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

An Update from the Bromley Children Project

From Monday 30 January 2023 to 28 February 2023, the Bromley Children Project will be temporarily unable to take new referrals to the Bromley Children Project (BCP) Family Support and Parenting Practitioner Team.

All other services operate in the same way:

  • The wide range of parenting course, seminars and webinars
  • The wide range of activities at the children and families centres
  • Information advice and support service
  • ASC Family Support Worker
  • The Parenting Hotline (Telephone 020 8461 7259)

They will be back up and running on 1 March.

If you are already working with one of the team, or you’ve been told you’re on the waitlist, you won’t be affected by this temporary change.

CASPA Bromley and Bromley FC football sessions

Football Sessions for Neurodivergent Children - Starting Saturday 4  February

Find out more about the football sessions and community activities

Bromley Brighter Beginnings

Bromley Brighter Beginnings,  run entirely by volunteer mums, helps families in poverty who cannot afford basic items, such as nappies, baby formula and school clothing. They have a comprehensive local support directory providing lots of information about services within the local area.

To read about some of the great work that they carried out in 2022, please have a look at the Bromley Brighter Beginnings newsletter.

Increasing supported internships in Bromley

We are excited to announce the start of the new national Internships Work project from the Department of Education in partnership with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI).

Funded by the Department for Education the project aims to double the current supported internship provision in England supporting more young people with additional needs to have greater choice and control over their future, opening up opportunities that prepare them for adult life and independent living.

Internships Work aims to enable 4500 young adults, aged 16-25 with additional needs across the whole of England to benefit from a supported internship per year by 2025.

The project includes

Support to local authorities
Helping Bromley council to establish and develop SEND employment forums as well as administrating and monitoring section 14 grants to support this programme.

Engaging and supporting employers
DFN Project SEARCH will lead on engaging employers and support them to offer high quality work placements by providing information, advice and training that enable growth in internships and job opportunities.

Establishing a Quality Framework (SIQF)
BASE will lead on establishing a sustainable process to improve the quality of supportediInternship provision, using a nationally recognised quality assurance framework.

Investment in training
BASE will also lead on delivering job coach and systematic instruction training to over 700 job coaches.

Further information
The project is currently in its early stages of development, but as we progress we’ll add more information to the Bromley Local Offer. For more information visit the NDTI website

Free parent and carer peer support (PCPS)

A recent information session was held providing parents or carers information about free PCPS training in child and young people’s mental health.

If you were unable to attend the session but would like to know more about:

  • Setting out a model of parent carer peer support
  • Discussing what the training programme involves and what it will offer parents, carers and the services who support them
  • Finding out the course details offered by University of Reading and University of Northumbria
  • Hearing from parent, carer and training team representatives from the pilot parent carer peer support course 2022
  • Sharing further information about grants available to support the PCPS to undertake the training
  • Talking through the application process and application criteria

Please contact the Charlie Waller Trust, mental health charity

Families facing financial pressure

As the cost of living continues to increase, we are aware that many people are concerned about the cost of essential items such as food, energy and rent. This can be particularly worrying for families who have a child or children with special educational needs or disabilities. 

There are services and advice that can help, some of which depend on your circumstances.

Changes to the Blue Badge scheme

Blue Badges help people with disabilities or health conditions park closer to their destination. You can apply for a badge for yourself, on behalf of somebody else or an organisation that transports people that need a Blue Badge.

The eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme  have been extended to also consider the needs of people who regularly experience

  • intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

In Bromley our Blue Badge team can provide more information that will help you to decide if you are eligible for a badge. They cannot start the assessment process until they have all the necessary evidence.

Blue Badge scheme Bromley

Send Matters newsletter

Our October 2022 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.

In this edition you’ll learn more about how your feedback and views have shaped the development of new services, new project initiatives and new partnerships alongside upcoming events.

View previous editions of SENDMatters newsletters

Autism family support service

Offering a universal service to all families with children with social communication difficulties (including autism).

In Bromley we are committed to providing support to all families with children presenting with social communication difficulties (including autism) and have created a new part time post was to reflect this promise.

The autism service family support co-ordinator offers:

  • A range of information sheets which seek to improve and develop parental knowledge around Autistic Spectrum Condition.
  • A telephone helpline which offers advice and guidance for next steps.
  • A monthly newsletter highlighting items of interest to families with children with autism.
  • Regular coffee morning/afternoons to provide a network of support for families.

Bromley Mencap  will be the specialist autism family support service and will work with families who need more intensive support and guidance around their child.

Contact our autism service family support co-ordinator by:

Email: autisticspectrumcondition@bromley.gov.uk

Phone: 020 8461 7697

Or post at:  Blenheim Children and Family Centre, Blenheim Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 9BH

The Bromley All Age Autism Strategy

We are pleased to share our first Autism Matters newsletter for 2022 which replaces our Bromley All-Age Autism newsletter. Find out more about our Autism Strategy in Bromley

Latest webinars from Bromley Y

Bromley Y have launched a series of new webinar interventions around school avoidance and academic stress for children and young people and parents/carers of Bromley residents and Bromley school or college pupils.

Visit the full calendar of Bromley Y events for more information about calendar 

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.

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 (easy read)

Published: 10th January 2023