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  Some of the information on this site may be out of date.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

 

 
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Independent Supporter Coffee Mornings

We will be holding a series of drop-in mornings for parents, carers and young people to meet with Matthew, our Independent Supporter, over the coming weeks.

 The mornings will be an opportunity to have an informal chat about the Education, Health and Care Plan process and to find out more information or request support from the service.

 All of the following dates will be held at The GEM Centre:

  •  Tuesday 26th May 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 11th June 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Tuesday 23rd June 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 9th July 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Tuesday 21st July 9.30am – 11.30am

 Drinks and snacks will be provided at the events.  For more information please contact us on 01902 556945.

Born Naughty?
15th May 2015
Born Naughty?

Not sure about the title but we would encourage you to watch this new Channel 4 series which sees Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr. Dawn Harper team up with paediatrician Dr. Ravi Jayaram. The doctors offer help to children with behavioural problems and their parents. The first episode (shown Thursday 14th May) looks at Honey who has been permanently excluded from school. Honey has been diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). PDA is now recognised as part of the autism spectrum. We know there are families in Wolverhampton whose children have PDA and will be pleased to see awareness raised. For further information about PDA, visit the National Autistic Society website.

 The series covers a number of behavioural issues and we hope that it will help to raise awareness and dispel some of the myths around poor parenting.

 See the Channel 4 website for further information and to watch the first episode on catch up.

 

Summer Workshops with the Independent Supporters

Matthew Mason, our Independent Supporter is hosting a range of drop-ins for families, carers & young people during the summer holidays. The workshops will provide information, and support on Education Health and Care plans, and how to navigate the new assessment process.  See flyer for more details

Care Quality Commission inspection of Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust – share your experience

 In June the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.
 
To hear the experience of people who have used services at the trust, they are holding two public listening events:
 
New Cross Hospital listening event: – Tuesday 26 May at: 6pm. The Mount Hotel, Mount Road, Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 8HL. For more information please download the  poster.
 
Cannock Chase Hospital listening event: – Wednesday 27 May at 6.30pm. St Luke’s Church & Community Centre, Parish Office, Church Street, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1DE.
Please download the poster.
 
All are welcome, there is no need to register.
 
If you are unable to attend a listening event you can share your experience in the following ways:

Online at www.cqc.org.uk by clicking on the ‘share your experience’ link.
Phone the CQC on 0300 616161 quoting reference ‘Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust’.
Email the CQC at tellus@cqc.org.uk, quoting reference ‘Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

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.

 

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)

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.

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

 

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