In September and October 2017 we began working with the local authority to get feedback from our community on short breaks. Many of you responded to our online survey giving your honest feedback and expressing what you would like to see from the short breaks service. We want to thank all of those who took the time to contribute and we will continue to push to work co-productively with the local authority in this area. The full report on the findings of the survey has just been released.
The results of your amazing contributions, read it here!
So many of our community contributed to the SEND strategy participation work we had carried out, attending meetings or having filled in surveys online. Thank you so much for taking the time to express your views and thoughts on what the local authorities' SEND priorities should be over the coming 5 years.
Our guides are created by our community of Parent Carers on their own SEND journey. We never stop learning and we want to share what we have learnt along the way. Our guides are a gift to our community to help other families feel more informed and less isolated and a bit more in control. You can get FREE copies by becoming a member (for free) just by joining our database, you will be sent a copy of their release.
New Siblands and Culverhill Schools want to join together and form a new special school Multi-Academy Trust in 2018 called Enable Trust. Enable Trust wants to win the right to open and run a new Special Free School in South Gloucestershire. They would like to find out if there is an interest amongst parents and carers for such a school in the area.
We love to celebrate and shout about good practice where we find it, and this is great story! It was the coming together of local South Glos mum Kelly who is determined tp spread autism awareness and a Nurse Matron Sarah Tosh, who is equally determined to improve the experiences of accessing health care for children with additional needs.
You may or may not have noticed that in July an article was produced by a well-known organisation called Special Needs Jungle (SNJ).
The article was referring to the “ehcp-assessment-exception-loophole”.
It was very disappointing to read that South Gloucestershire Council was showing the highest percentage of 92% of ECHP being given exception codes that didn’t meet the criteria above.
South Glos Parents and Carers immediately made contact with the LA to express our concern but also to find out why this was the case.
Today, July 19th is Changing Places awareness day, now we may be preaching to the converted. Many of our community are aware of the great work that Changing Places do to campaign for truly accessible toilets that meet the needs of those who need decent space, a changing bed and hoist and dignified facilities.