Welcome to the Local Offer
The Local Offer is a guide to all the services for children and young people in Waltham Forest with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged from birth to 25 years.
Local Area SEND revisit
We have been listening to feedback from parents, carers, schools and our stakeholders. They told us they do not like the name of the service, so we have taken the decision to do the following:
From the 1st September:
The Disability Enablement Service will now be called the SEND Service
Assessment Planning and Review Officers will now be called SEN Officers
We will update you with further news about the service over the next few weeks.
Eva Gunkova – Recently appointed Interim AD for SEND
I have recently joined Waltham Forest SEND service as someone who has zest for learning, cares and is passionate about children and young adults in our community. I have formed a part of Waltham Forest culture for past 9 years and the core of my experience has been in safeguarding children and their families alongside the local collaborative partnership. I have worked nearly a decade in statutory local government and my key skills include developing relational leadership within the organisation and outward facing. Within my first week I have met children, parents/carers and professionals who desire for good and outstanding service delivery. The expectations are largely based on strong values around communication, respectful relationships and interventions that make positive contributions towards empowering everyone in reaching their potential. All of these values I feel strongly about and look forward to building SEND connections with the community we serve.
As a way of an update on key developments within the SEND service, I am also pleased to share with you that the SEND service will be moving towards school ‘clusters’ from February 2020. This is as a result of all views, feedback and helpful suggestions around service delivery. This means that our SEND officers will be linked to particular schools, making more effective use of their time and building relationship with children, young adults and their families.
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