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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  Some of the information on this site may be out of date.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

 

 
News
Calling Parents and Carers.
10th February 2016
Calling Parents and Carers.

Voice4Parents Needs You!  Give your views about Health Visiting and School Nursing Services

Commissioners (people who plan and buy services) in the Public Health Department at Wolverhampton Council are reviewing the Healthy Child Programme and thinking about what makes excellent services before going out to tender for (buy) new services in August 2017.

Commissioners want to meet parents and carers whose children have special educational needs and disabilities to share their experiences on the services currently provided to them and their children by health visitors and school nurses to make sure that Wolverhampton’s children, young people and their parents get the best possible support from their Health Visiting and School Nursing Service.

Join Voice4Parents and Sarah New, Healthy Child Programme Manager at Wolverhampton City Archives on Wednesday 24th February 12am – 2pm to give your views on this and any other issues that may affect you as a parent and carer of a child with additional needs.   A member of the Wolverhampton, Information, Advice and Support Service will also be on hand to answer any specific issues you may have relating to your child’s SEN and disability.

A light lunch will be provided so booking is essential.  Call 01902 556945 or email v4p@wolverhampton.gov.uk

 

Leisure Survey
8th February 2016
Leisure Survey

Voice4Parents is working with the Local Authority to improve leisure facilities for disabled children and those with additional needs. We would welcome your views and experiences to help us see what is working well and where the gaps are. Your parental views are really important. You can complete the survey on line.

If you would like further information or help to complete the survey please contact Wolverhampton, Information Advice and Support Service on 01902 556945 or email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Please contact us if you would prefer a hard copy of the survey. Please respond by Friday 18th February 2016.

Does your child have a medical condition?

Last month, the Department for Education released an update of the legislative guidance ‘Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions’

Three key points from the guidance are:

Pupils at school with medical conditions should be properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education.

Governing bodies must ensure that arrangements are in place in schools to support pupils at school with medical conditions.

Governing bodies should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure that the needs of children with medical conditions are properly understood and effectively supported.

The Information, Advice and Support Service is happy to help explain the guidance and how it should be put into practice. Please do contact us if you feel we can help.

This extract is taken from the introduction:

“Parents of children with medical conditions are often concerned that their child’s health will deteriorate when they attend school. This is because pupils with long-term and complex medical conditions may require ongoing support, medicines or care while at school to help them manage their condition and keep them well. Others may require monitoring and interventions in emergency circumstances. It is also the case that children’s health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted, sometimes resulting in extended absences. It is therefore important that parents feel confident that schools will provide effective support for their child’s medical condition and that pupils feel safe. In making decisions about the support they provide, schools should establish relationships with relevant local health services to help them. It is crucial that schools receive and fully consider advice from healthcare professionals and listen to and value the views of parents and pupils.

In addition to the educational impacts, there are social and emotional implications associated with medical conditions. Children may be self-conscious about their condition and some may be bullied or develop emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression around their medical condition. In particular, long-term absences due to health problems affect children’s educational attainment, impact on their ability to integrate with their peers and affect their general wellbeing and emotional health. Reintegration back into school should be properly supported so that children with medical conditions fully engage with learning and do not fall behind when they are unable to attend. Short-term and frequent absences, including those for appointments connected with a pupil’s medical condition (which can often be lengthy), also need to be effectively managed and appropriate support put in place to limit the impact on the child’s educational attainment and emotional and general wellbeing.

Some children with medical conditions may be considered to be disabled under the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010. Where this is the case governing bodies must comply with their duties under that Act. Some may also have special educational needs (SEN) and may have a statement, or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which brings together health and social care needs, as well as their special educational provision. For children with SEN, this guidance should be read in conjunction with the

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice. The Special educational needs and disability code of practice explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. For pupils who have medical conditions that require EHC plans, compliance with the SEND code of practice will ensure compliance with this guidance with respect to those children.”

Preparing for Adulthood
27th January 2016
Preparing for Adulthood

Moving into adult life is a time of significant change for all young people. For those with additional needs, it can be a particularly difficult time for them and their   families. Transition is the term used to describe the process of moving from   childhood to adulthood and the planning that takes place.

Our next Parent Information Day ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ is on   Wednesday 9th March – So if you are a parent/carer of a young person with   additional needs in year 9 or above this event aims to help you find out more about the services and the range of choices to be considered; what happens in transition planning and who helps you and your child move forward. Call us on 01902 556945 to book your place or email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk

 

 

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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