Our Equality Policy sets out our equality principles (or objectives) which are summarised below:
Principle 1: All learners are of equal value. We see all learners and potential learners, and their parents and carers, as of equal value.
Principle 2: We recognise and respect difference. Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage, which people may face.
Principle 3: We foster positive attitudes and relationships, and aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist. We intend that our policies, procedures and activities should promote:
· positive attitudes towards disabled people, good relations between disabled and non-disabled people, and an absence of harassment of disabled people
· positive interaction, good relations and dialogue between groups and communities different from each other in terms of ethnicity, culture, religious affiliation, national origin or national status, and an absence of prejudice-related bullying and incidents
· mutual respect and good relations between boys and girls, and women and men, and an absence of sexual and homophobic harassment.
Principle 4: We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
Principle 5: We consult and involve stakeholders. We engage with a range of groups and individuals to ensure that those who are affected by a policy or activity are consulted and involved in the design of new policies, and in the review of existing ones.
Principle 6: Society as a whole should benefit. We intend that our policies and activities should benefit society as a whole, both locally and nationally, by fostering greater social cohesion, and greater participation in public life.
Principle 7: We formulate and publish specific and measurable objectives, based on the consultations we have conducted and the evidence we have collected as well as national and local priorities and issues, as appropriate.
Hillingdon's local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents/carers. It allows families to see what they can expect from a range of local agencies and how to access them.
HACS is a not for profit organisation who support children and families who have autism. They regularly run support and advice sessions.
Links to additional support services
Upcoming Events (Please book through the HACS website)
Please follow the link for upcoming parent support and information sessions. These include:
Hillingson SEND Information and Support Serives offer free confidential, impartial support and advice for parents, carers, children and young people (up to 25 years) in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
A 2 minute clip about the service:
Support for families caring for children with SEND
SEND Family Support run parent support sessions via Zoom twice a month. Please do sign up and join in if you feel you need any advice or support.
The next ZOOM SEND Family Parents Support Group on Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 6.30pm - https://sendfs.co.uk/events/zoom-send-family-parents-support-group-2021-01-19/
SEND Family Support's Pathways Workshop with Special Guest Polly Sweeney on Monday 25th January at 630pm - https://sendfs.co.uk/events/send-family-supports-pathways-workshop/
Also because of the current Lockdown there is an extra SEND Family Support's ZOOM Chat & Open Mic for children/young adults with SEND & their siblings, On Thursday 28th January 2021 - https://sendfs.co.uk/events/zoom-chat-open-mic-2/
|Hillingdon Autistic care and support (HACS)||
Tel: 020 8606 6780
|Centre for ASD and ADHD Advice (based in Eastcote)||
Tel: 020 8429 1552
|Parent Carer Forum (PCF)||
|Hillingdon SEND Information and Support Service (SENDIASS)|
Useful Web Links
www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)
www.attentionautism.com – For more information on Attention Autism and how you can support your child to develop attention and turn-taking skills
www.special-needs-kids.co.uk – An information directory for parents and carers
www.iassnetwork.co.uk – Advice and support for parents of children with SEN
www.autismuk.com – Lots of information on ASD
www.autismspeaks.org – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library
www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html - A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories
https://www.brilliantparents.org/ - Support and parenting classes for all families
https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/community-services/children-integrated-therapy-service - support material and advice for occupational therapy, speech and language and physiotherapy
https://www.understood.org/ - Advice and support materials for children and families with ADHD