GPV legal info event empowers parents

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Over 100 parents from every part of the borough attended our all-day legal information event in the centre of Woolwich today. Disability Barrister and legal expert Steve Broach presented an in-depth talk about rights for disabled children and their families.

The presentation covered every aspect of the legislation that determines the education, health and social care provision that our children must receive, with or without a statement or EHC Plan. He also answered questions throughout and talked through some of the different scenarios and problems that parents face – and what to do about it.

Steve touched on issues of great importance such as mental capacity, parents’ rights as carers and the use of Tribunals and Judicial Reviews as tools to ensure our children’s needs are met.

We also learned many new and useful facts, for example; very few of us knew that we are all entitled to a Parent Carer Assessment, in order to make sure we are supported adequately as carers. As one parent put it: “Steve answered questions I didn’t even know I had!”

We all enjoyed a free light lunch, and hot drinks throughout, and Steve continued to advise parents throughout the breaks. Parents took home with them a printed copy of the presentation and a goodie bag filled with info leaflets for local services, GPV gifts and a Healthcare survey.

It was great to see parents chatting together at the breaks and a feel a real sense of solidarity and shared struggle uniting us all. We left informed and empowered, a great outcome for the day.

To see the slides in full click on the link below:

GPV slides_Jan 16

We hope to see you at the next one in 2017!

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