Children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)

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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.

Give your views on the future of Family Autism Support 

The Sandwell Autism Group would like to hear your views on the subject of specialist autism support as the funding for this service ends in March 2020. It has organised a series of meetings to canvas opinion. The schedule for the meetings is as follows: Y

Date Venue
Saturday 9 November 11.00 - 12.00 Oldbury Library, Jack Judge House, Oldbury, B69 2AS
Wednesday 13 November 1.00 - 2.00 Single Point Community Hub, Albert Street, Oldbury, B69 4DE
Wednesday 20 November 7.30 - 8.30 Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service, Tipton College, Alexandra Road, Tipton, DY4 7NR

You can also answer a short email survey. To do this contact the group at

New activity timetable and details of Family Club activities from Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children

Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC) has published details of activities taking place during October 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 November and December 2019.

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

Free Training Course in SEND Law

Sandwell Parent Voice have organised a FREE training course for parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities. The course includes lunch and covers SEND law, Education, Health and Care Plans, and how schools, nurseries, colleges and the local authority can help you. The training takes place on Friday 8 November at Connor Education Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich B71 3DJ. To book email name, local authority and mobile no. to

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.

Resources to Support Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities

The organisation pdnet has produced a number of resources to support children and young people with physical disabilities. These include an effective practice hub, online training and a set of standards to help schools and other settings evaluate their provision. The resources can be accessed on the pdnet website. You will need to register using an email address to access the resources.


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