The Inclusion Handbook brings together information and advice about how the City and County of Swansea, in partnership with schools, parents and other agencies, works together to promote and deliver the effective inclusion of children and young people.

This Handbook is designed as a resource for all those concerned with the education of children and young people.  It provides guidance on the ways practitioners can work together effectively to improve the inclusion of children and young people in their communities by enhancing their access to opportunities for learning and addressing any barriers to their learning.

How was the handbook built?

The Inclusion Handbook was initially drafted by officers of the Local Education Authority using legislative, regulatory, strategic and best practice information from a wide range of sources.  However acknowledgment must be given to the Carmarthenshire Inclusion Strategy Group and team for providing their Authority’s Inclusion Handbook, which was used as a resource for the writing of the City and County of Swansea’s Handbook.

The Handbook also takes account of the Welsh Assembly Government Circular 47/2006 Inclusion and Pupil Support (2006).

In line with the concept that inclusion is a process, the Handbook is designed to be updated as further information about best practice becomes available or as legislation and statutory guidance is changed.

In line with the principles of sustainability and to avoid duplication of material already circulated we decided that the Handbook would be made available electronically.  Copies can be downloaded from the Authority’s public website or sent on a CD and emails with relevant updates attached can then be circulated to key users of the Handbook.

What does it contain?

The Handbook is split into three broad sections covering:

The Handbook also provides a list of useful websites, references and a bibliography for practitioners who want to further their understanding of this key area.

There are also appendices which are referred to in the body of the Handbook which include relevant policy and strategy documents as well as examples of proformas which can be adapted for use by schools and other organisations.

How to use the Handbook

It is expected that the Handbook will be used by a range of people including parents and carers, governors, head teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators, Local Education Authority professionals, teachers, professionals in Health and Social Services and practitioners in the Voluntary Sector.

The Handbook is likely to have a range of uses which will include: