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Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
We provide a wide range of support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.
This is achieved by working in partnership with parents, carers, children, schools and other agencies such as health, social care and the voluntary sector.
A number of significant changes have taken place to the way that services for children with SEND are identified, assessed and supported, which you can view in the Children and Families Act 2014.
One of the requirements of the new legislation was to develop a local offer which describes the services and provision that are available for families and children and young people with SEND and/or disabilities.
Our local offer site, Ask Ollie, is a one-stop shop of SEND information, with a directory of local and national services to support children and young people with additional needs, and their families.
SEND in schools
All of our schools have a duty to be accessible and inclusive for the children and young people within Warrington.
Children with special educational needs are likely to need extra or different help from that given to other children their age.
Every school is required to identify at the earliest opportunity and address the SEN of the pupils they support and must do everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEN needs.
All schools have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 towards individual disabled children and young people and must make reasonable adjustments to prevent them being put at a substantial disadvantage.