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Coronavirus (COVID-19) SEND guidance and support

We have created this page to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are working with partners across Merton and London…

Disability Database for children and young people

The London Borough of Merton's Disability Database is a voluntary database for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years who have a disability or special educational need.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit paid for children who need additional care or supervision because they have a disability or health condition. DLA is awarded based on mobility and care needs, not based on diagnosis. From the age of 16, Personal Independence Payment can…

Education and childcare outside Merton

If you live close to the border with another Local Authority, your closest provider could be in a neighbouring borough. For children with SEN, there also may be a specialist provision in another borough that you want to consider for your child. To help you…

Education Welfare Service

The Education Welfare Service work with parents and children aged 4-16 years old until they cease to be of compulsory school age (last Friday in June in the academic year they are 16), schools and other agencies to make sure that all children receive an…

Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans

The content of this page is currently being updated. Some children and young people who have special educational needs may need extra support which cannot be provided from the resources available at their early years setting, school or college. To make sure that the right…

Exam access arrangements

How do SEN or Disabled Pupils gain access to public examinations? What is an exam access arrangement? This is a special adjustment that a pupil with special educational needs or a disability requires in order to be able to take an examination. For example, a…

Family Wellbeing Short Breaks Services

Before you think about Short Breaks, take a look at our Family Services Directory and Young Merton website. These detail activities, clubs and events for children and young people in Merton. They are all 'universal' which means they are open to everyone; you don't have to…

Feedback on Merton's Local Offer

London Borough of Merton has published its 2018 Annual Feedback Report on the Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities. The feedback is from parents, children and young people, professionals and practitioners. It covers information provided online and the services that are provided and used by families in…

First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

You can appeal to this Tribunal (often referred to as the SEND Tribunal) if you disagree with the Local Authority’s decision about your child’s special educational needs. For example if they refuse to: assess or reassess your child or young person’s educational, health and care…
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