Please tell us about effective support document 8 January, 2020

Early help and SEND support is everyone’s responsibility; We want Children, Families, Communities and Partner Agencies to work together so that families can help themselves and be supported as soon as a need arises. Somerset County Council and partners have produced the SEND Effective Support Working Guidelines for practitioners who…

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Important sexual health information 8 January, 2020

If you’ve got Special Educational Needs and/Disabilities you might not be aware of the importance of testing. There has recently been an increase of STIs like Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV, among every age group. Therefore, our SWISH (Somerset-wide integrated Sexual Health) team is advising everyone to test, whether you have…

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Christmas message – another year of progress 18 December, 2019

We’re nearly at the end of another busy year in Somerset for those working in and supporting SEND services – so it’s worth reflecting and having a quick whistle-stop tour of things to celebrate. February saw the highly successful Local Offer Roadshow events across Somerset, organised by the Parent Carer…

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Help shape the future of our services 18 December, 2019

During the first week in January there will be a series of events to talk to local families and service providers about the current work taking place to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Areas of focus include:   SEND Strategy Review Effective…

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Help us to keep improving the Local Offer site 18 December, 2019

Somerset’s Local Offer is the go to place for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and parent carers. We want to make sure that you can easily find all the services available to you in your local area. The Local Offer  sets out in one place, all…

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A whole lot of unstoppable fun 18 December, 2019

The UnStoppables group enjoyed their end of year celebrations at a Christmas party at their base in Reckleford Children’s Centre. The group enjoyed a feast and games that they had planned and took time to reflect on their achievements of the past year and looked forward to another busy year…

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Somerset SENDIAS launches new-look website 13 December, 2019

Somerset Sendias  – a confidential and free advice service for parents/carers and children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities has a new website. And they’d like you to have a look and let them know what you think! Somerset Sendias provides impartial advice and support on a…

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It’s time to use the Professional Portal for Early Years 13 December, 2019

Do you work in an Early Years setting? If so, please note that you need to submit the following forms electronically via the Professional Portal from Monday 6 January  – it is  mandatory for all EY settings. Statutory Request for Assessments Appendix B Annual Review Forms This follows a successful…

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Don’t miss out on fantastic holiday activities 13 December, 2019

There are lots of fun and affordable activities on offer over the December/January holidays for children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families. You can find the full schedule the Short Breaks Activity Calendar – but here’s a taster of just some of the great…

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New service supports young victims of domestic abuse and crime 13 December, 2019

The Youth Victims Service (YVS) is now up and running and is available to all young people in Somerset. The service can help any person aged five to 18 or up to 25 for those with additional needs, with most incidents including domestic abuse, threats, anti-social behaviour, cyber bullying, sexting…

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