Conference for parents of children with SEND


Parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being invited to a special advice event next month.

On Tuesday 10 November, the Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND are hosting a conference and an exhibition of support services in the Guildhall where families can see what support is available for them. There will be a morning session from 9.30am to 1.30pm and then an evening session from 5pm to 9pm.

The aim of this conference is to offer families the opportunity to hear how the Local Authority has progressed with the introduction of the new SEND system, including the Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), over the last 12 months. Several guest speakers will be attending and there will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions to a selected group of Heads of Service.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “We are going to have lots of different services on hand to offer parents advice and support. We’ll also be able to talk families through our Local Offer. This is a fantastic source of information for parents, young people and professionals, which helps them to understand what services they and their family can expect from a range of local agencies – including their statutory entitlements.”

The local offer covers provision for children and young people from birth to 25 and includes information on education, health and social care services.”

This event is free and offers a crèche for the under-five’s during both the morning and evening sessions. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are also provided. To book a place, and for further information visit please go to: www.plymouthias.org.uk/information-support/parent-conference-nov2015

If you have a child with Special Educational Needs or Disability and have not yet booked your space, contact Claire at Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND on 01752 258933 or go to the Parent Partnership website. http://www.plymouthias.org.uk/

For more information about support services for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities www.plymouth.gov.uk/chids

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