Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Team

The SEND team is responsible for the management of the statutory assessment process of special educational needs for children and young people from 0-25. The SEND team is responsible for ensuring that the Local Authority fulfils its statutory responsibilities listed within the Education Act 1996 and Children and Families Act 2014 and the Code of Practice.

  • Child or young person has special educational need if they a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
  • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions

What the Service does:

The SEND Team includes, Special Needs Officers, Education, Health and Care Officers and Education Health and Care Coordinator. The team have the case management responsibility for children and  young people who are undergoing an education, health and care needs assessment or have a an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs. The team aims to work closely with parents, young people and professionals, ensuring a person centred approach and a culture of ‘putting our residents first’ is maintained.  All children and young people undergoing a needs assessment or those who already have an EHC Plan/Statement Statement will have a named allocated officer.

This includes undertaking SEND key working functions during the special educational needs assessment process:

  • ensuring the special educational needs assessment process from children and young people ages 0 to 25 years is undertaken within the statutory deadlines;
  • drafting outcome focussed initial EHC Plan following a needs assessment;
  • managing the statutory assessment process, working in partnership with parents/carers, children and young people and external agencies, ensuring children and young people are centrally involved and consulted  with in line with the Children and Families Act 2014 and Code of Practice.

The team also undertakes the following functions:

  •  Monitor EHC Plans/ Statements of Special Educational Needs statutory annual review and will attend annual review meetings as required by settings and or parents/carers and young people.
  • undertake transfer review assessment to transfer Statements of Special Educational Needs to EHC Plans following the statutory timescales.
  • ensuring all transitions between education settings and/or life phases are well managed and seamless, with children, young people and their parents/carers  involved in planning for their transition to adulthood;
  • providing information, advice and guidance to support planning including preparation for adulthood for children and young people;
  • Provide information, advice and guidance to, parent/carers, young people and professionals on statutory processes.
  • Work in partnership with education, health and care, support for settings such as nurseries, schools and colleges in the implementation of the SEN code of practice.

Who the Service is for:

The SEND team is children and young people ages 0-25 age group, living in the London Borough of Hillingdon, undergoing special educational needs assessment and for children. The team also supports children and young people who already have a statutory EHC Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs.

When to use the Service

Parents/carers and young people and professionals supporting children and young people contact the SEN team when they are wish to make a special educational needs assessment . The team can be contacted with support with  monitoring of statutory annual reviews and transfer review assessment process.

(Parents/carers and young people can seek independent information advice and guidance on statutory processes for special educational needs from Special Educational Needs and Disability, Independent Advice Support Service (SENDIASS), Tel 01895 277001, Email: sendiass@hillingdon.gov.uk. Or Disabled Association Hillingdon (DASH). Tel: 020 8848 8319.

Who to contact

01895 277088
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Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 (Primary School)
0-4 (Birth to Pre-School)
11-16 (Secondary School)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
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