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This section of the website contains core information and resources to support members of the YorOK workforce working with disabled children and children with additional needs.
York's local offer enables parents and young people to see what disability services are available in their area and how to access them.
All staff working with children need to ensure that they have a good awareness of the needs of disabled children and those with additional needs. Level 1 training can be accessed through the disability training website. You'll gain a certificate when you've completed this.
If you'd like to access level 2 training, please speak to your line manager, as this training is delivered to teams and services. The training can then be booked through the workforce development unit.
There's also a bespoke web based training for taxi drivers on the disability training website
The City of York Council have signed the national Every Disabled Child Matters Charter (an accessible version is available to download). The good practice in York is recognised in the ‘Positive Impact of Every Child Matters Charter’
The partnership of agencies in York through the YorOK board has gone further and developed a local charter which sets out what those working with children, young people and families have committed to doing to improve outcomes for disabled children in York.
. As part of the School Partnership Officer role they ensure that:
Please find the latest presentations and information from the conferences
Find out five top tips for building confidence with parents of disabled children. These tips have been identified through a survey of parental satisfaction.
The "Listen to Me" series of booklets include practical and innovative examples of how children can express
their views.. Their opinions are really important and have definitely shaped priorities for services in the City of York. Clearly some children and young people require more support to be involved and we know that parents and practitioners are eager to help them do this.
Find out what York is doing as part of the disabled children’s access to childcare project
The Parent Mentoring Service uses trained volunteers to provide one to one support to families in York who have a disabled child/young person or child/young person with additional needs. Please see the referral information document and referral form. Please contact Michelle Porter on 551399 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Autism conference 2013 - download slides and resources from the 2013 autism conference taking place at Askham Bryan College.
As a parent/carer of a disabled child you may also want to consider applying for a Personal Budget. Personal budgets are a way of arranging social care services for disabled children, young people and their families.
Personal budgets give you more control and enables you to decide who supports your child.
Personal budgets can be used to:
You can get more information on personal budgets including a step by step guide to employing a Personal Assistant and a guide to writing a job description and interview questions by clicking on the personal budgets pdfs on the right hand side of this page.
If your child has an Education Health and Care Plan contact the SEN team:
If you are interested in social care direct payments contact your Social Care Manager or Social Worker at the City of York Council.
If your child has Continuing Health Care funding and you are interested in a personal health budget contact your Continuing Healthcare Coordinator in the CHC team on 0300 303 8294.
For more information go to:
Aspirations For Life is a campaign funded by the Department for Education as part of the Valuing Employment Now strategy. The campaign will raise aspirations and expectations for children and young people with learning disabilities; with a particular focus on employment.