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April 2017 Update

A couple of key points that we would like to share following our meeting earlier in the week with Rob Winfield, SEND Service Manager. Our primary concern is around the proposed SEN Funding cuts. We confirmed our deep concern and worry in respect of how the proposed cuts will affect our children and our families if…

March 2017 Update

March has been another busy month and we have been working hard to get the word out about the forum and enable more parents and carers to have their voices heard. We visited The Polygon School, Cedar School and Rosewood School to engage with parents and carers and welcome their input about services in Southampton.  All…

February 2017 Update

February was a busy and exciting month and as a forum we completed our first official piece of work.  Further to the Southampton City Council 2017 Budget Consultation, we submitted our official form response to confirm that we insist that the “Short Breaks” service via the Buzz Network is re-designed without making a saving and…

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission Inspection

From 6th – 10th February 2017 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of Southampton local area. The areas the teams will focus on are: · How well the local area identifies and assesses the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities ·…

The Southampton Information, Advice and Support Service

As a forum we work closely with other services such as the Information, Advice and Support Service (formally Parent Partnership). They have recently launched their new website and have asked if we can provide some feedback on how user friendly and informative it is? The IAS service offers support and advice in respect of educational…

Local Offer Live

We’re planning an fantastic event in the Summer “Local Offer Live”. We want to showcase the fab providers, services that are available and that “The Local Offer” provides. What you would expect this to look like? Who would you want to be there? Which services matter to you and who would you like to speak to? i.e Short Breaks providers, Information, Advice…

Sibling Workshop Update

As promised, here’s the notes from the recent Sibling Workshop:- Our speaker is the sibling to an older sister with Autism. She took us through her journey as a sibling and how this has had a huge impact on her life and the career path she has chosen to take. Our speaker is a Trainee Educational Psychologist on the University of Southampton’s Doctorate course. She…