BPV Current Projects

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:

  • Engagement
  • High Needs Funding
  • Specialist Placements
  • Bromley’s SEN Support Offer
  • Social, Emotional and Health

Choice

Each group will look at the following:

  • What are the current arrangements in Bromley? Strengths and areas for development.
  • How we would like it to be in the future?
  • What needs to happen to get there?

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 info@bromleyparentvoice.org.uk or Contact Kay Moore, Parent Participation Officer, LB Bromley on 0208 776 3170 or email info@bromleyparentvoice.org.uk.

Outcomes Project

'The vision of the Children and FAMILIES Act 2014 is ‘for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.’
‘Importantly, the aspirations for children and young people will be raised through an increased focus on life outcomes, including employment and greater independence.’

SEND COP

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.

The group runs every Wednesday from 9:30am-11:30am in various venues across the borough. Please see details of the venues below;

1st Wednesday – Sanctuary Café, Orpington Baptist Church

2nd Wednesday – Community Café, Community House, Bromley

3rd Wednesday – Mottingham Community Centre

4th Wednesday – The Chancery, Beckenham

Cake and Share Flyer

Cake and Share Flyer

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)

Independent Support

Bromley Parent Voice
Burgess Autistic Trust
Bromley Mencap
Experts By Experience

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.

SEND Reforms

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

  1. Identify children’s special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  2. They meet those needs
  3. How effectively they improve outcomes for these children and young people.
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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)

Completed/Archived Projects