IASS E-Bulletin April 2020

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Wolverhampton Information, Advice, and Support




E-Bulletin April 2020            

The past few weeks have been a challenging time for many of us, and particularly for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families.

Our service is still operational and able to offer information, advice and support but in line with Government guidance. At present the easiest and quickest way to get in touch with us is via email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

We are updating our Facebook and Twitter daily with useful resources and important national and local updates with regards to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. So please follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook @WolvesIASS.


Local news and links to other sources of advice in relation to Coronavirus




Guidance on vulnerable children and young people


Here is the latest Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people, (27th March 2020)

Council for Disabled Children

Council for Disabled Children – support and guidance

The Council for Disabled Children has gathered a list of resources and guidance about coronavirus to share with parent carers, children & young people and practitioners.

 Council for Disabled Children Covid-19 support and guidance

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Information from Working Families


Working Families has put together advice pages on your employment rights your employment rights and on what financial support you can claim. This guidance is updated regularly and informed by the latest developments from Government.

In addition to this information Working Families has some further information which can be viewed on the links below

Coronairus (COVID-19) issues for new and future parents

Parents and carers newsletter. You can subscribe using this link.

You can find further information on the website

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Looking after your mental health while self-isolating


If you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health. Here are some tips from Young Mind that may help. For infomation please read here

SEND Snapshot

from the Specialist Learning Support


The Specialist Learning Support team has compiled a list of resources for learning and support at home whilst schools are closed to many pupils. You can read the list and access the resources here

Educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities


SEND Education Provision Poster


The City of Wolverhampton Council would like your views in relation to the educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The Council has recently produced a draft policy framework to guide the future development of educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in Wolverhampton.

The consultation Closes on 13 Apr 2020. Please follow this link for further information.


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 view the animation here. 

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 planning to host events this summer.

Please look out for further information on the "What’s on” page of our website, Twitter and Facebook.

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Include Me Too

Reaching Out service


The Include Me Too Reaching Out service provides a pathway of support to services, grants, equipment, information, advice and advocacy. 

Please see the Reaching Out project leaflet for information.

Include Me Too Outreach

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 physiotherapy or speech and language therapy, getting the right help that works for them and means they can get on with their lives is crucial. Young people are already going through lots of 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 have asked Changing Our Lives 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.

If your son or daughter has had – or is having - support from physiotherapy and/ or speech and language therapy, and you are willing to share your experiences, please get in touch with Changing Our Lives who will arrange to give you a call to talk through your experiences – it should take about an hour.

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

For further information, please contact: Jackie Taylor at Changing Our Lives Email: Jackie@changingourlives.org Mobile: 07498 025641


Common Ground Project - Tackling loneliness - creating friendships

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 their families and young non-disabled people who would like to be part of projects that are designed to foster new understanding and connections through a common goal, out of which friendships will naturally develop.

To find out how you can get involved please contact: Georgia Wilkinson georgia@changingourlives.org Mobile: 07534000979

Share your news

Share your news

We are always happy to share information on our e-bulletins which help to promote a relevant and appropriate service which will be informative and of interest to our readers.  


We aim to add short and punchy stories, facts and information.  Please add web-links wherever possible & any necessary documents in PDF.

Please e-mail your information to ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk

We send out the e-bulletin monthly around the first Monday of the month, so we would appreciate this being sent to us by the middle of the previous week.

Our next e-bulletin will be sent out around 4th May so please send any inserts by 27th April.