Latest SEND news
This section has news and updates about SEND in Brent, as well as details about meetings, workshops and training opportunities for parents and carers.
November 2020 - Join Brent Parent Carer Forum's Zoom meetings this month
Join the forum's November Zoom meetings and find out more about:
- Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous online counselling service and wellbeing platform for young people in Brent aged 11 to 18 (up to 25 for care leavers or young people not in education, employment or training)
- Brent Deaf and Hearing Impaired Service, which supports child and young people from 0 to 25 with an identified diagnosis of a hearing loss or auditory processing disorder (APD) who live in Brent or attend a Brent school
October 2020 - Brent parent support group awarded £24,000 Covid-19 support grant
Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) has been awarded a grant of more than £24,000 to provide extra support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The grant has come from the government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, which was set up to help deliver activities that are supporting communities during this difficult period.
BPCF, which has about 330 parent members, has seen an increasing number of local SEND families seeking help. The group’s volunteer parents have provided emotional support and given advice on a range of issues, from face masks and protective clothing to food vouchers, as well as running coffee mornings and online workshops.
Working in partnership with Brent Council and Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the forum will use the grant to extend its reach and support families in additional ways over the next six months, including:
- Distributing health and wellbeing packs
- Setting up a SEND support and information helpline, run by ‘parent champions’
- Running health and wellbeing sessions, delivered in partnership with the mental health charity Mind
- Producing a marketing video to direct parents to local sources of help and information
Chair of BPCF, Amytia Puspawresti said: “We are so pleased to have received this funding which will allow us to provide much-needed extra support, such as wellbeing packs, to parents during this challenging time.”
Small to medium organisations in England were invited to make an application to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund in May.
October 2020 - Understanding SEND services in early years and beyond
Is your son or daughter aged between 0 and seven years old? Are you worried about their development or have you been told that they may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)? Would you like to know more about local services and support for you and your child?
Then join Brent Parent Carer Forum for a virtual information session via Zoom on Tuesday 20 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Learn more about why the experiences of children during the first five years of their lives, known as the ‘early years’, can have a long-term effect on their development, and why this time is especially important for children with SEND.
Professionals from health, early years and family information services in Brent will also be joining the session to give parents information and advice about how they support young children with SEND.
Clink here to register for this event.
October 2020 - Voice of the Child virtual workshop
This workshop is for parents and carers with a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 and is being held via Zoom on Thursday 15 October from 10am to 12.30pm.
Hosted by Brent Parent Carer Forum, in partnership with Brent Council and Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the event aims to help parents and carers become better informed about the legal changes involving capacity and consent within health and social care.
- Feel more confident and empowered about the different ways you can involve and support your child to have a bigger ‘voice’
- Learn about what you can do to help your child prepare to make the journey to adulthood
- Find out more about what support is available for you as your child gets older
Register here to take part in this workshop.
September 2020 - Join Brent Parent Carer Forum's online support meeting
Brent Parent Carer Forum is hosting a virtual support meeting on Zoom on Tuesday 22 September from 7 to 8pm. Call in for a chat with other parents and get information and advice from the forum about any issues you and your family might be experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meeting ID: 301 170 2626
August 2020 - Online information meeting for parents ahead of schools reopening
Do you have a child/ren with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and are you worried about them returning to school in September? Would you like to know more about the steps being taken in Brent by education, health and social care to ensure children will be safe and settled back in school?
Then join Brent Parent Carer Forum's Zoom meeting on Wednesday 26 August 2020 from 10am - 12 noon for a ‘Question Time’ panel debate with representatives from local services. Hear about what measures have been put in place and ask any questions you may have.
Click here for further information about how to join and book your place.
August 2020 - Free online workshop for parents and carers: Wellbeing for you
Join a free online workshop on Tuesday 18 August and get tips and advice about understanding stress and positive ways of coping if you are a parent or carer of a child/young person with SEND. For more details and how to book click here.
August 2020 - Free online workshop: Help your child to sleep better
July 2020 - Summer holiday activities for children and young people
Click here to find out about activities over the summer holidays, including provision for children and young with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
July 2020 - Join Brent Parent Carer Forum on Zoom
Brent Parent Carer Forum is hosting another virtual meeting via Zoom this Thursday (16 July). Parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are warmly invited to join the meeting, which will include an update about paediatric therapy services. Find out more.
June 2020 - SEND support group hosts its second virtual meeting
Brent Parent Carer Forum is hosting its second virtual meeting via Zoom this Thursday (18 June). Parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are warmly invited to join the meeting, which will include information and advice for families during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more.
June 2020 - Launch of online SEND workshops for Brent parents
Following parental feedback, Brent Parent Carer Forum is holding a series of online workshops focusing on SEN support and education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Working in partnership with professionals from Brent's health, education, inclusion and social care services, the workshops are aimed at giving parents a better understanding of the EHC plan process and the SEN support that is available for their child in school if they don’t have a plan. In particular, they will look at starting school, annual reviews, transitioning to adulthood, and what long-term outcomes parents would like for their children.
The first of six workshops is on Tuesday 16 June and you can attend as many as you like. Once a session/s has been booked, a confirmation email will be sent (please also check your spam folder). Any questions or queries, please contact Carol Foyle on 07852 101492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2020 - Online mental health awareness workshops for parents and carers
May 2020 - SEND support group hosting virtual meeting
Parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being invited to take part in a virtual meeting via Zoom on Thursday (28 May). Call in for a chat with other parents and get help and advice about any issues you and your family might be experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. View more information.
April 2020 - 'Open day' for the new supported internship programme at Wembley Park
Join our open day by phone on Wednesday 20 May for information about the new Project SEARCH Wembley Park supported internship programme, which will run for the 2020/21 academic year. Please dial in at 4pm or 5pm and the information will be repeated. This is a phone-only open day due to the current coronavirus situation.
Applicants for this supported internship must be aged between 16 and 24 and have a current education, health and care (EHC) plan from Brent Council or another local authority in London.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview and skills assessment on Thursday 18 June 2020 at Brent Civic Centre. Application forms will be available from 20 May. To join the open day, dial: 0330 808 1706, then enter ID 829517861#
March 2020 - SEND information day postponed
The SEND information day at the Learning Zone at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 26 March has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brent Parent Carer Forum, which was hosting the event, is awaiting confirmation of a new date, and parents, carers and service providers will be informed in due course.
March 2020 - Poverty and disability in the spotlight
March 2020 - SEND information day
A free information day for families who have children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) takes place at the Learning Zone at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 26 March 2020.
February 2020 - Join the Sport for Confidence programme
The Sport for Confidence programme provides inclusive sport and physical activity opportunities for teenagers who face barriers to participation, including those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, dementia, autism, physical impairment or disability.
The programme is currently running a range of activities for people aged 16+ at Moberley Sports Centre in Queen’s Park. Sessions cost £3.15 each, and accompanying carers are free. View flyer for further details. The activities specifically cater for people with a wide range of needs, including physical and learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Activities are run by healthcare professionals within the centre, working alongside a coaching team. Six to eight-week closed sessions for younger children can also be arranged.
February 2020 - SEND support group meeting - everyone welcome
Families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are warmly invited to attend the next meeting of Brent Parent Carer Forum, which takes place in Wembley on Thursday 27 February. Come along and get help and advice in a relaxing and welcoming place. For further details view the flyer.
January 2020 - Focus on health care at parent forum meeting
Brent Parent Carer Forum, the borough's official support group for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), meets for the first time this year on Thursday 30 January. For more details view the flyer.