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Bi-borough Short Breaks Parenting Programme

The Bi-borough Short Breaks Service offers a range of parenting support groups and training for parent/carers. Please look at our training calendar which lists all upcoming courses and workshops. Please see the below links for online videos you can do with your child or young…

Common SEND needs explained

There are lots of reasons for a child or young person to have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). On this page, you can find information on the most common causes across the Bi-Borough.  Click on one of the links below to read about what…

COVID-19 - I am a parent/SENCO and I need support with...

Please click the sections below for advice and guidence around supporting specific areas of need:

COVID-19 - Resources for specific SEND areas

Please click the sections below for specific resources to support children and young people, categrorised by specific SEND need.

COVID-19 - Transition support

Transition resources and templates for school staff and SENCOs Bi-borough Transitions Toolkit (Early Years to Primary) The Bi-borough Transitions Toolkit for Early Years can be used as a guide to your transition processes and can inform your policies and procedures. This document contains information and…

Covid-19 / Coronavirus - SEND resources and information (RBKC)

We have created this page on the SEND Local Offer to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities. We will also add any relevant updates from specific…

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017, the Government introduced new funding for Early Years childcare providers to enable them to offer more places to young children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). This funding is called the Disability Access Fund (DAF). The DAF is available to Early Years…

Disabled Children's Register

What is the Disabled Children's Register? The register is a database that holds information about children and young people with disabilities and special needs who live in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.   Why do we have a register and what is it…

Early Help

Early Help in Kensington and Chelsea is a way of getting extra support when needed. Our integrated 0-19 (25 with SEND) service aims to help families when difficulties first begin so that we can support them with finding solutions quickly. Through our Family Hub Model,…

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…

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,…

Mental health of children/young people with SEND

Drawn by Abdellah, age 8 There is a complex relationship between poor mental health and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Children and young people with SEND can be at higher risk of mental health difficulties than those without SEND. Meanwhile, mental health difficulties may…

My Personal Passport

What is My Personal Passport? The Personal Passport has been designed by the local authority as an easy way for staff to find out important information about the children and young people they work with who have SEND. It includes: Things staff must know about…

Parent Zone

Drawn by Alfie, age 7The Parent Zone is the part of the Local Offer where parents can get answers to the questions that matter to them. Independent Family Support Please click here for information about independent support and advice available for your family   Questions…

Participation and Young People's Voice

All For Youth Newsletter What does 'Participation' mean Your voice matters Helpful Links News and events Getting in touch

Policy for children and young people with SEND in youth custody

Please download our policy for children and young people with SEND in youth custody below. Policy for children and young people with SEND in youth custody (September 2021) The Youth Offending Team (YOT) and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Services have worked jointly to produce this…

Safeguarding children

Children and young people today enjoy opportunities that their parents and grandparents could have not imagined, largely due to new technologies and better education standards. However, these opportunities are only part of the complex environment that children grow up in today. Changing family and community…

SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

The SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) is available to ensure the inclusion of children with additional needs in early education.  The Enhanced SENIF is for:  3- and 4-year olds (no matter where they live) who are taking up any number of hours of free entitlement who have…

Short Breaks through the Locality Social Work Teams for children with Aspergers, ADHD, and Mental Health Conditions

Short breaks for children with a disability who are substantially adversely affected in their ability to carry out normal day to day activities by the following conditions need to be applied for though the Locality Social Work Teams:  High functioning Autism and Aspergers Emotional and…

Strategies and Plans

Listed below are links to some relevant local strategies and plans related to special educational needs and disabilities. This page will be regularly updated: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy (2021-2024) This strategy sets out the plans of the borough to improve outcomes for local…

Support for disabled children and their families

Drawn by Ismael, age 7We provide a range of different services to support disabled children and their families. Wherever possible, we try to enable disabled children and young people to access mainstream services. The aim of our services is to help families lead normal lives, and…

Support for parents of children with SEND

Parent Zone Parents from our parent groups across the Bi-borough have proposed a range of questions across education, health and social care that they would like to have answered. In our new Parent Zone, we publish these questions alongside answers from staff at the Local…

WellComm

The Bi-borough is proud to deepen its commitment to ensuring 'Brilliant Beginnings' for all young children.  It is recognised in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021, that spoken language underpins all areas of learning as well as improving life chances for all children.   With this in…

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

The Children and Families Act puts children and young people at the centre of the assessment and planning process so that outcomes are co-produced with parents/carers and/or with young people themselves; 16 to 25 year olds should be especially involved with this. Education, health and care (EHC) plans are are legal…
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