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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.


Independent Supporter Vacancy

We are advertising for an Independent Supporter to join the Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service).  If you meet the essential criteria and you would be interested in applying for this exciting role then we would like to hear from you.  Further details can be found hereThe closing date is 7th January 2015.

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.

SEN Support Workshops
24th October 2014
SEN Support Workshops

The first of our SEN Support workshops took place last Saturday (20th October) at Brickkiln Community Centre.  The workshop included information on the duties on schools, early years providers and post 16 providers to identify and support children and young people with special educational needs. Parents found out what sort of support is available in schools, and how to ensure families and professionals work together to plan appropriate support to meet the individual’s needs. Also included in the session was information about the new guidance for schools to support pupils with medical conditions.

Thank you to parents who attended and found the session clear and informative. We     received some lovely comments:

Great Communication, clear information”
“Elaine and Michelle were very informative and approachable. Lots of information shared and reassurance to the support for our child”
“Interesting session – nice to get some clear information”

If you have a child or young person receiving support at school, currently on early/school action or early/school action plus or would like to know more about support in school our next SEN Support workshop is 3rd February. Please see our flyer for more details and to book a place.


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