Looked After Children with SEND
The Head Teacher, Cathy Lee, is the Designated Person for Looked after Children. She works closely with the SENCO to ensure all staff in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEN.
Children who are Looked After (CLA) and have SEN are supported in the same way as all children in school through the graduated response: Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle. In addition to any Support Plan or EHCP the child will require a Personal Education Plan (PEP).
When a child becomes looked after the Social Worker must ensure that the child’s needs and the services needed to meet those needs are documented in the Care Plan. The Care Plan, of which the PEP is an integral part, is made before the child becomes looked after, or in the case of an emergency placement, within 10 working days. The PEP is a record of what needs to happen for children who are looked after to enable them to fulfil their potential and reflects any existing plans such as an EHCP, SEN Support Plan or Short Note. The PEP should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning, which secures good basic skills, stretches aspirations and build life chances. The PEP is the joint responsibility of the authority and the school.