3:46 pm, Friday, 9th July 2021

SEND weekly parent/carer update

This is the SEND weekly parent/carer update for 5 to 11 July. This week:

Covid-19 in North East Lincolnshire

There has been a significant increase in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in North East Lincolnshire.

Please continue to follow the ‘hands, face, space’ precautions.

If you or someone you’ve been in close contact with tests positive for the virus you need to self-isolate for ten days.

When you are invited to, you should get both doses of the vaccine.

Visit a local drop-in clinics for the vaccine.

5 minutes to have your say!

What do you want from SENDIASS?

Help us make sure your SENDIASS service is relevant and suited to your needs.

It takes less then five minutes to complete the SENDIASS Survey.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service offers information, advice and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This service is also offered directly to young people.

As the contract with Barnardo’s comes to an end, it is an opportunity to seek the views of parents and carers who have, or may access the service to share their thoughts, ideas, and views.

Everything you share makes a big impact. If more people take a few minutes right now to do this, we get a picture we have of what you want and need.

Local people like you

We have new video’s on NELC SEND Local Offer | Celebrating SEND- local stories (nelincs.gov.uk).

Join the other children and young people, parents and carers, and professionals who have sent in short clips about SEND.

Did you know?
Viewers remember 95% of a video’s message.
That compares to remembering only 10% of a message they read in text.

What do you like about SEND? Do you want to give a shout out to a family member, individual or service who has helped you? Do you feel you have a perspective others should see?

We already have several submissions and would love to add yours to the mix.

Send your short (or long) clip through WhatsApp to 07766487604.
You can also email it to lauren.thompson2@nelincs.gov.uk.

The videos will be uploaded to the Local Offer and promoted elsewhere like social media.

Parent Champion Group for deaf children and young people

The group is organised by Karen Jacklin and Debra Gregory Jones who are both Teachers of the Deaf.

The group will be held on Wednesday, 21 July from 1.30pm-2.30pm on Teams.

The group is for peer support, giving parents a voice about local services and there are potential social events too.

During the next meeting we will have a look at the Council Local Offer to see how it can be improved.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Hearing and vision (nelincs.gov.uk)

The group will start with introductions and an ice breaker.

You will need to join the meeting on Microsoft Teams. Click here to join the meeting

Contact Karen Jacklin for more information and to join, karen.jacklin@nelincs.gov.uk.

North East Lincolnshire Parents Participation (NELPPF)

NELPPF is a collective voice for parents and carers in North East Lincolnshire. They offer guidance and support from 0 to 25 years and make sure that parents’ views and experiences influence local services to make things better.

Email: nelppf@gmail.com
Telephone: 07583 474892


Read the latest National COVID guidance and local guidance.

Follow the Department for Education on social media.

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

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

Web chat

The web chat is monitored by one of our experienced project workers every week day between 10am and 11am. Any queries which are received via the chat function outside of these hours, or on a day an adviser is unable to log in, the message will be redirected to our email which will be actioned as soon as possible.

Visit the SENDIASS website on Barnardo’s.

Training from SENDIASS

SENDIASS training- Post 16 Transitions

Monday, 12 July, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
This training is designed for parents/carers of children in years 10 or 11 who have a special education need/disability (SEND). Open for anyone whose child is at SEN Support or have an EHCP. Book a place


If you need advice regarding access to health services or feel your child needs additional support in school due to their medical needs 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 website for North East Lincolnshire.
• 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.

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.