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The Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club welcome people with any disability and of any age.

The leisure facilities include disabled parking, an accessible changing room and a pool hoist to help people in and out of the pool.

All new members are welcome.

For more information, please visit the Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club website

 

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View full details of Sport - Coundon Court FC Community Disability Football Scheme

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Coundon Court Football Club is a much recognised and decorated Football Association Charter Standard Community Club.

They have fun sessions that provide opportunities for anyone with a disability aged between 4 and 16 who want to develop their skill, knowledge and performance in football.

Sessions are designed for all players between 5 and 16. They can cater for players who use crutches, canes or walkers.

Sessions are outdoors.

Coundon Court Football club meets all the requirements and the highest level of standards laid down by the Football Association to provide a safe environment for children to learn and play football. All their coaches are volunteers and have the relevant FA qualifications, including child protection and emergency aid and are fully CRB checked.

For more information please visit the Coundon Court Football Club website 

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View full details of Sport - Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre

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The Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre is located in Central Coventry.

For more information, please visit the Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre Website

Centre facilities and activities include:

  • Fitness gym and health suite
  • Group exercise classes
  • Spinning Studio
  • Three Swimming pools
  • Inspire Swim School swimming lessons
  • Casual Swimming
  • Birthday party packages
  • Sports Hall
  • Badminton, squash, table tennis, and more
  • Indoor bowls hall
  • Cofa's Cafe

Accessibility

Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre have taken reasonable steps that customers with disabilities are able to access all of their venues and enjoy the activities on offer.

Specific activities have been arranged in certain instances for customers with disabilities (ie swimming) where additional staff are on hand to assist if required. Otherwise, fully integrated use of the facilities is encouraged in other activities on offer (ie Arena Health & Fitness Centre).

Those with a hearing impairment can contact the Coventry Sports Trust on (024) 7625 2527. A hearing loop is installed at the reception desk at Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre to assist you on your visit. Please enquire at the reception point which displays the hearing loop sign.

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View full details of Sport - Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy

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Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy is a not-for-profit Amateur Sports Club.

Their teams are 'Crusaders'. They have separate sessions tailored to the needs of their players.

Wheelchair basketball and the work of the Academy is targeted at people who have a physical disability.

You don't have to be a wheelchair user to play.

They also have a number of able bodied players at the Academy. They have dedicated basketball chairs to be used by all people in our training sessions.

They encourage brothers, sisters, mums and dads all to play!

For more information, please see the Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy website

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View full details of Sport - Moat House Leisure Centre

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The Moat House Leisure Centre is located in North East Coventry.

Centre facilities and activities include:

  • Fitness gym
  • Group exercise classes in an air conditioned studio
  • Junior Fitness
  • Full size artificial grass pitch
  • Multi-use games areas
  • Sports hall
  • Seminar rooms
  • Free parking
  • Cafe

For more information about access for children and young people, please visit the Moat House Leisure Centre website.

Telephone

02476841720

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View full details of Sport - Shirley Golf Club

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Shirley Golf Club is a private members’ club in its 60th year and has a long tradition of welcoming visitors and new members.

They have very active Men’s, Seniors' , Ladies' and Junior sections, offering a full diary of competition fixtures and golf events for all.

They encourage and support new members and those new to the game – at all levels!

For more information about access for children and young people with special needs, please email Shirley Gold Course.

Telephone

0121 744 6001

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View full details of Sport - Sky Blues Community Inclusion

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Sky Blues in the Community is part of the Coventry City Football Club.

They are committed to providing opportunities to a wide range of communities within Coventry and Warwickshire.

The term ‘Inclusion’ covers a wide spectrum, but for Sky Blues in the Community it is about providing opportunities for members of our community to take part in sport or personal development opportunities who may not normally get the chance.

For more information, please visit the Sky Blues in the Community Website

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View full details of Sport - The Alan Higgs Centre

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The Alan Higgs Centre is located in Located in the South East of Coventry.

The centre specialises in providing football, outdoor sports facilities and nature activities.

For more information, please visit the Alan Higgs Centre website

The Centre has the following facilities:

Indoor

  • 60x40m indoor 3G football pitch
  • 4 court sports hall
  • Lifestyles fitness suite
  • Group exercise class studio
  • Spin Studio
  • Health suite (sauna & steam)
  • Children's play and party area
  • Function rooms
  • Meeting and conference rooms
  • Café bar
  • Environmental projects classroom

Outdoor

  • Full size floodlit 3G football pitch
  • 4 grass football pitches
  • Match day grass football pitches
  • Skate park and BMX track
  • Natural play area
  • Sensory and butterfly gardens
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View full details of Sport - Wasps Rugby

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The Coventry Wasps have a variety of opportunities for children and young people to play rugby and watch Wasps matches with their family and friends.

Twitter @WaspsCommunity

Wasps Community Foundation Sensory Room

The club’s community team have converted two hospitality boxes at the Ricoh Arena into a quiet viewing room and a separate sensory space, where adults and children with autism and other disabilities can watch the action whilst being shielded from loud noise and bright lights.

For more information please visit the Wasps Community Inclusion Page.

Project Rugby

Project Rugby currently engages with participants aged 14+ (and 16+ for disabled people) and is delivered by Wasps Community Coaching staff at several locations across Coventry, Birmingham & The West Midlands, providing accessible opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that can be easily accessed by participants.

For more information please visit the Wasps Project Rugby Site

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View full details of Sport - Woodland Sports Complex

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The Woodlands Sports Complex is located in the West of Coventry.

The complex specialises in providing indoor and outdoor sports activities.

Free car and bike parking is available during centre opening hours.

You can visit the Woodlands Sports Complex website for more information. 

They have:

Indoor

  • 4 Badminton courts
  • Basketball court
  • Netball court
  • Volleyball court
  • Specialist Gymnastics Centre
  • Versatile Gymnasium style hall

Outdoor

  • Grass Football pitches (markings for 11, 9, 7 & 5-a-side)
  • Outdoor activity areas

Telephone

07490626373

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View full details of Social Group - Girl Guides

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The Girl Guides empower nearly half a million girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today. The Girl Guides are committed to support girls with additional needs.

For more information, please visit Girlguiding Coventry South Division or Girlguiding Midlands

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View full details of Social Group - EGO Performance

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EGO is a safe and affordable meeting place for people of all ages and abilities to develop their creative and life skills. Its diverse and unique programme of work is determined by its members.

EGO offers a lively and nurturing alternative space in the city, for everyone. They aim to be at the forefront of inclusion – a company without boundaries where everyone matters and everyone is invited to contribute. It’s a place to celebrate difference.

For more information visit the EGO website 

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View full details of Support - Youth SEND Bubble Training for LAC Providers

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The Youth Justice SEND Bubble

All children and young people in the youth justice system are vulnerable by virtue of their age and developmental immaturity. High numbers of children and young people who come to the attention of youth justice services also have complex learning needs and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are often un-diagnosed, as opportunities to assess are sometimes missed.

The Youth Justice SEND project supports youth offending teams and local authorities in effectively identifying and meeting young offenders’ special educational needs and disabilities, working towards more effective engagement and more positive long term outcomes.

For more information please visit the Youth Justice SEND website. 

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Support available in primary and secondary education settings

All pupils in Coventry schools have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including extra-curricular activities.

All Coventry schools take account of a child’s additional needs in every area of school life and all children have the opportunity to experience the full range of subjects and activities offered by our schools. Teachers and support staff make sure all children’s needs are met by arranging appropriate classroom organisation and activities. Learning activities are made up of small, achievable steps that are made to meet the needs of individual children. Extra adult support will be offered where needed.

To enable families, children and young people to understand what schools should be providing to meet SEN needs in Coventry, view the Ordinarily Available Provision in Coventry schools. This outlines provision that should be provided without an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Teachers adapt the way they teach to ensure that the written and spoken language can be understood by students. When they prepare for lessons, teachers identify key concepts/ideas in the curriculum and teach and reinforce these to prepare children with SEND to learn successfully alongside other children. Teachers use adaptations to the curriculum to recognise and respond to moderate or severe levels of sensory impairment such as a hearing or visual impairment. Sometimes, special one-to-one or small group programmes are taught alongside other lessons.

All schools are required to make reasonable adjustments for any child or young person who has specific long or short term health needs or a disability. This might include looking into and following recommendations about physical adaptations or assistive technology that would make the school environment more accessible for the student.

Some examples are:

  • handrails
  • lighting and contrast application and training
  • specialist furniture
  • adapted materials and ancillary aids like writing slopes
  • specialist IT equipment
  • assistive technology (Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) that would include signing and more specialist communication aids)

If after this additional help the child is still not making progress, the SENCo (Special Education Needs Coordinator) might decide that the child or young person should receive SEN Support. Parents and carers must be informed as soon as SEN Support begins.

Children who receive SEN Support usually have a written plan or a provision map prepared for them that describes what additional or different support the school will offer, and how parents/carers and  the school will work together to help the child make progress. Our schools will work together with parents/carers to plan and monitor the impact of the SEN Support.

SEN Support might include extra help with reading, writing and maths but might also focus on speaking and listening, visual enhancement, motor/movement or mobility skills or social and emotional development. SEN Support can be delivered by staff from the school or from outside professionals such as specialist teachers. Even when support is delivered by these external professionals, it is the responsibility of the child’s class teacher to monitor the progress the child is making as part of the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle. This is presented in more detail in the Criteria for EHCP Assessment

Schools have a number of approaches and programmes that they use to support children with social, emotional or mental health difficulties, and schools can also ask for advice from external specialists to tailor these approaches for individual needs. Underpinning this work is the on-going focus in Coventry schools to prevent bullying of any kind.

Children can receive support from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

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View full details of Support - Family Fund

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Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. 

Family Fund believes that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same choices, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as other families. 

Family Fund supports this aim by providing grants for essential items such as kitchen appliances, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets/computers, furniture and clothing.

It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

Family Fund also provides a range of programmes and services, as well as information and advice to families that apply to them, in order to help them access more of the support that may be of help to them in raising their child or young person.

For more information, please visit the Family Fund Website 

Telephone

01904 550055

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View full details of Support - Grapevine

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Grapevine helps all kinds of people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage to build better lives. They offer practical guidance, advocacy and support centred around the person.

Grapevine have a variety of programmes and initiatives, including some specific programmes focussed on the needs and strengths of young people with disabilities. 

Help and Connect

Help and Connect works with people who have a learning disability and autism (18+ and not in receipt of social care services).
Its purpose is to help people get ahead of their problems by focussing on the following things: 

  • Staying healthy
  • Staying safe
  • Getting work
  • Building friendships, connections and support networks.

Accelerate 

A project working with people with a learning disability or autism looking to gain paid employment. Journey guides work on a one-to-one basis with participants, helping them understand and navigate the world of work.

Teenvine Plus 

Grapevine wants learning disabled youngsters to have the relationships, confidence and skills they need in order to mature into independent young adults able to achieve their ambitions.

Teenvine Plus works intensively with around 20 young people a year who each get:

  • A plan for the young adult life they want
  • A sustainable circle of supporters to help implement it
  • A young non-disabled volunteer who will strengthen their voice and help navigate hurdles
  • The support of an advocate when dealing with school, college and other care or support services.

Grapevine is based at 123 Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ

For more information please visit the Grapevine website

Telephone

024 7663 1040

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View full details of Support - Positive Parenting and Stepping Stones

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The Positive Parenting Team organises and co-ordinates Parenting Programmes in Coventry for all parents, carers, grandparents, foster carers, connected persons and for those with a Special Guardianship Order.

The Parenting Programmes provide a wide range of support for Coventry families. This may be for families planning ahead who are experiencing no difficulties, to families who are experiencing day to day difficulties with relationships, behaviours, feelings and confidence. 

The Positive Parenting Team website

Triple P Stepping Stones Group course is designed for parents, carers, foster carers, special guardians and connected persons who have a child with a diagnosed disability – it has the same content as the group course with some additional strategies for supporting a child with a disability. The course is delivered over 9 weeks for 2.5 hours.

Triple P Stepping Stones Group website

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View full details of Support - Samaritans

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Samaritans mission is to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour.

With over 20,000 volunteers based in 201 branches across 5 nations, they are actively involved in a community near you.

They reach out and work with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities.

They also promote awareness of our service at local social venues, community events and music festivals.

Please see the Samaritans website for more information. 

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View full details of Support - SIBS for sisters/brothers of disabled children and adults

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Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people.

We support siblings of all ages who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition.

For more information, please visit the SIBS website

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View full details of Support - St Basils Floating Support Service

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St. Basils' Floating Support Service offers 'Floating Support'  also known as 'Housing Related Support'. The aim of this service is both to prevent homelessness and prevent repeat homelessness.

It is available to both young people who have been identified as at risk of homelessness and those who have moved on from supported accommodation and need support to maintain their independence.

For more information please visit the St. Basil's Floating Support Service website

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View full details of Support - Trident Reach Coventry

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Trident Reach - Coventry 's Learning Disabilities Service offers a housing-related floating support service to people with learning disabilities and/or autism, aged 18 and over in Coventry.

The service also helps support customers develop the skills and resources required to live independently. This includes supporting them to learn practical skills such as managing a home, budgeting, applying for benefits, dealing with maintenance issues and getting into training or work.

For more information, please visit the Trident Reach Website

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View full details of Support - Whizz-Kidz

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Whizz-Kidz is an organisation that provides wheelchairs to qualified children and young people and also gives children and young people with disabilities the chance to meet, have fun and gain new skills through their Young People's Services.

For more information, visit the Whizz-Kidz website

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View full details of Support - Young Carers

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Young carers are young people who help care for a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, has a long term serious illness or has a substance misuse problem.

This is a role that many young people are happy and proud to do. However, inappropriate or excessive levels of caring can put their education, training or health at risk, and may prevent them from enjoying their childhood.

A young carer is a child or young person under 18 and a young adult carer is aged 18 - 25.

For more information about young carers and the support available to them, please visit the Coventry City Council Young Carers website

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View full details of Support - BID Services - Coventry Sensory Enablement

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BID Services - Coventry Sensory Enablement provides enablement support to adults with a sensory disability who may need support to remain independent.

They offer:

  • One-to-one support and person centred assessment
  • Tailored interventions to build independent living skills
  • Health and well-being activities

Support provided includes:

  • Accessing benefit and debt advice
  • Help with budgeting
  • Tenancy support
  • Staying safe in the home
  • Health and well-being 
  • Reducing isolation
  • Accessing information around employment/education/training and volunteering

For more information please see the Coventry Sensory Enablement Service Site or the National BID Services Site  

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View full details of Support - Autism West Midlands

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Autism West Midlands are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum.

They use their expertise to enrich the lives of autistic people and those who love and care for them. Their passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support.

They support autistic people to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home

  • They provide activities and events and support for families, and an information helpline
  • They help autistic people to find and keep a job
  • They offer training for parents of children on the autism spectrum, and the professionals who help them ….and much more!

Vision

A world where autistic people are universally understood and accepted as equal citizens.

Mission

To provide specialist support and advice to autistic people of all ages and their families living in the West Midlands, enabling them to meet their full potential.

Fore more information please visit the Autism West Midlands website

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View full details of Tell us what you think and see how we have responded to feedback

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The SEND Local Offer website is designed with you in mind and we want to know what you think!

If you have any ideas about how we can make the website better, please let us know. 

You can tell us if we have:

  • missed any information that you would like to see
  • added information that isn't correct
  • need to fix a broken link to another website

You can comment about any SEND issue including your thoughts and experiences of SEND Services

Your feedback is important to us and we would love to know what you think!

Complete our feedback form.

Previous comments and how we have responded

Year   You Said    We Did
2014 During the development of Coventry’s Local Offer parents and carers requested that a range of local activities were included. We listened to parents and have continued to add information about activities as and when we become aware of them. We have also included a link to the Family Information Service website which holds a significant amount of information about local activities and is updated regularly.
2015 We want to be able to add events to the Local Offer. We have also encouraged parents, carers and local organisations to add events by providing a link to enable self-serve to upload activities. You can now add an upcoming event to the SENDIASS events page.
2016 I struggled to find the downloadable documents. We have added links throughout the website to downloadable documents that people have asked for.
2016 I would like an easy to follow document that shows me what my child's school should be delivering for my child, who is on the SEN support register We have added a downloadable document called "Ordinarily Available Provision in Coventry schools.   
2016 I would like to be able to search for local organisations using Google maps, within a certain distance from our home postcodes Where agencies have physical locations, we have added maps to the website to show where they can be located. 
2017 I would like a link to the Coventry Local Offer page from the City Council website, so I do not have to find it through Google. The Local Offer is linked directly from the Coventry City Council website.
2017 Can you please categorise by age group the services that are available for children and young people with SEND, to enable easier searching for my child.  We have organised the SEND Local Offer to be divided by age groups
2017 Can we please have more voluntary groups on the local offer We now link to over 100 local and national organisations that do work involving Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
2017 A short guide on how to use the local offer and how to search would be useful. We are working with a group of young people to make a short video.
2017 Local Offer needs to be focussed more on meeting the needs of  all people with SEND, not just those with EHCPs We have updated to include parallel information for those who are moving into adulthood that don’t have an EHCP. It has a focus on education and employment. 
2018 Parents and professionals indicated they weren't sure what they could expect from the website and what information they could find on it. Extensive outreach is being conducted with parent groups and professionals with direct contact with community (GPs, education providers, community organisations, social workers.) so that they understand the content of the Local Offer and how to navigate it.
2018 Information about preparing for adulthood needs to be updated and be made clear and readily available We have updated information about preparing for adulthood, providing pathways wherever possible.
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View full details of The CHYP Shop

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The  CHYP Shop is the young people’s area of the SEND Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS).

It is a one stop shop for Children and Young People with SEND.

The CHYP Shop is a website where children and young people can ask questions about school, life or anything they are interested or concerned about.

This website is a place for children and young people with special needs to find out information that will help them make important decisions independently.

The CHYP Shop website is also a place for children and young people with SEND to have their voices heard.

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View full details of Top up funding / SEND funding

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Top Up Funding is agreed locally and is given to schools under three main headings:

Element 1: an amount of money for each pupil in the school

Schools get most of their funding based on the total number of pupils in the school. Every pupil in a school attracts an amount of money. The amount varies from one authority to another. There is usually more funding for each pupil in a secondary school than in a primary school. In 2015/16, all secondary schools, including academies, are getting at least £4,000 for each pupil and all primary schools are getting at least £3,000 for each pupil.

This is the core budget for each school and it is used to make general provision for all pupils in the school including pupils with SEN.

Element 2: the school’s Notional SEN budget

Every school receives an additional amount of money to help make special educational provision to meet children’s SEN. This is called the Notional SEN budget.

Element 2 is called the Notional SEN budget because no-one tells schools exactly how they should spend their money. When funding is delegated to schools, they can spend it in the way they think is best. However, schools have a duty to identify, assess and make special educational provision for all children with SEN; and the local authority has a duty to set out what schools are expected to provide from their delegated budget. 

The amount in this budget is based on a formula which is agreed between schools and the local authority. The formula usually gives more money to schools that have more children on free school meals and more children who are not doing as well as others in English and Maths. This provides a good guide to how many children with SEN a school is likely to have.

A small number of schools may find they have many more children with SEN than expected. This might happen where, for example, a school has a good reputation for teaching children with SEN. Where this does happen, the school can ask the local authority for additional funding.

The government has recommended that schools should use this notional SEN budget to pay for up to £6,000 worth of special educational provision to meet a child’s SEN. Most children with SEN need special educational provision that comes to less than £6,000.

Special educational provision is anything that is provided to meet a child’s SEN that is ‘additional to or different from’ provision made for all children. The local authority must make sure that the special educational provision specified in an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is made for the child. For a child receiving SEN Support a school must use its ‘best endeavours’ to make sure that special educational provision is made to meet a child’s SEN. Schools must also follow the SEND Code of Practice 2014 which expects schools to involve parents in decisions a about how their child’s needs are met.

Element 3: top-up funding

If the school can show that a pupil with SEN needs more than £6,000 worth of special educational provision, it can ask the local authority to provide top-up funding to meet the cost of that provision. Where the local authority agrees, the cost is provided from funding held by the local authority for children and young people with high levels of need.

Element 3 is provided by the local authority for an individual pupil who has a high level of need. Schools are expected to use this funding to make provision for that individual pupil.

Funding for the provision specified in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan comes from the local authority's high needs block, along with funding for the first £6,000 worth of provision from the school’s notional SEN budget. The school will continue to provide this when they receive top-up funding for a child with an EHC Plan.

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View full details of Understanding Health Services

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Understanding Health Services 

Services to keep you healthy and well

  • Pharmacists
  • School Nurses
  • Health Visitors
  • GPs
  • Specialist nurses for children who are looked after

 

Services to who will see you quickly if you are very unwell or have had an accident

  • An accident and emergency department such as University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire
  • A walk in centre such as Coventry City Health Centre
  • An urgent appointment at your GP surgery

 

Services for children and young people with specific illnesses and conditions or a difficulty/concern.

You may be referred to a service by a professional such as your GP or health visitor or you may be able to refer yourself

  • Hospital Specialists                                                                                                                   
  • Community children’s doctor (paediatricians)
  • Speech and Language Therapists                                                                                            
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists                                                                                                            
  • Dieticians
  • Mental Health Services                                                                                                 
  • Learning Disability Services
  • Neuro-disability Services                                                                                                          
  • Community Children’s Nurses 

Working together for children with additional needs

Health professionals working with a child or young person share information to make sure they are working together.  They should let you know how they do this. 

Sometimes sharing information must be done – for example a Paediatrician or a physiotherapist will want to know the outcome of a hospital test such as an x-ray or scan so they can make sure they are doing the right thing for the child or young person.  Sometimes this is routine; like when a learning disability specialist copies a letter to the GP so the GP has a full understanding of what is happening for that child or young person.

There are times when information has to be shared immediately, such as when there is a concern about a child or young person’s safety.

 

Working together for children and young people having an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.

When an education, health and care needs assessment is requested for a child or young person, it is discussed with a group called a panel.  The panel will talk about if they need any advice from health professionals. This information is used to help make a decision about if a child or young person needs an Education, Health and Care Plan and to make sure that the child or young person is known to the right specialists. 

If a health service is asked to provide advice to support an education, health and care assessment they must provide the information within 6 weeks.  They may do this be sending a letter or report from the last time they saw they child.  They may do this by providing a triage phone call where they can find out if a child needs a specialist assessment and what advice will be helpful whilst they wait for this.  They may do this by seeing the child and their family and then writing a report letter.

 

EHCP : Special Educational Need or Health Need?

If the child or young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the advice and provision from a health professional may be classed as either a special educational need or a health need.

If it is described as a special educational need, this means that the child or young person needs the EHCP so that they can access the curriculum / learning opportunities. 

If it is described as a health need, the child or young person keep the child/young person healthy and as well as possible.  Some provision will be in both parts of a plan.  For example a speech and language therapist may see a child in school to practice/develop specific speech skills.  They may also see a child at home to talk about swallowing and safety around eating and drinking.

For more information about specific health services, please click on the links below 

Occupational Therapy - Children and Young People

Physiotherapy - Children and Young People 

Physiotherapy  - Community 

Community Dental 

Community Paediatric Dietitians

Paediatric Continence 

Podiatry 

IAPT 

CAMHS Specialist Mental Health Services 

RISE : Emotional well-being and mental health services for children and young people

Sexual Health 

Vaccinations 

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View full details of Universal Credit - UC

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Universal Credit is a payment to help with living costs.

It’s paid monthly and replaces Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit.

It is available for people over 18 years of age and is being used in many parts of the country already, including Coventry.

People who have a disability or care for someone with a disability may not need to claim Universal Credit, depending on their circumstances.

For more information about Universal Credit please visit the following websites

For more information or help with Benefits, you can contact:

Website

www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/universal-credit

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View full details of Using the internet safely

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Using the internet can be useful for finding information, shopping, gaming, finding a job and chatting to friends and family.

It is important for children and young people to be safe when using the internet. If you feel unsafe when you are using the internet or if you feel that someone is bullying you online, always tell an adult you trust.

Here is a list of websites that show some important things for children and young people to consider when they are interacting with others and getting information on the internet.

Websites

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View full details of Volunteering and Community Based Education Options

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Volunteering can help a young person gain confidence and develop skills that will support them towards their career and learning goals. Some volunteering opportunities can be used as accreditation towards qualifications and awards.

Community based options

Community based options can be considered if a young person’s support needs are such that a college or employment-related options would not be appropriate.

Coventry’s Adult Education Service offers some courses for adults with learning disabilities (over 19 years old), it is called Active Learning. These are usually run from 3 community venues. There are 3 levels of courses available. These programmes are usually 2 days a week. Students can choose either Independent Living Skills or Learning for Work or courses for Learners with Complex needs.

The Adult Education Service also offers a wide range of day and evening classes in venues across the city. These include basic skills classes and leisure and vocational courses. These courses are open to everyone.  Fees may be applied and are means tested, which means that how much you pay can depend on how much money you have.

There is also day provision available via Coventry’s Social Care All Age Disability Service. An assessment would need to be undertaken to determine eligibility for adult social care services before day opportunities could be accessed.

Volunteering opportunities

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View full details of Wheelchair Services

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Wheelchair Service
 
The Wheelchair service manages the needs assessment, procurement, supply, delivery, maintenance, collection, storage, decontamination and disposal of wheelchairs and associated equipment.  

Wheelchairs range from highly sophisticated pieces of equipment with integrated micro-technology to basic chairs for occasional use. 

The service covers a broad spectrum of wheelchairs and associated equipment to children and adults with long term mobility needs who fit the criteria.

This can be a person who has a single low-cost wheelchair to those with a complex, high-cost and continually changing need.

This service is accessed through referral from a professional. Please call the Wheelchair Service for more information or visit the Wheelchair Services website.  

Telephone

024 7623 7055

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View full details of Work Related Learning Opportunities

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There is a range of work related learning options including Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Supported Internships.

Entry requirements vary depending on the opportunity.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. They can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level.  An apprentice will work at least 30 hours a week and receive the national minimum wage for apprentices. As an apprentice, a young person will be studying for a national qualification, either in their place of work or in a classroom. This can be for one day per week or for specific blocks of time.

For more information, visit:

Supported Internships

A supported internship is a study programme that includes an unpaid work experience offered by a local employer that will last between six and twelve months.  This option may be right for a young person if they are between 16 -24 with an Education Health and Care Plan and they want to work towards being in employment but may require extra support to do so. There are no entry or completion requirements. Each learning provider will work with the young person to develop a personalised programme that meets your needs and provides progression.

Traineeship

A traineeship is an unpaid training course with work experience that gets a young person ready for work or for an apprenticeship. It can last up to six months. The aim of a traineeship is to provide work preparation, English and Maths training for those who need it and a work experience.

Study Programmes

Training Providers can offer study programmes specific to a particular work area.

Colleges

  • Coventry College: This college is organised over two Campuses. Henley Campus and City Campus. It offers full and part time courses and Apprenticeships. Telephone 024 7693 2932.
  • Hereward College: Offers a range of full time courses and supported internships. The majority of applicants will need to have an Education Health and Care Plan. Telephone 024 6746 1231.
  • Warwickshire College Group: Leamington Spa, Moreton Morell, Rugby Campus, Pershore, Warwick Trident Centre, Evesham and Malvern Hills. Offers Full and Part time courses and Apprenticeships. Telephone 0300 456 0047.
  • North Warwickshire and Hinckley College: Offer Full and part time courses and Apprenticeships. Telephone 024 7624 3000.
  • Solihull College: Full and part time courses and apprenticeships. Telephone 0121 678 7000.
  • Stratford upon Avon College: Offers full and part time courses and apprenticeships. Telephone 01789 266245

Training providers

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View full details of Support - Carer's Trust CRESS - Carer's Response Emergency Support Service

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Many carers worry about what would happen to the person they care for if they were involved in an emergency situation, suddenly taken ill or prevented from looking after the person they care for.

The Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service (CRESS) is a membership scheme set up to provide an emergency support plan, giving carers peace of mind that the person they care for is well looked after in their absence. We take into account the views and wishes of those carers using this service and are sensitive to the needs of people from all backgrounds.

Fore more information, please visit the CRESS website

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View full details of Youth Offending Service

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Youth Offending Service

When a young person is placed in custody, the Youth Offending Service will contact the Special Education Needs (SEN) Team to find out if they have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

If there is an EHCP in place, the SEND Coordinator and the Youth Offending Services (YOS) Case Manager for the young person in custody will then meet with each other.

Together they will ensure that the custodial establishment (the person or organisation that has custody of the child or young person) has all the information that they need to provide education for the young person during their period of remand or sentence and plan for their release and re-integration into education within the community.

Please visit the Youth Offending Service website for more information. 

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