What's happening in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Published Friday, 26 March 2021

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


For the latest information about service changes affecting children and young people with SEND and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic visit our  pages at: SENDMatters: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SEND Matters newsletter

Our SENDMatters update is designed to give you that latest news and update from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms happening across Bromley right now.

SENDMatters newsletter latest edition 

View previous editions of SENDMatters newsletters

Direct payments webinar - adults 18+

In collaboration with Bromley Council, Vibrance will be running an online web event on 14 April  to answer any questions you may have about the benefits of direct payments.

More information and how to join

National autism awareness week

National autism awareness week is taking place during the week commencing 29 March – 4 April 2021.

Due to the national restrictions and being unable to access non-essential retail during this period, we have decided to again host our own autism awareness week in Bromleyat the Glades, from the 13 -16 May 2021 when restrictions have eased.

We would love for you to again join us in sharing local information and support available to people coming by the pop-up learning space in The Glades.

If you think you could spare some time to volunteer your help please email: SENDMatters@bromley.gov.uk.

New Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service - Bromley Y

Bromley Y will be launching their new single point of access (SPA) for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing support for children and young people on 1 April.

The new mental health and emotional wellbeing service is focused on building resilience in children and young people through early intervention and prevention, with timely support available for those in crises.

You can learn more on the Bromley Y website.

Bromley All Age Autism Partnership (BAAP)

We’re excited to announce the publication of the first Bromley All-Age Autism Board: January 2021 Update. This online newsletter showcases the fantastic the work of the Bromley All Age Autism Board and the achievements made through our commitment to turning engagement opportunities into positive actions.  Visit our social communication difficulties including autism pages for more information about this innovative project and how you can get involved.

SEND Network Champions

The SEND Network Champions is an exciting initiative which brings together parents and professionals across Bromley who have the common goal of making a difference to Children and Young People with SEND.

The Champions meet three times a year to hear about key SEND themes affecting Bromley.

The last SEND Champions meeting heard presentations about the autism diagnostic pathways in Bromley, were introduced to the Bromley Autism Partnership Promise as well as hearing from  three people with autism sharing their experiences through lockdown. The Champions also heard from Bromley Mencap and the work that the Children and Family Centres are carrying out to have Autism Centres of Excellence.

If you are interested in becoming a SEND Network Champion please contact liz.lake@bromley.gov.uk 

Read more about September 2019 launch.