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About our Local Offer and how to search it

The Local Offer provides information for children and young people in North Somerset with special educational needs or a disability - you may see this abbreviated as SEND both here and in various official documents. We know that navigating through the range of services and support can…

About short breaks and respite

Covid-19: Short Breaks, Clubs and Activities Like many areas of day-to-day life, Coronavirus, will affect how we deliver our services. We will update these pages with our plans for the forthcoming school holidays, and will be clear about what parents and carers can expect from…

Direct payments and personal budgets in North Somerset

What are direct payments? Guidance about Direct payments and coronavirus/COVID-19 Direct Payments (DPs) are a cash payment made from the council to you so you can buy your own care and support services. A ‘direct payment’ means that the money goes directly from the council’s…

Disabled Children's Register (DCR)

The Children Act 1989 requires all local authorities to keep a register of children with disabilities to help with planning and monitoring services. Registering your child on the Children's Disability Register helps us identify and plan for the needs of children and young people with disabilities, their…

Disagreement Resolution and Mediation

There are a number of steps that the parent or young person can take if they disagree with any of the decisions that are made during the Education Health and Care Needs Assessment process. Disagreement resolution A range of informal arrangements are available to help…

Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset

New: You can now request an education, health and care assessment online We have created some easy-to-read guides for parents, and some guides specifically for children and young people on many aspects of the process - you can view them here on the Local Offer. This…

Future of Education Support Services for Children with dual sensory impairment, hearing impairment and visual impairment

                Background Since 1996 the former Avon local authorities - Bath & North-East Somerset (BANES), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - have jointly commissioned a Sensory Support Service (SSS). This service has traditionally provided support to children with dual sensory impairment,…

Guidance for Parents, Children & Young People

We recognise that sometimes, the rules and regulatations around SEND can be complex and daunting. As part of our commitment to co-production, we are developing accessible versions of our guidance and policies.  Two Side Guides - these documents sum up the key steps, issues or…

Health Services from Birth to Adulthood

All children and young people's health needs will change as they grow up, but there are often additional challenges for children with special educational needs or disabilities. Learning about a new diagnosis can also be a challenging event for everyone in the family.  This page…
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