Latest SEND news
Here are the latest news and updates about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brent.
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 Wembly 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.
December 2019 - Brent Parent Carer Forum's last meeting of 2019
Come along and enjoy Brent Parent Carer Forum's end-of-year festivities at the group's last meeting of 2019. As well as a chance to chat with other parents over refreshments, you will also be able to meet representatives from Healthwatch Brent, an independent local consumer champion on health and social care services. View event flyer for more details.
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 email@example.comFor 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).
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).
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at the Hilton Hotel Heathrow T5 at Poyle, near Colnbrook, SL3 0FF. Contact Caroline Lowe at caroline.lowe@Hilton.com or Steve Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at GSK HQ in Brentford and Hounslow Council. Contact Lorna Misra at email@example.com or Nicky Bitar at Nicky.Bitar@hounslow.gov.uk
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at L’Oréal HQ and Hammersmith Town Hall. Contact Luke Dinsmore at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth. Contact Luke Dinsmore at email@example.com
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at Kensington Town Hall and Imperial College. Contact Rachel Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in Holborn. Contact Phillip Vaughan at email@example.com
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).