I spoke to a parent from Harrow today who is getting ready to move out of London to another county. She asked what kind of support she should expect from the new county for her child with SEND. We had a similar call from a parent who had moved to Birmingham. We love questions like this because that is why the government has put in place lots of structure through the Children and Families Act 2014. We like to summarise this into what we call the ‘5 Essential SEND Links in any local borough’. This ranges from finding the ‘Local Offer’ to local information advice organisations or charities. 4 out of the 5 items on the list are statutory provisions, which means it is a legal requirement or service in each borough or county. What each department or service is called in each location varies, but you should try to find the equivalent to what you currently receive in your current local borough. If your child has an EHC plan, remember it is a legal document and all local authorities are required to provide for the child or young person according to the need identified in that EHC plan. Moving may be additionally anxious and challenging time, but you don’t need to feel lost or confused, you can get a range of support in the new borough or county you are moving to from the various sources available even before you move there if you first do your research.
Read more about it on our website, (https://www.specialneedscommunity.co.uk/essential-links/ ) but if you are still stuck, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will try to help you work it out. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org