Latest SEND news

Here are the latest news and updates about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brent.  

December 2019 - Autism alert card scheme

People with autism in Brent can get an autism alert card or passport as part of a scheme run by the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and British Transport Police.

The cards alert officers to the fact that an individual may have difficulty with communication and might exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. Officers will then respond appropriately by changing the way they interact with the person to make them feel more at ease.

The cards issue the following advice to officers about how they can help a person with autism:

  • Remain calm, be patient tolerant and understanding
  • Address me by name each time you speak to me
  • People with autism are vulnerable. They are entitled to an appropriate adult. is should be arranged immediately
  • Be aware your behaviour and language can be confusing to me
  • Always explain what is happening, what will happen and why
  • Be aware autistic people may carry an object for security; removing it can cause extreme distress. Only remove it if essential 
  • Don't touch me or use handcuffs unless essential for safety

The scheme was developed following extensive consultations with autistic individuals and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards and other partner agencies.

To obtain a card email autism@met.police.ukFor more information about the scheme visit www.npaa.org.uk/launch-of-tri-force-autism-alert-card-scheme/

 

 

November 2019 - Next meeting of Brent Parent Carer Forum

View the flyer for more details about the group's next meeting on 28 November. 

October 2019 - Transition event for young people with SEND

October 2019 - Preparing for Adulthood SEND conference

A free conference looking at examples of national best practice in post-16 and 19-25 provision for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is taking place at Brent Civic Centre on Wednesday 23 October. Find out more details

September 2019 - Diary dates for SEND support group meetings

Brent Parent Carer Forum Community Interest Company (BPCF CIC) is hosting two meetings this month for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Come along and get advice and information about local services, meet other parents and share your experiences. There is also an opportunity to book a one-to-one appointment with Brent's Disabled Children and Young People's Service (0-25).

  • View more information about the evening meeting for working parents on 17 September.
  • Find out more about the daytime meeting on 24 September.

August 2019 - BPCF hosts family day at the seaside

Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) hosted it’s first-ever family day trip on 29 August, with a visit to the seaside in Brighton.

Twenty one families who are currently supported by the forum made the journey to the south coast. They included 52 children, 22 of whom have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Siblings were also invited to enable the whole family to spend the day together.

The trip was made possible thanks to a grant from Brent Youth Foundation and the John Lyons Charity, which helped to cover the cost of a coach and two mini buses for children using wheelchairs.

Families were provided with ‘trip packs', by the forum, including snacks and I Spy books. Special picture and communication boards were used to capture feedback about the outing from children with more complex needs.

Sharon Brown, Chair of BPCF, said: "It was lovely to see parents and carers enjoying a day out together with their children, who we often hear about at our meetings and other events. To organise a day trip like this for so many of our families, including children who have quite complex needs, was such an achievement for our forum. We've had wonderful feedback and we hope to make a trip like this an annual event in our calendar." 

If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person in Brent with SEND aged 0-25, and would like to know more about the work of BPCF, visit www.brentpcf.org

  

August 2019 - Supported internship vacancies for young people and adults with SEND

There are currently a number of supported internship vacancies for young people and adults with moderate learning disabilities on Project SEARCH programmes for September 2019.

To be eligible to apply, young people and adults must be aged between 17 and 24 and have an education, health and care (EHC) plan from their local authority or be in the process of obtaining one. Applicants must also be capable of travelling independently or be willing to be trained to do so.

The vacancies would suit people who have recently graduated from school or further education college or who are or who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET). To apply, email the contact/s listed below. Further information about each programme can be found in the 2019 Guide to Supported Internships in West London (.pdf, 2.91MB).

Current vacancies:

  

August 2019 - Summer holiday playschemes and activities for SEND

Looking for information about summer holiday provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)? Then read the guide produced by Brent Council's Children and Families Information Service (CFIS) for details of school and privately-run activity camps, schemes and programmes at local sports centres.

Roundwood Youth Centre is also hosting a summer holiday programme (.pdf, 68.9kB) for children and young people aged five to 19 years old (up to 25 years old with SEND). Activities range from sport, skills workshops and art, to play sessions, dance and music. In addition, Brent Connexions (Prospects) is providing free careers advice and information sessions for 16 to 19 years old (up to 25 with SEND).