Latest SEND news

This section has news and updates about SEND in Brent, as well as details about events, meetings, workshops and training opportunities for parents and carers.

March 2021 -  Help shape Brent's new SEND strategy  

If you’re a young person living in Brent with a special educational need or disability (SEND), we want to hear from you!

Brent is developing a new strategy for the services that support children and young people with SEND. The plan, which is being launched in the summer, will help us to improve the provision that we offer and ensure that all young people have access to the right support and opportunities.

To develop this ambitious plan, we want to understand the views and experiences of young people with SEND. To help us, please complete our quick survey before 30 April. Parents, carers and facilitators can support young people to complete it, and there are links on the survey to guidance and resources to help you. We are also asking parents and carers to give us their views by completing a short survey.

If you have any questions, please email brentsendstrategy@gmail.com

 

February 2021 - Mental health support programme for children and young people   

Sign up now for a physical activity and positive mental health programme which starts in Brent next month.

Mindful Movement is a 12-week scheme for five to 18-year-olds who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, anxiety, low mood or depression as a result of Covid-19.

Run by the community charity, Sport at the Heart, the sessions are aimed at children and young people who do not meet current thresholds for CAMHS or other statutory support services, but who would benefit from mental health support.

Participants and their families will be helped to develop a toolkit to manage their mental health and take part in weekly physical activity sessions (in age-appropriate groups) to boost their wellbeing.

Sport at the Heart is a Covid-secure organisation and is aiming to start running the project in person next month, in line with the latest government guidance. For further information or to book a place please contact Koran Goldson, project lead, on 07857 327144 or email koran@sportattheart.org

 

February 2021 - Mental health support programme for children and young people   

Sign up now for a physical activity and positive mental health programme which starts in Brent next month.

Mindful Movement is a 12-week scheme for five to 18-year-olds who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, anxiety, low mood or depression as a result of Covid-19.

Run by the community charity, Sport at the Heart, the sessions are aimed at children and young people who do not meet current thresholds for CAMHS or other statutory support services, but who would benefit from mental health support.

Participants and their families will be helped to develop a toolkit to manage their mental health and take part in weekly physical activity sessions (in age-appropriate groups) to boost their wellbeing.

Sport at the Heart is a Covid-secure organisation and is aiming to start running the project in person next month, in line with the latest government guidance. For further information or to book a place please contact Koran Goldson, project lead, on 07857 327144 or email koran@sportattheart.org

 

February 2021 - Join an online cook-along for Pancake Day 

The National Deaf Children's Society is hosting an online cookery class to celebrate Pancake Day on Tuesday 16 February. Leading the cooking will be chef Yvonne Cobb, from Yumma Foods, who is also deaf. Find out how to get involved

February 2021 - Virtual SEND transition information event 

  

 

February 2021 - 0-19 Service: Coronavirus update

Brent’s 0-19 Service continues to support children, young people and their families, although it is now operating virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The service is running a support and advice line for parents, young people and professionals, which is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm on 0208 102 4900. Alternatively, you can email clcht.brentadminhub@nhs.net

Health visitors

Health visitors continue to offer new birth contacts and six to eight-week checks, via video call or in person where clinically necessary. We continue to offer infant feeding support throughout the week, via phone or video call and in person when essential. Contact clcht.brentinfantfeedingsupport@nhs.net if you need support or advice.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer child health clinics at present. Instead, parents should contact our advice and support line on 0208 102 4900 if they have a concern about their child’s development.Health and development reviews at one and two years old have been reduced, but if there are parental or professional concerns, they are being offered.

School nurses and health visitors continue to support vulnerable young people and children and the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MESCH) programme is still being offered to identified families.

Brent for Life team

The Brent for Life team continues to offer virtual support with healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Contact clcht.brenthealth4life@nhs.net or ring the helpline on 0208 102 4900 if you need help or advice.

  

January 2021 - Brent paediatric therapy services: update for service users

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic we have made some temporary changes to the way that we deliver therapy services to children, young people (CYP) and families. We continue to work with colleagues in early year’s settings and schools to ensure they have up to date therapy advice to support your child.  Where CYP are attending schools /educational settings we will work with school staff to support your child in school either virtually (telephone advice, videoconference) or face to face where it is appropriate and safe to do so.

Where children are unable to attend educational settings we will contact you to discuss how you may be able to support your child’s therapy needs in the home setting.  Where clinically indicated we will be offering face to face contacts in community clinics.

We continue to accept new referrals and will contact you to make an appointment for a teleconference within 8 weeks of receiving the referral.  

These changes have been made in order to keep you, your child and our staff safe and well. Please be reassured that our staff follow national guidance on infection control and health and safety in the delivery of services. We understand that this is a very unsettling time but we are here to support you, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the department by phone on 020 8736 7106 or   e-mail lnwh-tr.brentpaediatrictherapies@nhs.net

January 2021 - SEND Covid-19 survey

We have been asked by the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) to gather information from our parents of children/young people with SEND, about what’s working for them and what they are struggling with during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The information will be shared with Brent Council to help improve the support you receive. It may also be used by parent carer forums across London to help inform advice given to central government and the Department for Education about how best to help families during the pandemic. 

If you have a child up to the age of 25 with SEND, please fill out the survey before 31 January and help us to identify what is working well and what extra support you may need. All responses are anonymous.

January 2021 - Join our Parent Champion programme

Want to help parents just like you?

Growing up can be tough, and sometimes parents can face challenges when dealing with their child’s behaviour. It can often be difficult to know who to turn to or which services can help.

Parent Champion volunteers are parents who have ‘been there, done that’. They can share vital information to support parents and guide them to services that they might otherwise miss out on.

We are in the process of recruiting new Parent Champion volunteers during January to help and support other parents to access local services, especially during this pandemic. The training is due to start on 8 February 2021.

We are looking for people who can support parents with children aged 11 to 19 years (or up to 25 years old if they have special educational educational needs and disabilities).

If you have experience of working with local services and you would be interested in becoming a Parent Champion, please email jumana.amijee@coramfamilyandchildcare.org.ukfor further information.

January 2021 - Covid, inequality and hope in Brent: online talk and panel discussion

January 2021 - Online mental health awareness workshops for parents

December 2020 - Last online meeting of the year for Brent parent support group

Join Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) for its last Zoom meeting of the year on Thursday 17 December from 7 to 8pm. Chat to other parents who have children with SEND, and get advice and information about education, health and social care issues. 

Meeting ID: 301 170 2626
Password: 5HSPr8

December 2020 - New SEND helpline launched

 

December 2020 - Wellbeing survey for SEND families

Thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), Brent Parent Carer Forum will be offering more wellbeing sessions for parents and carers in January 2021.

To help the forum develop a bespoke programme of sessions based on your needs as a parent of a child/young person with SEND, please complete this short survey by 20 December. 

 

December 2020 - Join BPCF's online coffee morning

Due to Coronavirus, Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) is once again holding its monthly meeting online on Tuesday 8 December. This time, the focus is on occupational therapy services provided by Brent Social Care. Find out more and get the meeting ID and password.

 

December 2020 - Health Passports for children and young people in Brent

Updated health passports are now available for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or complex needs up to the age of 18.

A health passport is an important booklet that can be taken with you when your child is attending hospital or other places that provide health and disability services. It gives healthcare workers important information about your child so they can get a better understand of their needs and the support they may require.

It includes details about:

  • Your child
  • Their health
  • Their communications needs
  • Their likes and dislikes
  • Who to contact in an emergency

Brent's children’s services and schools have copies and can help you complete one for your child. Find out more about the Health Passport and how to get one.

 

December 2020 - Civic Centre turns purple to mark International Day for Persons with Disabilities

Brent Council is marking International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) today (Thursday 3 December) by taking part in the #PurpleLightUp.

The Brent Civic Centre will be lit purple to stand in solidarity with the #PurpleLightUp global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million disabled employees around the world.

Since 2017, #PurpleLightUp has been driving momentum for disability inclusion across hundreds of organisations, reaching thousands of employees in different ways. This includes lighting up iconic buildings purple, holding events, developing workplace policies for disabled employees and sparking conversations about disability inclusion worldwide.

Councillor Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council said: “The International Day for People with Disabilities provides a brilliant opportunity for Brent Council to raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled staff and residents across our borough and to celebrate diversity

“At the council, we always seek to recruit and make the council as accessible and attractive as possible to those who consider themselves to have a disability. This is reflected in the fact that 10% of our workforce have a disability, the highest of all London boroughs and about double the London average. The council will continue to promote inclusion and accessibility and is currently working towards level 3 of the Disability Confidence status.”

 

November 2020 - 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

Password: 5HSPr8

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 admin@brentpcf.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

Come and find out about the work of 4in10 at the next meeting of Brent Parer Carer Forum on Tuesday 17 March. View event flyer.

  

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.   

 

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.