Wolverhampton Parent Partnership Service


for special educational needs and disability

Impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to a child or young person's special educational needs or disability from birth to 25 years.

- Help to understand what support is available across education, health and social care

- Help to participate in discussions and decision making

- A flexible and friendly service

Changes ahead!


Please be aware that our website is undergoing significant change to reflect changes to the systems and processes for special educational needs and disability.  Some of the information on this site may be out of date.  Please bear with us and contact us if you have any queries.


The Children and Families  Act came into force on 1st September 2014 along with a new Code of Practice.   

Find out more about the changes by reading our Autumn 2014 magazine


Wolverhampton’s Clinical Commissioning Group

Congratulations to Wolverhampton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – making co-production happen!

Wolverhampton CCG has been working in co-production with parents and young people for some time.  It continues to strive for co-production demonstrated by its recent work with Changing Young Lives to agree ways in which disabled young people can have more say in the services they receive.  Next month members of Changing Young Lives will become key leads within the CCG as part of national takeover day.  Read more here:  Congratulations to the CCG and to Changing Young Lives for making this happen.

Changing Young Lives

“We support children and young people with disabilities to speak up for their rights and be recognised as young people first, whatever their disability.  We enable children and young people to lead policy development and shape services and support so we can be in control of our own lives. We work locally and think nationally!”

We are lucky to work alongside the wonderful organisation Changing Young Lives.  Have a look at the website to find out more about the work of these young people and the fantastic difference they make.  Parents/carers, do encourage your children to consider getting involved.

Have your say!
12th October 2015
Have your say!

Opportunity to shape the new inspection framework for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs.

On 12th October, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched a consultation on their proposals for inspecting how local areas are meeting their responsibilities to disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEND).

Following the passage of the Children and Families Act 2014, Ofsted and CQC were invited by the Minister for Children Families, Edward Timpson, to formally inspect local areas on their effectiveness in fulfilling their new duties. The new inspection framework is expected to be in place by May 2016.

The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals for the new inspection arrangements, including how children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their parents can be involved and what information should be considered in the inspection process.

The consultation will run for 3 months and will close on 4th January 2016. The Information, Advice and Support Service and Voice4Parents will offer opportunities for you to find out more and to give your views. The consultation is online at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-area-send-consultation

Getting to grips with the changes?

As you will know, the Children and Families Act came in to force in September last year bringing with it significant changes to the way in which disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs are supported.  The changes are widespread and cover education, health and social care.  The changes also provide a framework for seamless support from 0-25.  One of the most significant changes is that children, young people and their parents and carers are at the heart of the system and the decision making process. The Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly the Parent Partnership Service) can help with any queries you may have about the changes.

  •  Is your child moving from a statement to an Education, Health and Care Plan?
  • Was your child receiving support at School Action Plus but you don’t know what happens now?
  • Are you confused about funding?
  • Are you a young person who would like information about what support you can expect?
  • Do you just want to have a chat about your concerns?

 Then please do get in touch with us.

 We would encourage you all to be familiar with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice which sets out clearly what should be put in place, please click here to view a copy.  It is definitely a document to plough through to help you feel more knowledgeable and empowered about the process.  It’s not as scary as it looks! We would recommend reading the whole thing; try a chapter at a time.

  •  For those of you children in the early years, have a look at Chapter 5
  • For those of you with children of school age, Chapter 6 is well worth a read.
  • If you are a young person or your child is post 16 then you will find Chapters 7 and 8 useful.

 If you fancy some lighter bed time reading then there is a guide for parents and carers too..

 If you would like to chat to someone about any aspect, please contact us.


Scribble & Scribe: Form Filling Service

This pilot project is now up and running. It is a FREE service and they are actively seeking users.  Scribble & Scribe is to help you complete forms in your words if you are struggling to fill them in for whatever reason.

For the pilot, it has been decided to concentrate on the following:

Disability Living Allowance applications
Personal Independence Payment applications – PIP 2 forms
Attendance Allowance applications
Employment and Support Allowance applications – ESA50 forms

The Scribble & Scribe’ form filling service is NOT an advice service, clients needing advice about their rights, responsibilities and entitlements will be signposted to appropriate advice agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.  Scribes understand and respect confidentiality.

Booking an appointment contact Andrew Walters – CLIC-Uk – Tele No: 01902 877567/530 – www.clic-uk.org    Wolverhampton Citizens Advice Bureaux – 01902 572006 – Ask to book an appointment with Andrew Walters and state the form that assistance is required with.

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) factsheets

We have added factsheets to our website to provide additional information for parents, carers and young people on the SEND changes. You can view the factsheets here.


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