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    Direct Payments: Frequently asked questions

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    Carers who receive Direct Payments will be aware that the council are undergoing a ‘data refresh’ at the moment in order to improve service delivery and administration. Many of you will have had letters about this. We thought it would be helpful to reporoduce their FAQ which was sent to all parents already receiving Direct Payments. It contains some really useulf information which should make it easier for you to manage your payments: From Direct Payments Team, Royal Borough of Greenwich: What is the data refresh exercise for and why do we have to go through it? The government have...
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    GPV parent voices on Radio 4 in May

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    A huge thank you to Clare Balding and producer Karen Gregor and all the great parents and walkers who came today on our GPV Ramble for Radio 4. It was the perfect Spring day, and the park could not have looked more splendid with blossom finally out, birdsong and blue skies above. Parents spoke to Clare about living with a child with special needs, the many obstacles we face, as well as the joy and pride we feel in our children’s achievements. We started the walk at Blackheath Gate and finished on One Tree Hill with the most wonderful panoramic...
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    Changes to the Code of Practice: summary

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    We’ve reprinted here a very useful summary of the main changes to the Code of Practice (this is the legal guidance for how local authorities must implement the Children and Families Bill.) This article is taken from blog www.senexpertsolicitors.co.uk “As of today, 1 April 2015, a new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice is in force…We have looked through the new Code to see what changes have been made and whether these were expected. Changes Earlier this year the Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015 came into force. As a result, the SEND Code...
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    Physical activities and sports survey

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    Help us to create physical activity and sports opportunities for your child ages 0-25 in Greenwich. We’re aiming to develop what’s on offer for children with special needs and disabilities. The starting point is our short survey. We want you to tell us what activities your child is looking for, where and when they’d like to access these and what extra support they might need. Please take a moment to click on the link and fill in the survey, it takes about 10 minutes. The data collected we hope will result in some amazing new opportunities as well as improved...
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    Parents turn out in force for GPV info day

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    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...
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    Letter to parents and carers from Debbie Rolfe

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    Many of you will know or have come into contact with Debbie Rolfe, through the wonderful local Portage service and through the Early Years Inclusion team and Early Support. Sadly Debbie is leaving her position in Greenwich this month. She’s been working with families for years, getting countless children on the path to doing really well. She’s been a source of lifeline support, humour, insight and common sense to many grateful parents and carers, and has made a huge difference to the outcomes of so many of our children. We will really miss Debbie! Here’s a letter from Debbie to...
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    GPV Action for Change 2016

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    Last updated 11 May 2016 GPV asks for a new level of commitment to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Greenwich. Nothing is more important to parents than the health and happiness of their children. We want our children to grow up to be contributing members of society and the economy. We need Councillors and MPs’ help to ensure that families of children with special needs and disabilities can lead normal, fulfilled lives on their own terms. Commitment from local councillors and MPs Councillors and MPs will always listen to and support parents going to...
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    GPV brings parents and politicians together to make change

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    On Monday 16 March Greenwich Parent Voice hosted a pre-Election reception for councillors and parliamentary candidates in Greenwich. They unveiled a set of action points that demand real commitment by local politicians to meet the needs of parents and families living locally. Joanne Delap and Vivien Davies, co-Directors of Greenwich Parent Voice and GPV Health Lead, Wendy Horrobin gave a presentation on how the forum gives parents a voice in decision-making. They spoke about the realities of caring for a child with special educational needs and disabilities before announcing their plans to work more closely with politicians and councillors. A...
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    16 March: #SENDparentvoices

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    We gave parent views from across the SEND spectrum to local politicians at a reception for councillors, Parliamentary Candidates and our member of the London Assembly on 16 March. We wanted to make sure that the issues facing families of children with special needs are on the agenda in the run up to the Election in May. On the night, we described the work that GPV does in Greenwich, highlighted priority topics for carers and shared our ideas on how to make things better. Our guests met with a small group of volunteer GPV Parent Consultants, who told them their...
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    Carers’ Survey: tell the council what you need

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    We’ve been asked to gather parent carer views for a new survey about what services carers would like to support them. There are lots of new developments in Greenwich including a lovely new carers’ centre called The Stables, launching on April 1st. The survey won’t take more than a minute or two to complete, and the results will help ensure you get a good support service. Click on the link below to start: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GPDJ3F6 The deadline for your views is 8 March. Now’s the time to have your say on what would make your life easier and what would help...

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