Thanks to nearly 100 parents and carers who came to our legal changes information day with top disability law Barrister Steve Broach. It was great to see so many parents from every part of the Royal Borough coming together to find out about the Children and Families Act and the Care Act and what it means for our children. Lots of questions were answered on hot topics such as transport, Direct Payments, eligibility for the EHCP assessment, and many more.
The afternoon’s session provided a clear summary of what we need to know about the Care Act. This included issues such as mental capacity and new advocacy rights. As carers we need to look to the long term and this new legislation, unlikely to change now for decades, will have a profound influence on the lives of our children.
A solicitor from Irwin Mitchell was on hand for the lunch period to provide case advice. Steve also answered individual questions from parents throughout the breaks. At the end all parents were presented with a GPV Goody bag including information on useful local services, a sports and leisure survey and some GPV free gifts.
Thanks for all your lovely appreciative comments in the feedback forms, as well insight into current individual concerns. As always, your voice is vital to our effectiveness as parent and carer representatives in Greenwich.
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