Bracknell Forest Children’s Disability Register
What is the purpose of the Disability Register?
The purpose of the register is to enable Bracknell Forest Children’s Services and Health Services, together with voluntary organisations, to work more closely together to identify and plan for children and young people with disabilities and their parents/ carers.
Why should I register my child?
The register enables services to:
- identify gaps in provisions for children with disabilities and their parents or carers
- plan services to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their parents or carers
- plan work around the Year 9 Transition Review (for children who have a statement of special educational needs) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- plan services for when children with disabilities leave school
The register also forms the basis of a mailing list to inform and consult with children and their parents or carers about new and existing services, gaps in services, changes to benefits, holiday schemes and other activities.
Does my child have to be on the register?
Registration is on a voluntary basis and no child will be registered without parental consent. Registration is not required in order to receive any services. However, the more that is known about children with disabilities in Bracknell Forest, the more effectively services can be planned.
It is expected that a child who is on the register would normally have a disability which has a marked impact on their daily life.
Should all children with a statement of special educational needs or EHCP be registered?
No, not necessarily.
Who can be on the register?
To be included on the register, a child should be:
- under 18
- resident in Bracknell Forest or the responsibility of Bracknell Forest Council
- able to be registered under one of the primary disability categories
Primary disability categories:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- behavioural, emotional and social difficulties eg ADHD, ODD
- developmental delay
- hearing impairment
- learning difficulty/disability
- multiple sensory impairment (ie hearing and sight loss)
- physical disability
- profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
- speech, language and communication difficulties
- severe learning difficulties
- visual impairment
How long will my child be registered for?
This will depend on the disability of your child. The registration could be for a period as short as one year, or as long as from birth until they reach 18. It will be reviewed periodically. No child’s name will be removed from the register without informing their parents/carers.