Children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)
The information on these pages has been put together to enable parents who have a child with special needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to find the information they are looking for in one place.
There is information on a wide range of subjects and organisations. Information on this page relates to the latest news in the field of SEND both locally and nationally. There is an A-Z list of useful organisations and categories on the second page.
'Understanding the Education Health and Care Journey'
An event for parent and carers run by Sandwell’s SEN Service will be held on 17th March. Drop In Sessions are at 10am-12pm and 4.30-6.30pm at Connor Education Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich, B71 3DJ. Please contact the SEN Team on 0121 569 8240 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to book your place.
Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children is Moving.
Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC) is moving to a new base at Galton Valley Children’s Centre, Great Arthur Street, Smethwick B66 1DH as of 3 February 2020. It has also published details of activities taking place during February and March 2020 (including half-term). If you need a booking form please contact SPDC using the phone number in the newsletter. You can also find details of their Family Club activities during the same period.
Activities organised by Sandwell Sensory Support Team
Are you the parent of a child or young person with a visual or hearing impairment? You can find details of upcoming activities organised by the Sandwell Sensory Support Team on their Facebook page.
New Youth Club Provision for Children and Young People with SEND
New Youth Club provision for children and young people with SEND has started. Clubs are taking place during term time at Portway Lifestyle Centre and The Meadows School. The Portway club is for ages 10 -25 and runs between 6.00 and 8.00 pm. The Meadows club is for ages 11 -25 and runs on Thursday between 6.00 and 8.00 pm. Both clubs are accessed by referral only. You can get further information from Kelly Crofts on 0121-569-8430 or 07973-550789. You can download the flyers by clicking here.
Changes to Sandwell's travel assistance policy
Following a recent consultation Sandwell's policy for providing assistance with travel to children and young people with SEND has changed. Click here to see the new policy.
Swimming sessions specifically for children with SEND and their families
During all school holidays Sandwell Leisure Trust is now offering free swimming sessions reserved especially for children with SEND and their families. These sessions will provide a calmer environment for families to attend. The new sessions are:
Monday (Portway Lifestyle Centre 9-10.30 am and Tipton Leisure Centre 10-11 am),
Wednesday (Langley Leisure Centre 10-11 am)
Friday (Wednesbury Leisure Centre 1.15-2.15 pm).
Please contact the relevant centre for details
Details of specialist short break services commissioned by Sandwell for the period 2019-2021
Sandwell has published details of the specialist short break services for children and young people with SEND it has commissioned for the period April 2019 - March 2021. Click here to see the list.
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