What's happening in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
Published Monday, 30 March 2020
Latest news and updates about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Bromley
Important information for families about temporary children's disability service changes during the coronavirus pandemic - service update from the children's disability service.
School closures guidance - www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200086/schools_and_colleges
Government guidance on supporting vulnerable children, relating to COVID -19 pandemic - open letter - Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families
Resources and support
The Coronavirus (Covid19) support and resources for parent carers and children and young people. (compiled by Council for Disabled Children)
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff:
- Mencap - easy read guide to Coronavirus
- Place2Be – guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing
- Young Minds - talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
- Carers UK - guidance for carers
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic:
- Amaze - information pack for parents
A new support service for people with Autism 16+
Find out more about the new Bromley Well service offering support for people aged 16+ with Autism
Do You Know guide
The new Do You Know guide….a guide for families with children and teenagers who have social and communication difficulties including autism in Bromley.
Co-designed by parents, carers and other professionals across the Bromley local area as part of the Bromley 100 day challenge this helpful guide shares helpful hints and tips for other families in Bromley. The guide includes
Where to find local and national Information, advice and guidance
Training available for parents & carers
Parent and family Support groups
Support available for families
Local Disability schemes
The guide will be updated each quarter by an editorial group run by parents – if you have any information you would like to be considered for the next edition please email SENDMatters@bromley.gov.uk by the end of March 2020.
SEND training collaborative
The SEND training collaborative offers high quality, evidence-based SEND training and development opportunities for Bromley schools and early years settings.
We have worked together to plan and implement a coherent training offer that will develop the skills, confidence and expertise of our workforce, across the early years, primary and secondary sector, in meeting the diverse needs of children with special educational needs and disability.Download the training booklet.
SEND local area inspection
Bromley welcomes the publication of the SEND report following the inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in September 2019 of Bromley local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
SEND Matters Live!
Bromley parents and carers are invited to come to these Q&A sessions facilitated jointly by the council, the Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bromley Parent Voice. They are an opportunity to ask about the issues that are affecting our families and to hear directly from the leaders of the council and Bromley CCG.
Visit Bromley Parent Voice for more information about the SEND Matters Live sessions.
Our SENDMatters Monthly 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.
View previous editions of SENDMatters newsletters
Education Health and Care (EHC) portal training
Download details of the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) portal training and information sessions
SEND Network Champions
An exciting new SEND Network Champions initiative has been jointly launched by Bromley Council and Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to share and spread the latest news and updates about Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) services and support in Bromley.