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Please be aware that the new 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

Come along to an event to find out more, please view the flyer.

We will be updating our website to reflect the changes, if you would like further information please contact us.

 

 
News
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.

Independent Supporter Update

We are delighted to inform you that we have appointed an Independent Supporter to join the team on a full time basis. We will share information with you over the coming weeks. Are you aware that you, or your child, may be able to access an Independent Supporter? Find out more about this new role by reading the Independent Support information leaflet.

Spam email warning
28th January 2015
Spam email warning

We have been made aware of the tragic death of a young man with Autism in Berkshire. He received a spam email message, purportedly from Cheshire police, claiming that he had been visiting illegal websites on his computer and he would have to pay a large sum of money to avoid officers taking action.

We have been asked to share this with parents and carers of vulnerable young people so that they can be aware of the spam email.  A link to the upsetting newspaper article can be found 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

Deaf-friendly Swimming
14th January 2015
Deaf-friendly Swimming

Does your child want to improve their swimming skills and make new friends?

NDCS, in partnership with Places for People Leisure are holding deaf-friendly swimming for deaf children and young people in Wolverhampton!

 Free Deaf-Friendly Swimming at Wolverhampton Swimming & Fitness Centre, WV13 3SW. Starting 25 February, Wednesdays, 10 week course  

Beginners – 6:15 to 7pm         Intermediate / advanced – 7 to 8pm

 The activities are suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to competitive swimmers. Young people will take part in fun activities and learn new skills, delivered by fully qualified, deaf aware swimming teachers.

 

Please view the attached or Deaf-Friendly Swimming.

 

Booking essential! Please book early to guarantee your child’s space. For further information and to request a booking form please contact: Ashleigh Scott, Swimming Development Officer, email swimming@ndcs.org.uk Telephone 0121 234 6225.

Free workshops for Parents and Carers

Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments will be replaced by Education and Health Care Plans.  If your child has either of these, why not book yourself on to our workshop on Saturday 31st January 10am-12.30pm at Brickkiln Community Centre, Cherry Street, WV3 0QW.   We will help explain the timescales for the changes and how you and your child/young person will participate in the planning and assessment process. 

School Action and School Action Plus will be replaced by SEN Support.  On Tuesday 3rd February we will be holding a workshop at Linden House, 211 Tettenhall Road, WV6 0DD to explain more about school duties to support children and young people with SEN and disabilities.

Booking is essential for both of these workshops – please call 01902 556945 to book your place.

Changing Our Lives launches website

Parents and carers please consider letting your children know about Changing Young Lives

On Friday 5th December Changing Young Lives (CYL) launched their very own website www.changingyounglives.org aimed at children and young people.  Young leaders will now have ownership of their own cool, interactive and accessible website that will enable other young people to find out about that they do and how to get involved.  Visitors to the site will be able to meet the leaders, find out more about who they are, what they do and why their work is so important.

Save the date – join us for our 21st Birthday Celebrations

On Wednesday 18th March 2015, we will be marking 21 years of Wolverhampton’s Parent Partnership Service as we become the Information, Advice and Support Service.  We would like as many parents, carers and colleagues as possible to join us for this celebration which will include lunch.  Further details and invitations to follow but please save the date.

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.

Contact a Family – Counting the Costs

Based on what you and thousands of other families with disabled children told Contact a Family earlier this year in the Counting the Costs 2014 survey, they have found a sharp rise over the last two years in the number of families with disabled children going without heating and food. This is leading to ill health.

You helped them shape the campaign. Now they need you to take action and send their campaign email to your MP to help them put pressure on the UK government to stop this alarming trend.

This is a quick and easy process that will only take one minute, but it will make a huge difference. A template letter is already written for you, and you can add your own experiences to make a greater impact.

Take action and send their campaign email to your MP.  Read more about their campaign on their Counting the Costs webpage.

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.

New name, same service but a few extras

As you are aware, Parent Partnership Services are phasing out and Information, Advice and Support Services are moving in!

As part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms, the remit of Parent Partnership Services has grown since the 1st September.  As we no longer just work with parents and carers, our name is out of date.  As of Monday 20th October, we are now known as the Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service.  It’s business as usual in many ways but we now work with a wider group and advise around wider issues.  Read more on page 16 of our current magazine.  Our contact details remain the same.

 

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