December 2019

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Wolverhampton Information, Advice, and Support

Christmas Snowman


E-bulletin December 2019


Merry Christmas to all our readers


"The IASS Team would like to wish you a Very Happy Christmas.

The service will be closed 25th December to 1st January inclusive".

Christmas Wreath

Inspection Time

Wolverhampton is preparing for a local inspection.  The inspection will examine how well Wolverhampton identifies, assesses and meets the needs of children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).   

It is important to note that it is an inspection of the local area and will include education, health and social care.  The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families. Please see our letter and feel free to share.

The inspectors like to hear from parents/carers before the inspection to gain some understanding of how services are received and an awareness of any challenges.  There will be an online webinar the week before the inspection takes place which aims to gather as many views as possible.  Inspectors also like to meet parents at face-to-face meetings during the inspection. Please look out for details so that you can be involved. We don’t yet have a date but we will share information as we have it.

Further information about the inspection framework can be found at

Emotional Well Being

Review of Emotional Well Being Services for Children & Young People

The City of Wolverhampton Council is undertaking a consultation on the emotional wellbeing services of Wolverhampton’s children and young people. According to the New Economics Foundation, emotional wellbeing is referred to as being comfortable, healthy or happy with life.  The Council is seeking the views of young people, parents and professionals to help plan future services for children and young people in the City.

This survey is a chance to share your experience of emotional wellbeing services in the city and how these can be improved. The following groups are encouraged to complete the survey.

  • Children and young people between the ages of 0-18 and 25 with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)
  • Parents with a child or young person between the ages of 0-18 and 25 with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)
  • Professionals working with a child or young person between the ages of 0-18 and 25 with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and can be found on

Changing Our Lives

Does your son or daughter have support with postural care and/ or speech and language needs?


Changing Our Lives is doing a Quality of Life Review with these young people

Changing Our Lives is a rights based organisation. They work in partnership with disabled people and people with experience of mental health difficulties to find solutions to social injustice and health inequality.

What this work is about

Changing Our Lives has been asked to do this work by Wolverhampton CCG (NHS).

They want to talk to young people who have the label of (SEND) who need support for their posture and/ or for speech and language issues. They want to find out what support the young people have had from health services and what impact this has had on their lives.

They will also be talking to families and professionals.

Their findings and recommendations will be fed back to Wolverhampton CCG.

If your son or daughter has had support for postural care needs or speech and language needs and you are interested in being part of this work or have questions about the work please get in touch with:

Jackie Taylor, Development Officer at Changing Our Lives

Mobile: 07498 025641


They will be talking to young people and their families throughout January, February and March 2020.

Continence service

Please can you help to improve paediatric continence services in Wolverhampton for children aged 4-16

  • Have you used the paediatric continence service?
  • Is your child toilet trained but struggling with day to day issues?
  • Is your child in the process of toilet training?

The Community Children’s Nursing Team is in the process of reviewing its continence service for 4-16 year olds and seeing what can be done to improve things for families.  The team would really value hearing about your experience.  It’s important that the service hears about what is working well so please do share your thoughts.   

Please email by 10th January 2020

Information for schools 

Please help us to increase our social media following.

Please arrange for your school to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @wolvesIASS.  We will follow you in return.

New Mental Health in Schools Master’s Module Lead by the Educational Psychology Service

The Wolverhampton Educational Psychology Service has collaborated with Wolverhampton University to develop a CPD opportunity for school/ setting senior staff and other professionals to help develop their knowledge, understanding and skills around supporting Mental Health in Schools. For more information please see attached flyer or contact Dr. Nooreen Khan (Specialist Senior EP

Base 25

Base 25 emotional mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people

Base 25 and its partner organisations have taken over the delivery of an emotional mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people. The service, Mi Choice, is commissioned by the City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and HeadStart Wolverhampton and will work with anyone aged up to 18 – and care leavers and anyone with a disability up to the age of 25 – who may need support with their emotional health and well-being.

It will provide support to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate emotional wellbeing concerns, such as anxiety, depression and stress, are engaging in risk-taking or disruptive behaviours, or are living with families experiencing difficulties, and provide a range of interventions including counselling and group work.

Referrals to Mi Choice can be made via GPs, schools, Base 25 and professionals who can download a referral form from Base 25’s website. Base 25 has pledged that no young person will have to wait more than 10 working days for an appointment following their assessment.

Base 25 works with around 7,000 young people each year, providing a range of services for them and their families, please visit their website for further details.

Extending the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal Trial

The Department for Education has announced that the national trial to extend the powers of the First Tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability will continue until 31st August 2020.

Read more about the extended Tribunal powers in this Disagreement Resolution article in our Summer 2018 magazine.

Coffee and Chat

Tettenhall Wood School

Coffee Mornings

Coffee Morning for parents and carers of children and young people with autism

December's coffee morning will be on

Friday 13th December 9.30am - 11.30am

Please see the flyer for future dates.

Wildside Christmas

Give Us A Break

Give Us A Break Activities


Give Us A Break has arranged some winter activities. Please see below.

Please make all bookings via:, or through the webpage at click on BOOKINGS where there is a paypal link to make payments in advance. 

If you require any further information about activities such as accessibility or suitability please contact Give us a break on 07854 252328 or on the website.


Santa Sunday

On Sunday 15th December Give Us A Break is running a Sunday session at Brickkiln Street Community Centre, with a Christmas theme and visits to Santa. This must be booked and paid in advance, £3 per child.  Each child will receive a small sensory gift from Santa, and there will be plenty of other Christmas fun to get involved in including crafts.



Carlos the Clown and New Year Party 

Brickiln Centre, Cherry Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0QW

Friday 3rd January 2020

A show and party games from Carlos the Clown plus themed crafts. 

The centre which has a sensory room, main hall and outside area. 

Refreshments provided. £3 per person, payable in advance or on the day. Booking advised but not essential.



Royal School Swimming, Penn Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0EG

Friday 27th December 2019

This is a swimming pool session exclusive to the use of Give Us A Break families with a large pool, and a smaller pool.  

Arrive from 2:05pm for swimming at  2:15pm.

£3 per person, one carer per registered disabled child/young person free.  Payable in advance or on the day. Booking advised but not essential

Apply On Line

Parents urged to apply for reception class places for 2020​

Parents and guardians of children who will start school for the first time in September 2020 are being urged to apply for places online now.

Families have until 15 January 2020 to register their preferences. 

To apply, please log on to School admissions and complete the short application process as soon as possible.

Applying online has a number of benefits. Applications are made through a secure website, and can be viewed and edited online up to the closing date for applications of 15 January 2020. Applicants can also find out about their child's school place allocation online when it is announced on 16 April 2020, rather than having to wait for the post.

Help and advice is available from the Admissions and Appeals Team on 01902 551122 or by emailing

For more information about education in the city, please visit Education and Schools.

WV Active Allied Self Protection

Allied Self Protection


Looking for something a little different? Join Allied Self Protection at Bilston - Bert Williams to learn simple and effective self-protection techniques. Sessions are suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. Your first session is FREE!

For full details v

Headstart Autumn Activities

HeadStart programme of free activities

A wide-range of fun and educational activities are on offer to young people and their parents or carers, designed to support good emotional mental health and wellbeing.

The free activities are open to children and young people aged between 10 to 16 who live in the Headstart target areas. 

For more information please visit HeadStart What’s On.

To find out more about HeadStart, please visit HeadStart, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Facebook.

Dick Whittington

The Wolverhampton Panto 2019

 7th December 2019 to 12th January 2020

The relaxed performance will be on Thursday 9th January 2019 at 11am

To book tickets for this performance call the Box office on 01902 429212

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