Wolverhampton Parent Partnership Service

 

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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  Some of the information on this site may be out of date.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
Independent Supporter
16th March 2015
Independent Supporter

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Mason will be joining our service next week as our Independent Supporter.  Matthew will be predominantly working with parents, carers and young people who are going through the new single assessment process or converting to a new Education, Health and Care Plan.

 Matthew brings a wealth of experience to the team, particularly his work with young people.  Look out for him over the coming weeks and months.

 ‘Over the past few years I have worked as a tutor in a specialist college supporting young people with severe learning difficulties to learn new skills and make independent day-to-day choices. I have also had experience working in nursing homes and with several young peoples charities in Shropshire. I am currently studying a Degree in Sociology and Care part time alongside further development in specialist education from home. I am really excited to be joining the team in Wolverhampton and look forward to meeting lots of new people in the role.’  (Matthew Mason, Independent Supporter)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners’ Open Day

The University of Wolverhampton is pleased to announce its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners’ Open Day on Wednesday 15th April 2015. 

This free event is open to Deaf and Hard of Hearing young people accompanied by their teachers/support staff or parents.

The aim of the event is to provide information and advice about university to young people who are at school or college.  College and school parties of Deaf and hard of hearing pupils from Year 9 upwards are welcome to attend. Also welcome are the Deaf/hard of hearing parents of hearing children and hearing parents of Deaf/hard of hearing children.

University of Wolverhampton, The SU Venue, MD Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton.    WV1 1LY.  Tel: 01902 321000

Book your place, please register through the University of Wolverhampton website or via this link:  People can register as individuals or as a group. If you would like further information about this special Open Day, please contact Grace Peddie on telephone: 01902 322664 or email: sec.transition@wlv.ac.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.

NEW special educational needs and disability (SEND) factsheets

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

First aid fairy tale to save children

A number of actors have voiced an animated advert that shows how to save a choking baby. The campaign by St John Ambulance, titled The Chokeables, involves the actors voicing objects that could cause babies to choke – a small toy, a chewed pen top lid, a jelly baby and a peanut.

Kids’ mental health is parents’ top worry

 A poll of more than 2,000 UK parents by Action for Children reveals that they are more likely to worry about their children’s mental well-being than any other health issue. Some 40% of 2,267 parents surveyed said their children’s emotional well-being was a primary concern. Among mothers, this rose to 47%, according to the charity’s analysis of data collected by YouGov last year. Action for Children is calling for more early support for families to prevent major problems.

Right from the start report by Every Disabled Child Matters

 The EDCM new report, ‘Right from the Start: what we want from the next Government’ highlights that:

  •  8 out of 10 family carers are at breaking point because of a lack of short breaks
  • 9 out of 10 parent carers are concerned about cuts to local services that they or their families need
  • Only 16% of mothers with disabled children work compared to 61% of all mothers –due to barriers to employment including lack of access to childcare
What advice would you give to parents who are looking for childcare?

 The Family and Childcare Trust have been funded by the Department for Education to make a series of short films and have written “Top Tips” with parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities for parents. The Family and Childcare Trust want to hear from parents and talk about the advice they would pass on to other parents who are looking for childcare. For more information, email Pip Dorkings at pip@familyandchildcaretrust.org

Autism and girls
28th November 2014
Autism and girls

 ‘Too many suffer in silence': Autism and girlsThis article in the Telegraph discusses why women on the autism spectrum are slipping through the net and how they learn to cover up their symptoms.

New Better Communication website for parents

The Communication Trust, in partnership with Symbol, have released a new website for parents which contains easy to access information, including for those who have a learning disability. It contains resources and downloads, including key information about the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice that parents need to know.

SEND Reforms
14th November 2014
SEND Reforms

The Children’s Minister Edward Timpson discusses the SEND reforms in a recent speech.

News and Information from Contact A Family

Some excellent resources are available from Contact a Family in their November e-bulletin. Their resources on the SEND reforms are well worth a look, to view, please visit their website.

More praise for council as it transforms services for young people with disabilities

Wolverhampton has received more praise for the way it is improving services for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  To read more visit the Wolverhampton City Council’s website http://wolvesnet/citypeople/councilnews/2014/november+2014/041114a.htm.

 

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