2:29 pm, Friday, 18th June 2021

SEND weekly parent/carer update

This is the SEND weekly parent/carer update for 14-20 June. 

Learning Disability Week

This week, 14-20 June, is Learning Disability week.

The annual campaign is themed creativity.

There’s a lot of talent in our community of children and young people with SEND.

Local young people recently entered the Creative Connections competition to showcase their talent. 22% of entries identified as having SEND.

A book with the writing, drawing and other inspired pieces will be published soon. 

Read more on NELC SEND Local Offer | Learning Disability Week 2021 (nelincs.gov.uk).

Beach day! Sand cruiser adapted wheelchair

Reserve and hire the @CleethorpesBeachSafety sand cruiser wheelchair. It’s adapted for the sand and water and is free for you to use.

The @CleethorpesBeachSafety Facebook page says, “Just pop to the office or give us a call for more info or to reserve one for your visit!”

SEND Parent Engagement Champion Appointed

The Parent Engagement Champion has been appointed.

The Parent Engagement Champion will empower parents, and ensure that their voice is heard, to achieve the best result for their child.

Stay posted for when we introduce the new Parent Engagement Champion in next week’s newsletter.

Understanding life as a carer

Claire Jones, Early Help Practitioner and Social Work Apprentice, shared her work she carried out to develop a parent carer assessment and gained feedback from members of our Covid Parents group.

“A parent carer assessment helps us understand the carers experience.

“This includes how caring impacts their health and wellbeing, what support network they have or would like, access to information and advice, as well as their ability to engage with leisure, education and employment.

“Consideration is also given to the risk’s carers face and plans in place for emergency and crisis situations.

“At the end of the assessment there is an action plan for the carer, what they need or want from their friends and family, and what professionals want.” The parent’s feedback included, ‘How to’ for carers to understand the best way to be able to complete the assessment, having an online form, links to information/support included on the assessment.

Tomos Lindley shares his inspiring experience of autism

I saw that through me in the near future that I would become a hero for millions and billions who share the symptom.

Tomos, who is now 16, is a passionate thinker, speaker, and aspiring ambassador for SEND.

He wrote an article for the Young Reporters when he was 14 and has since continued to put his dreams down onto paper.

The story has been shared on the SEND Local Offer, “I would see autism like a special gift”.

It been widely seen and ‘liked’ on social media and also shared on Gi Media.

Tomos would also like to do a regular column for the Local Offer. By doing this he wants to inspire and empower young people, break stereotypes, and show more local people what SEND is all about.

Check back on the Local Offer for more from Tomos.

Get excited for local video’s!

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.

Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG)

Students with SEND met again through the monthly YPAG meeting at the end of May.

As well some heated rounds of Bingo and two quizzes we put our heads together to develop the SEND Award Ceremony.

See the great ideas put forward by our local students.

What should we call it?

Above and Beyond Awards
The Extra Mile Awards
Treehouse Awards
Special Awards for Special People
Aiming Higher
Pride of Grimsby Awards
The Impressive Awards
Support Awards
The Extra Milestone Awards
Great Grimsby Awards for Young People
We’re All Individuals Awards
This is Me Awards

Students have chosen the 9 categories that people can be nominated for.

  1. Community and Kindness Award
  2. Best Artwork
  3. Sport
  4. Friendship
  5. Inspiring teacher/person
  6. Good behaviour/ positive impact
  7. Attitude towards learning
  8. Student of the Year/ personality year
  9. Doing good for the Earth

There’s lots more exciting news to come so watch this space!

Local things to do

The Community Spotlight calendar has activities for all ages.

Follow local activities with the hashtag, #SpotlightNEL.

Find sessions for all abilities and ages with Lincs Inspire and information about the fab facilities at The Trin.

Try your hand at some crafting with Welholme Works. Look ahead and book amazing kids clubs with CLIMB 4 Limited, have a visit to the fantastic Nunnys Farm or join fabulous creative sessions from TheCultureHouse There are also the cookery demonstrations with Community Shop and a great new Hit The Decks teens DJ/fitness programme at Fusion.

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.

EHC Hub and EHCP Annual Reviews


Plans from 105 educational settings have been fully transferred onto the EHC Hub. In total that is 1,043 plans.

EHCP Annual Reviews

Let us know about your EHCP Annual Review. There is a feedback form on the Local Offer and it only takes a few minutes to share your valuable experience.

Give us your feedback on the EHCP Annual Review Feedback form.

You can also find this form where it says ‘EHCP Annual Review feedback’ on the Parent and carer page, as well as the Children and young people page.

When you share your experience with us we can improve what we can offer to you and others.

There is training from SENDIASS to show you what you can expect from your EHCP Annual Review. Find out more below.

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice Support Service).

SENDIASS training- Person Centred Planning and EHCPs

Thursday, 24 June, 10am – 12pm
This is an information awareness session on what to expect at an Annual Review of an EHCP and what Person Centred Planning means. The session is aimed at parents / carers who have experienced or are due to experience Annual Reviews. Book a place.

Did you know it is possible to contact North East Lincolnshire SENDIASS not only by telephone and email (see below) but also via our live web chat facility?

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 Barnardos.

Our website includes specific information about the service we offer along with helpful videos, fact sheets and pages specifically catered for Parents/Carers, Children and Young People, as well as a page dedicated to Professionals.

Alternatively, you can contact us by leaving us a message on 01472 355365 or by emailing nelincs@barnardos.org.uk .

Learn more and apply for our volunteering opportunities within the service.

Barnardo’s protects, supports and nurtures the UK’s most vulnerable children. Barnardo’s helps bring out the best in children – no matter who they are or what they have been through. Our volunteers help make this happen.

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


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 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.

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.