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HW SENDIASS Newsletter July 2021

Published: Wednesday, 14th July 2021

Newsletter of resources and information to support parents, carers and young people across a range of topics including transition.

HW SENDIASS Newsletter July 2021

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SENDIASS News

Meet the Team 

Our new ‘Meet the Team’ animation is coming soon. Keep an eye out for it on our YouTube channel or on the video page of our website. We hope you like it!!

Transition 

It’s that time of year again; Transition- when children or young people move from one year group to another or from one school or setting to another.
Most children and young people find these changes difficult, but for children with additional needs, transitions can be particularly problematic. So, we have put together some Tips for Transition.

Young People Information

We have developed the Young People section of our website by updating the Career options and Transition page and adding two new pages; Help with Money and Mentoring Support

We have also produced some new resources in consultation with young people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These are intended to help young people prepare for meetings with professionals and share their views, ambitions and feelings. They can be found on our Young People Resources page

Website 

Our website has been running for over a year now and we are keen to ensure that our information and content is up to date and that the layout and organisation is accessible for parent carers and young people. 

We would really value your help and feedback with this. So, if you have any ideas or comments we would love to hear them. You can email them to sendiass@worcestershire.gov.uk  

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Local SEND News- Worcestershire 

Children with Disabilities and Additional Needs register 

Worcestershire Children First have relaunched a co-produced version of the Children with Disabilities (CWD) register. 

The Children with Disabilities and Additional Needs register is an information database designed to collate the contact details of disabled children and young people in Worcestershire. 
All Local Authorities have a statutory responsibility to maintain a register of children and young people with disabilities who live in their area.

By registering, families can be kept up to date on services and support within Worcestershire and be involved in the development of new services through surveys, workshops and focus groups. The register is used for statistical information, helping the local authority to make better decisions when planning and developing services for families and children. The register is voluntary and the information provided cannot be verified.

Further information, including a short video, can be found on the Children’s Disability and Additional Needs Register webpage

EHCP Needs Assessment survey 

Does your child have an Education Health & Care Plan?  If so, Worcestershire Children First would like to know about your experiences of getting an EHCP in their Education Health and Care Needs Assessment survey

Your views will help the Local Authority understand how the process of getting an EHCP can be improved. This survey is for parents or carers of children and young people aged 0 to 15 years who have received an EHCP.

SEND Responsibility Framework 

Worcestershire Children First (WCF) have worked together with schools and parent carers to agree how they can work together to achieve better outcomes for children and young people with SEND. The SEND Responsibility Framework describes how settings, parent carers and WCF’s SEND casework team can contribute to this shared aim.

Local SEND News-Herefordshire 

Consultation 

Herefordshire Council are seeking your views on their proposal to close the sixth form phase at Westfield Special School in Leominster.

The proposed closure, subject to the outcome of this consultation, would mean that the last intake of sixth form pupils to Westfield School would be in September 2021. All pupils attending the sixth form at that point would be able to remain at Westfield School to complete their sixth form years if they chose, but no new pupils would join after that time.
Beyond the start of the 2021-2022 school year, the local authority proposes to commission all sixth form places for young people with severe, complex, multiple and profound learning difficulties at a new specialist sixth form college in Hereford city, called the Beacon College. The survey closes on 20th July. 

Summer Holidays 

The Courtyard Hereford are running a series of inclusive virtual workshops during the summer holidays.

Herefordshire Council are working with a range of activity providers to run a free holiday activities and food programme for children on benefit-related free school meals. Fun activities on offer include zorbing, quad-biking, den-building, boxing, laser tag, outdoor cooking, rugby, football, dance and more. These include specific provisions for children with SEND.

Ready Steady Worcestershire is partnering up with holiday clubs and activity providers to host The Summer Holiday Activity Programme. There are a range of activities including football, arts, dance, outdoor adventure, sports and cooking. For families that are eligible for benefit-related Free School Meals, places will be free! The programme is inclusive of all needs, however, there are also some specialist providers, experienced in activities for children with SEND. For more information and to book your child on to these specialist sessions please contact enquiries@hafworcestershire.co.uk 

Further activities for young people with SEND can be found on the Worcestershire Local Offer. 

Parent Carer Forums 

The parent carer forums in our area are both looking for new members.

A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of children with additional needs or disabilities. The aim of parent carer forums is to make sure that the services in their local area meet the needs of children with additional needs or disabilities and their families.

They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education, health and other providers to highlight where local services and processes are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

Any parent carer of a child with additional needs or disability is welcome to join their local parent carer forum. Joining does not mean you have to commit lots of time. As a member you can just be updated with newsletters and have opportunities to complete relevant questionnaires. If you have spare time and would like to be more involved there are further opportunities.

For more information please see the websites below:

Parent carer Voice Herefordshire
Families in partnership Worcestershire

This video about parent carer forums explains more about why you might want to join.

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National SEND News 

You can read Ofsted’s SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps a report about the experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families during the pandemic.

The following government guidance has been updated to reflect the changes coming into effect on 19th July:

19 July guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Schools COVID-19 guidance

SEND and specialist settings: additional COVID-19 operational guidance

Protective measures for holiday or after school clubs 

The Department for Education’s Education Hub has information for parents, pupils and teachers about what step 4 of the covid roadmap means

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Courses and Resources 

Choices Booklet 

Skills 4 Worcestershire have produced a 'Life Beyond School- Choices Booklet' for young people with SEND. This is a careers and advice booklet that will help young people to understand the range of career choices and opportunities available to them across Worcestershire.

Free training for parents 

The Solihull Approach online parenting courses are a series of NICE approved resources for parents and carers who want to learn more about sensitive and effective parenting and building a positive relationship with their child.

The courses are free to access for parents, carers and grandparents of children in Worcestershire. Visit the Our Place website and use PARENTSROCK as your free access code.

Free E-Learning for parents 

You can still access the Council for Disabled Children Free e-learning course: 'Holistic Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)'

The Transition Event Online 

The Transition Event Hub is full of information and resources on topics to do with transition to adulthood. Live webinars took place in May and these can now be viewed for free on the website.

Autism Education Trust Resources 

The Autism Education Trust has produced a guide to Supporting Learners With Autism During Transition. It includes practical strategies and resources to help autistic learners manage the transition to primary or secondary school.
 

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