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FAO: SENCOS and SEND Staff
Welcome from Jeanette Savage, Babcock LDP Strategic Lead for SEND and Inclusion
During these unprecedented times we are mindful of the need to keep in touch with you and share useful information but understand that you are probably being inundated. Coverage of the pandemic is everywhere and we appreciate that this can be overwhelming.
So that we can share information with you efficiently, we will be sending you a weekly SEND Update email, each Friday, to share the latest communications and relevant SEND news that will support you through this period.
We are committed to support you, so that you can continue to provide excellent SEND support for children and young people in Devon. We know that your focus is now on helping to make sure they are safe and well, for some of our young people this is complicated and we are happy to talk plans for support through with you.
If there are any issues, areas or ideas that you would like us to cover, you can contact me directly or use the individual team addresses below.
DfE have advised local authorities to conduct risk assessments and have produced guidance that makes suggestions and recommendations for how that might be done in collaboration with educational settings and parents. It has been put together with help from special educational needs and disability (SEND) sector organisations and outlines pragmatic approaches that local authorities, educational settings, and parents or carers may wish to take.
Please could you all ensure that your school safeguarding assessments have be returned. Thankyou
Information from Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEND Adviser
Note that any enquiries related to named individuals under-going statutory assessment of need, transfer reviews or annual review process should be directed to the appropriate 0-25 SEN Team. Contact details can be found at https://new.devon.gov.uk/supportforschools/services-and-contacts/send or email email@example.com
Online Portal: For technical support on accounts or password issues, contact the One Support Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEND Adviser will be creating one minute guides to a range of topics to support you through the COVID 19 outbreak.
Guide 1 - How Could I? helps you as a SENCo how to explain to families how school is supporting pupils during the COVID 19 outbreak. Click below to read.
During these unprecedented times, the children, young people and families we support might need something extra.
Early Help are reporting that requests for help and guidance are currently lower than expected.
Don't forget that Early Help is the initial response offered by all services in contact with children, young people and families.
Making a referral is quick and simple, all you need are family consent and brief details about them. This simple guide will help you to make to make a referral to ensure that our families continue to be supported.
The Disability Network is a list of children and young people in Devon who have special educational needs (SEN) and / or disabilities who are aged 0 25 years. To find out more click here.
In addition to their usual fantastic information, advice and support on special educational needs and disability (SEND), DiAS have recently updated their website with lists of usual resources and support, including answers to frequently asked questions for parents to help them through these challenging times. Click here for more information
Public Health Nursing are continuing to offer support for children and young people during the lockdown. Chat Health offers children, young people and parents the opportunity to text a school nurse to discuss issues and worries.
Phone this number directly if you have a query 0300 303 3989 A receptionist from the Devon Sexual Health service will take your contact details and a clinician from the service will call back.
During this period, assessments are being completed by telephone and there are no drop-in clinics. Face to face appointments will be offered only when absolutely necessary.
Young people are still able to access sexual health services including free condom supplies, emergency contraception (both pill and coil), supply of contraceptive pills (for collection from the service), advice and referral for abortion care, testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
Anyone needing condoms or medication, can receive these by post or collect by arrangement at one of the 3 clinic sites (Barnstaple, Exeter or Torquay).
Free self-testing of sexually transmitted infections for under 25s is also available via www.freetest.me