SEND teams and their roles
We also understand that the language of special educational needs can be difficult to understand, we try and explain any terms as we use them to help you. Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) have put together a jargon buster so you can see all the common words and abbreviations you may come across in one place and refer back to it when you need to.
Our area SEND teams are responsible for creating and updating the relevant documents that support children and young people with SEND. They also:
- oversee and coordinate applications for education health and care (EHC) needs assessment requests
- let you know of the decisions made throughout the process
- support your family, child or young person through the process
- work to ensure your child or young person attends the correct education provider with the agreed support
- oversee the annual review process
- manage the paperwork for a child or young person moving in or out of the Kent area.
An Assessment and Placement Officer is assigned to you during the education health and care (EHC) needs assessment request and are your main point of call for any enquiries.
You can contact your Assessment and Placement Officer using the details they have provided you directly.
- you are worried about your child’s behaviour
- you are struggling to cope
- you are worried about your family finances
- your child is struggling to cope with bereavement
- your child is being bullied
- your child refuses to go to school or college
- you or your child want to develop new friendships and have new experiences
- you are having difficulties with family relationships.
An Educational Psychologist (EP) is a qualified practitioner who has had training in psychology to understand more about how children learn, think and behave.
They have an important role in assessing your child or young person's special education needs and giving advice to education settings.
The initial enquiry team (Front Door) will contact you to let you know a decision to carry out an education health and care (EHC) needs assessment is being made.
They will identify any needs where your child may require support. Depending on the needs identified you may be signposted to community support. For example, this could be from a local children’s centre or parent support programmes.
If your child's needs are greater, they will start the referral process to our social care team.
Our Local Offer Team are here to support you in making sure that you can find all of the information you need on our SEND information hub and community directory.
If you could not find the information you were looking for and would like to leave feedback, email email@example.com and a member of our improvement team will contact you back.
A SENCO is a qualified teacher who is responsible for assessing, planning, monitoring the progress of children or young people with SEND.
They help with the development and implementation of the education's SEND policy and provision. They will also:
- support in identifying children who may have special educational needs
- co-ordinate the support and provision for the child or young person
- ensure all information is up to date of the child or young person
- be the main point of call for parent(s)
- communicate with health professionals.
Our SEN Therapies Team provide support relating to the education section of the education health and care (EHC) plan.
The team consists of:
- specialist teachers
- speech and language therapists
- occupational therapists
They are responsible for assisting with the commissioning and coordination of specialist integrated therapy services, by working alongside:
- independent therapy providers
- local NHS therapy providers
- education settings.
They're also leading on improvement plans for joint commissioning to build a whole system approach to support speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN) in educational settings.
The team can provide support directly to parents and education settings on a case-by-case basis, according to the child or young person's EHC plan requirements.