Many of our community have had experience of difficiculties with school attendance and school exclusions in all their various forms ranging from short-term, permanent, reduced timetables to families feeling as though they have no other option but to remove their child from their education setting and home school.
Our community told us that the old South Glos Council Local Offer did not work for them, was unhelpful and that they couldn’t find the information that they needed to access. We listened to what you had to say and worked co-productively with South Glos Council to build a Local Offer that works better for you, our community.
So we have booked a meeting with Nick Lowe, Service Manager, 0-25 Disability Services.
A recent post about the £150K of reclaimed from families who use Direct payments on our closed Facebook group saw a massive 113 comments in response. We could really feel the exasperation many of you feel with many posts echoing the same experiences and challenges over and over again.
You have fed back to us through our surveys that contacting the 0-25 team has been extremely difficult. We can proudly say that thanks to the hard work of our parent reps attending meetings, distributing our reports and asking for the improvements that our community need and want to see, the 0-25 service now has a duty line number to call to speak to a 0-25 team member.
We know how this review has impacted some members of our community, as parent reps ourselves we have been to some of the engagement meetings held through September and of course, we had our meeting over the holidays that you can read about here.
Following the news of the propsed Resource Base consultation we knew that we had to be heard in this process and that any changes needed to be born out of co-production, engagement meetings and a consultation process that includes everyone who will be impacted by any changes as it reaches beyond parent carers to services and teachings staff amongst others.
We have won a national award for Excellence in Parent Carer Participation. We were nominated as part of CONTACT’s ‘Together at 40’ celebrations, and were given the award by Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi during a ceremony held at The Palace of Westminster and hosted by Radio 4’s acclaimed ‘Women’s Hour’ presenter Jane Garvey.
Parent Carer particpation is why we exist
Alongside the support we offer it is a big part of what our parent reps do day to day. We want to share with you a brief snap shot of the 2018 / 2019 year so you can see what key areas we have represented your views on and the meetings we attend with the feedback you gave us through surveys and through your comments.
This survey is for those who currently make use of short break services
Ahh short breaks, conjurs images of a relaxing stay in European cities; Venice, Rome or maybe Amsterdam. Alas sadly, this is not the short breaks we are discussing today. South Glos parents and Carers are part of a working group that is reviewing the short breaks services that are available to families of children with additional needs.