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Exploitation Toolkit for practitioners

This guidance has been produced by The Children’s Society as part of the National CSAE Prevention Programme for England and Wales, in partnership with Victim Support and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). We would like to say thank you to all the staff at The Children’s Society, Victim Support and the NPCC who contributed to this guidance, with special thanks to the Contextual Safeguarding team at the University of Bedfordshire for their generous input.

Please see below to view The Toolkit

Researcher, Alliance for Inclusive Education

By law – since the Equality Act 2010 came into force – every school should write an Accessibility Plan to make it possible for Disabled children and young people to access school facilities and be part of their school community.  Until now, there have been no studies to find out if Accessibility Plans are effective in supporting Disabled pupils’ inclusion at school.  It’s not clear whether families are even aware of Accessibility Plans at their children’s schools.

ALLFIE has received a grant and ethical approval from the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme to lead a project on the effectiveness of schools’ Accessibility Plans. ALLFIE is a Disabled-people led organisation working for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education.

As a Disabled researcher with experience of both segregated and mainstream education, I am committed to removing barriers so that all Disabled people can take part in an equal education system.  An advisory group of Disabled people, including a parent of a Disabled child, guide the direction and development of the project by sharing their experience and skills.

With your help, we hope to find out about people’s real-life experiences of Accessibility Plans in schools.

Even if you don’t feel well-informed about Accessibility Plans, why not get involved and share your experiences with us?  Your input has the potential to lead to real, positive and sustained change in schools, driven by yourselves.  Help us help you to get Accessibility Plans which really work for Disabled children in the future.

We will hold focus groups for the project in four regions in England – concentrating on Leeds, London, Bristol and Manchester.  In each location we will hold discussions with different groups:  Disabled young people and children, parents of Disabled learners, and educators and professionals.  Disabled children and young people will receive vouchers for their participation.

The focus groups began in November 2018 and will continue through February 2019.  Through these discussions we hope to find out about any gaps between what the law says and people’s experiences in schools.

We also welcome your participation through other means including an online survey and email contact.

For more information about the project, please contact me at: Armineh.Soorenian@allfie.org.uk.

0-25 SEND Inclusive Education Service

The Local Authority has reviewed the SEND services traded offer to ensure that it is fit for purpose and as a result we will continue to trade our services around Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH) unless there is specific reference in an EHCP to the Local Authority SEMH team.

For other areas of Special Educational Needs we will be providing schools with a subsidised allocation, i.e at no charge to the school, from the 0-25 SEND Inclusive Education Service.

For schools who have already previously bought packages of support you will be contacted by a member of the service to discuss if you would like to convert your package to meet the needs of pupils with SEMH needs, to explain the subsidised allocation and to discuss your needs . If you would like to discuss your existing traded package please ring 01274 439335.

We will continue to offer traded services for schools and colleges and other organisations where the work is not statutory, for example,  training, Post 16 support, where there is the capacity to do so. Please contact us for your requirements or go onto the Skills4Bradford website  skills4bradford.co.uk.

Access to work Government Scheme

What is Access to Work?

Access to Work (AtW) is a scheme run by Jobcentre Plus. The scheme provides advice and practical support to disabled people to enable them to work along-side their colleagues.

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

  • talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
  • apply for Access to Work if you need extra help

Click Here to Find Out More

A Family Guide to the SEND System in England

This new interactive guide aims to help families of children and young people in England with life-limiting conditions join-up their assessments, plans and services across education, health and social care.

Click Here to view the Family Guide to the SEND System in England

A Guide for Children with Additional Needs

Children with Additional Needs (Special Educational Needs, Disabilities or Complex Health Needs) Some children have needs which are additional to the needs of other children of a similar age. Some of these children may need additional help because of a range of needs.

Please see below to view the Guide

Bradford District Care Trust

In the documents below, carers can find information on what they can expect when their loved one uses our services, and what support is offered to both the service user and the carer. For more information please visit the support for carers page.

Carers introduction letter
Common sense confidentiality guide for carers
Carers hub leaflet
Carers information booklet – acute inpatient wards
Carers information booklet – low secure services
Carers information booklet – dementia assessment unit
First Response leaflet

Bradford Council SEND New EHCA/My Support Plan Pathways

We have included new information about the Education Health Social Care Assessment (EHCA) Pathway on the EHCP information page on the SEND Local Offer website for Children and young people up to 25 Years and their Parent/carers.

Please view the new pathways and share the EHCA Pathway and the My Support Plan Pathway with young people/adults with SEND their parent/carers and colleagues, the pathways will provide information about the process steps and timelines.

Bradford Imperatives for Children

As you will be aware , we recently launched the Bradford Children and Young People’s Plan as a clear statement of our ambitions for children  and young people in the district.  A link to the plan can be found Here

As a key part  of the plan we identified two key imperatives, the “must dos” that are fundamental to  improved  outcomes and underpin  success for our children.  These are

  • Improving school attendance.
  • Reducing the number of children who go missing from home or care

The imperatives are  linked to our Education Covenant, as these are not things that any one organisation or group of people can achieve on their own, they are things that are a district wide, partnership responsibility. Bradford Children’s Trust, who publish the Plan and set the Imperatives want to challenge all of us as a partnership to ask ourselves “What can I do to contribute to the imperatives?”  The Children’s Trust will be coming to partners in the Autumn to ask exactly this question. 

Bradford Short Break Funding 

Short Breaks is the term used for any sort of leisure activity a disabled child and young person goes to. It gives them an enjoyable experience with or away from their primary carers, which also allow parents and families a break from their caring responsibilities.

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Capturing the voices of children and young people with Down syndrome in their Education, Health and Care Plans.

If you are a parent or professional living or working with a child or young person age 4-25 years old with DS, Maria would love to hear from you as part of her research project.
Click here follow the link to complete an online questionnaire
The outcome of this research project will be used to put together valuable information about what support should be included in the EHCPs for people with DS and this will inform the content of leaflets and guidelines for parents, teachers, educational psychologists, and education professionals. 

Please See Below to View the Flyer

Children's Commissioner

The participation of children in decision making:

  • Children's Participation in Decision Making: A Summary Report
  • Children's Participation in Decision Making: Children's Views
  • Children's Participation in Decision Making: Survey of Participation Workers

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Consultation on Post 16 Transport Policy Statement

Bradford Council is consulting on how clear and user friendly its proposed Post 16 Transport Policy Statement for 2018/2019 is.

Bradford Council is currently consulting on its proposed Post 16 Transport Policy Statement for 2018/2019 with young people aged 16 to 18 and their parents/carers and learners aged 19 to 24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and their parents/carers.

We are keen to receive feedback about how clear and user friendly the Policy Statement is from parents, young people and other users. Only feedback on the clarity of the Policy Statement will be considered at this stage.

The consultation ends on Wednesday 23 May 2018.

Click Here to find out more about the consultation.

Letter to heads and chairs of governors

Bradford Council Easy Read Transport Policy Statement 

Bradford Council Post-16 Transport Policy Statement

Post 16 Transport Policy Statement consultation questionnaire

Decision Making Toolkit

This decision making toolkit is a practical guide to support social workers, health practitioners, school and college staff, parent carers, families and anyone working directly with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It is designed to be used in partnership with young people to support them to make their own decisions and to participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf. 

The toolkit has been developed based on feedback from practitioners who attended CDC's 'It's My Life! Decisions, capacity and EHC plans' training in July 2016 and it includes a template practitioners can use to support a young person who lacks capacity to go through a best interests decision making process based on the best interests checklist in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice.

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Disability Access Funding for three and four year olds

If your child is receiving Disability Living Allowance then you may be eligible to apply for Disability Access Fund to be paid to your child's childcare provider. Disability Access Fund is for children age three and four year old children who are accessing their free early education hours at a provider in Bradford. Four year olds in a maintained, academy or free school reception class are not eligible for the Disability Access Fund. For further information Click Here

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Form for children

Use the DLA claim form to apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under 16.

The form tells you where to send your application.

You can order a printed form by telephoning the Disability Living Allowance helpline.

Follow the links below for help with filling in the DLA form for your child

Citizens advice     Contact a family     Cerebra

Educational Trips / Outdoor Education

Please see important information regarding school educational visits and the Outdoor Education Service.

Letter for Academy Schools      Letter for Maintained Schools

EHCP Annual Reviews

An annual review meeting must be held once a year, the purpose of which is to review a child’s or young person’s EHCP. The review of the EHCP should involve the pupil, parents/carers, the school, the Local Authority (LA) and all professionals from other services who are involved.

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Guide to the SEND Code of Practice: for parents

A new guide from the Department for Education which explains the new SEN and disability (SEND) Code of Practice to parents.

This guide is a short, more accessible way to understand Part 3 of the Children & Families Act and the other documents that make up the new SEND system. 

As well as giving readers guidance as to how to to delve deeper into the Code of Practice, this guide is also a great place to start for parents or the wider public who are looking for an overview of the new system.

Click Here to View the SEND Code of Practise

Introduction to Early Support and the Early Years Developmental Journal

Early Support is a way of working that aims to improve the delivery of services for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities and their families. It enables services to coordinate their activity better and provide families with a single point of contact and continuity through key working. Early Support ensures that service delivery is child, young person and family centered and focuses on enabling practitioners to work in partnership with children, young people and their families.

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NHS Guide to What benefits can carers get?

Knowing what benefits you are entitled to can make a real difference. For example, you might be able to get a break from caring or get help with certain costs.

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NHS research around Apps use and these supporting YP Mental Health

We have been asked to circulate opportunity for children, young people and adults in Bradford to take part in some consultation around APPS and Mental Health support. It is suggested that she would like to get a user perspective on the research she is undertaking . please see email below for further info

Take part in our research project

We are currently undertaking a research programme into where and how apps are published, and are keen to talk to organisations who publish health apps and those that use or would use them.

The research will focus on:

  • your needs when having apps published
  • what you think the end user’s needs are in terms of where and how health apps are published.

Involvement would take the form of a short interview, lasting no more than 45 minutes. One of our researchers can visit you or we could set up a telephone call instead, if that is more convenient.

This is a unique opportunity to inform the ongoing development of the NHS Apps Library.

Please contact janet.morgan10@nhs.net. For further information 

Personal Budget 

If your child has an Educational Health Care (EHC) plan or has been assessed as having a social care need then you are entitled to request a personal budget. This is an amount of money your local authority (Council) has identified to meet the needs in your child's EHC plan. There is the option as a parent or carer to be involved in choosing and arranging part of the provision to meet your child's needs. 

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School Admissions Briefing

The Council for Disabled Children has published a School Admissions Briefing, with information intended to help parents of disabled children and young people, parents of children and young people with SEN and professionals advising parents including those in Information, Advice and Support Services.

The briefing provides a summary of schools admission arrangements and focuses on issues that are particularly relevant to the admission of disabled children and children with SEN.

School Holiday Calendar 2019/2020

The 2019/2020 School Holiday Calendar is now available.

I know this seems a long way off however we want to make you all aware the statutory dates for 2019/2020 are now available for you to view on Here

If you require any further information please contact the IMTdatateam@bradford.gov.uk.

Special educational needs and disabilities inquiry launched

The Education Committee launches inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The inquiry

In 2014, the Government introduced wide-reaching changes to the SEND system, with the intention of offering simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND. The Government claimed these changes would give families greater choice in decisions. The Committee’s new inquiry is intended to review the success of these reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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The DfE replies: Accountability in SEND

By Tania Tirraoro,

(Published on the Special Needs Jungle website in three parts, February 2018)

Last year, the Department for Education offered to answer SNJ readers' questions about SEND. It's not the first time they've done this, you can see the previous session in 2016 here. Once again, you sent your questions in, we grouped them into themes and put them forward and waited. And now, dear reader, the answers are here. Before we start, I'd like to send Patrick, who was in charge of answering your questions but fell ill, our very best wishes for a full recovery; I'm sure you will do the same.  This meant an unavoidable delay, but other DfE SEND team members picked up the burning torch and thanks to Laura, Chris and colleagues for this.

Now, of course, it's a given that the answers will not completely satisfy you. Only a properly-functioning SEND system will do that. But with that acknowledged, I for one, appreciate the fact that the DfE has been open enough to do this in the first place and that we have had very good access in general. So, we start off with the first of three posts on the themes of support, EHCPs and accountability. Today, we're bringing you the 'support' section. Remember, this information is direct from the government so you can pass it on to schools, LAs, GPs, NHS providers and anyone else who you think needs this information.

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The Transitions team

Supporting young adults with a disability in the transition from children’s to adults services.

More information on the link below

A Healthy Start for all Children to the New Year

Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development and Support available for families who are looking to find out more about providing the best start in life for their children.

Accelerated Working Groups hosted by CDC and NDTi

The purpose of the AWGs is to bring people from local areas and national programmes together to tackle issues that have been identified as barriers to effective implementation of the SEND reforms. By pooling a range of experience and expertise each AWG will identify and develop practical solutions that can make a real impact, there will be an AWG for each theme below:

  • Systematic information and data sharing across agencies, including digital solutions to support good quality individual advice;
  • Personalisation, including the development of personal budgets and Integrated Personal Commissioning;
  • Commissioning for outcomes across services, including effective mechanisms for joint commissioning and contract management approaches;
  • Ensuring alignment of key change programmes relevant to SEND, including Transforming Care and mental health transformation;
  • Transitions between children’s and adult’s services across health and social care, focussed on 19-25 cohort (led by NDTi);
  • Leadership (led by NDTi).

We would be very grateful if you could share this information and offer contacts in your region. Anyone who is interested in being involved in one or more AWG(s) please let Andrew Fellowes know (afellowes@ncb.org.uk)

Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism was founded as TreeHouse in 1997. It was founded as a specialist school for children with autism, with five pupils and based in a borrowed room in the Royal Free Hospital in North London. For the last 13 years, Ambitious about Autism has been growing and developing into the national charity that it is today, which provides services, raises awareness and influences policy. We moved to Muswell Hill, north London, in 2004, and moved into our purpose designed building - the Pears National Centre for Autism Education - in October 2008.

Please see below for more information

Bradford and District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF) aims and objectives:

  • To link disabled people and disability groups together to ensure that they have a stronger voice in the district.
  • For the forum is to be run by disabled people for disabled people
  • To establish an inclusive partnership of groups bringing together representation from the widest definition of disability including people who are physically disabled, have a sensory impairment, a learning disability, who have or experienced a mental health problem and people who have a long-term illness and/or limiting condition.
  • To seek to ensure that disabled people are represented on a wide range of strategic, 'decision making' bodies across the district.
  • To ensure that disabled people who are 'experts by personal experience' are able to have a say in the development of services.
  • To create a district where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens.
  • To publicise the Forum and establish accessible ways of communicating, including a website, that will allow groups to share and exchange information and ideas.

If you would like to join the Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF), please download our membership form and send it back via the address enclosed, you can email it to: info@disabledpf.org.uk or just get in touch!

Clinical Partners Mental Health Partnership

What does it do?

Clinical Partners are the UK's largest private mental health partnership, helping thousands of families access the expert care they need. With experienced Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists based across the UK, we help thousands of families every year. Diagnostic assessments and therapies for children, teenagers and adults are available for conditions such as Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Behavioural issues and Bipolar Disorders. Appointments are often available within only a few days.

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Disability Driving Instructors

To find a Specialist Driving Instructor in your area click on “Find an Instructor”, enter your post code and select any special requirements; if you have any difficulties, drop us a line via the “contact us” page.

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Have you checked your alarms? They can save your life in an emergency

Did you know that you’re seven times more likely to survive a fire in your home if you have working smoke alarms?

That’s because smoke alarms gives families vital time to get out, before rooms are filled with poisonous black smoke. The smoke can kill babies and young children in minutes.

Click Here to find out more and  view the Fire safety advice booklet

Internet Safety: How to Keep Kids and Teens Safe Online

The internet is a fantastic tool, but dangers lurk within! Keeping your children and teens safe online becomes more challenging by the day.

Don’t worry though! In this guide, I show you what dangers to look out for, and share some quick and easy tips to help protect your loved ones.

Click Here to View the Guide

Inclusive Tennis Activation Grant & Equipment

In partnership with the Tennis Foundation and Yorkshire LTA we have launched a project aimed at providing a grant, training, support and equipment to community groups, organisations and projects that would like to start to to offer inclusive tennis. You do not require a tennis court or formal tennis qualification but we do require partners for the project who are committed to offering a minimum of 12 sessions this summer and then continuing them next year when the warmer weather comes again.  I have attached a link below, which includes a list of Q&A's plus the application form.

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Max Cards

Max Cards are available via the Bradford Parents' Forum for families with a disabled child or young person who is in receipt of DLA at any level. Cards cost £2.50 and are valid for two years. 

To apply please visit www.pfba.org.uk and go to the News page. To find out more about the cards please go to www.mymaxcard.co.uk".

How to Get Financial Help with the Cost of a Stairlift.

Financial aid to help pay for stairlifts and other home adaptations is available from a number of sources, including government grants and funding from charitable organisations.

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The Signs of Safety is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organised approach to child protection casework. The model of its approach was created in Western Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards, who worked with over 150 front-line statutory practitioners and based it on what those practitioners know works well with difficult cases. The Signs of Safety approach has attracted international attention and is being used in jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Australasia.

Specialist Behaviour Service

What does it do? Children's Community Support Team (CCST) Provides behaviour support through in depth holistic assessment of young person in home, school other settings. Work flexibly and directly in the children’s home to model strategies with families on how to understand and manage their young person’s behaviour more effectively

Asperger Community Support Team (ACST)

Provides behaviour support through in depth holistic assessment of young person in home, school other settings. Work flexibly and directly in the children’s home to model strategies with families on how to understand and manage their young person’s behaviour more effectively

Sleep Clinic

Complete a Sleep assessment and offer advice, strategies and a full sleep programme to improve the sleep quality of the young person.

Psychological Service (PS)

Provides psychological assessment for FASD

Provides support through in depth holistic assessment of young person in home, school other settings. Work flexibly and directly in the children’s home to model strategies with families on how to understand and manage their young person’s emotions and behaviour more effectively.

Specialist Inclusion Project (SIP)

The link below will direct professionals and parents on how to access support from SIP.

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Step 2 Young People’s Health Project

Young People’s Counselling Support and education for young people in relation to healthy relationships and sexual health

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The Light of the World community Centre

It provides parents with one day FREE childcare, from 8.30 am to 4.00pm.  Days are allocated from Monday to Friday at every holiday.

Parents can book additional days for their children at a cost of £30.00/day.

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The Bradford Education Covenant

The proposed Bradford Education Covenant will outline the action the Council will take along with what it is asking of others to ensure our young people get the best possible start in life. 

More information on the link below

The Light of the World community Centre

It provides parents with one day FREE childcare, from 8.30 am to 4.00pm.  Days are allocated from Monday to Friday at every holiday.

Parents can book additional days for their children at a cost of £30.00/day.

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The Ultimate Guide to Adapting Your Home If You Are Blind or Partially Sighted

How to get home adaptations if you’re blind or partially-sighted. And some of the best adaptations you can have.

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Thrive Bradford Information and advice for Teenagers 13yrs+

Don't just survive, thrive 

Life can be tough and confusing at times. Thrive Bradford helps you navigate your teenage years, with information and advice, sign posting to services and real stories.

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Virtual College – Career VOOCs

Virtual College are the E-learning Development Company of the Year with over 1.9 million learners. We offer over 300 online courses, delivering cost effective and time efficient training. We have developed a new vocational learning concept called Career VOOCs (Vocational On-Line Open Courses). Career VOOCs are short free online courses where learners can find out about a particular sector / job roles through immersive, engaging and learner driven E-Learning.The Virtual College Career VOOCs are a free interactive and engaging resource that bring careers to life giving real insight into an inspiring and ambitious range of different job roles and career paths. The Virtual College Career VOOCs provide an easy to use, interactive, online resource allowing you to personalise your experience, focusing on the careers and job roles that are of most interest to you. It provides real-world insight into a range of different options, showing you what opportunities are available in your local area, what you can expect to get paid and what is involved in a typical day. 

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Volunteer Opportunities SIP

The Specialist Inclusion Project (S.I.P) is a project run by Bradford Council that provides after school, evening, and holiday provision across the district for young people age 8-18 years with a diagnosed disability. We are establishing in partnership with Bradnet a new befriending and engagement service to young people every year we support many volunteers to

  • Learn new skills!
  • Meet new people- become part of a team!
  • Invest in their local community
  • Improve their university/ college applications and CV
  • Volunteering makes you stand out from the crowd 74% of employers would employ someone with volunteering in their CV over someone with none!
  • Gain confidence and self esteem                                                            

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What is a Carers Assessment?

An carers assessment is how we decide whether a person needs care and support to help them live their day-to day life. To find more information Click Here

What is Private Fostering Leaflet?

Information on Private fostering can be found on the link Here.

We Find Any Learner

We still have some funding available for distance learning, including the new Challenging Behaviour course. Please look at our flyer attached or visit www.wefindanylearner.co.uk. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

For more information, please call 01226 958 888 / 07403 765 278 or email nick@wefindanylearner.co.ukAlternatively, you can fill an online enquiry form or download a booking form and attach it as a reply to this email.

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Wiki Information

• Factsheet and FAQ on EHC plan eligibility for 19-25 year olds

• Lenehan review of experiences and outcomes in residential special schools and colleges

The following information has been added to the Wiki (bulletins and other information), which can be accessed here

Building Brighter Futures for people recovering from mental health

To Find Out More Click Here

Information about Bradford Councils Current Consultations 

To Find Out More Click Here

Online Safety Information and useful videos for children and young people with additional needs

To Find Out More Click Here

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