Useful links and resources
Who is it for? The Local Offer is for:
- children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities from birth to 25
- their parents and carers
- practitioners and professionals.
The Local Offer should:
- make it easier to find out what you need to know
- give you information about what is available
- tell you where you can get further information.
SEND Support and Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
If your child has a learning and developmental delay or SEND the health professionals working with your family should have made a referral to the Councils Early Years Inclusion Pathway. Through the referral, we can ensure that you are regularly provided with a range of information to support your child’s learning and development. We can also ensure they are ready for school and that the right nursery and Reception Class is available for them. There is also a range of support available to support your family's health and wellbeing.
Most children and young people with special educational needs will have their needs met through extra support provided by the education setting. This is known as SEN Support and can include a wide range of provision and interventions.
Wood Street Health Centre
6 Linford Road
Tel: 020 8496 6500
Assistance with travel
Home to School Transport
Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Information Advice and Support service (SENDIASS)
Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Information Advice and Support service (SENDIASS) provides impartial information advice and support on all matters relating to children and young people with SEND. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for children, young people, parents and carers within the Waltham Forest area.
This service is free, accessible, confidential, impartial, and provided at arm’s length from the Local Authority.
Support for families
Waltham Forest Parent’s Forum is a friendly, voluntary group of parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities aged 0 to 25 in Waltham Forest. You can join the forum through their website and find out more about their regular support groups.
Waltham Forest Carers First offers a weekly borough-wide Parent's Talk Time group where parents get the chance to talk, share useful information, and support each other in a safe environment.
More information on various support for families via Waltham Forest Local Offer:
You can access a short break in the following ways:
Route 1: Through the Local Offer and mainstream services available for children and families in Waltham forest (no assessment or allocation of Short Breaks is required)
Route 2: If you are currently being supported by a Social Worker, Early Help Practitioner or SEND Officer you can ask them to make a professional’s referral as they will be completing an assessment with your family.
Route 3: You can complete a self-referral. Information and guidance and a guide to completing the form is available below
Here are some links to national and local websites which offer advice on welfare benefits:
- Citizen advice - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/
- GOV.uk - https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits
- Money helper - https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en?source=mas#
- Turn2Us - https://www.turn2us.org.uk/
- Disability Living Allowance benefit - https://www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children
Other useful websites about charities for disabled children
- Family Fund Grant - https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
- Caudwell Children - https://www.caudwellchildren.com/
- Make a Wish Charity - https://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/
- Scope - https://www.scope.org.uk/
- New Life - https://newlifeonline.co.uk/
- CONTACT - https://contact.org.uk/
- Adaptions - https://www.fledglings.org.uk/