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 while there is an alphabetical list of categories on the second page.

Childhood Stroke Guidance

Over 400 babies, children and young people suffer a stroke every year. The Stroke Association offers a Childhood Stroke Support Service – providing information, advice, support and networking events to families affected by stroke in childhood. The service is UK wide and freely accessible. The organisation has also produced a set of resources to support this work as well as a poster to help identify the signs of stroke in a child.

New Work Experience Guidance

Accessing high quality work experience can be difficult for young people with SEND. The organisation Preparing for Adulthood has produced new Work Experience Guidance that aims to show how effective partnership working between education providers and employers can break down the barriers to accessing work experience. The new guidance is one of a number of resources relating to employment that can be found on the Preparing for Adulthood website.

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.

Short Breaks Consultation - Have Your Say

Sandwell Children's Trust is seeking your views regarding the provision of short breaks for children with disabilities and/or an Education Health and Care Plan. Your views are important to ensure that we know what is working well, what needs improvement and what needs to be in place to support you and your family.

Click here to access the survey.

Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC) has published details of activities taking place between October and the end of December 2018. If you need a booking form please contact SPDC using the phone number in the flyer.

Government announces more funding for SEND school places. The Government has announced additional funding for Local Authorities to ensure that there is a sufficient number of good school places for children and young people with SEND with a particular emphasis on those with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). This additional funding brings the total amount available across England to £265 million pounds for the period 2018-21. You can find out about Sandwell's allocation as well as more information about what the funding can be spent on by visiting the GOV.UK website.

New books published to support young people with learning disabilities to think about work and volunteering. The charitable publisher Beyond Words has published four books aimed at helping young people who are thinking about work or volunteering. As the publisher's name suggests there are no words in these books and all information is given through pictures. You can find out these books by visiting the Council for Disabled Children website.  

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