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Health visiting

Health visiting services Health Visitors offer services to families within our children’s centres and local health centres to provide services to families in locations close to their home. After attending antenatal classes and being seen at home by midwives, parents will receive information and support…

Help us improve services for parents of children aged 0-5

The local authority are embarking on an ambitious project to review and improve services available to support parents from pre-birth up until their child turns 5 years old. To do this, we need your help. We want to know what your experience has been of…

Helpful Information for Young People

Advocacy: Youth-led advocacy is about supporting young people to speak up and helping them actively take part in the decisions that affect them. This UNICEF toolkit will give you the skills and information you need to stand up for what is important to you.  Autism: A quick guide from ‘NICE’ for…

Hospital Passports

What is a Hospital Passport? If you or your child have a disability that makes it difficult to communicate, you may benefit from having a hospital passport. A hospital passport is a way of communicating to healthcare professionals about the best way to support you…

Housing

Drawn by Nico, age 6 Supported Housing Refers to accommodation and support provided by organisations with expertise in supporting people to improve their life skills and opportunities. A referral for supported housing for the young person will need be made via the care management team…

How do children get an autism diagnosis?

If you suspect that your child may be on the autistic spectrum, you may decide to have them formally assessed. This may result in their being given a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (ASC). Receiving a diagnosis can be very beneficial to children and…

How do I choose childcare for my child with SEND?

Good quality childcare is beneficial for all children. It plays an important role in development, allowing children to gain independence, mix with other children and learn new things. There are several types of childcare provider and different families may find that different options work best…

How do I get support for my child with SEND?

When a health professional identifies that a child (up to the age of 5 years) may have SEND, they must let the local authority know. This is called a Health Early Notification. The purpose of this is to ensure that the local authority knows about…

How to Access a Short Break

Family Navigator – Overview Please see our Covid-19 Guide to Assessments in the downloads section. The ‘navigator’ will operate as part of the Bi-Borough Short Breaks Service. A single point of contact for all referrals in the Disabled Children and Young People’s service. Families with…

How to access a Short Break via the Bi-Borough Front Door

Front Door – Overview Please see our Covid-19 Guide to Assessments in the downloads section. The ‘front door’ will operate as part of the Bi-Borough Short Breaks Service. A single point of contact for all notifications has been created. Families with children between the age of…

Independent (Private) Schools

What are independent schools? Independent schools (also known as private schools) are educational providers not funded or maintained by the Government. Pupils at independent schools may not follow the national curriculum. You will usually be expected to pay fees for your child to attend an…

Independent special institutions

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of enabling the institution to be the subject of a request for it…

Information for professionals and SENCOs

Early Years SEND Toolkit This is a document that gives you an overview of your roles and responsibilities regarding inclusive practice and supporting children with SEND. It also contains key information you need to be accessing in relation to making referrals and some practical tips…

Involving an Educational Psychologist (EP)

What is an Educational Psychologist (EP)? Educational and Child Psychologists have expertise in education, learning, child development and the application of psychology to improve the learning and well-being/mental health of children and young people from birth up to the age of 25 years. They apply…

Kensington and Chelsea Libraries

There are a six free public libraries based across Kensington and Chelsea offering a wide range of services, activities and events for people of all ages and different needs. Read this page for an introduction to some of the work they do for the local…

Key words explained

Somtimes it can be tricky to keep track of all the complex words and abbreviations used when talking about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). To make it a bit easier, we have produced our a glossary of key words explained which we hope will…

Launch event of the Bi-borough Sensory Support Team

Thursday the 10th October saw the launch of the new Bi-Borough Sensory Support Team for the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.  The new Bi-Borough Sensory Support Team is the result of planning and talking to families and professionals.  The team is made up…

Launch of the Bi-Borough Sensory Impairment Service

Following the consultation and a successful recruitment process earlier this year, we are pleased to confirm that a Bi-Borough Sensory Impairment Support Service is now led by Westminster Training and Outreach Service. The service will deliver specialist visual and hearing impairment support services to children…

Local Offer Art Competition 2019 - Gallery

We are very grateful to the incredibly talented children and young people across the Bi-Borough who entered our 2019 Local Offer Art Competition. As well as beginning to see the spectacular artwork displayed throughout the Local Offer site, you can find all the entries in…

Local Offer for Care Leavers

We know that it is a big step when you move out of care and start to live independently. If you are leaving care, or have already left care, we want to make sure that you feel safe and supported, and that you know who…

Local Offer Who's Who

Click one the department sections below to find out more about the people helping to run SEND Services across Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea: Local Offer SEN Service Short Breaks Education Health Travel Care Transition Parent Forums

London police forces launch autism alert card scheme

People with autism across London will be offered new autism alert cards or passports as part of a scheme by the Metropolitcan Police, City of London Police and British Transport Police. The cards are designed to make police officers aware that a person has autism,…

Managed Budgets

A care package under a managed budget can be made up of one or many of the following (dependent on level of need): An in-house service – (e.g. St Quintin’s, Marlborough or Tresham) An activity – (e.g. Trampolining or yoga) Inclusion - (e.g. Fit for Sport…
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