December update - Local Offer

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SEND Local Offer Partnership newsletter
December 2020

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Welcome to our December SEND Local Offer Partnership newsletter. We hope that you and your family are keeping well during these difficult times. We have rounded up a lot of information we hope you may find useful over the coming weeks.

Tier 3 update 2 Dec 2020

Bradford District now under Very High Restrictions

Bradford District, alongside all other West Yorkshire authorities has now become a Tier 3 ‘Very High Alert Level’ area. 

The district is in Tier 3 because of the high rate of infection, the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions and the ongoing need to tackle the spread of coronavirus.  Tier 3 however is less strict than the restrictions imposed through the national lockdown.

The main differences between the national restrictions and the new Tier 3 restrictions are that:

  • People can socialise in a group of up to 6 in some outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.
  • People can attend COVID-safe places of worship but must avoid mingling.
  • Non-essential retail can re-open. 

For more information and further updates, please visit our COVID page

We have also published a page of Frequently Asked Questions, which may help answer some of the queries you might have about the new restrictions.

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youth in mind

Help and support for young people

Youth in Mind are a partnership of services who support 11-19 year old's in Bradford District and Craven who are struggling with their social, emotional or mental wellbeing.

For young people with special educational needs and disabilities referrals can be made up to the age of 25.

Youth in Mind is an NHS-funded service, so all of the support they offer is completely free.

This service is funded through a programme open to anyone living, attending school or registered at a GP in one of the following Central postcodes : BD1, BD2, BD3, BD5, BD7, BD8 & BD9.

Staying Put - NEW webchat service

Staying Put is a local charity who support women, men and children with domestic abuse and sexual violence. The charity can offer support, information and advice to victims, a whole family and/or perpetrators of abuse too. 

Staying Put have launched a new online webchat Monday to Friday 5pm-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm. It allows people to access support easily online. 

If you prefer to speak to someone directly, they also have a freephone helpline open 9.30am-12noon and 12.30pm-4.30pm on weekdays. Telephone: 0808 2800 999.

Warm Homes, Healthy People programme

The Bradford Warm Homes, Healthy People programme is open until 31 March 2021.

The service provides free independent energy advice for those living in the Bradford District area. It is available free of charge subject to eligibility criteria which includes having anyone in the house with a learning disability, mental health condition or a child under the age of five.

The aim is to save you money and keep you warm. They install small energy efficiency measures and offer support and advice on energy bills. They also provide emergency support and help you with debt and benefits checks.

 Find out more or make a referral, freephone 0808 1683547.

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Launch of online safety resources for parents and professionals

SWGfL is a charity ensuring children benefit from technology, free from harm to ensure they can stay safe and secure when online.

The charity have recently launched a free pocket size leaflet that gives parents and carers' points to consider and useful links to help you understand how to deal with online situations. It includes information and tips about bullying, gaming, Apps and instant messaging. 

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Children & Young People SEND outcomes

In May 2020, 54 families identified their top 8 Outcome Statements, which are going to be at the centre of all decisions that involve or impact families with SEND.

During November our SEND Ambassadors met with Youth In Mind (YIM) apprentices to reword these outcomes and made the statements more child focused. We will update you with the next stage of developments in our upcoming newsletters.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas from the SEND Transformation & Compliance team.