Children and young people who have special educational needs (SEN) do not necessarily have a disability, and some disabled children and young people do not have special educational needs. There is a lot of overlap between the two groups though.
What are special educational needs?
- Speech, language and communication needs
- Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
- Autistic spectrum condition
- Specific learning difficulties, such as Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD
- Moderate learning difficulties
- Profound and multiple learning difficulties
- Multi-sensory impairment
What do we mean by disability?
- Multiple and complex health needs or chronic illness
- Sensory impairment such as hearing loss, visual impairment or deafblindness
- A significant and long term learning difficulty
- A physical disability
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- A severe communication disorder, or
- A significant pre-school developmental delay
Disability and special needs register
The register is completely voluntary and confidential for all children and young people aged 0 to 19 whose parents or carers have notified us of a disability or additional need that impacts on their day to day life. This information is then used to determine where funding could be best used for optimum benefits.
By registering your child, you will be made aware of specific support and leisure activities available in your local area. The register also helps us to ensure parents have the most up to date information and to help plan future services. You can find more information by going to our specific web page Disability and special needs register
What to do if you think your child has SEN
What is the Local Offer?
Peterborough's Local Offer is aimed at providing better support and services for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.
Education, Health and Care Plans are replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments. The changes have been introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.
In this one place, you can find information about providers of the following services:
- Special educational provision.
- Health services.
- Social care services.
- Other educational provision.
- Travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education settings.
- Preparing for adulthood, including housing and employment.
- Leisure and social opportunities.
The government have produced a simple guide to the Local Offer which you can look at below.
The Local Offer has been developed in close partnership with Family Voice (Peterborough’s Parent Carer Forum) and with a wide range of service providers. Our aim is:
- to improve outcomes for children and young people by making more information easily available to help make better choices
- to enable children, young people and families to be informed and empowered to make choices
- for you to be clearer about what is available and why, and what alternatives are available
- to provide more effective signposting and to get it right first time.
Have your say
We want to make sure that Peterborough's Local Offer continues to develop to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families To let us know your views please fill in our online feedback form.