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Haringey SEND Strategy 2022-2025

We have published our draft Haringey SEND Strategy for public consultation. This strategy outlines how we plan to further develop the SEND offer in Haringey over the next 3 years.

The consultation runs from 20 September 2021 to 7 November 2021. Please take the opportunity to both promote and complete the online consultation.

Have your say on our Haringey SEND Strategy consultation

If you would like to discuss the strategy further with your services or leadership teams, please contact Mary Jarrett:

The findings from the consultation will be published online after the consultation ends.

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Restructure of Statutory Assessment Service

The Statutory Assessment and SEND Transport Teams have recently gone through a restructure and we are welcoming a number of new staff to support us on the next stage of our journey…

Firstly, we are welcoming our new SEND Transport Manager, Matthew Fisk. He is joining us on 13 September. Matthew says:

“I’m Matthew Fisk and I’ll be the new SEND Transport Manager for Haringey. Originally from West London, I’ve recently moved into South Tottenham and have relished getting to know the area better.

Having spent nearly a decade in the art logistics and transport industry, I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the effective running of services in my local community.

My aim in this role will be to create open channels of communication, identify opportunities for improvement, and deliver the best possible service for you and your children."

We have also recruited a new Statutory Assessment Team Manager, and we are delighted to welcome Alena Lerari from Markfield who will be joining us on 13 September. She will manage 3 Team Leaders and will be responsible for delivering all aspects of Statutory Assessments and Annual Reviews in Haringey.

Finally, Kathy Mahoney has been in post since July 2021 as the new Performance and Finance Manager. She has oversight of the Finance and Data Team Leader and the SEND Transport Manager.

New case officers have been recruited over the Summer and will be joining through September and October.

What will these changes mean for your child?

There will be oversight of all stages of the SEND process so that children and young people with SEND receive a quality service, there will be less reliance on individual case officers and instead a focus on a whole team approach to ensure that families can be supported regardless of the availability of individual officers.

The larger, better co-ordinated teams will support a multi-agency approach to securing good outcomes and supporting children and young people with SEND.

How to contact the team:

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The Grove Consultation

The Grove Consultation runs for 4 weeks from Friday 23 July to Monday 23 August 2021. Please make sure we receive your comments and completed questionnaires by 9am on Monday 23 August 2021.

For more information please see The Grove Consultation Leaflet (PDF, 697KB).

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New SEND Parent Carers Forum

Parents, carers and council award contract to The Bridge Renewal Trust, to support the development of the SEND Parent Carers Forum.

We at Haringey are excited to announce after a rigorous evaluation process and the help of our wonderful volunteers - our new Parent Carer Forum. The successful provider is 'The Bridge Renewal Trust' and the contract has started from 1 July 2021.

For details on the result of the evaluation, see the Parent Carer Forum announcement (Word, 46KB).

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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 the 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 consultancy services to local authorities.

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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.

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.

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SEND Newsletter for Parents

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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

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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.

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 everyone 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:

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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September 20, 2021

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