Our next Plymouth SEND Conference will be on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at Plymouth Guild Hall.
- Various talks of interest to parents
- One-to-one slots with selected professionals
- Stands and information with local activities for children and young people with SEND
- Panel question and answers sessions
and much more for 0 to 25 year olds.
Questions from our Parent Conference
Listed below are the questions that were submitted for the Parent Conference with the responses from last year (2014).
Frequently Asked Questions
Waiting times at the Child Development Centre (CDC) are between 16 - 18 weeks. Intake referral meetings take place every Wednesday. Parents and young people can ring the CDC to see where they are on the waiting list 01752 439400.
See Child Development Centre website.
The government states that the new SEND legislation requires major culture change to be successful - this is code for professionals (head teachers, teachers, SENCOs) learning to listen to and respect parents' and young people's views and to act on them, rather than to impose solutions on them without consultation.
As parents, we need to help them in changing this outdated mind set. To do this effectively, we need to learn new skills too: to contain our frustrations, to remain calm and focused, to challenge constructively, to work collaboratively with schools.
These changes will not happen overnight, but if we are recognised as informed, confident, skilled parents, in short as fellow "professionals", we will succeed in breaking down the barriers and we will be listened to.
Your Child Your Voice, the independent Plymouth parent carer forum, runs periodic parent participation training courses for parents where we learn how to challenge schools and other agencies appropriately from a position of confidence. For more information about these and other events organised by Your Child Your Voice, go to www.yourchildyourvoice.org.uk.
When you, your child and your family are working through a SEND Support plan or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, the team around the child (you and the professionals working with you) will be looking at everything that impacts you as a family coping with disability, including housing issues.
The SEND Support and EHC Plans are powerful mechanisms for putting joined-up support in place for you and your family, but unfortunately this does not extend to housing. You will have to contact the Housing department directly to resolve any housing issues.
If you are applying for a social rented home in Plymouth, contact the Plymouth City Council Housing Options team on 01752 305496 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to find out more about home adaptations for disabled people, contact either Plymouth City Council Children's Services on 01752 307264 for an assessment of your property by an occupational therapist if your child is under 18, or Plymouth City Council Adult Social Care on 01752 668000 for the same assessment if your child is over 18. The occupational therapist can make a referral on your behalf to the Plymouth City Council Major Adaptations team to be considered for a Disabled Facilities Grant.
You will be able to call on members of the team around the child to support you in your discussions with Housing and to help present evidence of your special housing needs related to your child's special educational need or disability.
Contact the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) on 01752 307264 or at email@example.com. This should be your first port of call for any enquiry regarding special educational needs and disability for children aged 0 to 18. The SPOC team will be able to signpost you to different support services or to work with you in identifying, contacting and bringing together the support services you need.
SPOC can be contacted by telephone 01752 307264 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm) or a message can be left on the message on the answer phone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The SPOC team can give general advice and signposting about any SEND queries. With signed consent SPOC is the gateway into teams within Children's Integrated Disability Services and again with consent, the team can also help broker the Team Around Me (check databases and give names of people involved etc).