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Impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to a child or young person’s special educational needs or disability from birth to 25 years

Weekly E-Bulletin 223 week
ending 20.01.2017 

A round up of the week’s news and information from the Information, Advice and Support Service and our local parent/carer forum Voice4Parents Wolverhampton.  

 Don't forget to visit our website www.wolvesiass.org

 Parent/Carer Workshop - Just a few places remaining!



 

If your child does not have a Statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan then this workshop is for you!

There are only a few places remaining so please call to book your place as soon as possible.  Booking is essential



Please click the image on the right to view our leaflet which explains how children and young people are supported in education.


 

Inspection preparation - heads up on webinars!

You will hopefully be aware that Wolverhampton local area is preparing for an Inspection on its effectiveness around special educational needs and disability (SEND).  Parents and carers are a vital part of the inspection and we are trying to get as many parents and carers involved as possible.  We know that webinars are a way that Ofsted and CQC inspectors have been gathering views from parents and carers during the inspection process.  When the inspection is announced, the opportunity to take part in a webinar will also be available.  We wanted to give you some tips and information beforehand.  To find out more about the inspection and to register your interest in taking part, please click here
  
A webinar is an interactive audio and visual experience which allows you to participate in interactive presentations from the comfort of your home or work place from a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone.
  • To participate in a webinar you must first register
  • The week prior to the inspection you will be provided with a link to register for the Webinar.  You will then be taken to a registration page
  • Following registration you will be sent an email with an individual link to join the webinar at the scheduled time
  • If you have not accessed a webinar before please give yourself a little more time to join 
  • Click on the option to join the webinar at the specified time where you will enter a ‘waiting room’ until the webinar organiser starts
  • Make sure that your speakers are turned on to listen to the ‘welcome’ and in turn the webinar itself
  • You are able to exit the webinar at any time
  • You will be able to ask questions by typing in to a text box or you can ‘raise your hand’ during question and answer sessions
Contact a Family will be hosting a live Webinar about Transforming  Care for children and young people with learning disabilities, autism or both on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 12:30 PM until 13:30 PM.
 
You can register now!  -  Click here.

Transforming Care is an all age programme for children and young people (and adults) with learning disabilities, autism or both, which aims to transform the way that care and services are provided to help children and young people have a meaningful and positive life. The programme also aims to prevent children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism who also have behaviours that challenge or a mental health condition being admitted to specialist hospitals such as assessment and treatment units (ATUs).

In local areas, Transforming Care Partnership Boards are leading on this work to improve services and the lives of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

This webinar will explain why Transforming Care is so important, what it really means for children, young people and their families, what is happening in your local area, how it relates to and overlaps with the SEND agenda, and how you can get involved to shape transformation. It will also explain what individual parents can do when things are not working for you and your child, particularly if your child may be at risk of being admitted to hospital.

Mary Busk, NNPCF Steering Group member for London, has been an integral member of the national advisory group for Transforming Care for children and young people and will be presenting the webinar alongside Sue North, the children’s social care and education adviser for the Transforming Care programme.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  View System Requirements

New to webinars?
A webinar is a presentation live on the internet. You will be able to hear presentations live, follow the slides and submit questions for the presenters to answer. You will need a home computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. You can also join via telephone, although you won't be able to see the presentation or submit questions.

Read this information and guidance document (PDF).   Please note - if you are joining a GoToWebinar for the first time, you will need to download the necessary software – please give yourself a little time to do this before the broadcast begins.

 
Tettenhall Wood School Workshops and Coffee Mornings


Your child does not have to be a pupil at Tettenhall Wood School for you to attend.

Parent Workshop


Finance, Benefits, Carers Entitlement  - Navigating your way around benefits and being clear on your entitlement and that of your son or daughter can be complicated. This session aims to share which benefits and carers support is available, clarify your entitlement and provide you with the support you need.  Wednesday 25th January 2017 with Ann Draisey and Jatinder Jandu - 9.30am – 11am
 
Places MUST be booked for the workshops.  Call 01902 556519 

Parent Coffee Morning

Friday 27th January 2017  between 9.30am – 11.30am.  There is no need to book, just drop in.  Remember,  your child does not have to be a student at the school for you to attend.

Tettenhall Wood School, Regis Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8XF, Tel No: 01902 556519 Fax No: 01902 556520  Email: enquiries@tettenhallwoodschool.org.uk 
Autism West Midlands January Newsletter

For news and events from Autism West Midlands, please click here to read the January newsletter.
Disabled Living

The Disabled Living Supplier Directory provides information about companies and organisations who provide equipment, products and services to support disabled children, adults and older people.

Access to the supplier directory is via the Disabled Living Website. There is an interactive house to showcase equipment, together with a range of pods which provide information relating to services.  
Calling all young people – Only just over a week to let us know you would to be on the big screen!
 
Last week we told you about 
training that is being developed for schools and for people working across education, health and social care about changes made to the law around special educational needs and disability. To read the full article please read last week's e-bulletin.
 
If you would be interested in putting your name forward, please get in touch with us as soon as possible at the Information, Advice and Support Service  ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk by 31st January 2017.
In the news!

All aboard the Health Bus - People are being invited to hop on board the Health Bus and get some top tips to improve their health and wellbeing.  The Health Bus will be touring Wolverhampton shortly, providing expert help and advice about keeping well this winter. To read more visit the City of Wolverhampton Council’s website.
 
Council offers council tax relief to young care leavers - The City of Wolverhampton Council is offering Council Tax relief to young care leavers, helping smooth their transition into adult life.  To read more visit the City of Wolverhampton Council’s website.

More than 70 events in place for city's first literature festival - Wolverhampton's first literature festival promises something for every literary lover - young and old - with more than 70 events now lined up from Friday 27th January to Sunday 29th January, many of them free.  To read more visit the City of Wolverhampton Council’s website.
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