IASS November 2022 E- Bulletin

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Happy November


Welcome to our
November 2022 E- Bulletin


IASS Autumn virtual training

We invite parents and carers to join us for our online sessions and find out what support you should expect to be available for your child with or without an ECHP. Professionals are also welcome to join us and please share with any families you are working with. Places are limited so please book early.


SEND Solutions: “Supporting with emotionally based school non-attendance”

Wednesday 9 November at 1:30 -2:30pm

Is your child anxious about school, or their mental health means they are unable to go to school?

Join us for this online session exploring the contributing factors to emotionally based school non-attendance.

Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist Nooreen Khan from Wolverhampton Educational Psychology Service explains the pathway schools, settings and other services are expected to follow to support.

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Introduction to IASS

Tuesday 15th November at 1:00 -1:30pm

We welcome our professional colleagues to join us to find out more about IASS, who we are and what we do.


EHCP Pathway

EHCP: the Education, Health and Care needs assessment process and outcomes

Wednesday 23 November at 10:30 -11:30am

Join us for our popular online session looking at what happens and who should be involved in an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.  Explore the key stages of an assessment, possible outcomes and next steps.

The session is helpful for parents and carers navigating the assessment pathway.

Wolverhampton Outreach Service:
Training for parents/ carers of children with Autism 

Autism Diagnosis

Autism diagnosis: 14 November 10:00am
Wolverhampton Outreach Service offers parents of children going through the Autism assessment pathway to attend their upcoming training session 'Understanding the process of getting a diagnosis' on 14 November 10am at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Book your free place here.


Autism Masking: 13 December 10:00am
Wolverhampton Outreach Service offers its training on ‘Masking In Autism’ to parents of children going through the process or with a diagnosis of ASC. Training takes place on 13 December at Warstones Primary School. Book your free place here.

Autism masking

SEND Partnership Board

Wolverhampton SEND
Partnership Board


New Graduated Approach to Special Educational Needs (SEND) guidance to support children with additional needs in Wolverhampton schools was launched in September.  The guidance document has been co-produced by over 80 people representing parents and carers, education (including school staff and specialist services), health, and social care.

Further communication and support will be shared with partner services across education, health and social care over the next few months. It is important that all support services have a good understanding of the guidance and reinforce it through their delivery of services to children, young people and schools.  

A guide for young people and parents/carers' is currently in development. If you are a parent/carer who would like to be involved in the development of this guide then please contact Emma.Thornbery@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

The Way Youth Zone: Saturday SEND Sessions

The Way SEND Sessions

Starting from 5th November, each Saturday from 10:00am to 12:30pm,
The Way Youth Zone will be holding a weekly session
or children and young people with SEND and their families.

Activities include art and climbing, as well as access to
their recreational space and sensory room.

Find out more and book your place here.


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre: 
Relaxed performance of
pantomime Aladdin 

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is hosting a relaxed performance of this year's pantomime Aladdin on Saturday 10 December at 11:00am

It is a perfect opportunity for people who find regular theatre visits a bit stressful. There will be no bangs or bright lights, sounds levels are monitored, doors will remain open to move around the foyer and seating and visitors can also access a quiet room and sensory room with live streaming of the performance.

To book, contact the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 from 2.00pm - 6.00pm weekdays or email Remy Lloyd, RemyL@grandtheatre.co.uk with enquiries!

Wolverhampton ROC Cafe for young people 

ROC Cafe


Are you a young person in Wolverhampton with big ideas of what can made a difference in your community? ROC Wolverhampton welcomes young people to its next ROC Cafe at Molineux Stadium on 10 November from 7.00 - 9.00pm.

Come and meet with others from your local community including local people, local leaders, representation from schools, police and statutory agencies, key community individuals and members of community groups, the local council, community and faith based groups to discuss ways of working together for the good of your community.

Find out more and book your free place here


Outreach Service: 
Equipment Loan Library


Are you a teacher or teaching assistant supporting children and young people with SEND? 

The Wolverhampton Outreach Service has an extensive equipment loan library available to Wolverhampton Schools. 

Equipment includes sensory items, toileting and mobility aids, tools to develop fine and gross motor skills, alternative seating and timers. 

To view their full catalogue and request hire click here

Young Minds

New resources to support
ADHD and mental health


ADHD can have a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing in many ways. From becoming overwhelmed with decisions, emotions and social situations to feeling restless and unable to relax.

Young Minds has worked with young people to create a brand-new guide to ADHD and mental health full of tips, information and advice.

ADHD and Mental Health | Signs and Symptoms of ADHD | YoungMinds

Help Your Child With ADHD | Parents Guide to Support | YoungMinds

Odd Socks 14 Nov

Odd Socks Day:
Monday 14 November


Anti Bullying Alliance invites schools to speak out against bullying by wearing Odd Socks on Monday 14 November.

Find out more about the cause and how your school can help here.

The Witherslack Group:
Free webinar conference on positive behaviour

Positive behaviours conference

The Witherslack Group welcomes parents and carers to their free virtual Neurodiversity conference on 23 November on 'A Pathway to Positive Behaviour'.

Explore the principles of positive behaviour, supporting home to school transitions, the journey to self regulation and sensory strategies.

Register for free here

Autistic Girls Network: 
Removing the Mask Webinar - 8th November 

AGN- 8 Nov

Join the Autistic Girls Network on 8 November at 8:00pm
for their webinar on 'removing the mask'.

Discussing how females mask autistic traits, the effects
this has on mental health and how best to support them.

Book your free place here. 

Preparing for adulthood

Council For Disabled Children: Preparing For Adulthood

Transitioning into Adulthood is a big change for young people with additional needs. Schools and local authorities can introduce measures early to ensure pupils are supported in becoming independent adults.

Council for disabled children offer their information guides on preparing for adulthood and steps to be included within EHCP's and annual review processes. Find out more here. 

Global equality collective

Global Equality Collective: 
Inclusive reading books 

Is your school looking to expand its library to represent the diversity of your students and community?


The Global Equality Collective has an extensive collection of titles reflecting people of different faiths, skin tones, disability, orientation and neurodiversity.

Click here to view their library.


Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces 


Wolverhampton City Council has launched Warm Spaces; open to all Wolverhampton residents struggling with the cost of living crisis as we enter into the winter months.

The 36 centres offer a chance to meet local people in your community, enjoy activities, charge your mobile and get a free hot meal and drink. There is also a shuttle bus service available to get you to your closest centre.

There are a number of locations across Bilston, Bushbury, East Park, Wednesfield, Low Hill, Penn, Whitmore Reans, Tettenhall and Pendeford.

Book your transport and find your closest centre here.

Family Fund

Family Fund:
Financial Benefits E- Learning 

As a carer for a disabled child, you may be entitled to additional benefits, grants or other financial help.

Family Fund have a free e-learning course to help you learn more about what could be entitled to.

Click here to access the course. 

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Financial support for families


Disability Grants list a wide range of charities and trusts offering grants to families with a child with a disability. Find out what financial support is available at Grants for Children and Young People (disability-grants.org)


Turn2Us is a charity supporting those with financial struggles. Families can use an online grant search to help see which available grants they may be eligible to apply for at Grants - What you need to know - Turn2us

Help for households

Help for Household:
Cost of Living Support 

If you claim certain benefits or tax credits, you may be eligible for an extra payment to help with the cost of living.

Visit: Help for Households - Get government cost of living support

have your say

Share your news


We aim to share uplifting stories and good news events from around our wonderful Wolverhampton area! 

If you run services or activities for children with a Special Educational Need or Disability or support their families, we would love to hear from you! 

Also, if you have a happy news story or wish to celebrate the great work of an organisation, please email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Please attach a photo or videos and a short blurb to feature. 

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 shared on 5th December so please send any inserts by 26th November. 

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