Letter from Liz Mills, assistant director schools and learning

Re: EHCP improvement workshop - thanks for your participation I just wanted to thank the parents and carers who joined us and a range of our partners, including head teachers, SENCOs and health colleagues, for a workshop aimed at improving the experience of families during assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). The two-day workshop (24-25 January) was very constructive and enabled us to come out at the end with a tangible plan. The atmosphere was brilliant, with families and colleagues from across different professions contributing enthusiastically to honest and challenging conversations. It is very important that practitioners can have these exchanges of views with pare

Free event for parent carers in Staines

StartFragment Parenting a child is full of challenges - but parenting a child with additional needs brings additional ones! If you feel you’d like some expert help, and would like to meet other parent carers in similar situations, then come along to a free event at Hythe Centre, Staines on 22 March. Laura Kerbey, founder of PAST (Positive Autism Support and Training) and Happy Healthy Me!, will be sharing her experiences and tips for how to manage some of those tricky situations. In a two-hour session, Laura will look at sensory needs and behaviour, suggest some positive behaviour management techniques and look at how you can build your own resilience. The session, organised by Family Voice

One day IPSEA training places on offer

Family Voice Surrey is pleased to offer this one day IPSEA introductory level course aimed specifically at parents. The course will give you an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). IPSEA will cover information on the law, guidance, policy and practice and also aims to show parents how you can begin to use the law to gain support for your child with SEND. The course relates to the law as it applies in England. When? 10am – 2pm, 7 March 2017 Where? Astolat, Coniers Way, Guildford Cost? Family Voice Surrey are pleased to be able to offer a reduced rate for both members and non-members (typical cost £69): Free – Famil

Has caring affected your health and wellbeing?

StartFragment We have successfully won funding from the Department for Education to research the impact caring has on the health and wellbeing of parent carers in Surrey, establishing what support is available and where the gaps are. To start, we are asking parent carers about their experience of managing their health and wellbeing while caring for a child or young person with SEND. Through this survey, we hope to develop a better understanding of the impact caring has on parent carers' health and wellbeing, so that we are better equipped to drive positive change and support for parent carers. Please help us by taking our anonymous survey. The survey closes on 20 March. EndFragment

Family Voice Surrey Update on Proposed Closure of Beeches Short Breaks Service - Offer to Meet with

On Monday 13 February 2017 Surrey and Borders Partnership made public their decision not to submit a bid to Surrey County Council to continue providing an overnight short breaks service at Beeches after the end of their current contract on 30 November 2017. This decision has caused shock and disappointment for the families already using or about to start using the Beeches service. Following their decision, the SaBP service will end on 30 November 2017 and families using Beeches are faced with transition to a new service provider at that date. We recognise the turmoil and consternation this means for families and their children, knowing the value placed on the support and security provided by

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