IASS February 2024 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
February 2024 E- Bulletin



IASS upcoming virtual training sessions

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SEN Support- The Graduated Approach 

28 February at 10:00am


This session will focus on Wolverhampton’s graduated approach for supporting children and young people.

Find out more about the support you can expect from your child’s school or setting and how you should be involved.

Book your place here.


EHCP annual review

Demystifying the EHCP annual review process

23 May at 10:00am 


An IASS workshop for parents and carers who have a child with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

Learn about the EHCP Annual Review process including:

  • Timescales
  • Who is responsible for the Annual Review
  • Who should participate in the process
  • What happens during the Annual Review process
  • Outcomes following an Annual Review

Book your place here.


Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments

2 July at 10:00am 


An IASS workshop for parents and carers who wish to learn more about the EHC Needs Assessment process.

Discover the timescales, who should participate in the process, outcomes and next steps. 

Book your place here. 

Wolves IASS

IASS needs you! 


Calling parents and carers… would you like to join our Advisory Group? 

The WIASS Advisory Group includes representatives from education, health, social care, parents/carers, young people, IASS and other partners.

The aim of the group is to support the continued development and best practice of Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service in a way that best meets the needs of children and young people with SEND in Wolverhampton and their parents and carers.

The group meets once a term to:

  • evaluate how well the IASS meets statutory requirements and achieves the IASS Minimum Standards
  • receive an annual report on the activity and effectiveness of the IASS which may lead to actions and recommendations
  • monitor and review the impact of the service on improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers using service user feedback
  • act as a ‘critical friend’ and consultative body to the IASS
  • support the IASS Manager
  • celebrate IASS success
  • support promotional activity of the IASS

Our next meeting is Thursday 7th March.

If you are interested and would like to know more please email elaine.westwood@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Yo Wolves

Yo! Wolves February activities


Throughout February half term, organisations across Wolverhampton are hosting activity sessions for children and young people to enjoy.

Events include arts and crafts, sports, cooking, animal handling, sensory play sessions, football camp, film making and music production.

Discover the activities available and
reserve your child's place here.

Voice 4 Parents Fun Day: 12 February 

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Huggle Pets in the Community

Huggle Pets in the community- SEND family Day

Huggle Pets in the Community is offering families sensory play sessions on 12 February and a SEND family fun day on the 13 February.

Find out more and book your child's place here.

Turtle Key Arts:
Theatre project for Autistic young people

Turtle Key theatre

Gazebo Theatre Arts Programme

Gazebo Theatre

HY5! youth advisory board recruitment

HY5! Advisory Board

HY5! is a group of Wolverhampton young people that are passionate about raising awareness and improving opportunities for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities in. 

HY5! Is on the lookout for other young people to join and get involved in some other amazing projects. For further information email #YES@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Kidz to Adultz March 2024 Coventry

Kidz to Adultz exhibition:
14 March in Coventry


Join Kidz to Adultz on Thursday 14th March 2024 at Coventry Building Society Arena, CV6 6AQ for their free exhibition dedicated to supporting children and young people with additional needs.

Try out adaptive products, meet experts, join educational seminars from guest speakers, and gain information on financial or legal advice.

To find out more and book your free place click here

contact- early years

Contact Early Years
parent carer virtual training


Contact for families with disabled children is offering parents and carers free webinars for Early Years.

Topics include Speech and Language, understanding behaviour, supporting anxiety, toilet training, money matters,  Education, sleep support and early years entitlement.

Book your place here.

Ambitious about autism

Free virtual meet ups from
Contact & Ambitious About Autism

During February 2024, Contact and Ambitious about Autism are offering a number of virtual meet ups to support parents and carers of children and young people with SEND. Discussions include: 

  • Autism and Education: 6 February 7:00pm
  • Understanding Teenage Behaviour: 20 February 7:00pm
  • Growing Up, Sex and Relationships: 22 February 10:00am
  • Understanding and Supporting an Anxious Teenager: 27 February 7:00pm

    Book your place via the Autism Central Website.

Council for disabled children

Equality Act in the Early Years training for parents and carers:
8 February and 13 March


The Council for Disabled Children offers parents and carers its free webinar 'Equality Act in the Early Years' on 8 Feb and 13 March.

The training session will summarise how the disability duties in the Equality Act apply in the early years; Consider how the definition of disability applies to young children and offer help to parents/carers to understand what is expected of early years practitioners to make reasonable adjustments for early years children in accordance with the Equality Act.

Book your place here.

Wolverhampton Outreach parent carer events

Outreach events

Wolverhampton CAMHS parent carer workshops

CAMHS workshops

CAMHS is running a series of free virtual workshops to help parents and carers support their child in navigating mental health challenges.

This is open to any parent or carer with a young person accessing Black Country CAMHS services.

To book call Andrea on 01902 444021.

Healthcare passports

Healthcare passport

The healthcare passport 'All About Me' was published for those who access Children's Services at The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, to remove their anxiety about meeting healthcare professionals for the first time.

The 12- Page document enables healthcare professionals seeing a child for the first time to understand their medical needs and how they ca be best supported.

To find out more, speak to your health professional at your next appointment.

Nasen VI Post 16 training

Nasen training:
Improving outcomes for learners with vision impairment at post- 16


Nasen is hosting two free webinars for staff working with visually impaired young people in post-16 education, training or employment to explore how the learning environment and additional support can be put in place.

Find out more and book your place here.

Back to the Future The Musical:
Autism friendly performance 

Back to the future

On Sunday 10 March at 3pm, The Adelphi Theatre, London is hosting an
Autism friendly relaxed performance of 'Back to the Future The Musical'.

During the show significant adjustments are made to sound and lighting,
house lights left on, chill out sensory zones available and relaxed theatre rules.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Complete our evaluation survey 

Wolves IASS is always grateful for the wonderful feedback we receive from families that have benefitted from our service.

If you have been supported by IASS previously, we would love to hear about your experience with us.

Please complete our evaluation survey here.

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 early March, so please send any inserts by 27 February.

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