Latest news and updates about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Bromley.

Events calendar

DFN Project SEARCH Open Day

Come and meet our staff and current and past DFN Project SEARCH Interns to learn more about the programme, the entry requirements, and the application process and timetable.

The NHS Supported Internship is for young adults with a learning disability and/or autism. You should have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, and you must want to gain the skills needed to find employment, which is the aim of the programme. If this sounds like you, then please email david.king@lsec.ac.uk to book your place at the open day event.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 12 March 2024 from 4.00pm* to 5.00pm.

*Refreshments from 3.30pm.

The location of this event is Lecture Room 2, Education Centre, Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough Common, Orpington, BR6 8ND.

The Good Work Bromley Exchange Launches!

Project launched to support Bromley residents into employment

A brand-new employment and skills centre has been launched at London South East Colleges’ Orpington Campus.

The ‘Good Work Bromley Exchange’ has been created through a unique partnership with the college and Bromley Council, in connection with their UK Shared Prosperity Funding, which is part-funded by the UK Government.

Working with Local London (the GLA), Bromley Mencap and CASPA in addition to the Department for Work and Pensions, Maximus, Bromley Well, local housing associations and other local charities, the initiative is aimed at supporting people from across the borough who may be struggling to gain employment. This includes those with additional needs such as autism and mental health challenges.

Read our full press release

New Changing Places facilities open at Crystal Palace Park and High Elms Country Park

Two new Changing Places toilets have opened at Crystal Palace Park and the Green Roof Café in High Elms Country Park, Farnborough as provision in Bromley continues to grow.

Construction has also completed on a third toilet at The Warren in Hayes, taking the total number of Changing Places facilities open across the borough to six, with two more toilets due to open at The Pavilion Leisure Centre and Biggin Hill Leisure Centre over the coming months.

Need2Change – a Bromley-based community group of parent carers dedicated to raising awareness and improving facilities for children and adults with complex disabilities and their families has been working with the council on the delivery of the new Changing Places facilities.

Katrina O’Leary from Need2Change said: “We are thrilled that more Changing Places are being built in Bromley and across the country. These facilities are really valued by those who cannot use a standard accessible toilet. They make such a difference to daily life – making outings possible, easier and much less stressful. It has been great working with all those involved to help introduce more of these facilities. Thank you, Bromley."

For further information or to find a Changing Place please visit www.changing-places.org/.

Bromley Inclusive Multi Sports SEND Festival – Saturday 17 February 2024

This free event funded by Access Sport is for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent children and young people and their families. We will have community clubs from Bromley delivering taster sessions including boxercise, tennis, Zumba, yoga, archery, football and much more. This is a great opportunity for families to try different sports and get involved in club sessions that take place locally during the week and weekends.

When: Saturday 17 February 2024

Where: Bromley College (indoor sports hall), Rookery Lane, BR2 8HE

Time: 11am to 1pm

Age: 5 to 25 years old

Cost: Free

Visit our Leisure activities, clubs and schemes page for more information about what’s going on in Bromley. 

Bromley’s Children’s services recognised as outstanding in Ofsted inspection

An Ofsted inspection of Bromley’s Children Services has concluded that children in the borough receive “exceptionally strong services”, with an outstanding rating in all categories. The outstanding rating in all areas is the highest rating Ofsted can give and means that Bromley’s Childrens Services are amongst the very best in the country.

Read our full press release

Let's Talk Health and Care in South East London

Welcome to the latest edition of the NHS South East London Let’s Talk Health and Care Newsletter where this month you can learn about the opportunities for you to get involved and have a voice to help inform and shape health and care services as well as sharing some of our programmes progress.

Household Support Fund

Apply now to Bromley Council for £200 of support to help pay for essentials.

You may be eligible if you are: 

  • A Bromley resident
  • Over the age of 16
  • Able to provide evidence of financial hardship

And you are:

  • A large family
  • A single-income family
  • A carer
  • A care leaver
  • A domestic abuse survivor
  • A family with school-age children
  • A household with someone with a disability including dementia and mental health
  • A household experiencing financial hardship

Eligibility remains broad but evidence such as bank statements or utility arrears will need to be provided.

Find out more by visiting the website or call the council helpline on 020 8461 7999. Lines are open 9am to 12pm, Monday to Friday.

Are you someone who is good at listening?

Do you have good communication skills and want to make a difference to Bromley’s children and young people with SEND and their families?

The Bromley Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) are running a free course for potential volunteers from April to May 2024.

IASS Bromley gives confidential, free, impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers.

We are seeking to recruit volunteers to work with us and the families we help. We offer ongoing training and support within a friendly team who meet monthly to discuss current cases and exchange ideas and advice.

If you would like to know more or would like to sign up, please contact Matt Barton, IASS manager, on 0208 461 7019, or email iass@bromley.gov.uk.

Bromley Y webinar events

Bromley Y are running a series of webinars. These include sessions for both parents and carers and young people. The webinars looks at some of the most common worries and sources of anxiety children may face when transitioning to secondary school.

b-Hive

A new website for parent/carers to support them with their child’s communication development, physical skills and independence.

Created by local health services and Bromley Council to pull together the range of therapies that support the communication development, physical skills and independence of children, teenagers and young adults in Bromley.

The guide incorporates a collective range of therapies, such as: emotional wellbeing and mental health; occupational therapy; physiotherapy; speech and language therapy; and special educational needs (SEN) advisory service.

The b-HIVE is shaped around six core areas of child development which support the child

Visit the new b-Hive website www.bromleytherapyhub.org.uk

b- hive logo a therapy collective for Bromley

Family support through the Bromley Children Project

Our new front door is live, should you wish to make a referral to the Bromley Children Project for 1:1 family support or light touch intervention please telephone the Bromley Help, Support & Safeguarding Hub for Children and Families on 020 8461 7373/ 7379/ 7026 or email mash@bromley.gov.uk

There is no change to how you can access the wider offer from the early intervention and family support service (EIFS) provided by the local authority which includes:-

• The wide range of parenting courses, seminars, webinars

• The wide range of activities at the Children and Family Centres,

• Information advice and support service

• ASC family support worker, and the BCP parenting hotline (telephone 020 8461 7259)

Autism assessment pathway survey

SEL Integrated Commissioning Board (which replaced the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group July 2022) are seeking parent and young people’s views on how they can improve the experience of the autism assessment pathway. 

Please select the appropriate link to access the survey.

Survey for families/carers

Survey for children and young people

Send Matters newsletter

Our December 2023 SEND Matters newsletter provides parents, carers, young people and professionals with information and updates that inform you of the latest news, developments and services for children, teenagers and young adults (aged from birth to 25 years old) who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Bromley.

View previous editions of SEND Matters newsletters.

Disability Living Allowance for children

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have produced two playlists of  information videos that explain Disability Living Allowance, the process for applying for it, what happens after you have claimed and what happens when a child turns 16. DWP Disability Living Allowance information videos

These are also available in British Sign Language. DWP Disability Living Allowance videos in British Sign Language.

Transformational reform begins for children and young people with SEND

The SEND and alternative provision improvement plan published on Thursday 2 March 2023 confirms investment in training for thousands of workers so children can get the help they need earlier, alongside thousands of additional specialist school places for those with the greatest needs as 33 new special free schools are approved to be built as at the time of publishing. 

Read more about the plans ahead for children and young people with SEND.

There is an easy read version of the SEND and alternative provision plan.

National Disability Strategy

The government's National Disability Strategy, outlines its plans to make our country better for the 14 million disabled children and adults in the UK.

This ambitious strategy sets out 100 immediate commitments supported by £1.6bn of funding alongside an ambitious agenda for future reform.

Watch the National Disability Strategy overview video 

National autism strategy for England

The government has published its autism strategy, which sets out how it plans to support autistic adults and children in England over the next five years.

Read the national strategy for autistic children, young people and adults 2021 to 2026

The national strategy for autistic children, young people and adults 2021 to 2026 (An easy read version)

Co-production survey from Learning Disability and Autism Programme London

The Learning Disability and Autism Programme, London are seeking responses to the following survey on Lived Experience to inform a report on co-production for autistic people and people with a learning disability.

The Bromley All Age Autism Partnership Strategy

The Bromley All Age Autism Strategy (PDF - 9.65 MB) has recently been updated along with an easy-read version (PDF - 2.06 MB). This sets out local priorities for people of all ages with autism in Bromley.

The strategy has two main aims: To make sure there’s equality of access to universal services for people with autism and to make sure specialist services can support people with autism.

Also, the ‘Do you know – social communication and autism guide' (PDF - 1.87 MB) is a guide for families with children and teenagers who have social communication difficulties including autism which can be downloaded and printed.

Published: 5th February 2024