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Updates from other organisations this month (July 2022)

July 20, 2022

-UPDATED 11 JULY 2022 -



NEW INFORMATION ON LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE. PLEASE ALSO SEE OUR PERMANENT INFORMATION SECTION HERE



To make everyone's lives easier, Richmond Parent Carer Forum have put together this planner showing all the SEND-friendly events happening locally over the summer holidays:






Contacts over the summer

RUILS have provided the following information:

Richmond:

If you require support during this time the following contact details may be useful:
  • Call Single Point of Access, Richmond, to request support, or to report a concern about a child or young person:
  • Phone: 020 8547 5008 from 8am to 5.15pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Friday.
  • During out of hours, phone 020 8770 5000.

Adult social care contact details for Richmond:


The Local offer contains lots of useful information about activities taking place for children and young people.

Hounslow:

  • Hounslow Council 0-25 disability Team (Children's Health and Adult Services)
  • Phone: Call 020 8583 3082 /Duty no. 020 8583 3177

 

SEND Review


In March the government published its plans for reform of SEND in a Green Paper. 

As it stands the fears are that its proposals will:

  • Reduce children's educational rights
  • Restrict parent choice
  • Remove funding


You can use the response prepared by Action Attainment to support your feedback to government






What is this? The Government is conducting a review into the right systems to ensure children and young people can access the right support, in the right place, and at the right time. The Government needs your voices to shape the proposals correctly.
Why is this important? If there is not enough push back on this paper and the law is changed it will have huge and significant impact for children with SEND needs.
What do I need to do? Complete the online survey here
When should I do this? There are only a few days left to give feedback on the SEND Review Green Paper. Consultations run until 11:45pm on Friday 22nd July.

I need more information? Richmond PCF (Parent Carer Forum) has done a fantastic job in summarising the important points and the key things parents should consider in their response. You can watch their video to get an overview of what it’s all about here https://fb.watch/d_17itzLQC/

If you are short of time, you can focus on the last question, number 22, which is open ended and use the following information from IPSEA:


I welcome several aspects of the green paper, specifically:

  • A national template for EHC plans.
  • The continuation of extended powers for the SEND Tribunal to make recommendations on health and social care needs and provision as well as education.
  • The proposal to put SEN Support in schools on a statutory footing for children who do not need an EHC plan but do need extra provision and support. This could be achieved by amending the Children and Families Act 2014.

However……

  • The Government is trying to solve the wrong problem. The problem is not that children and young people with SEND are receiving expensive provision that they don’t need, but that too many children and young people aren’t receiving the support that they do 
  • The Government is proposing to change the law rather than making sure that local authorities and schools follow the existing law. Variations between areas in the support that children and young people receive is not because the law isn’t clear, but because it isn’t followed. 
  • The lack of accountability in the system is being overlooked. The law on supporting children and young people with SEND is routinely disregarded, and there are no consequences for this. The onus is on families to know, understand and enforce their children’s legal rights. 
  • The system for supporting children and young people will become more complex. New legislation will be needed to create statutory national standards. It is not clear where these standards would fit into the system, what they would replace, and how they would be enforced. 
  • Children and young people’s rights will be reduced. The green paper sets out proposals that risk diluting children and young people’s entitlement to provision that meets their individual needs. For example, there is a risk that a new national standard on whether a child or young person needs an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment will raise the current threshold set out in section 36 of the Children and Families Act 2014. (It is already clear when an assessment should be carried out, but the current law is routinely not followed.). Another example is the proposal to restrict parents’ and young people’s current right to choose an education setting for their child. Instead local authorities will offer parents a “tailored list” of settings that they deem “appropriate” for their child’s needs. It’s unclear how this list will be determined, and there’s a risk that the starting point will be what exists in a local area rather than what a child’s needs are. 
  • Children will be less likely to be considered as individuals. The green paper seems to envisage a SEND system where a child with SEND is either a “mainstream school child” or a “special school child” – but that is not how children’s needs work. 
  • It will be harder to appeal against unlawful decisions. The Government wants to reduce the number of appeals to the SEND Tribunal and is proposing to make changes to the process of “redress” (ie putting things right when they have gone wrong). In our view, the priority should be reducing the need for families to seek redress, not making it more difficult to do so. The most obvious way of reducing the number of appeals would be to require local authorities to comply with the law, with serious consequences for failure. If there were no grounds for appeal, appeals would not succeed. 


From Contact:

Government consultation on its plans for SEND services in England ends this week

The government’s consultation on its plans for SEND services ends in a few days so it’s your last chance to tell the government what you thinkThere are 22 consultation questions, but you don’t have to answer all of them.
If you like, you can answer via the Disabled Children’s Partnership’s simplified version of the government’s consultation which consists of 6 simple questions. Your answers will be sent directly to the Department for Education and count as a response to their SEND Green Paper consultation.


The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) is calling on the government to use its SEND reform programme to create a more just, fairer system of support for disabled children and families. Read more about it here: https://contact.org.uk/about-contact/news-and-views/tell-your-mp-to-sendabettermessage/?tm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=wn20april22&utm_content=whats+new+20+april+22+A               


SEND Review: Straightforward video to watch

 



Park Lane Stables, Petersham - Open Day Saturday 20th August BOOKING NECESSARY

Park Lane Stables will be having an Open Day/Welcome Event on Saturday 20th August from 4pm-6pm at our stables in Petersham.

This event is for anyone who might be considering RDA horse riding for their child or themselves in the future.

You will be able to meet our team, say hello to our horses and maybe (for a £5 donation) have a short pony ride or carriage drive.
It’s a great way to experience ponies and the stable yard environment before committing to a series of riding sessions, and the perfect taster for those who might feel anxious about new situations.

These events are always popular so if you attended the open day for the Queens Platinum Jubilee, please do not rush to book this - please give priority to other families.

Venue: Park Lane Stables, off Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AH.
You will find us 300 metres down a private lane to the left of the archway opposite the Fox & Duck pub, between Ham Polo Club and the German School.
Getting here: There is no car parking on site. Please come by public transport: the 65 bus (from Richmond or Kingston) stops at the Fox & Duck pub (5 mins walk).
If you are bringing someone with severe disabilities, we are trying to negotiate a few parking spaces nearby, but this is not yet confirmed or guaranteed. Please contact us for further details.

Please RSVP: For health and safety reasons, the number of visitors allowed is limited. If you wish to attend, please complete this form: RSVP Open Day Form – Park Lane Stables
 



ADHD Embrace Family Day - Sunday 11th Sept 2-4pm

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we would like to invite you to join us at Marble Hill Playgrounds by Marble Hill Car Park. We have got the Adventure Playground (for the older children) and the One O'clock Club (for the little ones) so all ages are covered - and playworkers will be supervising! For parents, there will be the opportunity to relax and to chat with each other and the ADHD Embrace team whilst the children play.

We are planning lots of fun with our whole community and families, including cake, crafts, drinks, new rides, lollies, water play for the little ones and much more! 

This event is free - we just need you to register in advance so that we know how many people are attending. 

Please note numbers are limited and sometimes our events do sell out so if you are interested in attending, please book below now to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you on September 11th!



Express CIC - Supporting autistic young people to be themselves

There will be a chance to attend Pilot Sessions in August
 Email connectclub@expresscic.org.uk for an application form and further information



Calling all BSL users




A team from Otermans Institute in collaboration with Brunel University London needs your feedback.

They are working on an AI-driven translator. This is a human-like avatar that can translate content from video, audio and text into BSL just as a human translator would do. This technology is designed to increase accessibility through BSL translation of most video and audio content available online where the spoken language is used.

To take part in this research, you must be 18-years old or over, live in one of the four nations in the UK and be a BSL speaker (minimum Level 1 or equivalent).

The research will be online, will involve a small focus group and participation should last approximately 1 hour.

Contact for further information:

Researcher: Mr Dev Aditya (1042974@brunel.ac.uk)
Supervisor: Professor Kate Hone (Kate.Hone@brunel.ac.uk)




CALLING PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM