4th Sept 2020 Parent Network Update

Welcome to this weeks update with various items in it.  We hope that for those of you whose children started back to education this week that it has gone as well as possible.

Panorama Programme BBC1 Monday 7th September – Fighting for an education This programmed features families of children with SEND and their struggle to get an education for their children.

Latest letter from Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford MP – the latest letter for families of children with SEND was published on the 2nd September.  It covers the resources available to schools to support children and young people with SEND returning to school/college, behaviour policies, risk assessments, face coverings, specialist and visiting practitioners, mental health and wellbeing, aerosol generating procedures and hospital schools. Vicky Ford letter to SEND sector 2nd Sept 2020

Therapies for children and young people – HPCI has been working with HCC and Hertfordshire Community Trust (who provide Speech and language therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy in the community and to education settings) on how therapies will be delivered to children, young people and settings this term.  We had hoped that this update would be ready to go out today but unfortunately not.  We will bring it to you as soon as possible.

EHC Plans – relaxation of time scales ceases on 25th September.
The government has announced that relaxation to the statutory timescales for various EHC needs assessment and plan processes will expire as planned on 25 September 2020. The normal statutory timescales will apply from that date.

News from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Front line families
Is a partnership of organisations including the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Bringing Us Together and Newbold Hope who work with families of disabled children and adults who have a range of support needs. Front Line Families is able to offer a range of initiatives that are specifically designed to meet the needs of this community of families who have been particularly hard hit by the restrictions in place.
To find out more: http://bit.ly/FrontlineFamilies

CBF Carers Catch Ups
If you are caring for a family member with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour then the Challenging Behaviour Foundation is offering fortnightly Carers Catch Up on Zoom so that you can connect with other family carers in a similar situation.
Hertfordshire is covered by the East catch up group being run by Emma.  The catch ups are fortnightly and the first one in the East is on Monday 7th September at 11.30am.  If you would like to take part then please email Emma on Carerscatchup6@thecbf.org.uk