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E-Safety Workshop

Tuesday 9th October 2018


Join us for this twilight session with top tips on how to keep safe online

For parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or a disability

and for young people with special educational needs or a disability


Contact us on 01902 556945 or email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk

for more details and to book your place



SEND Conference a success

SEND Conference June 2018

We are really pleased to report the lovely feedback we received from our SEND conference – “Travelling in the Right Direction” on Wednesday 13th June 2018.  The day was attended by over 120 people including parents and carers whose children have additional needs, as well as an array of services from across the City. Read more about the event here. 

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SEND Conference – Travelling in the Right Direction

 Special Educational Needs and Disability Parent Carer Conference

Wednesday 13th June 9.30-2.30

Download the agenda here

Booking is Essential

Call us on 01902 556945 or email your details to  ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk

This is a free event and includes refreshments, buffet lunch and parking

Sorry no childcare facilities




Coping and Support


The Information, Advice and Support Service and Voice4Parents are pleased to bring you in partnership with Contact this free workshop for parents and carers of disabled and special needs children which will help you to understand and deal with stress. The session will cover:

  • What causes stress
  • The impact on family life
  • Tips and strategies for coping

Tuesday 15th May 10.00am – 12.30pm              

Booking is Essential

For more details and to book your place please contact 01902 556945 or email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk





Annual Health Checks

Did you know that if you have a learning disability you may be able to have a free annual health check with your GP?

It is available for for most people aged 14 or over with a learning disability at GP surgeries that offer the service.

Visit the Mencap website to find out more and to watch a helpful video.



From 3rd April 2018 all local authorities and health commissioning bodies in England will take part in a national trial to extend the powers of the First-tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability.   The current powers of the Tribunal are limited to decisions concerning SEN, special educational provision and educational placement.  The new powers will enable to Tribunal to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of local authority decision making on all areas of its appeals in relation to Education, Health and Care plans except whether or not to carry out an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

The aims of the trial are to:

  • Create a more holistic, person-centred view of the child or young person’s needs at the Tribunal
  • Bring appeal rights in line with the wider remit of EHC plans
  • Encourage joint working
  • Bring about positive benefits to families

The trial will run for two years and will only include local authority decisions and plans issued or amended from 3rd April 2018

Mediation is still encouraged as an effective way to resolve disagreements quickly.

The information, Advice and Support Service is available to advise parents/carers and young people about any aspect of appeals and mediation, this includes the new trial arrangements.  For further information, please contact us.

We will continue to bring you news on developments.


National Network of Parent Carer Forums annual conference 2017

Sarah Baker, joint Chair of Voice4Parents and Alison Baggs Co-production Officer, attended the National Network of Parent Carer Forums annual conference in Manchester on 28th November.  It was a great opportunity to meet other parent carer forums from across the region and hear how co-production is making a real difference in local areas.

Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for Children and Families addressed the conference via video link during which he made the following comments.

“Section 19 of the Children and Families Act embodies the principle of engagement and co-production in law”

“This is a model of working I want to see in place across the country and I strongly encourage any area where this is not happening to devote more priority to it."

"It is now unthinkable that we would make policy changes without parent carers and getting their thoughts."

You can listen to the full video message on the link here


We also heard from Anne Gross -Director of Life Skills, Disadvantage and SEND from the Department for Education and the new accountability framework for the successful delivery of the SEND system.  The following were highlighted as key priorities:

• Ensuring the successful delivery of the SEN Support process (for those children and young people without Education, Health and Care Plans.)

• Improving quality of experiences and outcomes for families

• Ensuring that funding for children and young people with SEND is used effectively

• Continue partnership working, particularly with Health and Social Care

• On-going support from the Government for Parent Carer Forums and participation


Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections – Children’s Health and Justice CQC, gave an update about the Local Area SEND Inspections to date.  Nigel highlighting the value of the new inspection framework, whilst recognising that there was still some way to go to ensure that parent carer engagement in the inspection process is effective.  Key messages and findings from Inspections that have taken place so far along with some inspection myths can be found in Nigel’s presentation Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections – Children's Health and Justice, CQC

Here are other presentations from key note speakers at the conference.

Consultation on children and young people’s mental health provision

Children in England will be able to access mental health support at school or college under Government proposals to transform services for young people. The Government [on 4 December] set out ambitious plans in a green paper "Transforming Children and Young People's Memtal Health Provision" to increase mental health support and provide earlier access to services, and over £300 million funding to take the proposals forward.  

  • New measures signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available
  • Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools to improve prevention work
  • Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working in and directly with schools
  • New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted

Submit your views for the consultation  Deadline is 2nd March 2018