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What is SEND?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the opportunity to thrive. Some children and young people just need a little extra help or special support to achieve their potential.

What’s in the Children and Young People’s Plan?

The Children and Young People’s Plan 2019- 2023 sets clear priorities for action in each main area of our activity, backed by specific plans and strategies. Some of the priorities are about

Preparing for adulthood

Planning for the future and gaining the skills and knowledge necessary for achieving your aspirations can be an exciting yet daunting prospect for many young people. If you have additional

Health and wellbeing

Devon County Council and the NHS work together to improve the health of all people in Devon and to ensure that everyone has equal access to their healthcare services. The

Advice and guidance

If you think your child has special educational needs, you can speak to the professionals already working with your child, such as your child’s teacher or GP. There are local SEND support groups, online groups, training and events to help parents of children and young people with SEND.

Getting help

Finding the right help and support can be a challenge for everyone involved. We aim to help families as early as we can and, wherever possible, try to support people in their local community and through existing networks.

Early Years

'Early Years' usually describes the first five years of a child’s life. There is universal provision, which is for everyone; targeted provision for children who have additional needs, and specialist support for children with complex needs.

Support in school

Most children with SEND can be supported to access their local mainstream school, college or early years setting. Find out more about education at different ages and stages, choosing a school, transition between schools and school transport.

Education, health and care plans

An Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment is for children and young people who may need special educational provision. The assessment may result in an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for the child.

Speech and language support

Children develop communication skills from birth. They rely on speech, language and communication to be able to learn at school and play with their friends. They need these skills to reach their full potential. Some develop quickly, while others may take longer.

Support for parents

Short breaks give children and young people the chance to experience activities and positive learning opportunities whilst giving parents and carers a break. They are for children and young people who are disabled and/or have complex health needs.

Preparing for adulthood

Planning for the future, experiencing life changes and getting skills and knowledge for independence is an important time in any young person’s life, especially for those with additional support needs.

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Whether we’ve got something right, or could have done something better, we would like to hear what you think of our services.

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7 December 2018

County Lines: National Issue, local problem

What are “county lines”? Urban criminal gangs travelling to Devon and Cornwall to sell illegal drugs. “The brand” – a single telephone number, operated from outside the area, for “customers”

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7 December 2018

County Lines – Know the signs

Devon and Cornwall Police have today, Tuesday 3 July, launched a campaign to raise awareness of County Lines and how the public can help spot the signs of such criminal

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7 December 2018

Working Together 2018

The new 2018 ‘Working Together for Safeguarding Children’ guidelines were realised on 4th July. Download your copy tri.x have kindly provided a strategic overview of the changes aimed at senior managers and Safeguarding

image of country lines dotted on a map
7 December 2018

County Lines: National Issue, local problem

What are “county lines”? Urban criminal gangs travelling to Devon and Cornwall to sell illegal drugs. “The brand” – a single telephone number, operated from outside the area, for “customers”

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7 December 2018

County Lines – Know the signs

Devon and Cornwall Police have today, Tuesday 3 July, launched a campaign to raise awareness of County Lines and how the public can help spot the signs of such criminal

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5 December 2018

Partner Agency Information Sharing form – Devon and Cornwall Police

Dear Colleagues We have made life easier for everyone and the Partner Agency Information Sharing form is now ‘live’ on the Devon and Cornwall Police external website. This portal is

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk.

If it’s an emergency call 999


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