The West Cheshire Local Offer website also provides comprehensive local information, advice and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers, in a single place. It includes information from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your now available:

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Cheshire East Special Educational Needs and Disability Statutory Assessment Service, Floor 1, Macclesfield Town Hall, C/O Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2LL

All requests for statutory assessment must include evidence of the support and interventions that have been taken to meet the young person’s special educational needs and must clearly show why the special educational needs of the child or young person cannot reasonably be met by the services and provision available to everyone.

Children and young people have a learning difficulty if they:

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

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The overarching aim of this Strategy is to improve educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes of our children with SEND in Cheshire West and Chester. We will develop a well-planned continuum of provision from birth to aged 25 years that meets the needs of children and young people with SEND and their families in Cheshire West and Chester. This means integrated services across health and social care which work closely with parents and carers to meet needs.

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On these pages you will find information about what is available to enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to achieve good life outcomes. There is information that explains how we ensure

The Education, Health and Care Assessment process determines if an EHC Plan will be produced. The assessment process should be completed within 16 weeks.

Families may find it helpful to talk to Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support or other voluntary support services when a request for an EHC assessment is being considered.

The format of the Cheshire East EHC Plan (PDF, 327KB) has been developed with our partners and local parents and carers.

Please tell us what you think about our draft Strategy and action plan. We are particularly interested in hearing from parents, young people and professionals on support for learners with Special Educational Needs in Cheshire West and Chester.  Your views will help inform the aims of our Strategy and future actions.

Parents and carers are encouraged to discuss concerns with staff in their child's school or setting or with another professional working with their child before making a request for an education health and care needs assessment. Settings and professionals who are familiar with the child or young person are best placed to help the family to decide whether an education health and care needs assessment is necessary.

Statutory assessment will not always lead to an EHC Plan. If the assessment does not match the criteria for identifying that an EHC Plan is appropriate (PDF, 222KB), the information gathered during an assessment will be used to meet the child/young person’s needs through a School Focused Plan from within available resources through SEN Support

The Team manages the statutory assessment process for children aged 0-25 who have special educational needs (SEN). Our aims are to ensure that: •We provide clear and consistent advice on all statutory SEN matters •Statutory assessments are carried out within timescales laid out...

There are lots of ways that you can get involved: Read our consultation on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2016 – 2020 providing in-depth information about our proposals.

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Cheshire East has a graduated approach to meeting special educational needs. This is in line with the Children and Families Act 2014.

Julie Sweeting Integrated Assessment Manager ( interim) Chris Broadhurst - Business Support Team Leader Sue Tompkins, Pauline Higham, Jean Ankers, Pat Wilson / Kate Jones- Review and Monitoring Officers Jude Nash - Inclusion Development Officer Macclesfield Town Hall Tel: 01625 374763 Market Place Cheshire SK10 1DX Email:

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Children, young people and families should experience well-coordinated assessment and planning leading to timely, well-informed decisions and actions.

Information relating to the transfer of existing statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments to the new system

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Children and young people between the ages of 0 and 25 have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

In line with the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014, from 1st September 2014, Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments have been replaced with multi-agency 0-25 Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans, which consider a child/young person’s needs, agreed outcomes for the child or young person and their longer term aspirations. EHC plans will include details of the following:

The Council recognises that there will be a number of children and young people who by the nature of their special educational needs will be entitled to assisted home to school transport. The Council will look at factors such as the needs of the child, the nature of the route to school and the suitability of existing transport options.

When a request for an education health and care needs assessment is made it really helps those making the decision to know why the family think an assessment is needed. It is also important to have good information about the educational experience of the child. The questions on the assessment request form (MS Word, 511KB) help to gather this information and the form explains how to submit the request.

Your views are really important in helping shape the future of our services for 0-25 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We will consider all the feedback we receive and the results will be published in the Autumn. The closing date for comments is Sunday 7 August 2016.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is currently seeking the views of children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on developing our vision and strategy to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We have developed a draft Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2016 – 2020 and action plan, which we would like your views on.

You can also complete a paper questionnaire, which are available on request.

The plans are based on a new coordinated and person centred assessment and planning process which puts the child or young person and their parents at the centre of decision making. EHC Plans are focused on outcomes for the child or young person across education, health and care, and will set out how services will work together to meet the child or young person’s needs in support of those outcomes.

If an assessment is agreed the family will be assigned a named Local Authority Officer to guide them through the process. This link will continue if a plan is agreed.

If a plan is agreed, it will be reviewed every year, although parts of the plan can be reviewed more frequently, if required. The plan will stay in place until it is no longer needed. It can stay in place until the age of 25 in some cases where it is agreed that additional time is required to meet the specified outcomes.

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Families can search through the Cheshire East Local Offer to find out about services and support including schools available to children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND and their families.