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SEND News & Consultations updated 24.3.20

This section will include all council SEND News and any consultations related to SEND- it will be regularly updated.

If you wish to contact us about anything you see in the news section please email: thelocaloffer@hounslow.gov.uk

News: 

Minister Ford open Letter to SEND Sector updated 24 March 2020

HOUNSLOW INFORMATION DURING COVID-19 - local family information

REGISTER as extremely vulnerable - government site

The Outcome of the School Travel Assistance Consultation has been published.  With thanks to all the parents and professionals that contributed.

Older News

January 2020

Hounslow Guide to services for Children with Autism published

December 2019 -

Consultation on SEN Centre provision at Cranford Community College 16 December 2019  - 20January 2020

Consultation for the proposal to remove the SEN Centre for young people with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) at Cranford Community College. 

The consultation on this proposal is open from Monday 16th December 2019 to Monday 20th January 2020 and a Public Meeting will be held at the academy on Friday 20 December 2019 at 2.30pm.   During this period, we want to hear your views. 

Find the full information on the Cranford Community College website

National First-tier tribunal extension

 The National Trial of the extension to the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), which applies to decisions made or EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018 and will run until August 2020, when a decision will be made on its continuation.

Follow this link for full information

Local Offer Survey - have your say on the future of the local offer a quick survey to help us design for the future.

Hounslow SEN Centre Consultation 20 September- 18 October 2019

We Are Seeking Your Views on Changes to Some SEN Centres

We are making changes to school provision for children and young people in Hounslow who have special educational needs/disabilities (SEND).  This is because the needs of children and young people with SEND have changed over time. 

This consultation concerns centres at Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery school and Marlborough Primary School.

Major new review into support for Children with SEND  

Government announcement

5 September 2019- Last chance to respond to transport consultation- closes 13 September 2019

This is a reminder that the Council is currently consulting on its proposed new Travel Assistance Policies.  The consultation ends on Friday 13th September 2019, so time is running out for you to have your say.  Please log on to our consultation page at haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk where you will find copies of the proposed policies (ages 5-16 and Post 16 up to the age of 25).  You will also find information on the main proposed changes / aims and a questionnaire to complete to capture your thoughts.  We also have 2 final consultation meetings which you can attend to find out more and have your say on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 4.15pm and 5.45pm at Hounslow House.

Local Offer have your say

The Local Offer is nearly 5 years old - and it has changed over this time ..

Please fill in the survey let us know what you think and help us develop it for the future.

21June -

School Travel assistance -changes to policy consultation and meetings - Have your say

The Council have made changes to their policy for children 5-16 and a new policy for 16+ (consultation now closed)

10 June

Hounslow Toy library - Hello Hounslow walk

Cathy and Lucy will be walking a marathon (that's over 26 miles) around the borough of Hounslow and taking in very ward along the way; on the Friday 21st June 2019 to raise money for Hounslow Toy Library for Disabled Children. They are hoping to raise £5,000

Please support them!

30 May 2019

Updated Specialist Provision Plan.

In late 2017, the Government announced a £215m fund to support local authorities to invest in provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities aged 0-25 to improve the quality and range of provision available to the local authority. It is intended for the children and young people with education, health and care plans for whom the local authority is responsible.

Local Authorities are obliged to publish details of how they currently propose to invest their share of the funding.

Please find the latest update in the downloads section on the right hand side of the page.

Older news:

Short breaks brochure May Half term booking starts 16 May for pathway 3

New forms and updated Process and Annual Review Information for Education Health and Care plans

Survey suggests top 5 UK universities for Young people with Autism here

High needs funding panel postponed until further notice see more here

22nd January 2019 until 15 February

A consultation is underway regarding provision at centres across the borough from 22January until 15 February. More information CLOSED

Dec 18 - Joint Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group and partners strategy for Children and Young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability for 2018-2021 published here

Other Updates

Childhood Stroke service

The Stroke Association have a service to support families and professionals working with children who have had strokes find out more here

Updated Health information

If your child may need specialist equipment or struggles with physical or self care find out how to get help here

Hounslow CCG have commissioned a new Paediatric Bladder and Bowel Service find out more here

Updated Specialist Provision Plan.

In late 2017, the Government announced a £215m fund to support local authorities to invest in provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities aged 0-25 to improve the quality and range of provision available to the local authority. It is intended for the children and young people with education, health and care plans for whom the local authority is responsible.

Local Authorities are obliged to publish details of how they currently propose to invest their share of the funding.

Please find the latest update in the downloads section on the right hand side.

Consultation on the first draft of the Hounslow SEND Strategy.

Please see the proposed SEND strategy document and the consultation guidance document in the downloads section.

Responses by 31st July 2018 to caroline.fernandes@hounslow.gov.uk

Short breaks summer brochure has been launched - booking starts 4 July 

SEND Information and advice support service

Hounslow SEND IASS have published their annual report for 2017/18

This report details the service developments, successes and challenges over the year from April 2017 to March 2018 and sets it in the context of national and local changes for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This has been a year of significant change for the service. This report will tell you about what we have been doing, what has changed and where we would like to see 2018 take us. 

New SEND Inclusion fund forms- Updated May 18 

Inclusion funding maybe available to local childcare providers to support the inclusion of children that need more support.  The process has changed for 2018/19 full details can be found here

National trial single redress

The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial. The trial will apply to decisions made or EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018. Information on mediations and appeals for EHCP.

Inclusion fund updates for 2018/19 -update March 2018

The SEN Inclusion Fund is funding available to early years providers to support children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND).  The funding is for use in the setting that the child attends and will be given to the provider to be used to support the needs of individual children with SEN.  Full information can be found here

14th March 2018 Special Provision Capital Fund

In late 2017, the Government announced a £215m fund to support local authorities to invest in provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities aged 0-25 to improve the quality and range of provision available to the local authority. It is intended for the children and young people with education, health and care plans for whom the local authority is responsible.

Local Authorities are obliged to publish details of how they currently propose to invest their share of the funding – please see the document in the download section for details.