Update for Parents/Carers and Professionals re SEND.
The Coronavirus Pandemic and Covid 19 has undoubtedly impacted upon SEND in the same way as it has impacted upon all other public services. We would want to reassure all parents/carers and partners that;
In all areas the Local Authority is working to the Guidance provided by Government.
The day to day functioning of the SEN team who administer the EHCP process has continued with Business as Usual as far as possible. Different arrangements have been made in some circumstances such as; virtual meetings using remote technology. Panels have continued and new assessments and Reviews are ongoing.
Other teams who support Children and Young People with SEND, for example, specialist teachers and Educational Psychologists, are making best endeavours to carry out their duties but with strict Social Distancing measures.
A number of meetings have been held with SENDIASS and Sefton Parent Carer Forum to keep in touch and inform partners of any changes as a result of the updated guidance which has been forthcoming. The Local Offer has also been updated.
In line with guidance, a Risk Assessment Task was carried out at the beginning of the Lockdown, to ensure all children and Young People with EHCPs had contact arrangements in place and to monitor provision. A follow up to these Assessments is being carried out currently.
We recognise that Transition is a concern for many in these difficult circumstances.
- Sefton schools are working together to ensure that transition is as meaningful as possible and as close as possible to the experience they would have had pre pandemic.
- Sefton schools have identified the week beginning 22nd June as the week in which transition activities will take place for all children with EHCPs.
- It is also the case that many transition activities have already begun. Early Years staff from SEND have been contacting schools to support transition in some cases.
- Children moving to mainstream schools with EHCPs may also be involved in the transition activities which take place for all children.
Very best wishes to all of our SEND community at this challenging time.
The SEN team are continuing to work remotely during the current circumstances. It is largely Business as Usual. Panels are operating in a virtual format.
There are currently some capacity challenges owing to illness and periods of staff self isolating.
The tasks arising from the Improvement Plan are continuing to be prioritised including Quality Assurance activity, adherence to statutory timescales and co – production activities.
The SEN team are supporting schools/settings and colleges in Risk Assessing all children and young people with EHCPs to ensure they are safe and have access to appropriate provision.
The SEN team are also communicating with Sefton Parent Carer Forum and SENDIASS to share updates.
Sefton has a range of support services that work with early years settings and schools to help children or young people with special educational needs or disability to develop, be included and make good progress across the academic, social and emotional aspects of their life, who are listed to the left of this page.
Please visit any of the pages below to find out more: