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What support have you received during COVID-19?

Wigan Parent Carer Forum are asking families to share their experience of support received during COVID-19, and to ask what families need moving forward. This will be shared with Wigan Council SEND team to help shape services and support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

We would like to update you on what we're doing to ensure children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) continue to access education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The documents below outline the actions we're taking, in response to government guidance, and the approach which is set out in the Minister’s open letter. We have also responded to questions raised through Wigan Parent Carer Forum regarding children and young people with SEND at this challenging time. You will also find information on changes to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), autism panel assessments and short breaks.

New COVID-19 guidance for those with autism or a learning disability

The government has now published new guidance making it clear that, if you’re autistic or have a learning disability, you can leave your home more than once a day and travel beyond your local area if this is important to your health.

With this in mind, an approved letter has been written for parents/carers living in Wigan borough to carry on their person and present, if stopped by police - find out more about the guidance and print off your copy of the letter.

SENDsational Young People's Group

A new group for young people aged 13-25 with additional needs.

For more information and to book a place, please call 07447 527783.

Outcomes of the specialist provision consultation 

In 2018, we carried out an extensive informal consultation across the borough to gather your views on our current and future specialist provision in Wigan.

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"Moving On"

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.

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.

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.

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