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4.16.1 0-25 Together Service

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter addresses some of the processes that are specific to disabled children.

It should therefore be read in conjunction with other relevant procedures within Part 3 of this manual, Children in Need and Safeguarding and Part 3 of this manual, Children Looked After and Care Leavers.

Please also see the separate chapters concerning Direct Payments for Disabled Children Procedure and Short Breaks Procedure and Transition Pathways for Disabled Children Procedure.

This chapter should also be read in conjunction with SEN and Disability (SEND) 0-25 Local Offer

AMENDMENT

In September 2017, the title of this chapter was changed (from Disabled Children) and Section 4, Panels was entirely revised and updated. Appendix 1: 0-25 Panel Workflow and Appendix 2: Appeals Process for 0-25 Together Panel were also updated.


Contents

1. Definition of Disability
2. Principles and Key Worker Allocation for Disabled Children and their Siblings
  2.1 Safeguarding Pathway Responsibilities for Children with Disabilities
  2.2 Children Act 1989 and Chronically Sick and Disabled Act (CSDPA) 1970
3. Referrals and Assessments
  3.1 Child and Family Assessment
  3.2 Outcomes of Assessments
  3.3 Allocation of Resources
4. Panels
  4.1 0-25 Together Service Panel
  4.2 Hertfordshire Allocation to Resources Panel (HARP)
  4.3 Multi-Agency Panel
5. Preparation for Adulthood
6. Occupational Therapy Assessments for Disabled Children
7. Local Offer and Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database
  Appendix 1: 0-25 Panel Workflow
  Appendix 2: Appeals Process for 0-25 Together Panel
  Appendix 3: New Ways Targeted Support Packages - under review


1. Definition of Disability

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, and that impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities. This definition is the basis for determining whether or not a child should be regarded as disabled. Examples are physical or mental impairments which might (depending on the individual’s circumstances) fulfil the criteria for a disabled child, which are:

  • Special sensory impairments: hearing loss, visual impairments, deaf-blind etc.;
  • A significant learning disability;
  • Multiple and complex health needs;
  • A chronic physical illness;
  • Autism (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and Communication Disorders with significant impairment of intellectual functioning or communication;
  • Significant pre-school developmental delay;
  • Young people who have a diagnosed mental illness which significantly impacts activities of daily living; services are usually provided by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS);
  • The child would usually meet the eligibility thresholds for DLA;
  • The need for a carer's assessment should be carefully considered in such cases.

The following conditions would not normally lead to the child being considered as disabled, but rather as having additional needs:

  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties that are not due to one of the areas listed above (this includes ADHD);
  • Mental health conditions;
  • Dyslexia;
  • Dyspraxia;
  • Speech and language difficulties.

The decision about whether a child is disabled within Hertfordshire's agreed definition is always based on a consideration of the impact of the child's condition on their needs, and not purely on the basis of whether the child has or does not have a particular diagnosis.

A child who does not meet these criteria may nevertheless be a child in need for reasons other than their disability.

Other definitions of disability are included in the following legislation and guidance:

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995;
  • Children Act 1989;
  • The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1979;
  • Disabled Persons (Services Consultation and Representation) Act 1986;
  • Education Act 1996;
  • Together from the Start Guidance (2003).

Other legislation and guidance highlighting the assessment and support needs of children with disabilities include:

  • Children and Young Person’s Act (2008);
  • Children and Families Act (2014);
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

Click here for LCS Guidance.

In all its work, the 0-25 Together Service will seek to promote equality of opportunity and the reduction of discrimination against those with disabilities.

It is important that disabled children are supported to remain safely and happily with their family and can benefit from activities within the community. The assessed impact of their disability should determine the level and nature of the support they need to enable this to happen.


2. Principles and Key Worker Allocation for Disabled Children and their Siblings

Children with significant disabilities might receive personalised resources to ensure that appropriate support is in place to meet their often complex and multiple needs. The 0-25 Together Service routinely manage risks relating to impairment and disability alongside family support and sometimes safeguarding concerns. Where children are assessed as eligible for support by the 0-25 Together Service, they will also receive a holistic assessment of risks they face through daily living, including risks they may be exposed to through the support services that they use.

Children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect, as symptoms of abuse may be inappropriately attributed to the child’s impairment. Research tells us that there is sometimes more reluctance to believe a disabled child is at risk of abuse; assumptions can be made that the child may not be a credible witness; behaviour and symptoms related to impairment can be similar to those following abuse; and there can be a reluctance to challenge carers. It can also be more difficult for the child to disclose abuse and it can be difficult to identify a perpetrator of abuse where a child is receiving care from many carers. Practitioners must continually strive to achieve effective and meaningful communication to ascertain the wishes and feelings of disabled children.

It is important to ensure that assessments completed with children with disabilities are completed with one Key-Worker for the whole family, including where there are siblings without disabilities. This will ensure:

  • Least disruption for the family;
  • Multi-agency partners have one contact with the Local Authority;
  • A central point for information gathering overall;
  • One line of management oversight and direction;
  • A single action plan for the child and their family.

Customer Services and the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (M.A.S.H) need to ensure they have checked LCS and IES thoroughly in relation to addresses and relationships to ensure that any new referrals are sent to the appropriate team, particularly looking out for siblings of an identified child within a referral who may be open to 0-25 Together Service.

2.1 Safeguarding Pathway Responsibilities for Children with Disabilities

Safeguarding for children with disabilities can be provided by the 0-25 Together Service or the Family Safeguarding and Assessment Teams. The table below details the pathways for both services.

Disabled Children Family Safeguarding and Assessment Teams
Child already open to 0-25 Together Service and information of a Safeguarding nature is received regarding that child. Any siblings must be opened to 0-25 Together Service and all children assessed by 0-25 Together Service. Family not open to CS. Referral received regarding sibling group, one of whom has a disability. Concern is regarding all children in the family. 0-25 Together Service will provide consultation about the impact of disability, and possible available support services, as required.
Child is already open to Children’s Services (CS) and information of a Safeguarding nature is received for a sibling of that child. Sibling/s must be opened to 0-25 Together Service and assessed by 0-25 Together Service.  

2.2 Children Act 1989 and Chronically Sick and Disabled Act (CSDPA) 1970

Children with disabilities are assessed under the CA 1989. If following social care assessment a child’s needs do not extend beyond the local authority care and support in and around the family home, the service provision will be dealt with under the CSDPA 1970.

The CSDPA 1970 forms the basis for the provision by local authorities of practical assistance and a range of services including equipment, adaptations and homecare to eligible disabled people.

All work with disabled children and their families in the context of the Children Act should be based in the following principles;

  • The welfare of the child should be safeguarded and promoted by the provision of services;
  • A primary aim is to promote access for all children to the same range of services;
  • Children with a disability are regarded as children first;
  • Recognition of the importance of the parent(s) and families in children’s lives;
  • Partnership between parents/carers, the local authority and other agencies.

Services to children with a disability may be provided via s2 CSDPA 1970 or the S17 Children Act or both.


3. Referrals and Assessments

If a parent/carer requests an assessment the local authority must undertake one as it has a duty under S17 of the Children Act. The assessment must identify what support/services the child and family need.

A referral for assessment should be made to the Disabled Children’s Assessment Team (DCAT) only when it has been identified that the impact of the child’s impairment is too great to be met by universal and targeted services and the child may be “in need” (i.e. disabled).

Disabled children should be assessed via Child and Family Assessments using the Framework for Assessment of Children in Need (see Criteria and Threshold Guidance - Meeting the Needs of Children and Families).

The assessment should be multi-agency it should include consideration of health, social care and educational needs. The assessment framework of need has to result in a plan of action. This is set out in a plan. Additionally, their parents and carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment.

3.1 Child and Family Assessment

This section should be read in conjunction with the Initial Contacts and Referrals to Social Care Procedure.

When a team receives a referral for assessment from Customer Services, the responsibility for responding to the referral will remain with that team unless a negotiation takes place and a manager in another team agrees to accept the referral and takes over responsibility for undertaking the Child and Family Assessment

Referrals about disabled children within the terms of the HCC definition (see Section 1, Definition of Disability) will normally be passed to the appropriate Disabled Children's Assessment Team.

In referrals where the primary concerns are not specific to a disabled child, these referrals will go to the Assessment Teams in the usual way. Where there is a need for specialist advice or input relating to the disabled children, liaison with the 0-25 Together Service should take place.

In considering children who are or who may be eligible for a Specialist Service as a disabled child, the following factors are relevant:

  • What is the primary reason for the referral, e.g. is it a child protection referral re concerns for the safety of all the children in the family, of which one has a disability? Does the disabled child have needs which require assessment beyond the risk assessment required in response to the referral?
  • Does the disability of the child fall into the HCC definition of a disabled child above;
  • How does the child's disability affect her/his ability to function in everyday life?
  • Are there other children in the family? Are they included in the reason for the referral? Are they also disabled?
  • What is the consequence of the child's disability for the family and the parents' ability to care for her/him and siblings?

The decision about whether a child is disabled within Hertfordshire's agreed definition is always based on a consideration of the impact of the child's condition on their needs when compared to other children of the same age, and not purely on the basis of whether the child has or does not have a particular diagnosis. The impact of the child’s condition which is likely to be life long, would be that the disability significantly restricts the child’s daily life leading to poorer outcomes for him/her and their family if services were not provided.

Once an assessment is completed the law does not require that a service be provided in every case. The provision of service is determined by the assessed need(s).

In line with the Children Act 1989, Section 17 states:

Before determining what (if any) services to provide for a particular child in need the local authority shall:

  • Ascertain the child’s wishes and feelings regarding the provision of those services; and
  • Give due consideration (having regard to his/her age and understanding) to such wishes and feelings of the child as they have been able to ascertain;

    and
  • Any service provided by an authority in the exercise of functions conferred on them (as per Section 17) may be provided for the family of a particular child in need or for any member of his/her family, if it is provided with a view to safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare;
  • Before giving any assistance or imposing any conditions, a local authority shall have regard to the means of the child concerned and of each of his parents;
  • Ascertain the child’s wishes and feelings regarding the provision of those services; and
  • Give due consideration (having regard to his/her age and understanding) to such wishes and feelings of the child as they have been able to ascertain;

    and
  • Any service provided by an authority in the exercise of functions conferred on them (as per Section 17) may be provided for the family of a particular child in need or for any member of his/her family, if it is provided with a view to safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare;
  • Before giving any assistance or imposing any conditions, a local authority shall have regard to the means of the child concerned and of each of his parents.

Any assessment must also check that the parents/carers are aware of benefits (e.g. Disability Living Allowance for Children, Disability Living Allowance (over 16), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (Over 16)) that they may be able to claim in respect of the extra demands entailed in caring for a disabled child. Additional advice is available from the Money Advice Unit.

The Children and Families Act 2014 also stipulates that young carers (under the age of 18) must be assessed to determine the appropriateness of their role and in accordance with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 they should be identified as early as possible to ensure their needs are met and they are safeguarded against any potential risk of harm. For further information, please refer to the Young Carers Procedure and Carer's Assessment Procedure.

3.2 Outcomes of Assessments

General Principles

Under s17(11) Children Act 1989 that a disabled child is a “child in need”.

For children who are not able to verbally communicate their views, the social worker should ensure that observations of the child are made in their placement and also in other settings, for example, school. Information and opinion (evidence based) should also be gathered from other professionals about their presentation. An advocate may be required. An assessment of needs can lead to a number of different personalised plans, they are:

  1. No Plan;
  2. Short Breaks Review Plan / Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 (CSDPA);
  3. Child in Need Plan s17c (Disability Only);
  4. Child in Need Plan s17b (Disability and Family Support);
  5. Child Protection Plan;
  6. Child Looked After Plan.

i. No Plan

Upon completion of the Child and Family Assessment where the family does not reach the threshold for personalised services, they will be signposted to other relevant statutory and voluntary agencies for support and/or information (Universal and Targeted Services). A carer's assessment must be considered / offered and should typically be incorporated within the Child and Family Assessment process. A note to this effect must be documented on the child/s file.

Families need access to local resources: Hertfordshire Directory of Local Offer Services.

Families need good information about short breaks: SEND Short Breaks Booklet.

Families need to know how we take decisions about them and their needs: Short Breaks Local Offer - Eligibility and Access to Short Breaks.

ii. Short Breaks Review Plan / Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 (CSDPA)

Short Break Review Plans are for children with often complex needs that can’t be met by universal or targeted services, such as ‘short break local offer’. These children or young people need a personalised care plan that can be guided, day to day, by their parent / carer. They do not need a regular social work service.

These children will receive ongoing services that usually occur in or around the family home and are defined within s2, Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970). Typically these might be:

  • The provision of practical assistance for a disabled child in his/her home (Homecare services);
  • The provision for a disabled child of leisure, games, outings or other recreational facilities outside his/her home or assistance to that person in taking advantage of local facilities available to him/her;
  • The provision of assistance for a disabled child in arranging for the carrying out of any works of adaptation in his/her home or the provision of any additional facilities designed to secure his/her greater safety, comfort or convenience.

When the Social Worker concludes their Assessment of Need and has defined outcomes and services, they then decide if a ‘Short Break Review Plan’ can be issued. Where such a plan can be issued, the case can then be considered for ‘Step Down’, where the following criteria are met:

  • C & F Assessment has been completed;
  • CIN / Short Break Review is within one year and child was seen or school consulted;
  • Overnight care arranged by HCC taking place in family home;
  • The risk assessment checklist is up to date and confirms no or low risk.

Reviewing Need:

These cases will be reviewed by the Short Break Review Team as part of the review of the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process. Reviews will be undertaken no less than annually. We will aim to develop a range of review methods that will include self-assessment and telephone, importantly protective factors surrounding the child must be considered and reviews proportionate to circumstances. Any significant changes to needs or circumstances will be managed by the 0-25 Together Service.

iii. Child in Need Plan s17c (Disability Only)

Some children, because they have complex disability related needs, require services that go beyond the scope of a “Short Break Review Plan”. The Child in Need Plan should be in writing and set out clearly all the outcomes to be achieved as well as the services that are to be provided to meet the child's needs. These plans will need regular oversight and the level of which will be decided at each review or when a significant change occurs in circumstances. This can be provided by a Children’s Practitioner and/or a Social Worker from the 0-25 Together Service. The plan will also set out expectations of the child, parents, carers and other agencies. See Box 1 for illustration of likely presenting circumstances at this level:

BOX 1

The child:

  • Complex and multiple needs, unstable periods of health with the need for multi-agency response;
  • Requires ongoing services away from the family home (overnight short breaks);
  • Some disturbance to child and parent carer’s sleep due to impact of child’s disability;
  • Child shows signs of distress in one or more settings on a regular basis;
  • Child’s behaviour presents a significant risk to self and/or others; and requires some additional monitoring, supervision and /or behavioural management to be safe;
  • Child's physical or learning disabilities impact on their daily living where they are at significant risk of social exclusion, harm abuse or exploitation;
  • Child is unable to access any Community Short Break Extra Activities without additional support;
  • Child has limited ability to understand and express their views, wishes and feelings at a time when important decisions about their welfare are required.

The parent carer:

  • Parent carer has significant health concerns;
  • Accommodation which, despite adjustments, does not meet some of the needs of the disabled child;
  • Limited support networks and /or limited access to local community and universal services;
  • Relationship difficulties within the family that negatively impact on the disabled child and the family as a whole;
  • Parent carer has limited understanding of the impact of their child’s disability.

The siblings:

  • Siblings have emerging support needs of their own e.g. social isolation and attention seeking behaviour;
  • Siblings are providing a level of care; which makes them young carers.

Many families with disabled children receive a range of services to meet their child's needs. Wherever possible there should be a single plan which includes the full range of family support services on a multi-agency basis. The plan will show outcomes, including how the short break will meet the needs of the child and family identified in the assessment.

Reviewing Need:

These cases will be reviewed by a named Social Worker or most likely a Children’s Practitioner. Any significant changes to needs or circumstances will be managed within the 0-25 Together Service with cases transferring to Social Workers wherever required.

These plans may be reviewed on a 6 monthly basis, however the frequency of review will be determined at the initial planning and review stages and should be proportionate to risk and needs.

In certain circumstances it may be appropriate for intermittent telephone reviewing to take place where no significant risks or needs are identified by the partners who work with the child on a daily basis.

iv. Child in Need Plan s17b (Disability and Family Support)

Some ‘Children and Need’ are such because whilst they may have a range of personalised needs because they are disabled or have a diagnosed health issue, they also need support because their parent / carer is not able to create the environment or a parenting style that is appropriate to meeting their needs. These children will have an allocated Social Worker.

BOX 2

The child:

  • Child has a poor level of attendance at school and/or is at risk of exclusion. Child is not achieving to their potential;
  • Child has limited ability to understand and express their views, wishes and feelings at a time when important decisions about their welfare are required.

The parent carer:

  • Parental stress affecting the day to day lives and may impact on the child and wider family’s well being;
  • Issues such as domestic violence, mental ill health, alcohol or substance misuse are present.

In accordance with Part 3 of this manual, all children who are worked with as Children in Need under s17 (CA ’89) will be visited with a minimum frequency of 6 weekly.

Reviewing Need:

These cases will be reviewed by the allocated social worker. Where the assessed need of the child and family are addressed or the level of need reduces the status of the case will likely change to CIN Plan (Disability only).

v. Child Protection Plan

See Part 3 of this manual, Children in Need and Safeguarding and also the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Board Procedures, Children with a Disability and Child Abuse.

vi. Child Looked After Plan

There may be instances where a child may become looked after. All of the procedures and processes relating to children who are looked after (see Part 5 of this manual, Children Looked After and Care Leavers).

3.3 Allocation of Resources

Following the assessment and care planning process, the child/young person and their family may be eligible for services and/or funding for a service. The services available to disabled children will depend upon the assessed need and type of plan required.

Hertfordshire will allocate resources according to need.

We are beginning to trial a Resource Allocation System (RAS). The RAS is a questionnaire which determines a child’s social care personal budget. This will form part of the person centred support planning aimed at helping the child and family meet their outcomes.

It is our intention to ensure that the allocation of resources is both personalised and transparent.


4. Panels

Panels are the mechanisms in which decision are made with regards to allocation of resources.

4.1 0-25 Together Service Panel

4.1.1 Purpose

The 0-25 Together Service Panel ensures equity in resource allocation, fairer application of service eligibility criteria and supports the monitoring of quality standards in case management. It will inform decisions taken in cases that do/do not require presentation at HARP Panel.

There is a clear workflow to ensure the involvement of both 0-25 Together Service and 0-25 SEND Brokerage professionals in the implementation of support plans. This workflow is represented in Appendix 1: 0-25 Panel Workflow and Appendix 2: Appeals Process for 0-25 Together Panel.

4.1.2 Quality Assurance Role

Maintaining excellence in the delivery of social care supports is essential. 0-25 Together Panel will serve to support continuous service improvement. Practitioners bringing cases to Panel must take responsibility for file cleansing prior to submission.

A number of basic compliance checks will be made prior to all submissions by the Panel Administrator:

  1. There will be a timely assessment or CIN review, no less than one year prior to submission;
  2. Risks will be documented within an up to date Checklist;
  3. Case Status, Ethnicity and Disability will be recorded on case file;
  4. A succinct and relevant chronology and case summary will be documented on file.

The Panel will pay particular attention to the following:

  • Equity in provision of service, based on Disabled Children’s Social Care Eligibility Criteria and available universal and targeted services;
  • Assessment of Risk and Risk Management;
  • Cultural Competence / Voice of Child;
  • Outcome Focussed and Enabling Support Plans.

4.2 Herts Access to Resources Panel (HARP)

See Hertfordshire Access to Resources Panel (H.A.R.P) and Delegated Authority for Resource Agreement Procedure.

Where there are requests for family support, an independent placement and associated costs relating to the non-disabled children in the family these requests will be presented to HARP using (CSF0158F1 Access to Resources Panel Referral Form).

4.3 Multi-Agency Panel

The Multi-Agency Panel, consisting of representatives from Children’s Services across Education, Health and Care. The panel meets twice per month to ensure children and young people with assessed additional needs receive appropriate support through agreed packages of interventions. MAP will receive requests from Children’s Safeguarding and Specialist Services, Education and Early Intervention and Health services.

Multi Agency agreement about a given care plan should be achieved prior to presentation at panel. This means that the lead professional agency must convene a pre-map meeting to obtain the views of appropriate agencies and ensure their views are captured in the process of support planning.

  • Packages which are agreed best meet the needs of children and families;
  • Agreed packages represent best value for money;
  • Joint packages can be agreed at one meeting;
  • Decision-making takes into account the budgetary position of all organisations;
  • Frequent and accurate budgetary monitoring by CS and Health;
  • Children and young people needs are met within County wherever possible;
  • The Multi-Agency Panel is designed to make funding decisions on joint packages of services for children. The panel will not consider service responses which are single agency, nor for equipment or adaptations;
  • Review arrangements will be agreed by panel as part of the decision making process, this will include a focus on the outcomes that were identified when the package was agreed;
  • Emergency decisions by Heads of Service can be taken outside of this panel process to meet immediate needs, and will be brought to the next meeting for longer-term multi-agency decision making.

Click here for further details about the MAP Panel.


5. Preparation for Adulthood

When developing a Transition Pathway Plan for a disabled young person who is looked after, at aged 15.75 years his or her mental capacity to manage his or her own affairs must be considered under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice. There also needs to be considerations to ensure a young person (aged 18 plus) residing in a care home have safeguards in places to prevent any Deprivation of Liberties (Deprivation of Liberties Code of Conduct)

The arrangements for transition should however commence at the 14th birthday or no later than the year 9 Education, Health and Care Plan Review. Please refer to Transition Pathways for Disabled Children Procedure. Some care leavers do not meet the criteria of the 0-25 Together Service and do not meet the eligibility criteria of the HCS i.e. Community Learning Disability Teams, Hertfordshire Partnership Trust Community Mental Health Teams, or Older People and Physical Disability Teams.

However they will have significant vulnerabilities and areas of need which are over and above the issue of maturation. These are commonly care leavers with moderate learning difficulties or with mental health issues, and as such that their ability to become independent is severely compromised.

In these circumstances a referral should be made to the relevant HCS Team, under the Care Act 2014 which stipulates that the local authority has a duty to provide support to children who are likely to have needs for care and support after becoming 18. Staff should refer to Cross service protocols delivering social care across service boundaries Joint Protocol and Transition Pathways for Disabled Children Procedure and the chapter on Care Leavers and Transition to Adulthood Procedure.

Disabled young people who meet the eligibility criteria of S&SS 0-25 Together Service, and who are in residential education, remain the full responsibility of S&SS rather than HCS until the end of the academic year in which they are 19 (this is a local Hertfordshire County Council agreement). The exception is for young people in receipt of Direct Payments, for example during the school holidays, where responsibility for those Payments remains with S&SS until the age of 18 years.

Disabled young people who are care leavers may have additional needs and there will be a need to liaise with Health & Community Services (HCS), to establish the transfer of case responsibility and placement funding to HCS, and to enable effective joint working practice for HCS and care leaving services.

Where young people aged 18+ in out of county residential placements need respite care during school holidays, these are provided by HCS. For young people placed within Herts, CS&SS retain responsibility for respite placements until the young person’s educational statement ends.

See also Managing Disability Allowances for Children Looked After and Staying Put Supported and Staying Put Lodgings.


6. Occupational Therapy Assessments for Disabled Children - under review

Occupational Therapy to children (and adults) is a service provided under part 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970). An assessment for a child’s need for assistance in arranging adaptations, or provision of additional facilities, to promote their safety, comfort or convenience, is an assessment under part 2 of that Act. Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides the Children's Occupational Therapy Service in Hertfordshire. This has information for service users and professionals.

For further details regarding the HAP panel, including the application process, please view the Disabilities - Adaptations for People with Disabilities page on Compass.


7. Local Offer and Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database

The Local Offer describes the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Service 0-25. Hertfordshire S&SS is required by the 1989 Children Act to keep a database of the children and young people with disabilities and additional needs who live in the county. There are many kinds of disability or additional needs. Some of these needs can be seen, and some not seen and the level of severity can vary enormously.

Hertfordshire has implemented this legal requirement, and updated and modernised the database in line with recent guidance. The parents' views on the needs of their child is the information required for children and young people to join the database, and medical examination and opinion is no-longer required.

The Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND) has been developed by a group of parent representatives, voluntary organisations and representatives from S&SS. This group will continue to guide and monitor the development of HAND.

See also:SEN and Disability (SEND) 0-25: Local Offer.


Appendices

Click here to view Appendix 1: 0-25 Panel Workflow

Click here to view Appendix 2: Appeals Process for 0-25 Together Panel

Click here to view Appendix 3: New Ways Targeted Support Packages - under review

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