Posted in SEND by Terri Walsh on 19th January 2021
To help you NHS Berkshire West CCG, have put together details of a number of resources to support mental health that they have produced during the lastnine months for local children, young people and their families.
Yesterday, 14th January 2021, Minister Ford sent out an open letter to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, their parents and families, and those who support them.
Following the first Covid Lockdown in 9March- July 2020) we asked families about their experiences of education, health and social care services. We shared the finding with all these groups and here is the response from CYPF (Berkshire Health Care NHS Children, Young People & Families Service)
Posted in SEND by Terri Walsh on 27th November 2020
Over the past few months a lot of work has gone into updating and improving Wokingham's 3-year Strategy for SEND (0-25). It is vital to include the views of parents and carers on the Outcome Measures we select for the Strategy so we will be running 2 focus group sessions. Continue reading to see the DRAFT Outcome Measures suggested so far.
Posted in SEND by Terri Walsh on 22nd October 2020
Ahead of the half term break we wanted to share an update on the issues that families have raised with us since September and also the work that has been happening on the Wokingham Written Statement of Action.
The information aims to support early identification of needs and provide advice and signposting re next steps for parents and professionals.The information may be helpful if your child/young person is:• struggling to cope in their pre-school, nursery or school• there are concerns about their social and emotional well-being • there are concerns about any areas of their development that are impacting on their access to education or day to day living
The letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including behaviour, risk assessments, face coverings, specialist and visiting practitioners, mental health and wellbeing, aerosol generating procedures and hospital schools, as well as linking to some of the support available to help.
Wokingham Borough Council are currently reviewing and updating its Home to School Transport policy and we have shared with them the issues and concerns that you have told us about transport for children & young people with SEND. We now need your feedback to know what the priorities are. Please continue reading for our 2 minute survey.
Letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Helen Whately MP, Minister of State for Care, to children and young people, their families and those who support them - 21July 2020
After 9 months of improvement activity, on Monday 6th July 2020, the Children with Disabilities (CWD) Service at Wokingham Borough Council launched a new service structure. Please continue reading for more details....
SEND Voices Wokingham would like to find out your views and experiences of services over the last few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that this is an unprecedented and scary time for families and presents many different challenges. We would like to know how you feel various services in education, health and social care are supporting you during this difficult time so that we can talk to them about where improvements are required.
We have had lots of questions about the Risk Assessment forms and children/young people with EHCPs or social workers accessing school places during the current Covid-19 period. We hope that this clarifies the situation:
On the 1st May the Government activated temporary changes to the legislation covering EHCP's under the Coronavirus Act 2020. There are two main areas of change, please continue reading for more information on these changes.
Posted in Council by Terri Walsh on 27th April 2020
For families who have a young person aged 18-25 years, we are also in contact with the Wokingham Borough Council Adult Social Care team. They have asked us to share the following messages with you. We will share any further updates as soon as we receive them.
We have put together links and resources for families who have children and young people with SEND in the Wokingham Borough, it is not an exhaustive list but gives some key information.We will produce updates as further information becomes available (information correct as of 21st April 2020)
We would be really grateful if you could complete this really short survey and let us know the best way for us to keep in touch with you so we can collect the information for our meetings with Education, Health and Social Care.
On Wednesday 4th March we held our AGM and Sal Thirlway and Kelli Scott updated families on what has happened sine the Ofsted/CQC LA SEND Inspection in March 2019. Continue reading for links to the presentations on what SEND Voices Wokingham have done over the last year, and the updates from Education (Sal Thirlway) and Social Care (Kelli Scott)
Posted in SEND by Terri Walsh on 28th February 2020
SEND Voices Wokingham are leading a multidisciplinary group who have developed a Wokingham SEND Co-production Charter for our area that will be signed up to by the Local Authority, Health and SEND Voices Wokingham about how we will work together to improve services for children and young people with SEND.
The Wokingham SEND Improvement Board met on the 10th December and the 14th January and the 6 Task & Finish Groups presented their progress. Here are some highlight of some of the work SEND Voices Wokingham have done to support the 6 groups.
The Wokingham SEND Improvement Board met again on the 12th November and the 6 Task & Finish Groups presented their progress over the last month. SEND Voices Wokingham continue to represent parents across all the multi-agency Task & Finish group meetings as well as the SEND Implementation Board meeting.
This Saturday is our annual Local Offer Live. It is FREE to attend. On the day there will be numerous information stalls where parents and carers can find out more about support, services and activities that are available locally to support families who have a child with SEND.
SEND Voices Wokingham attended yesterdays SEND Improvement Board meeting and it was confirmed in a letter from Ofsted/CQC that "the statement of action is deemed to be fit for purpose in setting out how the local area will tackle the significant areas of weakness identified in the published report letter."
In June the Department for Transport announced changes to the blue badge parking scheme to include non-visible (hidden) disabilities. These changes will come in from August 30.The blue badge parking scheme, to include non-visible (hidden) disabilities, how these will be implemented and how you can apply to Wokingham Borough Council website https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/parking-and-transport/blue-badges/new-hidden-non-visible-criteria-blue-badges/
OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLECTING MAX CARDS - Helen will be at ASD Family Help's coffee morning on Monday 15th July from 10.30 - 12 and then Sarah will be at the same venue from 12.30 - 2.30pm during the ASSIST drop in. Location - Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX. Please remember to bring proof of your child's SEND
Our annual newsletter is published every year and distributed to our members and more widely through partner organisations who work with families of children and young people with SEND. It contains information about the work and our achievements in the last 12 months.
WBC Learning Disability Strategy SurveyYour views could help shape this new strategy - The council is working on it's plan for adults and young people with a learning disability. They need your help to develop the plan and want to hear from you on what the council needs to do.
Following the changes over the last year to Short Breaks and Respite care in the Wokingham Borough REACH Wokingham are carrying out a short survey. We would like to know how the changes have affected you and your family so that we can continue to work to improve this service for families.
Our Annual newsletter is published each spring and distributed to all families on the CAN Network mailing list in the Wokingham Borough. It contains important information about our key achievements over the past 12 months.
Posted in Council by Terri Walsh on 30th March 2018
Wokingham Borough Council have been working on a new 0 – 25 years Strategy and would like comments from parent carers on this strategy document. A link to the document is here: 0-25 Strategy Document for consultation Please send any comments to: Sharon.Scott@wokingham.gov.uk and copy firstname.lastname@example.org The consultation closes on Friday 16th March 2018