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Bexley LA - SEND Newsletter
Sign up for the Bexley LA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Newsletter! This newsletter aims to provide parents, carers and young people with information and updates and to inform you of the latest news, developments and services for children & young people with SEND aged 0-25 in Bexley. We will be providing a termly newsletter and occasional ‘ad-hoc’ updates as and when appropriate.We are keen to hear from parents, carers and young people so please contact us about what you would like to see in this newsletter. If you know of ‘anything’ locally that is relevant to special needs and disabilities for children and young people, that other parents/carers and young people would like to hear about including local events, please let us know.Please use the email address to provide us with feedback: localoffer@bexley.gov.ukSign up today!(Click the link, add your email, scroll down to the bottom of the long list to click the Special needs and disabilities newsletter). https://www.bexley.gov.uk/stay-informed-about-subjects-you-choose
Contact (previously called Contact A Family)
We are Contact, the charity for families with special needs and disabled children and young people aged 0-25. We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. We help families to campaign to improve life for themselves and others.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice and updates Due to the current situation and the changes that are happening daily, we cannot be held responsible for information that changes without our notice. This page is being updated on a daily basis so please check back regularly. The London Borough of Bexley is here to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic.For information and updates on keeping safe, and current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit the Bexley Council Coronavirus information page or call the Bexley Coronavirus helpline - 020 3045 5398 - open from 8am to 8pmhttps://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/public-health/coronavirus-information-and-support Bexley Local Offer - dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page The local offer continues to provide information and support for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents and carers who have questions about special educational needs, health and social care, can contact the service by telephone and email. The service is receiving many enquiries including the how recent DfE updates to the Children and Families Act 2014 will affect EHC Plans, EHC Needs Assessments and whether these still take place, easy read guides and posters and getting SEN Support and advice from the Early Intervention Team. If you have any questions, please contact the Bexley local offer service by: Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.ukTelephone: 0203 045 5677 Bexley Information, Advice and Support Service – impartial and confidential service for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Bexley IASS service continues to offer advice to parent/carers and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues. Although the face to face appointments offer is temporarily suspended, you can contact the service for advice by email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.uk or telephone: 0203 045 5976. The service is recieving many enquiries including supporting parents to understand mediation, appeals, school admissions and social care support during the coronavirus situation.Visit the IASS dedicated Coronavirus information page for more details including updates from the Council for Disabled Children, IPSEA and Contact.: https://www.bexleyiass.co.uk/get-informed/coronavirus-covid-19/ Education Bexley are working closely with our partners in local schools, residential schools and other education providers to understand their current situations. DfE Updates published 11th May regarding the planned gradual re-opening of nurseries, schools and colleges: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/details-on-phased-wider-opening-of-schools-colleges-and-nurseriesFrequently asked questions regarding education for parent/carers in Bexley: https://sep-bexley.org.uk/covid-19-faqs-for-parents-of-pupils-in-bexley-schools/Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people Oxleas children and young people - Health Services update 15th April - including CAMHS, Children's Community Nursing, OT, Speech & Language, School Nursing and KOOTH.Please download the letter from the 'Useful Download' panel for more details. If your child is registered with the Bexley Children with Disabilities Service and you recieve short breaks, please refer to the useful download section for full details of the short breaks offer available during the coronavirus pandemic. If you are self-isolating or diagnosed with Coronavirus, and you have concerns about caring for your child or young person with SEND while you're unwell, firstly contact your social worker or you can contact the duty teams: Telephone: 020 3045 3600 during working hours (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm) Email: childrenwithdisabilitiesservice@bexley.gov.uk Family Fund - Grant support for children with special needs and disabilitiesThe multi-million-pound settlement for Family Fund, detailed by Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford, will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:“Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. I know that these unprecedented times may put additional pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.”“From computers and tablets to household items that many of us take for granted, this new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond.”The full government press release click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs?utm_source=cd2ccf5f-e4da-48c3-9c73-a37a60f53cd8&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=dailyFamilies can apply direct by following the link below:https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
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Bexley Children's Specialist Services Speech and Language - Supporting parents and carers of children via Twitter
01 Jun
Bexley Children's Specialist Service - Speech and Language We assess and treat speech, language, and swallowing problems. We provide specialist advice so that children and teenagers develop communication skills, to the best of their ability. We help children and young people who have difficulties with understanding language, spoken language, speech sound, ssocial communication, a stammer, a voice problem and/or swallowing. Who do we see? Pre school children registered, or about to register with a Bexley GP School aged children attending a Bexley school Young people aged 16-19 years in full-time education in Bexley Referrals can be made by your Health Visitor, nursery staff, school teacher, a doctor or your GP. You can contact us to ask about a referral or for advice. Keep up to date with the Bexley Children's Speech & Language Service on Twitter. Twitter is a way to support young people and families through posting information and advice on a regular basis. Twitter handle: @BexleySLT Hashtag: #bexleybrightideas Contact us: Address: Acorns, Children and Young People’s Services Queen Mary’s Hospital, Frognal Place Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT Telephone: 0203 004 0092 Email: oxl-tr.BexleySCS-SPA@nhs.net Website:http://oxleas.nhs.uk/services/service/childrens-speech-and-langua-1/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
26 May
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic. Click the link below to visit our dedicated coronavirus page providing information, advice and support including: FAQs on education and Bexley schools information Health and well-being for young people with learning diffculties Easy read guides Vulnerable children DfE update on statutory changes for EHC Plans and EHC Needs Assessments Contact flier - Supporting your disabled child whilst in hospital - Parent Helpline http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/Services/5778 The Bexley Local Offer service continues to offer information by telephone and email to parents and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues for children and young people aged 0-25. Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.uk Telephone: 0203 045 5677 The Bexley IASS service continues to offer advice to parents regarding Health, Social Care, SEN Support and EHC Plan issues. Email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.uk Telephone: 0203 045 5976 Bexley Coronavirus helpline - 020 3045 5398 The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm. London Borough of Bexley is here to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of you will have friends, family, neighbours and other support networks to help you, but we are here if you need our help. Learning at home during the Coronavirus Pandemic: Support for parents and carers of children with SEN Is your SEN child struggling academically or emotionally during the COVID-19 restrictions? If you have a child with additional needs who is struggling emotionally or academically during this pandemic we may be able to help. We are Bexley Council’s Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service who normally provide advice and support to schools about children with additional needs. We can now provide advice, guidance and signposting for you as parents and carers, via phone or email, on how to support your children whilst learning at home and throughout this period where schools have partial closures. Telephone : 0203 045 3692 Email : parentsensupport@bexley.gov.uk 9am —5pm Monday—Friday For the full details, download the flier: Family Fund - Grant support for children with special needs and disabilities The multi-million-pound settlement for Family Fund, detailed by Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford, will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need. Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said: “Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. I know that these unprecedented times may put additional pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.” “From computers and tablets to household items that many of us take for granted, this new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond.” The full government press release click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs?utm_source=cd2ccf5f-e4da-48c3-9c73-a37a60f53cd8&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily Families can apply direct by following the link below: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/ Contact have a parent summery on the changes to EHC Plans and EHC Needs Assessments. For more information visit: https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/temporary-change-in-the-law-for-education-health-and-care-plans/
Bexley LA - SEN Support for parents and carers during the coronavirus
28 Apr
Learning at home during the Coronavirus Pandemic: Support for parents and carers of children with SEN Are you a parent or carer of a child with additional needs? Is learning at home proving to be a challenge? Are your child’s additional needs making it hard for them to adapt to learning at home or to access the work set by their school at this time? Is your child struggling academically or emotionally during the COVID-19 restrictions? Are you having difficulties in getting your child to focus on their school work? If you have a child with additional needs who is struggling emotionally or academically during this pandemic we may be able to help. We are Bexley Council’s Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service who normally provide advice and support to schools about children with additional needs. We can now provide advice, guidance and signposting for you as parents and carers, via phone or email, on how to support your children whilst learning at home and throughout this period where schools have partial closures. Feel free to get in touch for a chat: Telephone : 0203 045 3692 Email : parentsensupport@bexley.gov.uk We are providing this service between 9am —5pm Monday—Friday (not including Bank Holidays). Please do email at a time that is convenient to you and we will respond at our earliest opportunity. If you would prefer a telephone call back please include your telephone number. Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service If you would like the information in this document in a different format, please call 020 8303 7777 and ask for Communications/Graphics. The reference to quote is: 607653/02.20 Download the flier: