On Monday 19th of November we held the third of our pilot training workshops themed around behaviour. Our key message for the wonderful parents and carers who came is that all behaviour is a form of communication. All behaviour tells us of a need that is met if our child is calm and in a happy, feeling well sort of state or of unmet needs if they are reaching meltdown or entering shutdown.
Making services across health, education and social care better for those with learning disabilities, autism and or both.
Ask Listen Do is an NHS project all about making it easier for people with a learning disability, autism or both to give feedback, raise a concern or complain about their care, education or support. It is also about making it easier for family, paid carers or advocates to do this for someone they support.
It is a great project to know about as we have heard so much recently in the news sad stories and experiences about what can happen when those with learning disabilities and other needs are not listened to. Here is an easy read leaflet that explains further and for more information for organisations and practitioners as well as for the service users themselves, their familiy and carers.
You don’t know what you don’t know. So explore ahead of time what is out there.
Sometimes in life, we find what we want by experiencing what we don’t like, or something that meets some of our needs, but not all. We realise what we truly want is a combination of all the good stuff we experience put together in a new way that makes us the most content we can be.
So what is this Local Offer thing I have seen posts and discussions about?
During the Ofsted and CQC inspection of 2017, one of the biggest bugbears you told us and Ofsted was a lack of easy to access information on services and processes. The Local Offer is supposed to be the place where you can access all of that stuff. It is not very good in its present form and some of you don't know what it is, and its name doesn't make it obvious. Check it out here and challenge yourself to find the information that you need in an easily accessible format, if you are able to, you are better than we are!
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We couldn't be more pleased with how our first workshop for parents and carers in South Glos went and are really looking forward to the next topics that we will cover. The parents and carers who attended were wonderful engaging with all the resources and sensory toy crafting activities and explorations.
South Glos Council are analysing and unpicking each stage of the process and we are helping.
We hear from so many of you about what isn't working well with the EHCP annual review process, one huge bugbear is poor communication. The local authority with our help is looking at all the issues we are raising about what is not working well and breaking down all the stages of the process to see:
Sharing your views and perspectives with the services who need to hear.
South Glos Parents and Carers have been attending meetings with Keith Thompson of the Department for Education and Paul Spencer of NHS England and the South Glos local authority. The purpose of these meetings is to monitor the written statement of action in response to the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspection.