Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Early Years SEN Offer

The Early Years Service has a holistic and flexible approach to supporting young children with additional needs and/or disabilities. It is our aim that all children in Gloucestershire have the opportunity to be the very best they can be, to enjoy learning and have access to high quality educational experiences throughout their childhood. Ultimately we want children to be happy, healthy, confident and resilient and of course be ready for the next stage in their lives.

Emerging Needs Inclusion Funding Guidance

EY SEND Offer - Children in Settings

EY SEND Offer - Children Not in Settings

High Needs Inclusion Funding Guidance


The SEND Code of Practice

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years - statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations and applies to England. It relates to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people.

The main changes from the SEN Code of Practice (2001) reflect the changes introduced by the Children and  Families Act 2014. These are:

  • The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN
  • There is a clearer focus on the participation of children and young people and parents in decision-making at individual and strategic levels
  • There is a stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people
  • It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health and social care
  • It includes guidance on publishing a Local Offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  • There is new guidance for education and training settings on taking a graduated approach to identifying and supporting pupils and students with SEN (to replace Early/School Action and Early/School Action Plus)
  • For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)
  • There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood
  • Information is provided on relevant duties under the Equality Act 2010
  • Information is provided on relevant provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Code of Practice


Social Communication and Autism Assessment Service (SCAAS)

There is a new Social Communication and Autism Assessment Service (SCAAS) hosted within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. SCAAS is a multi-agency team comprising of Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians and an Occupational Therapist who work closely with Education colleagues to assess children under the age of 11 for autism.

Referrals in to SCAAS (for children under 11 years old) can be made by any Health, Education or Social Care professional working with the child.  Before a referral is made for an assessment a Team Around the Child meeting should be arranged to bring professionals together to explore the child’s needs.  Following the meeting professionals and parents should be in agreement that there is Social Communication need requiring further assessment prior to a referral being made. To make a referral following the meeting please complete the Referral Form and Family Information Form and send them to scaas.team@ghc.nhs.  You should also provide any other supporting information you have, for example

  • MyPlan/MyPlan+ or EHCP if the child has one
  • SENCO/Teacher reports if in a setting
  • Therapy reports (if involved)
  • Reports from Educational Psychology/Advisory Teaching Service if available

Please see the “Presentation for Professionals about SCAAS” for more information.

If you are unsure whether SCAAS is the right service for the child please call them on 01452 895290 or email them at scaas.team@ghc.nhs and they will book a consultation appointment with you to discuss the child and their needs.

SCAAS Pathway Process (Leaflet)

Click here to be directed to SCAAS website.


Advisory Teaching Service (ATS)

This service provides specialist support for children and young people with SEN, disabilities and additional needs. Click the link to their website below to find out more:

ATS Website


Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

The Educational Psychology Service provides a telephone advice line for early years professionals Wednesday mornings from 9.30am until 12.30pm. Call 01452 427070 to talk to an Educational Psychologist. Or for more information about this service please follow the link below.

Educational Psychology Service

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