We are looking to develop more SEND resources and would love to hear what our service users would like. Please take a moment to complete our short consultation to help us ensure we provide the most useful resources.
Following the return of our face-to-face advice clinics and the increasing demand on our helpline for support we need to ensure that we use our limited time efficiently. Due to a number of missed bookings across our advice clinic and training moving forward we will now be following up with a confirmation response 5 days before the event to limit risk of last-minute cancellations or missed appointments. If you do not confirm your attendance within a day, then your place will be offered to others on a waiting list.
With the current high volumes of calls please contact us at your earliest convenience to ensure that you meet any relevant deadlines. If you no longer need your helpline appointment please inform us with enough notice so we can offer the appointment to others.
Norfolk SEND Youth Forum
We had a lively meeting this month, with X7 children and young people attending on-line, aged between 11 and 18 years. Our theme for this month’s meeting was transition. We asked the group to share with us their experience of transition, identifying the positives and negatives, as well as what, and who can help a young person with additional needs and disabilities to manage change!
To summarise, our members shared their experiences of moving into different stages of their education, for example moving from Primary school to High school, and accessing new work experience and training opportunities.
Our members recognised the benefits of moving forward and seeking new opportunities and identified that when supporting adults are sensitive to their needs, fears and difficulties can be overcome.
We asked who or what can help with transition? Please see below some of their responses:
- “Someone to talk to me.”
- “Staff at school.”
- “When I did not know where to go people helped me to find my lesson”
- “Someone just sitting with me and helping understand or get my head around the change. Letting me voice my anxiety’s and reassure me.”
- “Helped me and helped other teachers to understand me”
- “My form tutor would allow me time with her and email my teachers to talk to them for me.”
- “Helped me settle and staff from school came with me to support me through the transition.”
- “One teacher asked me what I was doing then told me off. Another teacher got us to meet and helped him understand I was autistic and always did what I was asked “
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 18th May, 6.30 – 7.30pm, via Microsoft Teams.
We have Paul Webb, (Strategic Lead & Participation, Norfolk County Council) visiting to consult with our members , in May, about Short Breaks. If you would like to join us at our next meeting, and are 11 – 25 years, and keen to share your views and experiences, you can register on-line:
My name is Leah and I live in South Norfolk with my husband and two children. I have worked within a school setting for most of my adult life and the large majority of that time was spent working within schools for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I am currently completing my IPSEA training for my role as SENDIASS Helpline Advisor and once I have completed the training, I look forward to being able to offer information, help and advice to people who need support.
14+ Yearly Learning Disability Health Check
14+ Yearly Health Checks are for anyone aged 14 or over with a learning disability, who are on the GP practice learning disability register. Once on the register at your GP practice, you should be invited to come for an annual health check each year.
Find out more by visiting Just One Norfolk
Norfolk SENDIASS updates
We are pleased to now have finalised our new logo and we are proceeding to update all of our resources and materials. We worked with a member of our Youth Forum who contributed throughout the whole process.
Feedback from Tribunal Training
We delivered our 3rd and final online Tribunal Training this month and we are so pleased that so many parent/carers and professionals attended.
Here is some feedback we received;
"The trainer was clearly very knowledgeable and the delivery was well paced and clear. Slides are well written with lots of useful links to resources and organisations"
"Excellent session, packed with information. very helpful thank you"
"Excellent well delivered made complex information make sense"
"It was really informative and your service is amazing - I have called for advice previously and felt so much better talking things through"