3:19 pm, Friday, 26th March 2021

SEND weekly parent/carer update

This is the SEND weekly parent/carer update for 22-28 March.

New recruit in social care

Rebecca Howlett, Agency Team Manager from the Local Authority introduced a new qualified agency social worker who has joined the Social Care team.

Kathryn Farr has worked around the region and has a wealth of experience in safeguarding and court knowledge. She will be supporting EHCP and annual review work.

Have your say! Family hubs

NELC Officer Matt Clayton joined this week’s meeting.

You may have heard the news that some Family Hubs are closing. These are Family Hubs that are not used very much. There will be alternative support in places where they are closing. Everything that was going on will take place in other hubs. For example, the equipment from sensory rooms will be moved to another hub or preferred site, like a school.

There will be a public consultation about how families would like to receive help.
There will also be a series of workshops with partners and parents.

Matt said: “We want the voice of local people. Giving people the right support and provision when they want and need it is central to future decisions. We will consider all options.”

The recruitment panel would like to have parent representatives from NELPFF and SENDIASS.

Teen Life Autism Programme

Teen Life Programme is a virtual delivery programme for parents/carers of young people aged 10 to 16 years on the autism spectrum.

Did you know?
You can bring another person with you to the training. For example, an aunt, grandparent or older sibling of your child might like to know how to support them better when they are with them.

What is the Teen Life Programme?

Teen Life is a programme for parents and carers of young people on the autism spectrum aged 10-16. The programme includes information on understanding autism in teenagers and covers a range of topics that are relevant to this age group. This is a version of the programme that will be delivered online.

Topics covered include understanding autism in teenagers, women and girls, self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, behaviour, puberty, independence skills, education strategies and planning for the future.

Find out more and make contact to sign up.

Last call for entries!

It’s your last chance to enter the Creative Connections Competition which is open until Wednesday, 31 March.

Creative Connections is a competition organised locally by young people from Youth Action group for young people as part of a Young Advisors lottery funded project.  The theme is ‘reducing loneliness and isolation through creating connections’ and is open to young people aged 11-25. 

They can share their perspective on the theme through creative writing, artwork, photography and digital options such as podcasts.

Entry forms will be available from 1 March on our Your Voice page as the competition opens and entries need to be in by 31 March, 2021.


Lateral flow testing is being rolled out to school staff and pupils.

Read the latest National COVID guidance and local guidance.

Follow the Department for Education on social media for back-to-school updates.

Contact Jennifer.steel@nelincs.gov.uk if you have a query about school exclusions.


The EHCP Hub continues to be updated with children and young people’s plans.

All children in Secondary and Special Schools who have a plan are on the hub. Most of the Out of Area plans are on. Children attending our Primary schools and who are in receipt of a plan continue to be updated. The final group of students who are having their plans uploaded will be those in post-16 and will be done ready for September when they attend their setting, which may change over summer.

There are new training sessions for parents and carers to see a demonstration of the site and to learn how to use it for themselves.

Join an EHCP Hub demonstration to learn how to use the EHCP Hub.
All sessions are the same, so you only need to sign up for one.
Wednesday, 21 April, 1-2pm 
Thursday, 22 April, 6-7pm
Friday, 30 April 9:30-10:30am

The link to all sessions and other training available relating to SEND is on the ‘Events’ page of the SEND Local Offer.

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice Support Service)

SENDIASS provides free impartial information, advice and support to disabled children and young people aged 0-25, and those with SEN. Get in touch Monday-Thursday, 8.30am- 4.30pm. Friday 8:30am- 4pm. Leave a message and we’ll get back to you within three days.
Email: nelincs@barnardos.org.uk

SENDIASS has been receiving enquiries about school admission appeals.
If your child didn’t get a place at the school you wanted there is a standard appeals process.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you cannot appeal through this process and procedures and deadlines are different. Parents/carers should contact the SEN Assessment and Review Team on (01472) 323166 or for more advice please contact SENDIASS.

If you decide to appeal, there are some basic steps to follow:

  1. Accept the place you have been given and go on the waiting lists for the other school you would like.
  2. Download the appeals form from the Local Authority School admission appeal page.
    • State your reasons for appeal clearly and concisely.
    • SENDIASS can support you with template letters to help you compose your appeal.
    • See the Ace Education website for ideas on what to include.
  3. ‘Submit the appeals form, by the due deadlines, to the admissions authority- details are on the appeals form’.
  4. If you don’t receive confirmation that your appeal has been received follow up with the school or Local Authority.

This information on school admission appeals can also be found on the SEND Local Offer ‘Appeal or make a complaint‘ page.

North East Lincolnshire Parents Participation (NELPPF)

NELPFF are supporting parents with the correct information about children with SEND and the rules about face coverings. Follow the North East Lincolnshire Parents Participation forum on Facebook.
See NELPPF on the Local Offer.

Email: nelppf@gmail.com
Telephone: 07583 474892


If you are struggling or are worried that your child’s health needs are not being met in school please email Sarah Harding, the Designated Clinical Officer for SEND at designatedclinicalofficer@nelincs.gov.uk.

Useful contacts

The Sector Support ‘Community Service Fact Sheet’ has an extensive list of community support available for money, food, wellbeing, welfare and more.
See the Voluntary Sector Alliance COVID-19 updates page for more on financial support, health and wellbeing, local updates, COVID updates, community safety, volunteering and more.
• Report a concern online or call 01472 326292 (opt. 2)
• Support for those isolating without anyone to support them for supplies and more call the Council (01472) 313131
• Health – if you are struggling to manage your symptoms, call 111. If you are in urgent need of medical assistance, call 999
• Domestic Abuse (women and men). NEL Women’s Aid (01472) 575757, and Men’s Helpline, 0808 8010327
• Wellbeing– if you are struggling with your mental health, call (01472) 256256
• Carers’ Support Service (support for informal carers). Go online or call (01472) 242277


Parents/carers are aware that at this anxious time some families have reported struggles with mental health and sought support for the overuse of alcohol.
Alcohol change UK offers COVID tips on alcohol and mental health.
We Are With You provides support for drugs and alcohol. You can also get in touch if you are worried about someone else’s drinking or drug use. Chat online or call- 01472 806890. Local charges apply. They also have information on their Facebook, @wearewithyoucharity.

What’s new on the Local Offer?

There’s lots changing to the Local Offer every week.

If you have questions about SEND we are always here to help. Please don’t hesitate to email sen@nelincs.gov.uk. We always try to make sure that children and parents/ carers voices are heard.

These Weekly SEND parent/carer newsletters are shared with teams within education, health and social care as well as parents/carers SENCOs, the DfE and local charities.

If parents/carers or young people over 16 do not have access to the internet or if they prefer to receive paper copies only please contact sen@nelincs.gov.uk.