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Jargon Buster

We will try and avoid jargon where we can or explain terms where they appear. We have used the IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) jargon buster as the basis for our lists which will explain some of the words you may come across. We will be adding to the lists using feedback from families,children and young people. 

Think Local Act Personal

Think Local Act Personal is a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support.

Think Local Act Personal (opens a link on the Think Local Act Personal website)

They have prepared a Care and Support Jargon Buster 

Think Local Act Personal (opens a link on the Think Local Act Personal website)

The Care and Support Jargon Buster is a plain English guide to the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean. The definitions are plain English rather than legal, and were developed and tested by a steering group that included people who use services, carers, representatives from local authorities, information providers and key stakeholders from across the social care sector.

Council for Disabled Children jargon busters

Children and young people with SEND meet complicated language all the time. CDC jargon busters explain policy and health jargon in clear, simple terms:

CDC Health jargon buster

CDC Policy jargon buster

Tell us about jargon

​If we have used jargon or phrases and words that you don't understand or are not plain English, you can email us: 

For our Jargon Buster list please click here (this opens as a pdf in a new window)

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Last Updated: 16/10/2019
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