IASS E-Bulletin March 2020

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Wolverhampton Information, Advice, and Support




E-Bulletin March 2020            


EHCP booklet

EHCP Masterclass


Find out more about Education, Health and Care plans

Our next EHCP Masterclass is on

Wednesday 11th March 6-8pm  


Please see our website for details and to book your place via Eventbrite 


Summer Events

IASS Summer Events 2020


The law in relation to special educational needs and disability is complex and can be confusing. In the following sessions we will explain the legal processes in a simple and easy to understand way. 

The Graduated Approach – SEN support

Friday 15th May 9.30-11.30am

Find out how children and young people’s special educational needs are met in schools and settings. SEN Support is for children and young people who do not have an Education, Health and Care plan.

If you have a child (0-25) with additional needs or you work with children or young people (0-25) then you will find this session useful.

Booking is essential – register your place via Eventbrite

EHCP Masterclass

Monday 22nd June 9.30-11.30am

This session will cover everything you need to know about Education, Health and Care plans from the assessment process through to final plan and the annual review process. 

If you live in Wolverhampton and have a child (0-25) with additional needs or a young person with additional needs  then you will find this session useful. 

Professionals working with children and young people in Wolverhampton are also welcome

Booking is essential – register your place via Eventbrite

Changing Our Lives


EHCP Process Explained



The Information, Advice and Support Service is delighted to share this animation.  We have worked with Changing Our Lives  to create this video explaining Education, Health and Care plans and the process leading up to one being written. Please click on the following link to view the animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51W2EHpJeVI 

We hope you can share it and that it helps young people to feel informed and involved in the process. 

In addition to the animation, the IASS is hosting events this summer. Please access information on the following link EHCP workshops.

UK Active

Activity needs of families with disabled children


The ukactive Research Institute has announced a three-year research project with a national disability charity, Sense, which seeks to better understand the needs of parents and families of disabled children.

To find out more about the project visit the website.

Playing Out

Let's Play Out Wolverhampton


Street play, or ‘playing out’, sessions are short, resident-led road closures to let children play safely and freely outside their own front door.

Streets are now doing this all over the UK and it’s having really positive benefits for children and communities.

To find out more visit the information page on the Wolverhampton Information Website

Children to Adults

Transition from Children to Adult Services


Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is asking for help to shape services for young people moving from children’s to adult services.

Transition is the gradual process of preparing, planning and moving from children to adult services. Your hospital is looking at ways to improve this and want your ideas. Please complete the surveys below to help the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to do things better.

If you are the parent of a young person who has recently transitioned from paediatric to adult based services, please complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6RD8LC7

And if your child would be happy to complete the survey, please copy and share the below link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2BMC22Z

The trust would also appreciate feedback from young people who are currently preparing for transition. They can complete their own survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/88KTJBW

Thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the transition team on rwh-tr.transitioncollaborativeworkinggroup@nhs.net

Children & Families Together Partnership Board

The Children and Families Together Board Co-Production Charter


The Children and Families Together Board is where key city partner organisations meet to provide system leadership with the aim of driving improvements in the outcomes for children, young people and their families.   The Charter, which was launched last month, is at heart a set of values and ways of working that all partners have signed up to.  It recognises that young people and families are best placed to shape the services and support they receive. 

You can view the Charter here

The values have been developed in partnership with young people, parents and carers, City of Wolverhampton Council; Royal Wolverhampton Trust, Wolverhampton CCG; Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and Wolverhampton Information Advice and Support Service.

“ It makes our commitment clear and encourages everyone to develop stronger and more positive relationships that recognise people’s strengths and reminds us that we can deliver better, together.”   Alison Baggs, Co-production Officer for City of Wolverhampton Council (SEND).

Changing Our Lives

 Changing Our Lives would like to ask for help from young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Has your son or daughter had support from physiotherapy or speech and language therapy?

Changing Our Lives is looking for young people and families to work with to find out how physiotherapy and speech and language therapy improves the lives of young people with the label of special educational needs and/ or disabilities (SEND)

For young people with the label of SEND who need support from health professionals for their body shape or communication, getting the right help that works for them and means they can get on with their lives is crucial. Young people are already navigating a whole range of social, physical and emotional changes so it is essential that any therapeutic support is not just clinically effective but also person centred, relevant to their life and focussed on what is important to the young person.

Health services in Wolverhampton want to find out about young people’s experiences (and their families) of physiotherapy support and speech and language support, and what impact it has had on their quality of life. Changing Our Lives has been asked to talk to young people and their families to find out.

If your son or daughter has had support from physiotherapy and/ or speech and language therapy, and you are interested in sharing your experiences, please get in touch. Changing Our Lives will arrange to meet up with you to talk through your experience. Alternatively, you can attend a workshop on 23rd March 10.00 – 12.30pm to talk about your experiences.

The findings from this work will help to make sure that support is as good as it can be in the future.

For further information, please contact:

Jackie Taylor, Development Officer at Changing Our Lives

Email: Jackie@changingourlives.org

Mobile: 07498 025641

Common Ground Project

A community connecting project aimed at tackling youth loneliness which will support young disabled people to develop friendships with their non - disabled peers.

Do you want to be part of a project that aims to encourage friendships between young disabled and non-disabled people?

Changing Our Lives is looking for young disabled people and families who would like to be part of projects that are designed to foster new understanding and connections through a common goal. To find out how you can get involved please contact:

Rosalind Frampton

Email: rosalind@changingourlives.org

Mobile: 07460498888

Local Transport Young People

Independent Travel Training


The City of Wolverhampton Council has recently set up an Independent Travel Training pilot programme to offer one-to-one bespoke training to the young people of Wolverhampton aged between 11-19 years, who may face barriers to learning to travel independently.  More information about Independent Travel Training can now be found on the Local Offer on the following link www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/ITT. Please take a look at how this training can benefit young people and how to refer into the service.  You will find a referral form attached to the Local Offer page if you wish to make a referral for a young person, or alternatively, you can contact the Travel Training Co-ordinator, Becky Barnsley, for more information on 01902 551094 / becky.barnsley@wolverhampton.gov.uk

As part of setting up this service, the Independent Travel Training (ITT) Unit is hoping to produce information leaflets / Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheets to be distributed to parents and professionals that will hopefully answer any questions or concerns about the training programme.  The ITT Unit would love to involve as many people as possible with producing this piece of work and so are asking all parents and professionals to let them know what type of information they would want to see or be included.  If anyone would like to contribute, please send an email to ITT@wolverhampton.gov.uk by the 23rd March 2020, detailing any questions about the travel training they would like answered, or any information they feel should be included in the leaflets.


Youth Healthwatch


Healthwatch Wolverhampton is in the process of setting up a Youth Healthwatch which will be dedicated to engaging with young people across the city to influence health and social care services. Healthwatch Wolverhampton is the independent champion of health and social care users and uses service user feedback as well as statutory power of Enter and View to help influence services. The Youth Healthwatch will essentially undertake the same role but led by young people for young people.  To find out more visit the Healthwatch website.

School exclusions - What is legal?

The National Children's Bureau has issued a factsheet to define the different terms that are used to describe school exclusions and what their legal basis is.

To view the information please visit the NCB website

National Childrens Bureau

Give Us A Break

Give Us A Break Sunday sessions

The next session is on Sunday 15th March 1pm - 3pm

The session includes - Big Top Music Therapy, a Cooking Activity and Sensory Activities

To view full details and forthcoming activities please view the flyer

Tettenhall Wood School parent carer workshops

For parents and carers of children with autism.

The next workshop is on Wednesday 25th March 2020

See flyer for details including future workshops


Coffee and Chat

Tettenhall Wood School

coffee mornings

For parents and carers of children with autism.

The next coffee morning is Friday 27th March 9.30-11.30

See flyer for more dates

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