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Covid 19 SEND Information for parents

INFORMATION FROM HERTFORDSHIRE RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEND)
(up to date as of Sunday 29th March 2020)

Please find below all information that has been sent out from Hertfordshire services to support any parents of children with SEND. Please make use of any of the services/information that is of benefit to you during this difficult time.  Don’t forget to look at the Emotional Wellbeing information we have compiled as this is of significant importance for all learners and families at this time.

Best wishes Mrs. Fogden (Inclusion Co-ordinator).

• SEND Specialist Advice and Support Advice Line (TELEPHONE LINE) – This is an advice line for parents/carers/professionals to seek appropriate advice, support and help for a child or young person with autism, speech language or communication needs.
01442 453920 (every day 10am-2pm in school term time)
CONTACT DETAILS ON PDF BELOW. THIS IS NOT AN ADVICE LINE ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES OR THE CORONAVIRUS.

• Educational Psychology Contact line service (TELEPHONE LINE)
Advice line for parents/carers/young people (16-25)/school staff to speak directly with an Educational Psychologist about a child or young person’s development, learning or emotional wellbeing, or to find out more about the service and support they can offer.
01992 588574 Monday to Friday (2pm-4.30pm)
CONTACT DETAILS ON PDF BELOW. THIS IS NOT AN ADVICE LINE ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES OR THE CORONAVIRUS.

• Twitter account for Herts Educational Psychology Team: @HertsEPS

• Developing Specialist Provision Locally (DSPL 9)
This website is linked to our local area for SEND and is being updated with information
http://www.dsplarea9.org.uk/
(This takes you to the home page but the updated resources are available from: http://www.dsplarea9.org.uk/coronavirus/

DSPL9 have also supplied some sensory activities that may be of use. (AVAILABLE ON SCHOOL WEBSITE.)
DSPL9 have recommended the following for speech and language resources which are currently free: https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-free-speech-language-communication-and-send-resources-for-schools-and-parent-carers

• Hertfordshire Local Offer-services for children/young people with SEND
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/the-hertfordshire-local-offer.aspx

Family Wellbeing

• Please find above copies of parent weblinks that our local area (DSPL 9) have supplied to local schools. This list has not been compiled by the school; it is our understanding that the resources on this list are free and we would not recommend you purchasing anything if it is not.

Over the past week things have changed significantly for the whole population and as such it is vital that we ensure that our children and families have access to the support that they may need at this time. Below is professional advice that has been supplied as part of Hertfordshire’s Mental Health support:

• Families First staff are contactable via their telephones or email so if you have a link worker please ensure that you are making regular contact. They will be in direct contact with school too.

• SAFER PLACES DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES
Safer Places are still operating and will continue to provide services/support to victims of Domestic Abuse in line with Government and Public Health England advice.
They will still accept new refuge referrals (if they have space and no symptoms shown/self-isolating) and will continue to accept outreach referrals.
EMERGENCY CONTACT LINE IS OPEN 24 HOURS 7DAYS A WEEK:
03301025811
https://www.saferplaces.co.uk

• Herts Local Offer-Mental health and wellbeing:
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/services-for-children-and-young-people/mental-health-and-wellbeing.aspx

All Hertfordshire maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). They are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. Schools aim to be inclusive, with the needs of SEND pupils being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
If you want to talk about your child’s special educational or disability Mrs Fogden, our Inclusion leader with responsibility for SEND, can be contacted in school. She works from Monday to Wednesday each week. Appointments can be made via the school office.
For questions and answers about the type of support we are able to provide at Field Junior School, please read the documents below. (In response to parent feedback we have included a simplified version of the Information Report which outlines the main elements).

Inclusion

Mrs Fogden is our Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCO). She is an experienced teacher who works closely with each of the class teachers and helps to identify needs, organise provision and liaise with external professionals in order to meet the needs of our children.

She also organises additional intervention programmes with the support staff in school.

Autism Quality Offer

The Hertfordshire Autism Quality Offer aligns with the SEND Quality Offer – Hertfordshire’s statement on high quality provision and outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The Autism Quality Offer describes the special educational provision that settings are encouraged to have available for children and young people who have autism or social communication needs and includes links to resources and training available to settings across Hertfordshire.

Link: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/