2:52 pm, Friday, 13th January 2023

SEND Newsletter- Friday 13 January 2023

This is the SEND Newsletter for 9- 15 January 2023.

Have your say! Annual SEND Survey

Every year we launch the SEND Annual Survey. It’s a great chance for you to give professionals both a broad, and detailed look at your specific experience, wants, and needs.

You can leave your details for someone to get back in touch about your answers.

We have made a lot of great changes based on what people like you have told us, so please value your insight, and share it with us on the survey.

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.

The survey closes Friday 17 February 2023.

Regional SEND Local Offer video

We teamed up with other Local Authorities in the region to create a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer video.

The video is one of the projects that we collaborate on with nearby local authorities like Hull, East Riding, Leeds, and Doncaster.

It’s an introduction video to show the types of information you can get on the SEND Local Offer website.

Check it out!

Hear what parent carers say about the Autism in Schools Project

We spoke with parent carers and practitioners involved in the Autism in Schools project to find out what they thought about it.

Listen to the video’s on the Autism in Schools Parents Supporting Parents page.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Parents Supporting Parents (nelincs.gov.uk)

Makaton Training

Places are limited to make sure to book your place on the Makaton training.

Get a reduced price when you book Level one and two together.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Makaton in the Community Level 1 (nelincs.gov.uk)

NELC SEND Local Offer | Makaton Level 2 (nelincs.gov.uk)

Have you cast your nomination?

The SEND Awards are a great chance to celebrate all of the amazing people you know in the world of SEND.

We love to see all achievements, big and small. Last year we saw amazing nominations and heard heart warming stories about supportive friends, people overcoming personal obstacles to make huge strides forward in their own way, and lots more.

It only takes a few minutes to cast a nomination.

SEND Award nomination form | QuestionPro Survey

Mental Health Support for Young People

Kooth is a great online service for young people.

It is free, safe, and anonymous.

There is online counselling from professionals as well as other services relevant to young peoples emotional wellbeing.

Home – Kooth

EHCP Annual Reviews

Have you had your EHCP Annual Review? Remember to give us your feedback.

You can get a copy of your plan from your coordinator or online at the EHC Hub before you go to your review. This will help you and your child get the most out of the review.

EHCP Annual Survey Review | QuestionPro Survey

NELC SEND Local Offer | Education Health and Care Hub (nelincs.gov.uk)

NEL Letter to Parent Carers- Respiratory Illness

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s),

RE: Increase in respiratory illnesses

We are writing to inform you of a recent increase in respiratory illnesses such as colds, flu, Covid-19, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). While it’s not uncommon for viruses to spread at this time of year, there are simple steps people can take to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, flu, and other respiratory infections.

To reduce the risk of spreading winter illnesses:

  • Boost your immunity this winter. It is not too late for you and your children to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 and flu this year. It is one of the best ways to protect not only you but your friends and family. To find out how to book, speak to your GP practice or nearest pharmacy.
  • Seek advice from your local pharmacy. If you or your child start to feel unwell with a winter illness, your local pharmacy can be a good source of support and can advise you on what steps to take to relieve your symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often. Please remember it is really important to encourage your child to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of winter illnesses.
  • Try to stay at home. If you or your child are feeling unwell it is important to avoid contact with other people until you are well enough to undertake your normal activities.

Managing symptoms and when to get help

If you or your child develop flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, feeling tired or exhausted, a cough, a sore throat, or a headache, there are some things you can do to help get better more quickly:

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  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

When to keep your child off school

With children returning to school this week, it is important that parents and carers help minimise the spread of infection in schools and other childcare settings as much as possible. If your child is unwell and has a fever, they should stay home from school or nursery until they feel better, and the fever has resolved.

When to seek additional help

Most respiratory illnesses are mild and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks without the need for treatment. We have included a helpful information sheet on the next page which will help you care for your child and includes advice on when to seek extra help and treatment. If in doubt, please refer to NHS 111 online.

Yours sincerely,

Natalie Liddle

Head of Service Health Protection

Enclosed: Respiratory Illnesses Self-Care Checklist


Get help for your symptoms – NHS 111 Flu – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Bronchiolitis – NHS (www.nhs.uk) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk) Common cold – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Diagram shows what to do if your child has a respiratory illness. Go to Gov.uk nhs website for accessible image

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.