There is a wide range of services that might be availble to children and/or young people with special educational needs in Westminster.

Please find below some of the available services in the area or follow the link at the end of the page to access the full list of services on offer:

This project focuses in providing structured activities to support young people in a more informal setting than schools to remain in education, positive activity, supporting their paths to continue into training and/or employment.The Amberley is a gold status project as awarded by London Youth.

The club aims to offer a fun atmosphere, and the chance to learn new skills through participation in a wide range of activities, topic and issue-based groups. 

Westminster CAMHS provides community mental health services to children, young people and their families with complex mental health difficulties, in a range of different ways depending on their needs.

The Flexible Response Service is a combined team of skilled support workers from community access Westminster, and clinicians from the Westminster Learning Disability Partnership.

There are some young people who may not be able to participate in traditional services due to their challenging behaviour and/or parent/carer concerns. The Flexible Response Services develops personalised sessions of support for each young person so that they can access activities and services in the community. Outreach models are used which build activities around the person’s interests rather than being day centre based.

In-Deep offers group music therapy for children aged between 5-12 with special needs and disabilities. These music therapy sessions will take place once a month on a  Saturday morning at In-Deep’s Grosvenor Hall Vincent Street venue in Victoria between 10 and 11am.

The Portage Home Learning Service aims to help parents/carers in their role as the key figures in the care and development of their child. Portage Practitioners aim to help parents to be confident in this role, supporting their child’s development whatever their child’s needs may be.

Short breaks for people living in family home. This is not a sitting service but its purpose is to support people to maintain and develop independence skills. Staff work closely with families to identify outcomes for the whole family and reviewing progress, identifying other sources of support and being aware of changes which present risk. Access to the community for meaningful activities is a key part of the work people do as well as supporting attending health appointments, classes and events.

This service provides an inclusive term time after school club and Saturdays club. The purpose of this service is to provide short breaks to families of disabled children and to ensure they have opportunities to mix with peers, make friends, have fun and gain new experiences and skills according to their EHC plan.

This service provides an inclusive term time evening youth club. The purpose of this service is to provide short breaks to families of disabled young people and to ensure they have opportunities to mix with peers, make friends, have fun and gain new experiences and skills according to their EHC plan.

This service provides an inclusive holiday play-scheme during all school holidays with the exception of the Christmas Holidays. The purpose of this service is to provide short breaks to families of disabled children and to ensure they have opportunities to mix with peers, make friends, have fun and gain new experiences and skills according to their EHC plan.

This service offers individually tailored flexible packages of support and care in the form of short breaks to families with children and young people with disabilities within the community or in the family home; enabling children and young people to take part in an activity they enjoy and develop skills according to their EHC plan.

Rainbow nursery provides specialist support for children with disabilities, alongside an inclusive nursery provision for children aged 2 up to 5 years old. We work closely with health services including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and Occupational therapists as well as local schools and the SEN service to ensure that children are supported in going through the EHC assessment process and are able to transition into school from the nursery.

Rainbow under 10s holiday scheme provides a short break through play support for children with disabilities, within a setting which also provides an inclusive nursery provision for children aged 2 up to 5 years old. The purpose of this service is to provide short breaks to families of disabled children and to ensure they have opportunities to mix with peers, make friends, have fun and gain new experiences and skills according to their EHC plan.

The Westminster WPPG is a group of parent volunteers working together to help improve services in Westminster. All the members have an understanding about different forms of care with a range of disabilities.

This group is open to all carers and people who have professional or personal interest to help disabled and special needs children and adults to get better care.

The Disabled Children’s Team (DCT) Team in Westminster is part of Children’s Services, and provides services to disabled children aged 0 to 18 and their parents and carers living in Westminster.

In Westminster, children with a disability are regarded as children first and as children with impairment second. Children with a disability are therefore not classified by assessment according to their physical or mental impairment, but assessed according to the impact any impairment has on their quality of life and that of their family. Social Workers will carry out an assessment which also takes into account the needs of the carer and family as a whole.

Early Support is a way of working underpinned by 10 principles that aim to improve the delivery of services for disabled children, young people and their families. It enables services to coordinate their activity better and provide families with a single point of contact and continuity through Key Working.

Westminster Learning Disability Partnership is a joint team of social care and health staff and is the first point of contact if you want to find out how to get support.

The team works with people with learning disabilities aged 18 and over and their family carers to identify where support is needed and how this can be provided in line with an individual’s person-centred plan.

Other Services and Useful Organisations

The services we offer include:-

  • Information, advice, signposting and referral services to voluntary and community sector organisations to assist them in their growth, sustainability and development.
  • Community and voluntary sector information through an on-line directory, e-newsletters and opportunities to meet and network.
  • Volunteering support and placement services – linking up volunteers with volunteering opportunities and providing advice and support around recruiting, training and working with volunteers.
  • Community and volunteering information provided through e-newsletters and on line services.
  • Corporate employee volunteering opportunities – linking corporate volunteering into Westminster’s vibrant voluntary and community sector.

 

CYPN is a regular networking meeting, disseminating good and emerging practice, building partnerships and raising issues of strategic importance within Westminster. It meets bi-monthly, with CYP enews bulletin sent regularly to members in between meetings.

The Chair of the Network is Rachel Akehurst from Caxton Youth Organisations, who also represents the Network at the Early Help Partnership Board - contact her about these; or with ideas for future agenda items or speakers - rachel.caxtonyouthorg@gmail.com

Vice-chair is Mohammed Elnaiem, Chair of Hilal Youth Club in Westminster and Chair of Sudanese Community in London - Naiem2000@hotmail.com.

Please contact Davide to join the mailing list, or if you have information you wish to send to Network members, tel: 020 7535 0488, email: d.marullo@onewestminster.org.uk 

 

We are an exciting cross-sector partnership, creating a community of member and partner organisations. Together we are shaping opportunities and creating the best services for children and young people in Westminster.

Our role is to act as a voice of the children and young people’s sector for Westminster. We support our members with information sharing, advice, networking opportunities, training and grants.

We work on behalf of our members to develop long-term partnerships with businesses, public sector partners, individuals and major funders. Partnerships facilitate support and broker funding for our members.

Most importantly, we give young people a voice in leading the development of the YWF.

 

 

For further information and to access the full list of support services available in Westminster, please visit the Westminster Local Offer for SEND