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LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)

A guide to managing allegations against staff and volunteers working with children. Every Local Authority has a statutory responsibility to have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for co-ordinating the response to concerns that a member of staff or volunteer who works with children may have…

Leisure, sport and activities

The information here is about activities that are specifically for disabled children and young people.  Many of the sports and leisure activities offered in Wandsworth can include participants. with disabilities or special educational needs.  The information on THRIVE Wandsworth website outlines this.  If you think you, or your child or…

Living independently

By the time a young person reaches their teens they often have friends or people they want to keep in contact with. Given time and the right support they may think about living together in a shared home.  Take a look at the Home Wiki (still…

Mainstream schools in Wandsworth

Most children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) will attend mainstream nurseries, schools and colleges or universities.  Wandsworth Council provides a range of specialist advisory services which will support nurseries, schools and colleges to meet a child’s or young person's needs.  If a child or…

MENCAP's Easy Read Guides to the changes in SEND support

MENCAP have created two easy read guides to the changes in support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). One guide is for Parents and the other is for Young People. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us:…

Newly diagnosed or new to Wandsworth?

Just found out you or your child has or may have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)?  Or have you recently moved to Wandsworth with a child or young person with SEND? Want to know where to go next, who can help, what services and support are available?…

Nursery provision for children with social communication disorders

Two schools offer nursery education and assessment for children with social communication disorders including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). • Hillbrook School nursery resource base. • Eastwood Nursery integrated provision. In order to be considered for a placement children must have either: • A statement of…

Ofsted's plans for area SEND inspections

From Ofsted - 17 July 2020 - Update for Directors of Children's Services (DCS)    Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are going to be visiting local areas in the autumn term to help strengthen special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services following COVID-19 disruption. These…

The Participation Project

Wandsworth Children’s Services is committed to listening to, and hearing the voices of the borough’s children. We have been on an improvement journey over recent years and are determined to keep improving our services, both those we provide, and those we commission. But we can’t…

Personal Budgets

Personal budgets are available for support which is individual to the child or young person. They allow parents and young people more choice and control over the support they receive. Personal budgets (some of which can be taken as a direct payment) are available to…