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Read the latest letter to the SEND Sector from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - 9 November 2020 (PDF, 158KB).

Amaze report - embedding co-production in Haringey

Haringey Council Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Service wants to develop outstanding services for children with SEND and we believe that to achieve this it is vital that we work collaboratively with parents and carers to develop these services. To do this we need to better engage with the parents/carers of children and young people with SEND.

To help us better understand the needs and wishes of parents and carers of children with SEND regarding communication, consultation, and participation we commissioned an independent report from Amaze Sussex.

Amaze engaged with a wide range of parent carers and professionals to gather information regarding parent carer participation and co-production and produced this report. The report has clear findings and recommendations for how Haringey SEND service can better work with parents to develop excellent parent/carer engagement and participation.

Haringey SEND Service want co-production at the heart of service improvements. The Amaze report provides us with a starting point on our journey to excellent co-production and outstanding services.

Using this report as our basis our next steps will be to start a further consultation process with parents to ensure we can develop the type of parental communication, consultation, participation and co-production you want.

About Amaze

Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice, and support to families of children and young people with SEND and provides a consultancy services to local authorities.

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Have your say

Help us improve our SEND services for children

We want excellent SEND services and we recognise that our current services need further development to get there.

As parents and carers of children and young people who use our services we believe that you know what could be improved, that you know what great SEND services should look like and you know what we should be concentrating on to improve the services we deliver.

To help us improve please complete the following short survey, 

Take the survey

We hope to publish the outcome of the survey by the end of September 2020

The survey is also available in Turkish, Polish, Romanian, Portuguese and Spanish, please email sen@haringey.gov.uk and we will send you one. 

Service updates

Support for children with complex needs - grants available

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21, which is expected to help more than 75,000 families in England. Families with children that have complex needs and disabilities will receive grants for equipment to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educational toys. As part of this £10million has been specifically committed in response to the difficulties presented by the coronavirus pandemic, helping parents to educate and look after disabled or critically ill children who are staying at home more than usual. 

The settlement has been provided to Family Fund (external link) who will provide grants of around £400-£500 per family depending on need. The grants will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Update on the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges

The government has updated its guidance about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges - looking at safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

The guidance includes information about

  • Summer provision
  • School uniforms
  • A package of support to support pupils to catch up
  • School meals and
  • The COVID Summer Food Fund.

Visit the GOV.UK website for full details (external link).

New grant for under 3s with bulky medical equipment who can’t access DLA mobility

Motability have launched a scheme to provide specialist vehicles to children in the UK under the age of three who must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment and/or need to be near a motor vehicle in case they require treatment for their condition.

All families of children who meet these criteria are eligible; the route for them to apply is through the Family Fund grant scheme (external link). The application process is open now.

SEND School / College / Centre Transport

Letter from Councillor Brabazon to parents and carers

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SEND Newsletter for Parents

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SEND Reforms Meetings

Read about SEND discussions between parent groups and SEN council officers. If you would like to make comments on the content of the meetings, share ideas or raise aspects of you and your child's SEND services that you would like to address, please contact us directly. See our Get involved page for details.

November 2019

September 2019

June 2019

March 2019

February 2019

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

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Moving On Transitions Reference Group

This is a co-production group in partnership with Health Watch Haringey. The members of the group are parents, carers, community partners and council officers. The group meet every month and discuss and develop ideas to improve young people and families experience of transitioning to adulthood.

If you want to get involved email val.chinaglia@publicvoice.london

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Other updates

COVID-19 Safety Guidance for the SEND Transport Team

The guidance below is issued to ensure drivers, escorts and buddies are kept as safe as possible during the current COVID-19 crisis.

To ensure safer travel for both children and staff, and until further government guidance is issued, all escorts, travel buddies and SEND Transport Staff are expected at all times to adhere to the guidance.

SEND Transport Event - February 2020

Haringey Council held an event to gather your experiences about SEND transport.

We recognise that getting the SEND transport service right makes a big difference to your family's life. We wanted to know what's working and what's not, and how we can improve our service.

When and where?

The event took place on Wednesday 5 February 2020, at Marcus Garvey Library.

Three sessions were held throughout the day.

There was also an online survey so that feedback about the service could be submitted.

Full details of the event are in the leaflet:

New: See Haringey’s Accessibility Strategy for the inclusion of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in educational settings.

Review of Direct Payments Processes and Procedures

  • This consultation is closed - thank you to every one who responded

What we consulted on:

Thank you to all the families who contributed to the review of the direct payments policy and processes.

We held the following drop-in events:

  • 14 November 2019, 10-12 noon and a re-run of the same session 6-8pm Cypriot Centre Earlham Grove London N22 5HJ
  • 19 November 2019, 10-11.30am - The Vale Special School Secondary  Trulock Road,N17 OPG
  • 21 November 2019, 10-11.30am - Riverside Special School Wood Green ILC White Hart Lane, London UK N22 5QJ

Read the draft policy here:

Read a summary of the changes here:

Direct Payments - Summary of Changes to the Policy Nov 2019

Send us your feedback - don't forget to let us know if:

  • The eligibility for Direct Payments is clear
  • The assessment for the budget is clear
  • Is it clear what you can use the budget for, in the new policy?
  • Is it clear how the budget is reviewed?
  • Is it clear who you can ask for help with the above?

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Transitions Moving On Event - October 2019

Which way will you choose?Which way will you choose? Post 16 options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

This event was held on 30 October 2019 in Tottenham and was attended by more than 40 families. There were guest speakers, 17 information stalls with information and advice on health and wellbeing, community activities, post 16 options, education, social care and work. Families had an opportunity to network and speak with professionals on the things that matter to them.

Presentations can be downloaded below.

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June 17, 2021

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