SEND NEWS South Glos
Important to our community & our families
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.
The launch of South Glos Council’s new Information, advice and guidance website sees new opportunities for groups and services working with children and young people to promote awareness of what they offer.
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.
Many children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to interpreting the safety of a situation, understanding a person’s intent or what and what’s not appropriate in other’s or their own behaviour. It can be tricky as parents and carers to know how to navigate this.
The Sensory Support Service is part of the South West’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision. Bristol City Council manages the Sensory Support Service for the joint local authority areas: Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and South Gloucestershire.
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.