Our service works with schools and settings (such as early years providers and FE colleges), children and young people, their parents or carers, health professionals and other services to ensure that children and young people with physical and medical conditions (including mental health needs) are properly supported and able to experience the same opportunities as their peers.
We can provide advice and guidance about how to manage medical conditions within a school or other setting, in line with relevant legislation and government advice. Similarly, we can offer advice on adhering to the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability, with a particular focus on avoiding discrimination, providing reasonable adjustments and for schools, writing Accessibility Plans.
Our service makes decisions in relation to the provision of ICT and specialist equipment for 'high needs' children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, based on recommendations from specialists such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. All decisions are made in line with the Local Authority's 'ICT and Specialist Equipment Entitlement Policy'.
We also have a Moving and Handling Advisor who can offer bespoke training to staff in schools and settings to ensure that they lift or transfer children and young people with mobility difficulties safely, thus avoiding injury to themselves or the child or young person. The Moving and Handling Advisor can also provide guidance on completing moving and handling risk assessments, care plans and personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPS).
Browse our resources for useful information such as guidance documents, information leaflets, the 'Local Authority ICT and Specialist Equipment Entitlement Policy', model policies, a template Accessibility Plan and risk assessment forms.