2:56 pm, Friday, 6th January 2023

SEND Newsletter- Friday 6 January 2023

This is the SEND Newsletter for 2- 8 January 2023.

Member of the Autism in Schools Team to receive Royal Recognition, OBE

The Autism in Schools Team are excited to share the news that Maureen Morris, from Contact, who works with them on the Autism in Schools project was recognised in the 2023 New Year Honours List:

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Maureen Colquhoun MORRIS

Lately Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums.

For services to Parent Carers of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

(Sunderland, Tyne and Wear)

Have your say! Annual SEND Survey

Residents of North East Lincolnshire are being asked to share their experiences of services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the area.

The SEND Annual survey helps North East Lincolnshire Council to see what is working and how services can improve to meet the needs of the users.

Parents and children will have another year of new experiences to share and may have been involved with new services in the borough.

These surveys are for families with children who have, or feel they have, special educational needs or a disability.

Parents and carers can complete the survey via: Parents and carers- SEND Annual Survey | QuestionPro Survey.

Children and young people can complete the survey via: Children and Young People – SEND Annual Survey | QuestionPro Survey.

If you need to speak to someone to give your views or ask any questions or you need a copy of the survey posting to you, you can ring the Engagement team on 01472 324380 or send an email to consultation@nelincs.gov.uk. The survey can be produced in large print upon request.

The survey closes Friday 17 February 2023.

Share your experience in the annual SEND survey | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)

Strep A

Please consider that emergency departments and GP surgeries are very busy. If you feel that your child can stay at home or be seen elsewhere, such as a pharmacy, please do so. 

Know what to look for and when to seek medical care. Go to Strep A – Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

For further information on scarlet fever, visit Scarlet fever | HSC Public Health Agency (hscni.net).

Ring 111 if you are unsure what to do and need further advice.

There is also more advice as you send your children back to school. Back to school advice issued amid high levels of flu, COVID-19 and scarlet fever – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)  

Hepatitis testing in Cromwell and Birkwood

The sooner you know if you have Hepatitis the better chance you have to live a long healthy life.

Untreated Hepatisis can lead to liver cancer and liver failure.

Get tested and receive a few £5 shopping voucher.

  • Tuesday 10 January from 10am-12pm at Birkwood Medical Centre car park in the testing van.
  • Wednesday 18 January from 10am-12pm at Cromwell Primary Care Centre car park in the testing van.

Any questions? Call 01472 582700 opt. 3

Commissioning for the best start in life for disabled children

Commissioning for the best start in life for disabled children.

Monday 16 January 2023, 1pm-3pm

The Leadership Academy, Leeds

To register please contact: england.neylda@nhs.net

Please advise whether joining at the Leadership Academy or via MSTeam.

The conference is for anyone interested in early years support for children with additional needs.

This includes people with a learning disability, autistic people, families of young children with additional needs, commissioners, early years professionals, primary care and ICB professionals and other providers.

What will we cover

  • What are the barriers and challenges in commissioning for this group?
  • How do we move from a medico-social model of disability, to a human rights one in our commissioning?
  • How can training and development support better commissioning for this group?
  • What skills and knowledge are required for commissioning services for/by commissioners of services for disabled children, and does this differ for different age groups (e.g. under 5, primary etc)
  • What skills and knowledge are required by others working with young children with disabilities? Social work teams, clinicians, education settings?
  • What are the knowledge gaps? Law? Policy? Human rights?
  • How do we harness Universal Personalised Care for this group?

NELC Parental Engagement with ‘Delivering Better Value (DBV) in SEND’

North East Lincolnshire have been given a fantastic opportunity to work in conjunction with the Department for Education on a project called ‘Delivering Better Value in SEND’.

Part of the project is to better understand why so many requests for statutory assessment (EHCPs) are being made, and why so many children are requiring places in special schools.

One of the key themes from what we have found out so far, is about how confident parents and carers feel in the support their child receives in a mainstream school.

To help us understand this better, we would appreciate your feedback.

It takes about three minutes to complete.

Click here for the Delivering Better Value in SEND parent carer survey.

Have you cast your nomination?

Nominations are rolling in for the 2023 SEND Awards.

Are you grateful for the support of a local professional or service? Do you know a child or young person whose made strides forward and deserves to be recognised?

SEND Award nomination form | QuestionPro Survey

Early years training

New Early Years training has been launched. Places are limited to book your place now.

Learn about:

Early Years entitlements
Educational Support
Encouraging positive behaviour
The fourth topic that will be confirmed by your group

You must attend all four sessions.

Find more events and training like this on the Local Offer Events and Training page.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Events and training (nelincs.gov.uk)

NELincs All Age Learning Disabilities Partnership

In December parent carers and professionals met at Foresight for a scoping session for an All Age Learning Disabilities Partnership group.

There were some great discussions that brought together the insight from parent carers and professionals.

Participants said things like:

“Effective communication about transitions would have been helpful. I didn’t know that their transition to adult services starts when they are 14. I didn’t know about personal budgets and how to use it and what impact this had on him as an adult until he was 18.”

“We need more information from children and young people about their experience of services and what we can do to help them.”

“If different services communicated between one another then we would have a clearer view of the way forward.”

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

A new page on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has been added to the Local Offer.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (nelincs.gov.uk)

Makaton training

Make sure to secure your place for the Makaton Training. It’s a great skill that aids communication. You can take a taster session, or Level 1 and 2 training.

We’ve had great feedback from everyone who’s completed it.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Events and training (nelincs.gov.uk)

SENDIASS 2022 and 2023. What we did, what’s coming up

SENDIASS have done a great job supporting local families of children and young people with SEND across education, health, and social care in 2022.

They moved in house in 2022. They successfully launched training to upskill a wide range of professionals. They also had drop-ins to meet with parent carers and attended local events across education, health and social care.

Find out what Jayne Parish, Interim SENDIASS Service Manager said about 2022 and what they have coming up this year in 2023.

I continue to attend the regional SENDIASS meetings and other user group meetings to keep the knowledge base high.

I am pleased to introduce two new members of staff, Amanda Gillott and Bethany Borg-Fenech.

Both will be working part time, and both have different experiences and skill sets to bring to the team.

Our plans for next year are taking shape and we look forward to meeting more parents and carers during drop in events with both SENDIASS and the Parent Carer Forum. 

North East Lincolnshire SENDIASS staff continue to have their professional development from the Council For Disabled Children and are maintaining their presence at strategic meetings, to help form positive change for families with SEND children and young people. 

We continue to offer free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support for parents and carers and young people, on all matters related to SEND, as well as upskilling parents/carers and professionals. 

They said: “The views of parent carers are very important to us.”

See some of the positive feedback they have received in their word art.

Thank you!

If any families have received support or advice from us could they take the time to complete the online feedback form (if they have not done so) as their views are important to us.

SENDIASS survey https://forms.office.com/r/WMUcpAABu1.

Read the full 2022 year end round up. NELC SEND Local Offer | SENDIASS year end update (nelincs.gov.uk)

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.