0-25 service – Special Educational Needs team
The 0-25 service offers additional help for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This can be due to:
- Physical disability
- Speech, sight, or hearing problems
- Learning, emotional, or behavioural difficulties
- Medical or health problems
Who can get support?
A child is said to experience Special Education Needs (SEN) if he or she finds it more difficult to learn than other children of the same age.
For about one in five children the difficulty will only be temporary and overcome by extra help. For example, the child may have difficulties with reading, writing, speaking or maths work.
In some cases, the difficulty may be longer term. In these cases, it is sometimes necessary to complete a statutory assessment, which may result in the child receiving an Education, Health and Care plan.
Why contact the 0-25 service?
You may wish to contact the service for a few different reasons:
1 You might want some information about services and support in Southampton SHOW
Information for parents, young people and young adults with special educational needs is available online and from libraries, children’s centres and schools & colleges.
This information is called The Local Offer. It describes the services and support that is available from the council, health, schools & colleges, voluntary, community and other organisations in the city.
There is also an impartial Information, Advice and Support service run separately from the council called Southampton SENDIASS. You can contact them on 0300 303 2677 or visit the SENDIASS website.
2 You might want to request some support SHOW
There are a number of ways in which parents, teachers, health professionals and other colleagues can request support from the 0-25 SEND service
There are two forms that need to be used:
- The Request for Support form
- The Request for EHC Assessment form
Contact the 0-25 SEND service on 023 8083 3013 to get copies of these forms.
The 0-25 SEND service offers the following direct services:
- Portage home education for children with additional needs under the age of 3
- Occupational Therapy assessments linked to home adaptations for the families of children with multiple and complex disabilities
- Support in school for children and young people with hearing and/or visual impairments and/or physical disabilities
- Support in school relating to speech and language development
- Social work support and/or support from specialist nursing and other health services for children with multiple and complex disabilities
- Access to specialist play schemes, the short breaks programme and inclusive community activities
- Support for young people from the age of 14 upwards with post-16 education options and wider ‘transition planning’ as they approach the age of 18
- Support for nurseries and other early years’ providers with the costs of providing short-term additional support to children who may have additional educational needs
3 You or your young person might need an assessment SHOW
Most of the services available from the 0-25 SEND service will involve an assessment of the needs of the child or young person or young adult involved. There are a number of ways in which we will assess these needs.
This range of assessments includes the statutory Educational Health and Care Assessment which may lead to an EHC Plan.
For more information please contact the 0-25 SEND service:
- Tel: 023 8083 3013
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What can the 0-25 service do?
The service will support families with a child or children with special educational needs and disabilities from their first point of contact with the council. It looks to help find the support they need either directly or through the assessment processes which may be required to establish the level of their needs. They will continue to support them and review those needs while they receive the service and support agreed.
The service will make it clear which services families can access for themselves and which will require an assessment of their child/children’s needs.
The service funds an impartial ‘Information, Advice and Support’ service called SENDIASS. This works alongside families to help them find the support that best meets their needs, no matter which organisation in the city provides it.