The EHC plan (Education, Health and Social Care) came into force in September 2014 as part of the Children and Families Act. They have replaced 'Statements of Education'. It has joined education, health and social care services to plan services together by law - so when their children are assessed, parents will be assured they will get full provision to address their children’s needs. Not all children and young people will require and EHC Plan. There is now SEN Support in place in all schools to ensure that children who do not meet the criteria for an EHC plan, will still have the right to have their individual needs met.
Bexley Disabled Blue Badge
Blue Badges are issued to people who fulfill the specific criteria set by the Department for Transport legislation which was updated in August 2019. The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking benefits for disabled people who travel either as drivers or as passengers.The scheme operates throughout the UK. Having a Blue Badge helps people who have difficulty in walking to park close to their destination, either as a passenger or driver. However, the badge is only valid for on-street parking and does not automatically apply to other car parks (such as those belonging to the Local Authority, Supermarkets, etc.) or on privately owned roads and at airports. Issuing of the badge is governed by legislation and people have to meet the criteria. The scheme applies to people with a disability that affects their walking significantly. Inspire Community Trust (Inspire) provide a range of Disabled Person’s services, including the Blue Badge scheme, on behalf of London Borough of Bexley.Download the guidance notes and application forms below.
Early Intervention Team (EIT's Team)
The Early Intervention Team (EIT) works with Bexley schools supporting children aged 3 to 18 who need extra help to thrive and progress in school. The team’s role is to provide additional support to referred children who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Additional Educational Needs (AEN), and advice and training to school staff. The team is staffed by the following specialists:Team managersEducational Psychologists(EPs)Social Emotional Mental Health ( SEMH) Support TeachersSocial Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Support AssistantAEN/SEN PartnerSEN Strategic Support PartnersSocial Workers Certain staff are bought in by schools and so may not be available to some schools or academies.The EIT support schools with the following:children who are failing to thrive or make progress in school because of issues with special educational needs, or social emotional difficultieschildren whose lack of progress at school stems from a number of different factors that should be addressed in a co-ordinated waydeal with issues as soon as possible, to prevent more serious problems developinghelp schools and teaching staff with problem-solvingat times working with parents and carersprovide specialist guidance and support where this is needed which will, at times, include training for school staff As well as supporting children and families in terms of early intervention, team members will also:support the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) process for individual children and young peoplesupport the work with children at risk of exclusionSupport pre-school children with complex needs through the educational psychology service
Samaritans for Parents and Carers
Samaritans work with young people in schools, colleges and other youth settings in a number of ways.Every year over 590 young people take their own lives. Through our work with schools and colleges, we aim to create an understanding of emotional health and its impact on the wellbeing of young people and raise awareness of the importance of emotional support. Ultimately our work aims to reduce the incidence of suicide in young people.
Virtual School For Looked After and Previously Looked After Children
The Virtual School acts as a local authority champion to promote the progress and educational attainment of Looked After Children and Care Leavers and they work with schools to ensure each child or young person has a Personal Education Plan in place to help them achieve educational outcomes comparable to their peers. The Virtual School is not an alternative provision, it is a service that works in partnership with education settings where they remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled. Bexley Virtual School oversees the effective implementation of the statutory education requirements for Looked After Children; which includes the initiation and review of high-quality Personal Education Plans and appropriate deployment of the Pupil Premium for Looked After Children.