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Two new short animations to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centered Connection
With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, IAS services, IS agencies, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people.
The purpose of the two animations is to help explain the EHCP process and its important relationship with the Person Centered Connection.
This animation has recieved excellent reviews to help explain autism. This information is likely to be useful to parents and carers as well as children themselves as it discusses the difficulty in expressing thoughts, feelings and emotions when a child has autism. The video also contains coping strategies used by children with autism to help them cope with the world around them. The clip is subtitled and is in a colourful cartoon format and gives an interesting and valuable insight into the experiences of children with autism.
Contact a Family produces a range of resources to help you check that you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to for example, Money Matters – checklist when your child has additional needs, lists financial help available to families in England, Scotland and Wales.
A message from the Council for Disabled Children
"This resource has been produced to help practitioners write good quality EHC plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014.
The first part of this document includes excerpts from real EHC plans. In the second part there are two EHC plans which draw on real examples but the plans themselves relate to fictional children.
We expect these examples to be useful to those contributing to EHC needs assessments and to those writing plans as well as to parents, children and young people and those supporting them. We intend this document to provoke a debate about the key features of high quality EHC plans. We invite other organisations to identify good EHC plans that exemplify the best for children with a range of different needs and for whom a wide range of outcomes are sought. In turn, we hope that this will build a body of evidence about what works."
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Because money’s usually tight at this time of year, Contact a Family has put together a range of resources to help you check that you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to this winter. Their Money Matters – checklist when your child has additional needs lists financial help available to families in England, Scotland and Wales. They also have a new UK-wide booklet Help with fuel bills and keeping warm and have redesigned their guide to Claiming Disability Living Allowance for children (UK).
These are just a few of the parent guides they produce. Take a look at their resource library or read the full list of all their parent guides. They are free to parent carers – just calltheir Freephone helpline to order. And don’t forget, they have lots of online advice and support available to you too.
Wolverhampton is preparing for an inspection that will examine how well the local area is embedding the Children and Families Act 2014.
In order to improve services and outcomes for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN). Wolverhampton will receive notification of the inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families in relation to SEN and disability.
It really is essential that you have your say. The Information, Advice and Support Service would like to have a 'bank' of parents/carers on stand-by so that when notice is given, we can contact you and invite you to speak with the inspection team. If you are reading this thinking that you would like to be involved but do not feel confident, or that you do not feel knowledgeable about the system, please still consider coming forward. We are keen for the inspectors to speak to those 'in the know' and those who are not. We want them to hear from local families about what things are really like.
This is your chance to have your say at a really important time. Perhaps you have had a fantastic experience – then please come forward to share that too. You will be given a very warm welcome along with a cuppa and a slice of cake! We do not have date for the inspection yet but we would like to be prepared. To find out more or to register your interest, please contact Lucy Harris (Manager of the Information, Advice and Support Service) 01902 556945 or email email@example.com.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have prepared an inspection handbook and framework, which will can be found here.