SEN Support and Information

SEN report

Role of SENCO

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. (CAMHS)

CAMHS are specialist NHS services.

They offer assessment and treatment when children and young people have emotional, behavioral or mental health difficulties. Children and young people and their families can be referred to CAMHS if children are finding it hard to cope with family life, school or the wider world. If these difficulties are too much for family, friends or GPs to help with, CAMHS may be able to assist.

As a school we can refer to CAMHS if we have concerns (we will always need parental permission) but if you are concerned about things at home your GP can refer to CAMHS also.


BIBIC is a charity who offer services to children and young people aged 6 months to 18 years, with neurological and genetic conditions including Cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, as well as children with no diagnosis. These conditions affect their social, physical, communication and learning abilities.

They can support children in all areas of their development, which comprise vision, gross motor skills (larger movements like crawling), fine motor skills (smaller movements like self- feeding), language comprehension (understanding what people are saying), expressive language (explaining oneself), social skills, independence (self-care skills), cognitive skills (the skills that enable us to think and learn), sensory processing (responding to messages from our senses), memory and auditory processing (understanding what we hear) and academic skills (reading and writing).

They can also provide help and support to families, enabling them to better understand their child’s condition which, in turn, will enable them to cope better with the impact on family life.

British Dyslexia Association

BDA offer a broad range of support and services for parents and carers, including:

A comprehensive list of people who have completed a B.D.A. accredited course and have agreed to be contacted. Those listed within this list are able to teach and assess children and adults with dyslexia.
The Specialist Autism Assessment Service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire:

Diagnostic Assessments

The British Dyslexia Association are able to offer diagnostic assessments for children. A diagnostic assessment is intended to confirm whether an individual has dyslexia or not. It provides a confirmed diagnosis of dyslexia, as well as a clearer picture of the young person’s strengths and weaknesses and their individual cognitive profile. For more information such as prices, booking form and an information sheet, please follow this link.

B.D.A. eLearning

B.D.A. eLearning offer a wide range of online courses and modules. For more information on our online training and free resources available to parents, please follow this link.

Local Dyslexia Association

There are over 50 Local Dyslexia Associations, which are affiliated to the B.D.A. all over the country. To find your Local Dyslexia Association, please follow this link.

Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action are a national charity with over 40 years’ experience in providing support to people with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

Dyslexia action’s local learning centres:

SuperSummary Dyslexia Guide

SEN support and information

Whilst we will do our best to support your child in education and for their time at Westhaven School there may be times when we advise you to seek external support and are unable to do this on your behalf. We can however, signpost you to some useful places to start;

North Somerset SEN team:

North Somerset Looked-after Children’s Virtual School:

Sirona Early years and school age speech and language:


North Somerset
Local Offer

The Local Offer is information in one place about what help and support there is in the local area for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Local Offer is for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities (SEND) and their parents, carers and families.

Practitioners and professionals will also find the Local Offer information useful and can use the information to support families and young people they work with.

Click on the links below to take you straight to the right part of the local offer’s website.

Speech and Language

You will find information about speech and language under the local offer pages:

Supportive Parents

 Supportive Parents provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers, and children with any type of special educational need and/or disabilities.

Website link:

Contact Details:
Information & support line: 0117 989 7725

National Autistic Society (NAS)

 NAS are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

Website link:

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

We are a charity for people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.  We’re making a difference in the lives of children and adults across the UK through:

  • information about challenging behaviour
  • peer support for family carers and professionals
  • supporting families by phone or email
  • running workshops to reduce challenging behaviour
  • speaking up for families nationally


PICA Advice and Information



Castle Batch Play Area:

Our vision is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else.