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Hi my name is Dene and I work for Portsmouth Disability Forum maintaining and developing their websites. We are always looking to improve our website and welcome any feedback you may have as this helps us to create a website that is easy to navigate, understand and meets your information needs. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email me (denedunn@blueyonder.co.uk).

Minister Edward Timpson announces £80 million to extend opportunities to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

s300 FLR-Young-boy-in-wheelchair-and-blocksA multi-million pound package ensuring thousands of children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) have the same opportunities as any other child has been announced today (29 January 2016).

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said the £80 million would help transform the life chances of children across the country and ensure every child, regardless of the challenges they face, can ‘dream big’ and fulfil their potential.

As part of its mission to extend opportunity to all, the government has already introduced the biggest reforms to the SEND support system in a generation by placing children and their families at the heart of the system.

Today’s announcement will increase funding for councils and support charities who work with some of the most vulnerable young people in the country. Alongside this, the government is continuing transition funding in 2017 to 2018 to help implement the reforms introduced in 2014, building on the progress so far.

Thanks to the government’s reforms, for the first time ever the needs of children with complex SEND are all set out in one education, health and care (EHC) plan. It also means that councils are legally required to take the views of families into account when deciding on what support to offer.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

"Our vision for children with special educational needs and disability is simple: that their aspirations are as high any other young person, that they dream big, achieve well at school and college, and lead fulfilling, happy lives."

"We’ve made fundamental changes to the law to provide that support and the work I’ve seen so far, putting families at the heart of the process, is inspiring - but we know there is still more to do to."

"I’m delighted that today we can announce that we are committing more money to councils than last year, helping to make the transition for families accessing support as smooth as possible."

To read more please visit

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/80-million-to-boost-support-for-special-educational-needs

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The aim at the Mayflower Theatre is to provide first-class entertainment that can be enjoyed by the largest audience possible and they are continually striving to achieve this goal.

As part of that goal they have worked with Autism Hampshire and City Eye to produce a film so that you can find out a bit more about your visit before you arrive at the theatre.

To find out more please visit https://www.mayflower.org.uk/Your_Visit/Accessibility

You can also view their film by clicking on the video link below:

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LOL 2016 flyerCome along to Portsmouth's Local Offer live event on Saturday 19th March from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Milton Cross Academy, Milton Road, Portsmouth PO3 6RB.

The event is open to parents/carers of children and young people with special needs (aged 0 to 25) along with their friends and families to find out about services and activities available in Portsmouth.

They have many activities taking place during the day including:

Workshops, free crèche facilities (if parent/carer book a place on a workshop), stalls, live music, refreshments, craft activities, exhibitors (representing statutory and voluntary services) and much more.

If you would like to book a stall, please complete the Stall Booking Form below:

docxStall_booking_form.docx

You can keep up to date with the latest information regarding the event via their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/882303121886843/

For more information please call 07825 185 608 or email portsmouthparentvoice@hotmail.com 

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The Met Office has issued a Level 3 (Severe Weather Action) Cold Weather Warning for the period between 0900 on Thursday 14th January and 1200 on Tuesday 19th January in parts of England.

What does the cold weather warning mean?

This is issued when the weather described in Level 2 actually happens.  This means that a mean temperature of 2°C is predicted for at least 48 hours and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is happening now, and is expected to impact on people's health and on health services.

Although there are usually fewer days at these low temperatures, the risk of negative health impacts increases as the temperature falls.  Aside from cold temperatures, snow and ice are associated with an increase in injuries and severe disruption to services.

You should refer to the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan and the "Keep Warm, Keep Well" information leaflet for further information, links as follows:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-plan-cwp-for-england

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/464858/KWKW_2015.pdf

What is the risk in Portsmouth?

The risk specifically for South East England is 90% hence a Level 3 alert has been issued.

The weather forecast for Portsmouth during this period can be seen on the following websites:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcp0zn6wn

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2639996

It should be noted that the weather forecast for Portsmouth is higher than the cold weather threshold temperatures indicating a reduced likelihood of threshold temperatures for a Level 3 alert specifically for Portsmouth being reached. 

Organisations are advised to continue to monitor the local situation, consider implementing precautionary measures as indicated below and expect further information from Public Health Portsmouth if the risk changes.

What actions should I consider for a Level 3 Cold Weather Warning?

Please refer to the table below and to the action cards in Chapter 3 (p. 34) of the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan :

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cold-weather-plan-cwp-for-england

There are 5 levels in the Met Office Cold Weather Warning System; they are summarised in the table below:

Met Office Cold Weather arning System

 

 

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The recent SEND reforms mean that disabled children and young people and those with SEN have a right to receive direct and impartial information, advice and support (IAS) on matters relating to their SEN/Disability. IAS should be provided to children and young people covering education, health and social care. The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN), hosted at CDC, have developed a new website which aims to help disabled children and young people and those with SEN better understand what rights they have for accessing information, advice and support across education, health and social care. The website also contains full contact details for IAS Services across England. To view please click on the link below:

http://cyp.iassnetwork.org.uk/

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The healthy policy team at CDC have been working with the National Children’s Bureau to create a brand new website promoting children and young people’s rights when using the NHS. It is called www.getyourrights.org 

Children and young people often don’t know what their rights are when using the NHS, but knowing these rights can make a big difference.

The website has been developed by the Council for Disabled Children in partnership with children and young people, and they really want to know how they’ve done. Please encourage children and young people to look at the website and give feedback through this online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GYRprizedraw

They can enter a prize draw to one of two £25 shopping vouchers for taking part. The survey closes at the end of January and the prize draw winner will be notified shortly after.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Fellowes Afellowes@ncb.org.uk

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IOY January 2016 The January issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

Please click on the link below to view:

pdfIOY_January 2016.pdf

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In November last year the Special Needs Jungle asked that parents submit their top ten questions for the DfE about their experiences of the new SEND System. After working through all the submissions they sent 10 'themes' with all the questions categorised under each theme so that the DfE could get a good look at the range of concerns being raised. 

They have now received a response from Stuart Miller, Deputy Director of SEND at the DfE and published the response on their website. As the answers were quite lengthy they have published the responses in 2 parts.

Part 1 answers questions on:

  • SEN Support
  • Inclusion
  • Training
  • EHCP assessment
  • Transition to EHCP

Part 2 answers questions on:

  • Provision
  • Post 16
  • Appeals
  • Personal budgets
  • Alternative Provision

To view please click on the links below:

The DfE answers your top 10 questions on the changes to SEND education - Part 1

The DfE answers your top 10 questions on the changes to SEND education - Part 2

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Does your child have Dyslexia, or a learning difficlulty and finds spelling and reading difficult? TTRS is a structured phonics program that aims to develop literacy skills, confidence, self­-esteem and motivation through a modular course. It is available both for home and school environments, and may be a way to enhance and improve your child's learning, whilst giving them the skills to touch type.

For more information click HERE

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IOY December 2015 The December issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

Please click on the link below to view:

pdfIOY_December_2015.pdf

 

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