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V4P Jargon Buster

V4P have created this Jargon Buster. 

Below is a list of words, terms or acronyms you may have heard from time to time at appointments and meetings for your child or young person. It is not an exhausted list

and if there is anything you wish to be added please e-mail admin@voice4parents.co.uk

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Academy

A state funded school in England which receives its funding from and is owned and controlled by central government, not a local authority

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Annual Review

A review that takes place at least once a year and will include the family, looking at the progress that the child or young person has made against the outcomes that are recorded in their Education, Health and Care Plan

ASD

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

 

CAF

Common Assessment Framework - the process for gathering and recording information about a child

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - offers assessment and help to children and young people

CCG

Clinical Commissioning Group - This is an NHS organisation which brings together local GP's and health practitioners to take on commissioning responsibilities for local health services. A CCG plans and arranges the delivery of the health care provision for people in its area.

Co-production 

Equal partnership working between service providers, those in receipt of the service and their families.

 CP

Cerebral Palsy - a physical impairment that affects movement. Mobility problems may vary from barely noticeable to extremely severe. Those with CP may also have sight, hearing speech, perception and learning difficulties. Between a quarter and a third of children and adolescents with CP are also affected by epilepsy.

CYP

Children and Young People

 

DfE

Department for Education

Direct Payments

Payments that allow you to choose and buy the services you need yourself, instead of getting them from the council. Direct Payments may be available for health care, social care and for the special educational provision in an EHCP

DLA

Disability Living Allowance

 

Early Years

Birth to 5 years

EHC Assessment

An assessment of the education, health care and social care needs of a child or young person conducted by a local authority under the Children and Families Act 2014

EHCP

Education, Health and Care Plan

EP

Educational Psychologist - a professional employed by the local authority to assess a child's special educational needs and to give advice to school settings on how these needs can be met.

 

GDD

Global Developmental Delay

 Graduated Response

Where a pupil is identified as having SEN, schools should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective provision in place. This SEN support should take the form of a four-part cycle (assess, plan, do, review) to help gain a better understanding of the pupil's needs and tailor support accordingly. Schools must show evidence of a graduated response whereby they have sought advice, put appropriate interventions in place and evaluated progress before requesting additional or alternative provision through an EHC assessment.

 

Healthwatch England

Healthwatch England is an independent consumer champion, gathering and representing the views of the public about health and social care services in England. It operates both at a national and local level.

HI

Hearing Impairment

 

IASS

Information, Advice and Support Service

IEP

Individual Education Plan - a plan which sets out the support a child is receiving in their school or other setting. There is no longer a specific requirement for children with SEN to have a plan called an IEP under the Code but children with SEN may still have IEPs.

Independent School

A school that tis not maintained by a local authority

 

Joint Commissioning

Working collaboratively across agencies to assess need, identify resources available, plan how to use resources and arrange service delivery. This also involves reviewing the services and reassessing need, with the aim of improving outcomes.

JSNA

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - assessment of the current and future health and social care needs of the local community.

 

Key Worker

A trained individual who provides personalised support, co-ordination and/or advocacy for disabled children and young people and their families.

 

LA

Local Authority in England. The local council responsible for managing services in your area. i.e. Wolverhampton City Council

Local Area

The local area includes the local authority, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), public health, NHS England for specialist services, early years settings, schools and further education providers. Local areas in England are subject to inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted in terms of their effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Local Healthwatch

The local version of Healthwatch England in a particular area.

 

Mainstream School

A school which is for all children, not just those with special educational needs.

Maintained School

Schools in England that are maintained by a local authority - any community, foundation or voluntary school, community special or foundation special school.

MASH

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

MLD

Mild Learning Difficulty

MLD

Moderate learning difficulties - not a legal term but often used in relation to the description of a school, i.e. an MLD school.

MSI

Multi-sensory Impairment - impairment of both sight and hearing

 

NEET

Not in Education, Employment or Training

 

OFSTED

Office for Standards in Education - this organisation makes sure schools are meeting set standards

 OT

Occupational Therapist - trained to give advice on equipment, adaptations and activities to support the learning/social development of people with physical, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Outcomes

What children and young people achieve and how their lives improve. For example, going to college, learning new skills, living on their own or getting a job.

 

Panel

A decision-making body who meet to match criteria for services, i.e. short breaks, EHC assessment.

PDD

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Personal Budget

Money that is allocated to individuals to meet assessed needs in place of services that would otherwise be provided directly to the individual by statutory bodies. A personal budget is the notional amount of money which an LA has identified as necessary to secure the special educational provision in an EHCP

PfA

Preparing for Adulthood (14-25 years)

PMLD

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (or Disability)

Portage

Home-based educational support for pre-school children with SEN.

PRU

Pupil Referral Unit for children who need to be educated out of school, often because they have been excluded.

 

SALT

Speech and Language Therapy

SEMH

Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs

SEN

Special Educational Needs

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

SEND

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Short Breaks

An opportunity for parents and carers of a disabled child or young person to have a break from their caring arrangements, and for their child to have a positive and enjoyable experience.

SLD

Severe learning difficulties - not a legal term but often used in relation to the description of a school, i.e. an SLD school.

SNEYS

Special Needs Early Years’ Service - from birth to 5 years

SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder

Special School

A school which is specifically organised to make special educational provision for pupils with SEND.

 

TAC

Team Around the Child

 Transition

When a young person moves from class to class, a different setting or children to adult services.

 

Universal Services

Services provided to all children and young people in the area.

 

V4P

Voice4Parents Parent Carer Forum for Wolverhampton

VI

Visual Impairment.

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