IASS March 2024 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
March 2024 E- Bulletin



Ofsted and Care Quality Commission thematic review of preparation for adulthood arrangements

Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are undertaking a thematic review to see how partners in Wolverhampton are working together effectively to prepare children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) for adulthood.

The 'thematic visit' focuses on four key pathways, based on the 'SEND Code of Practice’ - employment, independent living, community inclusion and health. It will:

  • find out the extent to which partners across education, health and social care are working together effectively to prepare children and young people with SEND for adulthood
  • seek to better understand what support partners are providing to children and young people with SEND and their families to achieve their full potential, for instance through post-16 education, training or employment
  • look at how children and young people with SEND develop independence, are made to feel visible and valued in their community, and are supported to be as healthy as possible in adulthood
  • identify factors that enable partners to work together effectively to support children and young people with SEND to transition successfully into adulthood, including transferring from children’s to adult services
  • identify any factors that prevent partners from working together effectively
  • and highlight good practice in preparing children and young people with SEND for adulthood.


Inspectors want to hear your views using the following surveys which will remain open until 5pm on Thursday 7th March:

Parents carers and professionals: Wolverhampton - thematic visit - preparation for adulthood - parents, carers, professionals (smartsurvey.co.uk)

Young People: Wolverhampton - thematic visit - preparation for adulthood - CYP (smartsurvey.co.uk)

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IASS virtual workshops


The role of mediation in EHCP appeals 

23 April at 10:00am

A workshop for parents and carers who live in Wolverhampton whose child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or are going through the EHC needs assessment process.

Prime Resolution, a SEND Mediation provider for Wolverhampton, will be joining the Information, Advice and Support Service to "take the mystery out of mediation" . This online workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is SEND Mediation?
  • When can it be used?
  • Who is it for?
  • How is it accessed?
  • How does it work?

Book at: The Role of Mediation in EHCP Appeals Tickets, Tue 23 Apr 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

annual review

Demystifying the EHCP annual review process

23 May at 10:00am 


An IASS workshop for parents and carers living in Wolverhampton 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 at: Demystifying the EHCP Annual Review Process Tickets, Thu 23 May 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite


Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments

2 July at 10:00am 


An IASS workshop for parents and carers living in Wolverhampton 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 at: Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments Tickets, Tue 2 Jul 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Moving from children’s to adult healthcare services

A message from the 0-19 Transitions Team

'In healthcare we use the term transition to describe the process of planning, preparing and moving from children's to adult healthcare services.

If your child has a long term health condition that will continue into adulthood they will be invited to take part in a transition programme that will take into account your child's physical and mental health, education and social needs.  Services will work with you and your child to create a transition plan that will make the transfer to adult services as smooth and as seamless as possible.

The transition programme should be started by 14 years of age.  Please ask your paediatric consultant, specialist nurse or special school nurse for more information.'

Free Autism and Anxiety webinar

Tuesday 12th March at 9.30-10.30am

Join Autism West Midlands to find out more about what anxiety is, autism and anxiety and managing anxiety.

Book your place at:  https://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/events/autism-and-anxiety-webinar/

Autism West Midlands- Info guides

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 visit:
Kidz to Adultz Middle - Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions (kidzexhibitions.co.uk)

jobs fair

Supported Employment Service: Reverse Jobs Fair 19 March

Wolverhampton's Supported Employment Team is hosting a Reverse Jobs Fair on 19 March 12:00pm at Civic Centre Atrium. The event will encourage attendees to visit stalls hosted by our job seekers to find out more about what they can offer to employers.

Supported employment is a personalised model aimed to help people with disabilities to secure and retain paid employment.

For more information visit: 
Supported Employment | Organisations | Directory | Workbox (wolvesworkbox.com)

Contact – for families with disabled children
advice and guidance

Contact- Understanding your child behaviour

Parent and carers guide to 'understanding your child's behaviour':

Contact for families with disabled children offers parents and carers its latest guide to 'understanding your child's behaviour'.

The guide includes why children behave in certain ways, understanding the importance of routine, managing specific issues, adolescent queries and who can help.

Read the guide at: 
understanding_your_childs_behaviour.pdf (contact.org.uk)


Listening Ear Service and Autism Support

Are you a parent or carer of a child with additional needs looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support? Contact’s Listening Ear Service can provide just that. 

Visit the Contact website for more information and to book a 1:1 session with one of their Family Support Workers https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/listening-ear/


Contact also offers individual support sessions on autism, providing support, information and guidance. For more information https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/workshops-and-events/autism-support-in-the-midlands/

child sleep

Helping your child sleep webinar- 5 March

Contact for families with disabled children offers its 'Helping your child sleep' Brighter Beginnings online workshop to parents and carers of SEND children aged 0-5 years on 5 March.

Discover why sleep problems occur, importance of routine and top tips on helping your child's sleep.

Book your place at: Managing your child's sleep - a workshop for parent carers in the Midlands Tickets, Tue 5 Mar 2024 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Witherslack Group:
training events and support guidance

Witherslack- SEN children and sleep

SEN: Children and Sleep- 15 March

Parents and carers are invited to attend the 15 March webinar on 'SEN children and sleep'

Discover the psychology of sleep, common sleep issues, why SEND children struggle with sleep, tailored strategies and importance of routine.

Book your place at: 
SEN: Children and Sleep - Witherslack Group


Reading between the lines:
Figuring out phonics- 7 March

Join their 7 March webinar 'Reading between the lines: Figuring out phonics'.

The session will cover the basics of phonics, relationship between letters and sounds, the alphabetic code and why children are taught phonics. 

Book your place at: 
Reading Between The Lines: Figuring Out Phonics - Witherslack Group

Witherslack- Phonics 07/03/2024

Witherslack virtual conference 20.03.2024

Virtual Neurodiversity Conference:
Supporting You & Your Child- 20 March

Parents and carers are invited to attend The Witherslack Group's virtual Neurodiversity conference on 20 March.

The event 'Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Our Children' provides advice to families through webinars focusing on unlocking potential, embracing brilliance, radiant beginnings and unlocking opportunities.

A live Q&A at the end of each session, meaning you will have the chance to submit your questions and have them answered by our panel of expert speakers.

Find out more and book your place at:
Virtual Neurodiversity Conference: Celebrating, Embracing & Empowering Our Children - Witherslack Group

Witherslack - child mental health support pack

Child's mental health support pack

The Witherslack Group offers it's mental health support pack, filled with webinars, podcasts, articles and guides to help empower your child in navigating their own emotional mental well- being.

Learn what mental health is, what are the signs to poor mental health, how to support your child, managing wellbeing and Mindfulness.

Access at: How to Support Children's Mental Health Pack - Witherslack Group

Witherslack podcasts

Witherslack Podcasts

The Witherslack Group offers parents and carers its library of podcasts, discussing all things SEND.

Understand the sensory support available for primary school children, how to help your child settle into a new school, what an EHCP is, impact of social media and online gaming as well as top tips on supporting your autistic child and embracing Neurodiversity.


Listen to the full series at:
Sensory Support for Primary School Pupils - SENsational The Special Educational Needs Podcast | Acast

Equality act training

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


The Council for Disabled Children offers parents and carers its free webinar 'Equality Act in the Early Years' on 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 at: Equality Act in the Early Years training for parents and carers Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

secondary school pupils

Autistic Girls Network:
School transition planning


The move from primary to secondary school can be an anxious time for children and their families.  Autistic Girls Network has some top tips and examples of transition plans to help your child thrive.

Read at: Some tips for a good transition from primary to secondary school for autistic pupils - Autistic Girls Network

Cineworld Autism Friendly: Migration Sunday 3 March


On Sunday 3 March, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening at 11:00am of ‘Migration’.

During the film lighting will be kept on during the screening, volume levels will be reduced and there will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers are allowed to bring in their own food.

Book your tickets at:
Migration | Book tickets at Cineworld Cinemas

Cinewor;d- Migration

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

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 at:
Wolverhampton IASS Survey Jan - Dec 2024 - City of Wolverhampton Council - Citizen Space

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