I am a parent or carer
Welcome to the Southend SEND Local Offer. The website provides information on services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25.
On this page we have brought together information relating to questions often asked by parents and carers.
You can also search for information by using the keyword search bar at the top of the page, or by clicking on the topics boxes in the `I am looking for' section on the Local Offer home page.
We want the site to be as useful as possible, so if you can't find what you need or if there is something we are missing, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01702 212328.
I am worried about my child's progress - what should I do?
The pages below provide information and guidance on avenues of support:
A guide has been written for families with children or young people with suspected or diagnosed neurodevelopmental conditions. It is full of information on all things neurodevelopmental (ND), to help families understand the different ND conditions which include, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia.
I am worried about my child's health - what should I do?
Please read our guidance here:
The link below provides information on Southend's Family Resource guide which has been written for families with children or young people with suspected or diagnosed neurodevelopmental conditions. It is jam-packed with information on all things neurodevelopmental (ND), to help families understand the different ND conditions which include, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia.
How can I get in touch with other parents or carers?
Southend SEND Independent Forum (SSIF) are the official Parent Carer Forum for SEND families in Southend.
SSIF are a part of the SEND Partnership, working with the Council, NHS and other partners to represent the voice of parents, carers and their children.
You can contact them on 07955 067588 or southendsendindependent email@example.com
You can find information on other support groups at this link:
What is an Education, Health and Care Plan and how do I request an assessment for my child?
The pages below provide provide information on Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), Education Health and Care needs assessment and SEN Support in Southend.
What is a Personal Budget?
Where can I get independent advice and support?
Where can I get help with respite care, support for carers and carer assessments?
Where can I get specialist equipment or toys?
How do I raise a concern or make a complaint?
How can I get involved in reviewing and designing SEND services or give feedback?
Please contact the Local Offer Team on 01702 212328 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to provide feedback on services, support or to get involved.
You can contact the Southend SEND Independent Forum (SSIF), the offical Parent Carer Forum for Southend families on 07955 067588 or email@example.com
Who can help me with SEND processes and policies?
What is the EHC Hub?
The EHC Hub is a digital platform for families, professionals and education settings to engage, contribute and collaborate on EHC assessments, Education Health and Care Plans and Annual Reviews.
The EHC Hub allows parents/carers to track their child/young person’s assessment and see who has been asked to provide advice.
The EHC Hub will ensure that parents/carers and anyone working with the child/Young person has access to the same information, at the same time, reducing the need or information to be repeated.
How do I get transport to school for my child or young person?
My child is under 5 - what support is available?
Where can I find activities?
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