SEND4Change SEND and SEMH Review
Bromley Parent Voice (BPV) is currently working with an organisation called SEND4Change who have been invited to facilitate an independent review of arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) in Bromley.
These reviews sit alongside the SEND Reform workstreams and will report to the SEND Governance Board. Part of this work will involve entering into a conversation with stakeholders, including children, young people and their families, to co-produce (work together) a new SEN and SEMH Strategy for LB Bromley.
BPV has been asked to part of focus groups during the Autumn term which will consider how support can be improved across 4 key areas:
Each group will look at the following:
Each focus group will produce an action plan and a set of outcomes which will come together to create the new SEN Strategy (Plan) for Bromley. BPV have identified two parent representatives on each focus group who will represent the wider parent views. Additional groups will also meet to discuss these issues.
If you would like your views to be put forward you can either:
Email the parent representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Kay Moore, Parent Participation Officer, LB Bromley on 0208 776 3170 or email email@example.com.
Bromley Parent Voice (BPV) is currently working with LB Bromley on a time limited project “to co-produce a framework for measuring good holistic outcomes and their impact on children and young people with SEND across Education, Health and Social Care in Bromley.”
You can find out more about this project and how to get involved by clicking on the buttons below.
Cake and Share
BPV have been successful in applying for a grant from the Department for Education to host a weekly Cake and Share group for parent/carers of children with additional needs in mainstream schools.
The groups will enable parents to meet other parents in similar situations, share experiences and information, build connections and friendships.
A quote from a parent attending one of the Cake and Share session;
I had a lovely time at the Cake and Share in Beckenham today. I was truly inspired by the parents I met today.
The group runs every Wednesday from 9:30am-11:30am in various venues across the borough. Please see details of the venues below;
BPV School’s Project
BPV has recently completed their School’s Project. The aim of the project was to reach more families whose children attend mainstream school or whose children are out of school. This is so that BPV can listen to the views and experiences of those families and represent the needs and diversity of the population across LB Bromley.
As part of this project BPV has developed a range of information guides for parents/carers.
These guides are available to download here – (to follow)
We continue to work closely with the Independent Support Team as part of the IS consortium to support families through the EHC needs assessment for their child or the Transfer review process.
Below are some examples of some case studies on how IS have supported families through the new process.
BPV have written to every school in our borough offering the support of the IS programme and have produced the following leaflets to support schools and families to understand the new statutory process. Click below to download these documents.
BPV continue to be involved in the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 in Bromley and are working closely with LB Bromley, Health Partners, Schools and Voluntary sector to ensure that the voice of parents, children and young people are listened to at an individual and strategic level. This is achieved by Parent representatives attending thematic workstream meetings, the SEND Implementation Board, SEND Governance Board and the Children Executive Board.
In addition, all parent forums complete a termly survey from the Department for Education. This survey is designed to help the DfE understand the progress in implementing the reforms to the system of supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Preparation for the SEND Local Area Ofsted/CQC Inspection
In the near future, LB Bromley expects Inspectors from Ofsted and CQC (Care Quality Commission) will be inspecting Bromley Council, Health partners and schools (the Local Area) to see how well they
BPV are working closely with the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group to prepare for this inspection. This includes carrying out a Self-Evaluation of the Local area’s strengths and areas that require improvement.
The views of parents, carers and children and young people are a very important part of the inspection.
SURVEY (to follow)