13th May 2020 General Update

Four items in this update:
1. Home to school/transport update for children/young people with an EHC plan.
2. IAS (information, advice and support) Consultation – have your say
3. Resources pages on SEND Local Offer – find out more
4. Disabled Children – a legal handbook – free downloadable chapters

1. School/College Transport information for parents of those 16+ with and EHC Plan at school/college AND those pupils with an EHC plan starting school this September.

New online process for 16+ pupils/students with an EHC plan continuing or starting school or college in September The Home School Transport Team at HCC (Herts County Council) has a new process this year and has sent emails to parents who are receiving school or college transport for children aged 16 plus with a link to their new online application form. There are still hundreds of families who have not yet applied for transport.  If you have not received your email then please check your email inbox (including your junk/spam folder) and if it is still not there then you need to email them at schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk to request the link or form.  Due to Covid 19 they weren’t able to warn families in advance about the change. Their post is still being received but delayed in being dealt with whilst staff work from home.

Transport for pupils with an EHC Plan starting in September – email the SEN transport team at schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk by the end of May.Further information about Home to School Transport eligibility here: Local Offer School Transport
Remember: there is an option for a personal budget for home school transport but that is a CHOICE.  You can get help with understanding the rules and applying from Hertfordshire’s SENDIASS service – see their new service film https://youtu.be/SNCUcI7Ap6g  OR website:  SENDIASS  or email sendiass@hertfordshire.gov.uk or phone: 01992 555847
Alternatively national charity Contact have information and support around home to school/college transport here: TRANSPORT  or you can contact their helpline on 0808 808 3555

2. IAS (information, advice and support) consultation 
Have you had your say yet? Don’t forget to look at and give your views on the Information, Advice and Support Consultation which is open until 14th June.  See the consultation, proposals and frequently
asked questions and give your views.   IAS Consultation
This infographic below will help you see the history and what is proposed.

3. NEW SEND Local Offer resources section
Check out the blog on this new permanent section of the SEND Local Offer which explains the reasons behind it’s build, what it offers and how parents have been involved in it’s development.
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/feedback/local-offer-blog/resources-area-goes-live.aspx

4. Disabled Children – a legal handbook – download for free
This handbook, written by Steve Broach and Luke Clements is available to download in pdf form, chapter by chapter, from the CDC (Council for Disabled Children) website. Disabled Children a legal handbook  where you can also find links to where to buy it from the kindle store or a hard copy.