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Tameside Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service

 

(formerly known as Tameside Parent Partnership Service – PPS)

 

 


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Information for parents

 
Inspection of Tameside local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from 18 October 2021 to 22nd October  
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly, an inspection of your local area. The Children and Families Act 2014 places duties on the local health, social care and education services that provide for children and young people with SEND. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
 
  • identifies the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.
The views of children and young people with SEND, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.
 
How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area inspection?
 
There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers from your provision can engage with the inspection process and contribute their views:
 
1.The inspection will include a survey of parents and carers. The survey will be open from noon on Monday, 11 October 2021 until 11:59pm on Tuesday, 19 October 2021.
 
Parents and carers who would like to take part in this survey can follow this link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TamesideLASENDInspection/  
 
2. Parents and carers can email their contributions to Lasend.support@ofsted.gov.uk.
 
3. Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with SEND can share their views about the local area’s effectiveness should be included in the local offer.
 
4. During this inspection, the inspectors will collect information about children and young people in the area. They will be looking at local area records, speaking to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speaking to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may be capable of identifying a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and CQC will use this information to prepare their report, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the inspection report.
 
More information is available in the Ofsted and CQC privacy notices which can be found here:
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ofsted-privacy-notices/social-care-ofsted-privacy-notice#local-area-send-inspections
 
http://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/our-policies/privacy-statement.
 
Ofsted’s Data Protection Officer is the Director, Digital and Information, who may be contacted at informationrequest@ofsted.gov.uk. CQC’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Governance and Legal Services, who may be contacted at information.access@cqc.org.uk
 
While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experiences that extend back several years, the focus of the inspection is on the effectiveness of the local area since the introduction of reforms in September 2014.
We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases. The inspection team will consider all communications from parents as part of the evidence when evaluating the effectiveness of the local area.
 
Information on local area duties toward children and young people with SEND can be found on the Department for Education’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers.


Training for Parents - Making sense of SEND law, Tuesday 9th November

This takes place on Tuesday 9th November - Places are limited so please book now to avoid missing out.


 

SEN Support

Click here for information about the support that nurseries, schools and colleges should provide for children and young people with special educational needs.
 
Click here for a sample letter to request a meeting with a teacher or SENCO.
 
Click here for guidance to help you prepare for and take part in a meeting with a teacher or SENCO.
 


Requesting an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment

Click here for guidance to help you request an EHC needs assessment for your child or young person.
 
Click here for a sample letter to request an EHC needs assessment.
 
Click here for guidance to help you complete the ‘All About Me’ form.
 
Click here for a timeline on the EHC needs assessment and plan process.
 


 


Useful animations

Click here for an animation on “What is an Information, Advice and Support Service?”
 
Click here for an animation on “What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?”
 
Click here for an animation on ‘What is an Annual Review?”
 
Click here for an animation on “What is Person Centred Planning?”
 



Useful links

Below are some links to other websites that may contain useful information for you.
 
The Local Offer
Tameside’s Local Offer is an online source of information on services, support and guidance for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It contains information about a range of topics, not just education.
Website:  www.tameside.gov.uk/localoffer
                                              
IPSEA
IPSEA is a charity that offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities. It has a wealth of free resources on its website in the Get support section.
Website:  www.ipsea.org.uk/Pages/Category/get-support
 
Contact
Contact is a charity for families with disabled children. It offers information and advice and runs a free helpline for parents and carers.
Website:  www.contact.org.uk/
 
Parenting in Tameside
Tameside’s parenting offer strives to support families when they need it most including a range of courses and services.
Website:  www.tameside.gov.uk/cypp/parenting
 
Healthy Young Minds
Healthy Young Minds (previously known as CAMHS) provides a service which aims to promote the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and young people in Tameside.  Its website has a section for parents who are worried about their child, including details of a free helpline you can call for advice and support.
Website:  https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/
 
Preparing for Adulthood
Preparing for Adulthood works to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
Website:  www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk
 
Positive Steps
Positive Steps offers a range of services for children and young people in Tameside including career guidance.
Website:  www.positive-steps.org.uk/
 


Contact Us:

The service is available:

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm and Friday: 8.30am - 4.00pm

It may not always be possible to speak with a member of the team during the times specified, due to outside office appointments etc. However, the service does operate an answer machine service, so that messages may be left at any time.
 

Tameside Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
Jubilee Gardens
Gardenfold Way
Droylsden
Tameside
M43 7XU

Tel: 0161 342 3383

Email: sendiass@tameside.gov.uk

 

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