Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Service advises and supports parents, carers, families, and professionals with the additional needs of children and young people. Find out more about the Haringey Local Offer.
The SEND service is made up of the following teams:
Disabled Children’s Social Work Team
Haringey Council’s Disabled Children Team provides support for children and young people who have a permanent and substantial disability, and their families. Our social workers will work with families to support them in ensuring that the children are happy, safe and making progress.
The team aims to ensure that these children and young people are:
- safe and protected from neglect and abuse
- secure within their families or in alternative family settings if they are children who are looked after
- supported to achieve their full potential and enjoy their leisure time and hobbies
- have the skills they need in adulthood
The majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges. However some children and young people may require an Education, Health and Care needs assessment and EHC plan to identify and or meet their needs. The SEN team are a team of professionals who coordinate the assessment and writing of a child’s EHC plan, ensure it meets a child’s needs and is reviewed yearly to reflect any changes.
SEN Transport and Travel Service (including escorts)
The council provides transport child to attend a special school if they live outside the distance requirement, child’s disability is substantial and transport and travel is a challenge such that they cannot use public transport. In this case, the council provides a home to school transport service for children. We try to maximise children’s independence so the transport and travel options may include independent travel training or travel buddying.
The escorts and travel trainers are Haringey employees and a key part of the SEND Integrated Service. They are trained to a high standard in order to meet children’s needs.
Their training includes:
- Managing children’s behaviour through strategies such as Team Teach
- Makaton signing
- Safeguarding disabled children
- Communicating with children with disabilities
Vulnerable Children Team (Area SEN Co-ordinators)
The Area SENCos are a team of qualified early years professionals who all have extensive experience of working with children with a range of additional needs, including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global development delay, and speech language and communication difficulties.
They offer support and advice to private, voluntary and independent early years settings (children’s centres, nurseries, childminders, playgroups and preschools) to help develop inclusive practice and plan for children with additional needs.
They offer training and workshops for early years practitioners and SENCos to cover a range of SEND issues as well as providing advice on appropriate strategies to use for particular children and supporting settings to make timely referrals to other agencies, including EHC needs assessments.
They also support parents with information around Haringey’s education system and procedures as well as the types of places available to children in mainstream education or special school.
Portage workers visit children at home with their families, and help children to develop their skills through supporting parents in play based activities with their child. The Portage workers visit families until their child starts in an Early Years Setting, advising and supporting parents in all areas of the child’s development. They will also work closely with the professionals working with the child.
Portage visitors work:
- to support the development of play, communication, relationships and learning for young children within the family
- to support the child and family’s participation and inclusion in the community in their own right
- together with parents/carers within the family, with them taking the leading role in the partnership that is established
The aim is to help parents/carers to identify what is important to them and their child and plan goals for learning and participation.
Language and Autism Support Team
The team aim to improve the educational and life outcomes for children and young people with Language and Communication Needs, Social Communication Difficulties and Autism.
The Team offer advice and training to mainstream school staff and other professionals. The team aim to support a ‘whole school approach’ to the identification, assessment, intervention and review of children with Language and Communication Needs, Social Communication Difficulties and Autism and make sure they are able to access all aspects of school life and learning.
The team offer a programme of events and training for parents/carers and families of children with Language and Communication Needs, Social Communication Difficulties and Autism.
The team contribute to all aspects the Education Health Care Planning process.
The team offer the following additional interventions to children with a diagnosis of autism and their families:
- Training and advice to teachers, other school staff and parents on strategies, resources and personalised programmes of support that will help pupils with Autism learn.
- Strategies and approaches to managing behaviour and work with parents and schools to reduce the risk of pupils with Autism being excluded from school.
- Intervention packages for children with autism and the mainstream school staff working with them at major points of transition such as:
- starting in reception class
- moving from primary to secondary school (in Haringey mainstream schools)
- explaining and supporting pupils to understand their autism diagnosis, with parental consent.
Together with the Child Development Centre and other professionals the team offer parents/carers access to a two part ‘Autism Family Seminar’ session using resources developed by the National Autistic Society.
The team are licensed providers of a National Autistic Society course for parents called ‘Early Bird’ which helps parents understand Autism and teaches them new strategies to help them develop their children’s communication and interaction skills.
The team run a term-time weekly youth club for secondary aged children with Autism.
Hearing and Visual Impairment Team
The team aim to improve the educational and life outcomes for deaf and hearing impaired babies, children and young people.
The team provide information, advice and support regarding educational management and all aspects of deafness/hearing impairment, including language and communication, listening equipment and social and emotional wellbeing.
The team work closely with babies, children, young people, their families/carers, staff in educational settings and other key professionals in the NHS and Social Care.
The support we offer ranges from weekly to occasional visits throughout the year.
Haringey buys in the services of ‘Action for Blind People’ to provide advice and support for children and young people with a confirmed visual loss.
Advice focuses on support for parents and carers, independence, access to the curriculum/books and materials, helpful technology, getting around safely (mobility), self-help skills and improving the environment.
The team offer visual awareness training to school staff and training in relation to individual pupils’ needs. The team encourage families to attend activities and events where children and young people have the opportunity to meet others with sight loss.
Educational Psychologist Team
The team provide high quality psychological support to children, young people and their families to improve their educational and wellbeing outcomes.
The team work in partnership with families, children’s centres, early years settings, schools, further education settings and other agencies to improve their understanding of a child or young person’s educational, developmental and psychological needs and how to meet them.
The team provide support to children and young people through:
- Consultations with staff and parents/carers about children who have emerging or ongoing special educational needs in schools or educational settings. We will help your child’s school or educational settings to put together a programme of support for your child
- Individual assessment and advice on appropriate intervention programmes for children and young people who have complex or more severe educational needs
- Group-based programmes with children in small groups or with the whole class
- Staff training and development in schools
The team also offer workshops to parents and carers to help develop their skills and confidence.
All educational psychologists in our team have had specialist postgraduate training in educational psychology and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (external link).
Working for Haringey
This is what our team members say about working in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Cyslyn and Annette from the SEN team:
“there is a broad range of knowledge and experience to tap into when you need it, and there is also always a chocolate biscuit (but you have to be quick)”
Nneka and Smeeta from Transport:
“I like the fact we are all together, you can just get up and talk to someone and so there is more information sharing. It really helps when you need to get a perspective on a young person with really complex needs and how to meet their needs”
June and Patricia from the disabled children’s social care team:
“It’s really nice being in the same site rather than in separate places. We can work in a collaborative manner and it’s easier to talk face to face (with other professionals). It makes information sharing and decision making quicker and easier. The information sharing is brilliant"
More about our Local Offer
To find out more about the Haringey Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
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