We provide a wide range of services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families. These include services supporting care, development and education.
Important changes to SEND were introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.
The important changes introduced Education, Health and Care Plans and the new approach focuses on ensuring coordinated services are planned across different services for education, health and care.
The SEN and Engagement Service is responsible for the statutory (legal) processes for children and young people with SEND. These include Education Health and Care assessments, plans and reviews.
The service is also responsible for placements of children and young people with Education, Health and Care plans and for placing children and young people in the Enhanced Mainstream Schools.
The service works to make sure the Council’s Local Offer is up to date and relevant. It also provides support and challenge to schools, early years settings and further education providers about special educational need and disability.
The service also has responsibility for some of the Council’s short breaks provision for disabled children.
There are two provisions in the team – the Early Support Nursery and OASIS. The early Support Nursery is a specialist nursery for pre school children with complex needs, and OASIS is a short break provision for children and young people with complex needs. You can find out more on Stockton's Local Offer website:
A 'Local Offer' has been developed to enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (aged 0 - 25) and their families to access information about all of the services available to them from one place.