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

Published Monday, 9 August 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 newsletter is designed to give you that latest news and update from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms happening across Bromley right now.

View previous editions of SENDMatters newsletters

Covid19 Vaccinations for 12 – 15-year olds with underlying health conditions

Children aged 12 to 15 years with specific underlying conditions can now be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Eligible children will be receiving invitations via letter, text message or phone call over the coming weeks. Visit Bromley CYP12-15 Vaccination - South East London CCG for guidance about, who is eligible, the vaccine, and where to find out more about the Bromley vaccination programme 

Holiday activities and food programme


The Bromley holiday activities and food (HAF) programme is for children who are in receipt of benefits related free school meals, including specific provisions available for children with SEND or additional needs.

Government launches new National Disability Strategy

The government has launched its new National Disability Strategy, which 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 

New 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)

Learning disability service - complex needs day services

We are delighted to announce that from August 2021 Eleanor Nursing and Social Care will be providing the complex needs day service for people with a learning disability at the Astley Day Centre. The current provider Certitude will continue to run the service until this date and will ensure a smooth handover to the new provider.

More information and regular updates will be posted on the Eleanor Health Care website 

Day services – other building based day services

Care managers are now contacting all non-complex individuals who previously attended Astley to discuss the alternative day services that are available to them.

Respite – 118 Widmore Road

118 Widmore Road remains closed to planned respite stays due to the Covid restrictions but we are hopeful of being able to reopen this service for planned respite on 19 July in line with the government guidelines.

To register your interest in a stay or to find out more about the services call: 0208 464 3920 or Tafara.Gumbo@Ambient.org.uk or contact Widmore Road WidmoreRd@Ambient.org.uk

If you would like to ask us any questions you can email LD.Transformation@bromley.gov.uk.

SEND Network Champions

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

Through our most recent event we heard presentations from the team at Bromley Y who delivered exciting information about their new Bromley Y services which now include the innovative The Signpost text service for young people looking for mental health support, advice and help.

We also learned about the latest developments around the commissioning of short breaks for children and young people with SEND

For more information, to request a copy of the full presentation and If you are interested in becoming a SEND Network Champion please email localoffer@bromley.gov.uk