Local Offer - April news

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April Local Offer

SEND partnership newsletter - April 2022


Welcome to our April edition

It has been a busy month with the Local Area SEND inspection carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We thank all the families and organisations who were involved in giving feedback to assist with the inspection. We are now waiting for our Ofsted inspection letter, and anticipate it back soon. We will keep you updated on any feedback from the inspection hopefully in our next newsletter.

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World Autism Awareness Day was marked by a successful event 

A big thank you to Airedale & Wharfedale Autism Resource (AWARE) for organising a fantastic event at Bradford City Football Stadium earlier this month. The event was well attended with over 30 stall holders and was attended by 480 parent/carers and professionals. There were stalls on everything from short breaks to carer support, early help and training.

A wonderful event and so great to meet so many families.

If you missed the event and would like more information, register to become an AWARE member to keep updated on resources and support available to families in the area.

Find out more about AWARE here or how to become an AWARE member.

Could you or someone you know be missing out on 15 hours of free childcare for two-year-olds?

Bradford Council has just launched a new campaign called The Terrific Two's aimed to remind parents of eligible children aged two that they can access 15 hours of free child care and how they can register for the summer term. 

There is a full list of eligibility details available here, one of the criteria to receive the free childcare is for:

  • a two year old child who has special educational needs, and/or disabilities -  if he/she has a current SEN statement or an Education, Health and Care plan or receives Disability Living Allowance.
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Children and young people’s voice - survey 

As part of our Transformation Project, work has started on ensuring we improve how we capture children and young people’s voices. We want to gather the views of young people with SEND to see how well they feel involved in their plans and provision currently in place and ways they feel services could improve.

Please support your child to complete the short survey here. 

If you are a professional working directly with young people please complete the survey with the young people you work with.

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What are Supported Internships?

Supported internships are a great opportunity to improve the life chances of young people with SEND by supporting them into sustained, paid employment.

What’s involved?

Supported internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND, who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert employability coach.

Supported interns are enrolled and supported by a learning provider, for example, a school or college, but spend most of their learning time, typically around 70% in a workplace.

Where can I find out more?

Find out about Bradford supported Internship providers and details on how to apply here.

Our dedicated Pathways To Employment page on Bradford’s Local Offer website has more information about the different options in Bradford.

Have you heard of SNOOP?

The Special Needs Objective Outreach Project (SNOOP) is a fantastic local charity that supports children, young people and their families with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions within the Bradford area.

Snoop charity is run by a voluntary management committee and qualified staff with expertise working with young people with disabilities and complex health needs aged 2-25+years.

The organisation are back to running a really good schedule of sessions for children and young people. Please visit the snoop website here for more information. You will also find Snoop's latest newsletter to download on the home page, packed with useful and interesting information. 

 Resources for families doing an EHCP online application

If you are starting to apply for an EHCP and need help completing the online application SENDIASS have produced a helpful guide on how to use the online portal and what questions parents need to answer. Please click to watch the online video and documents that can help to support you completing the application. 

If you are a professional working with parent/carers please can you promote this resource to any parent/carers who are starting the EHCP process.

We will be in touch in May with the next newsletter.