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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

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 extra support is provided for these children and young…

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…

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…

First-tier Tribunal - Special Education Needs and Disabilities (Single Route of Redress – National Trial)

What is the National Trial? The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a…

Free early education and childcare for 2-year-olds

In Merton, some children are entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free part-time early education and childcare at the age of two. This adds up to 570 hours a year spent playing, learning and make friends in a stimulating, safe environment. Enjoying good quality early education…
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