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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org