The support and services outlined in the local offer are available to Looked After Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities in the same way as for all children. There are some instances when additional support is available for Looked After Children with SEND and where this is the case we have given details. There is some specific support for children and young people who are Looked After.
Cambridgeshire’s Virtual School for Looked After Children
Working with children aged 2 - 18, the aim of the Virtual School is to ensure that Looked After Children have the opportunity to fulfil their educational potential.
The role of the Virtual School Team is to support and challenge the professionals involved with Cambridgeshire Looked After Children in order to ensure that every children and young person receives an education that best meets their needs and allows them to achieve their potential. Find out more about the Virtual School
The Virtual School has outlined in its Local Offer Information Report how they support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
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Education Health and Care Planning for Looked After Children
The Education Health and Care Planning process is the same for Looked After Children as for others, however, requests for assessment will be prioritised by the Statutory Assessment and Resources Team (START) and will always be considered at the next available Education Health and Care panel. Likewise, if there are resourcing issues for Looked After Children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), addressing these will be prioritised by START. The child or young person’s START casework officer will always be invited to any reviews.
Looked After Children’s Health Team
The Looked After Children’s Health Team ensures that Looked After Children receive health services that are the same as those received by any other child.
There is a designated doctor and a lead nurse who have overall responsibility for this and a team who
is responsible for ensuring that each Looked After child has an annual health assessment by a doctor or other health professional (every 6 months for those under 5) and produces a health action plan to ensure their health needs are met. Find out more about the Looked After Children's Health Team
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Social care for children and young people who are Looked After
All children and young people who are Looked After will have a social worker who is responsible for ensuring that all their needs are met. Find out more about social care for Looked After Children and social care for disabled children
Advocacy for Looked After Children
The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) offer a specialist advocacy service for children and young people who are Looked After and have an advocates specifically for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Advocates regularly visit the three children’s homes in Cambridgeshire where children with disabilities are Looked After or have short breaks and they can also provide individual advocacy as well. Find out more information and a referral form
Information for Looked After Children
Youthoria is a website for all young people aged from 11 – 19 in Cambridgeshire. It has information about education, work, jobs, money, health and all sorts of things useful for young people growing up. There is a section that is just for young people who are Looked After. Because it is only for young people who are Looked After they will need a password to access it and this can be arranged by their social worker.