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

Published Monday, 17 January 2022

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)

Our December 2021 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.

We cover a range of developments and key local events, including updates about service changes resulting from COVID-19.

View previous editions of SENDMatters newsletters

EHCP annual reviews – do you want to know more?

As part of our annual review project, Bromley Council is introducing information sessions for parents and carers to learn more about the annual review process and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. The session will include information on how you and your child can contribute to the annual review process.

For those with young people in school year 9+

  • Wednesday 19 January 2022  - 10:00 to 11:30am
  • Monday 7 March 2022 - 19:00 – 20:30

For those with children and young people in year 8 and below

  • Wednesday 2 February 2022 - 12:00 – 13:30
  • Monday 28 February 2022 - 10:00 – 11:30

All sessions will be via Zoom

Please note due to expected high demand for spaces and to ensure greatest relevance for parent/carers, priority will be given to those parents whose child or young person is due to have their EHCP annual review in the summer term 2022.

Please email parentengagementservice@yvhsc.org.uk to reserve your place.

Time to Talk

Sexual Health Bromley is pleased to offer a free Time to Talk session to parents/carers of young people with learning and/or physical disabilities living or studying in Bromley.  The sessions will provide information around puberty, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and sex and relationships. 

Sessions are being held on Tuesday 1 February 11am - 1pm or Tuesday 1 March 7pm - 9pm.  To book a place email: bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net

Young people’s voices – make yourself heard and earn a £10 voucher!

We’re opening up an opportunity for young people (aged 14-25) with special educational needs or disabilities to tell us what they want to know about their move into adulthood.

We would like to work with schools and colleges to identify young people who would like to tell us their views about the support that they need as they prepare for adult life across the preparing for adulthood pathways of:

  • Education, Employment and Training
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Developing Independence
  • Friendships and Community

If you are, or if you know a young person who would like to get involved and earn a £10 voucher please email localoffer@bromley.gov.uk for more information.

Young people’s engagement group

Bromley Council are delighted to announce the launch of a new engagement group specifically for young people (14-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The group aims to support young people to share their views and to hear more about what is happening in Bromley, to keep informed and get involved!

The group will give young people with SEND the opportunity to:

  • Ask any questions they may have about SEN related issues
  • Learn more about who can support if they need help
  • Find out what is happening in Bromley for children and young people with special educational needs
  • Tell us their thoughts about the support available in Bromley (the Local Offer)

We would like to invite young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities from your school/college or organisation to get involved.

We want them to decide on a name for the group and to design a logo!

Please send your expressions of interest, group name ideas and logos to localoffer@bromley.gov.uk by 21 January 2022.

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.

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)

SEND Network Champions

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

The most recent of these exciting and innovative events allowed us to learn more about the new recommendations for vaccination roll out to children and young people who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable together with an introduction to sensory modulation, the new annual review process and the support available to pre-school children with SEND in Bromley.

If you were unable to attend but would like to learn more you can request a copy of the full presentation 

For more information, and if you are interested in becoming a SEND Network Champion please email localoffer@bromley.gov.uk