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    GPV Short Breaks Survey Results

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    Last year we undertook a survey of parents and carers across the borough on the subject of Short Breaks. Short Breaks are designed to provide opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to spend time apart from their primary carers. They should be positive experiences for the child or young person whilst also giving their carers a rest from caring duties. A high proportion of these short breaks are funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich either directly or via permission for parents to use their direct payments. We asked parents all about when they would prefer Short Breaks,...
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    Non-Violent Resistance: one family’s story

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    At a recent Knit, Stitch and Make session we were lucky to be put in touch with a family who had tried a new approach to managing violent behaviour in their child, with great success. We asked this parent to share with us a short summary of the techniques used and the amazing changes they saw in their family life as a result… Using NVR to Rebuild Family Relationships – our story “Non violent Resistance (NVR) is a parenting approach used to manage aggressive, harmful and self destructive behaviour in children and adolescents. The core focus of NVR is to...
  3. Vivien Davies

    Children’s Society Survey: The Local Offer

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    The Children’s Society is consulting with young people and children with disabilities on how they can best use the new upcoming Local Offer website. The Royal Borough of Greenwich has commissioned them to find out which services on the site they feel are the most important. The survey also looks at what other websites people use and what features are helpful. We encourage parents and carers to complete the survey with, or on behalf, of their child or young person with special needs and disabilities, or to assist their young person in completing the survey. We will collate findings, pass...
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    ‘We Listen’ group invites GPV to visit

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    We were invited by Anne to attend the monthly drop in session of her support group ‘We Listen’. Also visiting was the MP for Thamesmead and Erith, Teresa Pearce. We listened to Anne’s talk on the challenges of bringing up a child with autism and shared our experiences. Teresa was particularly interested to hear about the challenges families face when there are siblings in the family without a disability and how parents manage to meet the different needs of their children. We Listen is a support group for Black Minority Ethnic families and it meets on the third Friday of...
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    We’re reaching new parents

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    Viv and Jo are continuing the series of school ‘cluster’ presentations to parents, all about the SEN reforms and the changes for children already with statements.This term, lead SENCOs from each cluster (school groups for SEN administration purposes) have been responsible for inviting relevant parents across all the schools in their group to special meetings hosted by Greenwich council. Team members from the SEND reforms group talk parents through the new EHCP including the vision guiding the changes, the transfer process from Statements and the new ‘Profile’ of your child which the school will need to develop with you and...
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    KIDS launches new info resource on SEND legal changes

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    KIDS has just launched a new suite of resources to support families and carers of disabled children and young people to help them navigate the reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disability provision. The full suite of resources is available to view on the KIDS website: www.kids.org.uk/mip2 KIDS works with disabled children, young people and their families. As part of the ‘Making it Personal:2’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has worked with a number of partners to develop a new suite of resources to explore how personal budgets and the local offer will benefit families. This comprehensive...
  7. Vivien Davies

    Home-to-School travel policy: Govt response

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    The Government has now published their response following the submission of everyone’s views on their home to school travel and transport policy proposals. The introduction to the document says: “The Home to School Travel and Transport Guidance is statutory guidance. This means that local authorities are under a duty to have regard to it when carrying out their duties in relation to home to school travel and transport, and sustainable travel. The aim of the guidance is to outline the statutory requirement and then go on to discuss the ways in which this can be delivered and the discretionary powers...
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    Home-to-School travel policy: VGSN response

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    The recent consultation about RBG’s new Home to School Transport policy closes Friday 18 July, and there’s still time to register your views, by visiting: https://consultations.greenwich.gov.uk/kms/dmart.aspx?PageType=item&DMartId=770&NoIP=1. We’ve published the response by the Voluntary Group for Special Needs (VGSN) groups in Greenwich to the proposals. If you support these views you can either respond to the the proposals with a web link to this article, or copy and paste into your letter. Please do make your voice heard on this very important issue for our children. Member Groups of VGSN Voluntary Group for Special Needs Greenwich Mencap Greenwich Parent Voice Greenwich...
  9. Vivien Davies

    Short Breaks Survey Part 2: what type of short break do you want?

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    If you want to make sure the short break offer in Greenwich matches what you and your child wants, please complete our super-fast 2 minute survey. This follows on from the first survey which looked at the times you would like a break; this time we ask you questions about the type of short break that your child would enjoy. Do you really need overnight respite, perhaps with medical support? Are you trying to find an after school provision and currently drawing a blank? Does your child have a hobby or interest that you would love them to pursue with...
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    Implementing the Reforms: new guidelines

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    If you want to understand the latest guidance on how your local authority should be implementing the Reforms, read this document. It was published a few days ago and spells out in detail how local authorities and their partners including Health will want to phase the implementation of all aspects of the new law. The document contains the most up-to-date time-lines for transition planning for those currently with statements, LDAs and School Action/ School Action Plus and the equivalent, and covers the age range 0-25 years. Click on the link here to visit the website where the document can be...

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