4:24 pm, Friday, 10th February 2023

SEND Newsletter- February 10 2023

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect.

Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections. Human beings thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. And when our need for rewarding social connections is not met, we can sometimes feel isolated and lonely – which can have a negative impact on our mental health.

As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out our official free resources for families below.

Families – Children’s Mental Health Week (childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk)

Does your child know about Kooth? Kooth is a safe, anonymous online platform for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. It provides counselling from professionals as well as forums and other useful resources.

We’ve also added a new book to the Autism and neurodiversity resources page on bullying. The Bullying Doctor – Defusing bullying and raising self-esteem

Comment on the Autism Strategy

Further to discussion and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders within North East Lincolnshire you are invited to comment on the consultation draft of the NEL Autism Strategy, which now includes children.

Read the strategy and find out how to participate: NELC SEND Local Offer | Comment on the NEL Autism Strategy (nelincs.gov.uk)

Help for Households

See what support is available to help with the cost of living and find out how to save money with our energy saving tips.

Help for Households – Get government cost of living support

Sensory bus half-term fun!

Hop aboard the Linkage sensory bus during February half term as it tours across our sites.

Lincs Inspire has teamed up with Linkage Sensory Outreach Project to bring this fully accessible space to children aged between 2-11.

The bus is packed full of exciting sensory equipment well suited to children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

Sessions are completely FREE and available to book in 20 minute time slots between 10am to 2pm on –

  • Monday, 13 – Bradley Football Development Centre
  • Tuesday, 14 – Immingham Swimming Pool
  • Wednesday, 15 – Grimsby Auditorium
  • Thursday, 16 – Cleethorpes Leisure Centre

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 – one child per adult.

Booking – www.lincsinspire.com/schoolholidays

BBC One school on SEND

Have you seen the BBC One show ‘A Special School’.

“For the first time cameras capture the reality of life in Britain’s biggest special school, pushing boundaries and challenging misconceptions.”

BBC One – A Special School

Autism podcast series

From home and family to humour and epic geekiness, this is a funny and enlightening podcast about thinking differently. With autistic hosts Robyn Steward, Jamie Knight and guests.

1800 Seconds on Autism – ‘I fear for the safety of my black autistic son’ – BBC Sounds

Inclusive cricket

All disabilities are welcome to inclusive cricket for people aged 12-25.

Free sessions are held on Wednesday 5-6pm at Grimsby Leisure Centre, Cromwell Road, Grimsby, DN31 2BH.

For more information please contact Neil Wheeler at neil.wheeler@lincscricket.co.uk.

Mums Group

Are you an experienced mum or grandma with time to give? A rewarding local project is helping new parents by sharing the joys and challenges of their own parenting experiences.

Find out more: New mums seeking support – here’s how your help could be key | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)

Families First half term activities

Follow Families First for local activities, and events for your child including:

Half term Sensory play, Tuesday
YMCA Half term timetable, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10 Day Junior Pass offer for Cleethorpes Leisure Centre just in time for February Half Term!

How was your Health Visiting Service?

Health Visiting and School Nursing Children’s Health Provision How did we do? We would like to hear about your recent appointment or contact. If you have received support from our Health Visiting or School Nursing Services, please take the time to share your feedback with US. By listening to you, we will have a better understanding of what is working well for you and where we need to improve. Let US know how we did: www.nelincs.gov.uk/chp-tell-us

SEND Annual Survey

Did you know? You have the option to leave your contact details at the end of the SEND Annual Survey for a professional to get in touch for a follow up discussion about your answers.

Everything that you chose to tell us helps us gain a better understanding of your needs and how to meet them.

Please answer the SEND Annual Survey.

Parents and carers – SEND Annual Survey | QuestionPro Survey

Help your child to answer the children and young people’s survey.

Children and Young People – SEND Annual Survey | QuestionPro Survey

The surveys close on Friday 17 February 2023.


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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.