Parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will be able to hear first-hand how Plymouth is responding to the new Children and Families Act at a special event being held next month.
On 4 November Plymouth Parent Partnership and Your Child Your Voice are co-hosting a conference for families, giving them a chance to talk to managers and commissioners from across the council and ask the questions that really matter to them. Alongside the conference, a ‘market place’ of support services will be available in the Guildhall where families can see what support is available for them.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “We want to make sure that we offer as many parents as possible the chance to talk to managers and commissioners about these changes. We know that some families will be understandably concerned about the impact these changes may have on their circumstances, so we’re holding this conference to make sure we can reach as many people as possible to answer their questions.
“There will be presentations on the day explaining the changes and giving details of Plymouth’s Local Offer for children and families, there will also be opportunities to ask questions and have one to one sessions with staff from lots of different support services.”
Plymouth’s Local Offer is a 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.
Invitations have already gone out through schools and via the council’s Children’s Integrated Disabilities Service, but the organisers are keen that every parent who may be affected by the changes is aware of the event. To make the conference accessible to as many parents as possible, there are sessions taking place in the morning and evening. Full details of the timings are available in Plymouth Parent Partnership’s website www.plymouthparentpartnership.org.uk , where you can also book your place.
If you have a child with Special Educational Needs or Disability and have not yet booked your space, contact Claire at Plymouth Parent Partnership on 01752 258933 or go to the Parent Partnership website
For more information about support services for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities www.plymouth.gov.uk/chids