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Welcome to the Solihull local offer - a website about services and support for children and young people with disabilities or special educational needs

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Community health services in Solihull

14 to 25 years

Opportunities and support from 14-25

Message from Sally Hodges, Director for Children's Services and Skills

Following October’s inspection Ofsted has now published our SEND report . I was really pleased that the inspectors recognised how good many of our services are to our vulnerable children and families; although we know there is more work we need to do in the future to continue to offer the services these children, young people and families need.

It was good that the report also acknowledged that the SEND leadership team had a real grip in terms of knowledge of the service and the work that needs to be done to get to where we want it to be.

One area of challenge that we already knew about was our work with parents and parent groups.  We need to engage more effectively with parents to ensure the services we offer to their children meet their needs, now and in the future.  A big thanks to everyone who was involved in the inspection, and for your work in helping the inspectors to get an honest picture of what we do.

Single route of redress

Have you heard about the Single route of redress…? In circumstances where Parent/Carers are challenging the educational aspects of the EHC Plan, this enables them to also challenge the Health and Social Care aspects of the plan. This comes into force on 3rd April 2018. Please read this important information.

The local offer provides information to children and young people with disabilities and their families.

This information should help you to know what support and services are available in Solihull and to make informed choices about your education, health, care and transition to adulthood.

Solihull has a SEND 0-25 service based at Elmwood Place, 37 Burtons Way, Smiths Wood, Solihull, B36 0UG. This service brings together key professionals to provide services for eligible children and young people with SEND.

The SEND 0-25 service includes:

  • StART (Statutory Assessment and Review Team) - lead the assessment of young people for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plans)
  • SISS (Specialist Inclusion and Support Service) - provides specialist teaching, assessment, advice to inform EHC Plans, training and sensory support services, for  children and young people, their families and their educational setting.  Services can be offered from point of diagnosis until a young person leaves school. Some SISS services are traded services and are purchased by Schools.
  • EPS (Educational Psychology Service) - provides educational psychology support, support to Schools, assessment and input to EHC Plans
  • Early Years - supports educational settings in the early identification of SEND and targeting focused support to assist development
  • CYPSDS (Children Young People's Specialist Disability Service) - is a Social Care service for children, young people and transition. The team assesses, provides services, monitors and reviews support plans and supports the transition of young people to Adult Social Care.
  • BU (Business Support Unit) - provides specialist administrative support for all SEND 0-25 service functions.

The Solihull local offer tells parents and young people what they are entitled to, what services are available to them and how to access them.

News

Message from Ann Lowe, Head of SEND

10th July 2018

It has been a busy time at the SMBC SEND 0-25 service! Following the Ofsted inspection in October 2018, we have finalised the joint Action plan and this has now been …

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Parents’ Network – Summer Activities Booklets 2018

4th July 2018

Please see this year’s Summer Activities Booklets for information on what’s happening in the borough for families during the school summer holidays. They include: * Ofsted registered holiday schemes * Activities and …

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Family Information Service Directory

You can also find out what support and services are available in the voluntary and private sectors – including charities, disability groups, nurseries, youth clubs and inclusive leisure activities for all children and young people.

This is all here on the Family Information Service Directory that you can search.

Education

Education support services

Care

Respite and children’s disability services

Health

Community health services in Solihull

14 to 25 years

Opportunities and support from 14-25

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