SEND news and updates
Are you a parent or carer of a young person with additional needs?
We would like to hear your views about the support currently available for your family in the borough, as well as what you would like to see in the future.
- Kidz to Adultz North event - Organised by the Disabled Living charity, this is a free event supporting children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and all the professionals who support them. Join us on Thursday, 14th November 2019 at EventCity, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 8AS, 9.30am - 4.30pm
- SEND Regional Network Newsletter - July 2019
- Call for evidence for the review of the Autism Strategy (external link)
- Wigan SEND newsletter - January 2019 (external link) - Wigan Parent Carer Forum
- Watch the 'Power in Numbers' video (external link) - Wigan Parent Carer Forum
- Disability Matters, the latest report on inclusion for disabled children, young people and their families
- Read our latest report on the feedback we have received on our Local Offer
- Read the latest news from the Northwest SEND Network (external link).
The "Moving On" (external link) film has been created by and features young people and parents from Wigan working with Bridgewater Adult Learning Disability Service to express their views, concerns and recommendations regarding their experience of health transition. It was made in partnership with People’s Voice Media (peoplesvoicemedia.co.uk); AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Take a look at the film and think about the recommendations and how this may relate to your own family or your role if you are a health, education or social care practitioner.
The consultation on our Accessibility Strategy has now closed. You can also view associated guidance on Supporting Pupils at school with Medical Conditions. Although the formal consultation has finished we welcome feedback on any aspects of the Local Offer.
Children and Families Act 2014
On 1 September 2014 The Children and Families Act (2014) became law. It reformed the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs and disabilities (SENDs).
The reforms around SENDs were designed to develop and enhance:
- Involving children, parents and young people in decision making.
- The identification of children and young people’s needs.
- Choice and control for parents and young people over their support.
- Collaboration between education, health and social care services.
- High quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.
- Support for successful preparation for adulthood.
Since September 2014 no Statements of SEN have been produced. They are being replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans.
By April 2018 all current Statements of SEN will be converted to EHC Plans.
Between September 2014 and September 2016 young people with Leaning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) transferred to the new system.
In April 2015 new duties for young offenders with SEND commenced.
View the timeline transition to the new system.
The Department of Education has written a letter for patents which outlines the changes from a parent’s perspective. Similar letters have been sent to teachers in schools and colleges.
We are always looking for feedback on the content of the Local Offer. We are required to report on any feedback that we receive and what we have done in response to it. You can find a link to our latest report above.