Important information about the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Register in Richmond
A new Special Educational Needs and Disability Register for Richmond will be going live this week. This register is a list of children and young people (under 25 years) who have special educational needs or a disability.
As every local authority must have a register by law this already exists , but the previous version was different in a number of regards, including in its name (previously called the Register for Children and Young People with Disabilities).
All families who have a child registered for SEN Support or with an EHC plan will receive a letter this week informing them of the new register, and encouraging them to sign up via a new online process.
By renaming and relaunching the register, the borough is seeking to encourage all families who have a child with special educational needs and/or a disability to join the register (though it is not compulsory).
The hope is that a wider, more inclusive register, will help them to better understand the needs in the area and plan the support you may need (eg holiday clubs and support for parents). It will also enable the local authority to provide information directly to a wider range of families and to consult directly with you about changes to services.
Families will also have the option to request a Disability Awareness Card which you can use to show that you have a disability when visiting venues such as cinemas, leisure centres, theme parks etc.
Please see the letter below from the London Borough of Richmond outlining further details.