- Norfolk SENDIASS rebranding
- New manager of Norfolk SENDIASS
- Free Exclusion training for parent/carers
- Update from Norfolk SEND Youth Forum
- SEN Employment Progression Pathways workshops Article written by Bridget Marshall-Nichols, Education Strategy & Infrastructure
- ADOS Assessments at Open Arms
- Norfolk SENDIASS updates
Norfolk SENDIASS rebranding
For a number of years we have been known as ‘Norfolk SEND Partnership’ but to keep us in line with national identification we have chosen to rebrand and will now be known as Norfolk SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service).
Our new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our website is www.norfolksendiass.org.uk.
We will be updating all of our resources and information.
New manager of Norfolk SENDIASS
My name is Niamh Keane I have worked for the SENDIAS Service coming up on five years and in that time I've had a number of roles in the service including Adviser, Caseworker, Independent Supporter and most recently Training and Development Officer. I will be the Interim Service Manager for the next six months and look forward to this opportunity to lead the service.
Free Exclusion training for parent/carers
This training is being run virtually by Norfolk SENDIASS for parent/carers wishing to learn more about:
• The types of school exclusions (not early years or POST 16)
• Who can exclude and for what reason
• The impact of exclusions on SEND
• Understanding Fixed term (suspensions) and Permanent exclusions
• Appealing exclusions
This training will be hosted on the TEAMS platform and a link will be sent to those that sign up closer to the date of the training. If you are unable to attend the training once booked on, please cancel your ticket so that others have the opportunity to attend in your place.
During the training we will not be able to answer any personal questions specific to your situation, you can however contact our service and book an appointment to speak with an adviser.
Once the training has finished, we will be asking all those that attended to fill in an evaluation form.
Throughout the training microphones and cameras will be turned off, however there will be a chat box where you can ask questions.
Update from Norfolk SEND Youth Forum
After the summer break we have resumed our monthly meetings.
We have enjoyed meeting up, supporting each other, making friends, and talking to representatives from the Local Authority, to provide the views and experiences of young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
We have had meetings in September and October, and we were joined by Maxine Blocksidge who is seeking the groups views on the Norfolk SEND Strategy, Claire Jones who is seeking contributions from young people, to further develop and enhance the Norfolk Local Offer, and Steph Askew who wants young peoples input around Norfolk’s Accessibility strategy.
Our members are reliably forthright and honest about their personal experiences, which are being listened to , and impacting and influencing this important work, which affects all children , young people, and their families with SEND!
We have a busy schedule ahead, with further consultations booked, and visitors invited, to advise and inform our members on services available to young people. In November, we have Jo Hand joining us from the Mancroft Advice project (MAP) to provide information and answer questions around Mental Health services in Norfolk.
We are actively seeking new members as we want young people’s voices to be heard and listened to. The Key aim of the Youth Forum is to make real change for young people with SEND. As one of our members said,
“the youth forum is an empowering place to be….people listen to us.”
So, if you are 11 – 15 years, and want to be part of this amazing group of young people, please sign up by completing the online registration form on our website, and we will send you an invite to the next meeting. If you are interested in what we do, but do not want to attend meetings, you can still register, and we will provide you with access to our on-line pin-board where you can still be part of the conversation!
If you would like an informal chat with Bridget, our Children and Young person Adviser, please contact us by phone or contact us on-line to speak with her.
SEN Employment Progression Pathways workshops Article written by Bridget Marshall-Nichols, Education Strategy & Infrastructure
In response to the SEND Ofsted Area review one of the key actions highlighted was to improve employment outcomes for young people 18-25 with SEND. Working with the support and facilitation of a DfE commissioned external consultant, the Participation & Transition Strategy Team in co-production with Family Voice and Adult Services have hosted two vibrant and well attended workshops that have focussed on ‘What does a good employment pathway for complex needs young people looks like in Norfolk?’
The SEND Employment Progression Pathways workshops have brought together a wide range of colleagues with up to forty representatives at both from the public sector (health, education, social care) and the third sector, as well as those who work directly with complex needs young people, are the parent/carer of a young person and those who provide services/support for young people to enable them to understand and enter the world of work.
Across the two workshops colleagues have contributed their knowledge and expertise and shared valuable insights, helping to define what we do well in Norfolk, with regard to supporting complex needs young people into employment, and what needs to improve. Both sessions had lots of energy and creativity from the participants and a clear, shared vision to support children and young people and their families to ensure that they have the required level of encouragement and support in order to achieve their employment dreams and aspirations.
We were delighted to be joined in the second workshop by Phillip Roffe, Managing Director of Osiris IT. Phillip spoke passionately about the opportunities and benefits that employing young people with SEND bring to his business. He also highlighted his approach to talent spotting via work experience opportunities, recruitment, supporting young people to flourish and grow as individuals and well helping them to gain qualifications via the apprenticeship route. We also heard from Norfolk Youth Forum members about what and who is important to them, what they want from the future and what may stop them from achieving this.
The next step in progressing this hugely important piece of work is to pull together the thoughts of the group into clear deliverable actions. We look forward to being able to report further progress.
ADOS Assessments at Open Arms
Open Arms are now able to offer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
Open Arms is a private company, so there would be a charge for families to have one of these assessments.
The ADOS is a gold standard component of an autism assessment., so if you would like more information about an ADOS for an Autism assessment please call them on 01603 767498 or email email@example.com.
Norfolk SENDIASS updates
Please ensure if you can no longer attend your booked appointment that you contact us to cancel and we can allocate this to another person. Thanks.
Our new advisor, Hayleigh Juggins has started working with us and is currently undertaking her IPSEA training and is looking forward to working on the helpline.
We have completed the 3 sessions of SEN support training for parents/carers and professionals and have received some excellent feedback. Keep an eye on our social media and website for further upcoming training.