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Needs Code February 2017

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3.21 Where a child has

3.21 Where a child has ALN this should be explained to the parents in a way that they will understand. Parents should be supported to understand what is being agreed for their child, their child’s ALN, the agreed ALP and the outcomes for their child to aim for. Parents should be supported to understand the purpose of any interventions and programme of action. 3.22 Some parents may require support that goes further than signposting to information and advice; for example, they may experience difficulties with accessibility and understanding. 3.23 Some parents might need support in seeing their children as partners in decisions relating to their education. They may be concerned, for example, that their child is ill-equipped to consider all the relevant factors. Parents should be supported and encouraged to ensure the full participation of their child where this is appropriate. 3.24 To support and empower parents to be able to provide their views, wishes and feelings and to take an active part in the process they should be supplied with information and advice in a way they can understand. Parents’ input should be encouraged from the outset and throughout the child’s education. 3.25 Parents will require differing levels of support and every effort should be made to facilitate this. They should feel confident that they will be listened to and their input valued. Parents should be supported to be present at appropriate meetings, especially those relating to preparing or reviewing an IDP for their child, and empowered to participate as fully as possible. 3.26 Parents have a fundamental role in helping their child to achieve their potential. The child is far more likely to achieve their outcomes and potential when parents are actively involved and their views, wishes and feelings are taking into account. Parents should, therefore, also be provided with support and advice on how they can support their child to reach their potential. 3.27 When a child attends a residential school, or is looked after by the local authority and is living away from home, every effort should be made to ensure that parents are encouraged to continue to play an active role in their child’s education where this is appropriate. Parent’s participation when a child is away from home is especially important because of the need to forward plan for when the child or young person returns to the family. 3.28 The child’s parent should be told which member of staff they can discuss any difficulties or concerns with. Page | 16

Chapter 4: Advice and Information Summary 4.1 Local authorities must make arrangements to provide people with information and advice about ALN and the ALN system. 12 4.2 This Chapter provides guidance on the arrangements that should be put in place, along with the role of external service providers. Providing information and advice 4.3 A local authority must take steps it considers appropriate to make its information and advice arrangements 13 known to: children and young people in its area; parents of children in its area; children it looks after who are outside its area; governing bodies of maintained schools in its area; governing bodies of institutions in the further education sector in its area; case friends of children in its area; any other persons it considers appropriate, for example relevant professionals or specialists, the relevant Designated Education Clinical Lead Officer/s, or the third sector. 4.4 Information and advice should be provided through dedicated and easily identifiable arrangements. Local authorities are responsible for ensuring that the information and advice given is delivered at a suitable level. 4.5 Local authorities do not necessarily have to provide the information and advice themselves, they could work with other organisations, including the third sector, to provide information that best meets the needs of children, their parents and young people. When other organisations are providing information and advice, this should be communicated to the child, child’s parent or young person. 4.6 Local authorities should involve children, their parents and young people in the design or commissioning of arrangements for providing information and advice in order to ensure that the arrangements meet local needs. Local authorities should do this in a way that ensures children, young people and parents feel they have participated fully in the process and 12 Section 7 of the Act 13 Section 7(2) of the Act. Page | 17

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