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Ask SALI

Published October 2022

The SEND Advice Line for Inclusion (or 'Ask SALI', as we call it) is a new phoneline for SENCos and other professionals to call, to get advice about meeting the needs of their children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

How will Ask SALI work?

The new service will be staffed by 3 Ask SALI advisors, who bring with them a wealth of professional experience and an extensive knowledge of SEND. The advisors come from a range of different professional backgrounds, including:

  • primary SENCO with extensive knowledge of SEND in a mainstream setting
  • manager of children’s homes with experience of social and emotional mental health issues,  and a working knowledge of SEND pathways
  • specialist teacher and physiotherapist with professional health experience 

Their knowledge of the different SEND pathways and first hand experience of working with services means that they are well equipped to support schools and settings.   

Ask SALI advisors will speak to SENCOs and other professionals, working quickly to provide the right support.

What might a SENCo contact Ask SALI to discuss?

  • Being unsure of what the next steps are for a particular child and wanting to talk through options
  • Being unsure of what's available to meet a particular need
  • Wanting to know what else to do to support a child within their setting
  • Wanting to actually speak to someone and test their thinking, talk through options and ideas
  • Wanting advice on supporting a setting who are struggling to meet the child’s need, or who are struggling to engage a child in learning
  • Wanting advice on supporting a child at risk of exclusion

How will Ask SALI make a difference to children and young people? 

  • Children’s needs will be met much earlier, and with input from the Ask SALI professionals with knowledge in many areas of SEND
  • By meeting children’s needs much earlier, they may not need more high level support in the future
  • Those supporting children and young people in their settings will understand the full range of support options available to the child
  • Children, young people and their families will benefit from the increased confidence that professionals have when working with them.
  • Children and young people will be well supported in their local communities as their school or setting will have the knowledge to provide an inclusive education

 


Ask SALI is an advice line for professionals. Details have been shared with SENCOs and other professionals. If you would like to find out more about the advice line and other new developments that are helping settings to become more inclusive email SENDstrategy@hertfordshire.gov.uk’. 

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