Month: March 2016

Give your views and shape what future provision for young people in Wolverhampton.

On 9th March at our parent/carer event, Kate Howard explained that she is doing a piece of work, independently,  for the Local Authority on post-16 provision and she is keen to hear the thoughts of parents and carers of young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  Post 16 provision is education or training for young people once they reach school leaving age.  It includes, sixth form, college and other training/educational opportunities.

Please can you take a few moments to consider these questions and respond to us.  Please do give your views, we will forward these directly to Kate (anonymously) and she will make sure they are considered in her work and her recommendations for  Wolverhampton.  You could shape what future provision looks like for young people in Wolverhampton.

  1. What things are important to you when considering post-16 provision? What would post 16 provision in Wolverhampton look like in an ideal world? (be ambitious, give your wish list, you can include anything)
  2. What examples of good practice do you know of?
  3. Are there areas of concern or poor practice that you would like to share?

Let us know any other comments that you would like to make.


Peer support/mentoring for mental health and emotional wellbeing: call for evidence

The Department for Education has recently launched a call for evidence to ask children and young people what they think about peer support/mentoring for mental health and emotional wellbeing.  They want as many children and young people as possible to take part in the call for evidence.

The call for evidence is available at  There are also flash polls on  Twitter page @educationgovuk every week for four weeks.  The call for evidence closes on 24th March.

The SEN Implementation team have also put together a 20 to 30 minute session plan for teachers, youth workers and other professionals to use to get children and young people talking about peer support. The session encourages children and young people to think about what makes a good peer support programme, and to either complete the call for evidence or tweet their ideas.

To help reach as many children and young people as possible they’re asking charities and other organisations to share the call for evidence with the children and young people they work with and publicise it through social media. The session plan can be accessed at

There is also a call for evidence for professionals and parents, at  Your views are needed and valued.

Peer support can be a variety of things – from helping a friend to discuss their problems, through buddying and befriending schemes, to 1:1 and group support sessions. It can happen face to face or be online. It’s about promoting emotional wellbeing as much as supporting those with problems. The responses from the call for evidence will be used to help develop models for peer support.

The email address for any queries about the call for evidence is:

A personal invitation to join the carers’ conversation


Carers invitation

In Wolverhampton it is estimated that there are over 27,000 people that provide care for another person. The support they offer is invaluable, often putting the needs of the person they care for before their own.  

Wolverhampton City Council together with the Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group is in the process of developing a new Joint All Age Carer Strategy. With your help the strategy will identify what’s important to you as a carer and how WCC and WCCG can work together to make a difference to your quality of life and the quality of life of the person you care for. Your help is needed.  Please view the invitation here.


Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group


Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed two new members of staff.

The CCG is delighted to announce the arrival of two new key members of its workforce with dedicated responsibility for commissioning children and young people’s health services.

On 23rd February the CCG welcomed Katharine Clancy, Children’s SEND Programme Officer (part-time) who will have the lead role for continued implementation of the SEND (special educational needs and disability) reform agenda and commissioning responsibility for children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs. She will be working closely with the CCG family of partners across the local authority and in particular our network of parents and carers to ensure the culture and practice of co-production continues.

From 14th March 2016 Margaret Clancy will take up the role of CCG Children’s Commissioning Manager (Full time) with responsibility for leading from a commissioning perspective the planning and co-ordination of

  • Community Paediatric Services
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Children’s Continuing Care
  • Children and Young People with specialist health care and education needs placed out of city area

Both Margaret and Katharine bring a considerable background of professional experience in the field of children’s health and social care services and we feel fortunate to have such expertise to utilise within the CCG and across the Wolverhampton partnership working network.’  Maria McCaffrey, Wolverhampton CCG

To find out more about the CCG and its work with special educational needs and disability, read our latest magazine.