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Scope is carrying out a survey about young disabled people’s experiences of using social care services to do the things they want to do in their lives. We want to speak to people who:

* Are aged 17 to 30

* Are currently using publicly-funded social care

* Have experiences with social care they are happy to talk about.

Everyone who takes part in the survey will be entered into our prize draw where one lucky winner will receive £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Click here to go to the survey <> .

If you have any other questions then please do let me know and thanks again for your help.

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The Department for Education has recently launched a "call for evidence"

This is because they want to ask children and young people what they think about peer support and peer mentoring for mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Peer support can be a variety of things - from helping a friend to discuss their problems, through buddying and befriending schemes, to one to one and group support sessions. It can happen face to face or be online.

It’s about promoting the idea of good emotional wellbeing as much as supporting those young people experiencing problems.

The responses from the call for evidence will be used to help improve ways that young people can support eachother.

They want as many children and young people as possible to take part in the call for evidence. You can take part by filling in this survey

The Department for education are also putting flash polls on their Twitter page @educationgovuk every week for four weeks.

The call for evidence closes on 24 March.

The email address for any questions about the call for evidence is:

There is also a call for evidence for professionals and parents, at 

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Highbury college and South Downs College are having open evenings soon.

Highbury College is on the 27th of February.

You can find out more information here:

South Downs is having an open evening on the 1st of March

You can find out more information here:

If you attend South Downs open evening then make sure that you come visit Young Person's IASS and Dynamite at the learning support department.

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Phab are a charity for children and adults with disabilities.

This summer they are putting on some residential trips for young disabled people.

This is what they say about the trips:

"With over 200 places available these inclusive projects will take place at accessible centres around the country and have an emphasis on building confidence and independence, working as a team and most importantly having fun! With a dedicated team of trained and experienced staff and volunteers, there is a supportive environment where everyone can take part and be included 100%."

The dates of the trips are:

The dates and venues for the projects are as follows:

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District Weekend for 8 – 18 years,
24th – 26th June

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District, Seven Nights for 8 – 18 years,
30th July – 6th August

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District, Seven Nights for 8 – 18 years,
6th August – 13th August

Avon Tyrrell, Hampshire, Six Nights for 8 – 25 years,
13th August – 19th August

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District, Family Weekend (Children 8 – 18 years)
14th – 16th October

You can apply to attend by going on the link below, you are advised to get in your applications as soon as possible.

Any questions contact Rebecca at

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NASEveryTeacherFBFinalsmallHave you heard about the National Autistic Society's campaign for change to get autism training for every teacher?

With more than 1 in 100 children on the autism spectrum, and 70% of those children in mainstream schools, every teacher in the UK will teach an autistic child. But there is no compulsory autism training for teachers. The NAS have joined forces with Ambitious about Autism to get autism training for every new teacher.

Sign their open letter if you agree that every teacher deserves the right training, and every autistic child needs a teacher who understands them.

Right now, the Government is reviewing the Initial Teacher Training framework. They will decide what training new teachers get. They want to make sure every new teacher is trained to work with autistic pupils. That’s why they’ve launched the #EveryTeacher campaign, calling on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to include autism in Initial Teacher Training. 

  • 58% of children and young people on the autism spectrum said that the single thing that would make school better for them was if teachers understood autism.


  • 77% of parents say that the lack of support for their autistic child in school has a negative impact on their educational progress.
  • 80% of parents say that the lack of support for their autistic child in school has a negative impact on their self-esteem, and social and communication skills.

While autism can present some challenges, we know that a child who is understood and supported can make excellent progress.


  • 60% of teachers said they didn’t have the training they need to teach pupils on the autism spectrum.
  • 44% of teachers say they do not feel confident teaching autistic children.

They think teachers deserve the right training so they can get the best out of all their students. You can take action now by signing their open letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, and telling the Government to provide autism training for every teacher. Click on the links below to read this NAS article in full or sign the letter:


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The Department for Education (DfE) have published their latest SEND newsletter for February. Within the newsletter you will read about:

  • SEND funding for 2016-17
  • Implementation update - views from the frontline
  • Ofsted/CQC update on SEN inspections
  • High needs funding for young offenders in custody
  • Latest resources

The newsletter can be read and downloaded by clicking here.

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The Government announced on 2nd February that they are piloting the 30 hour week childcare offer in 8 areas across the UK. £13 million has been allocated to be shared between the councils of Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire. 

Parents will be eligible for the offer if they work 16 hours a week on the national living wage and a salary of up to £100,000 a year per parent, but local authorities are to decide how they will offer the places during the pilot.

The Government will also be looking at the issues that make it difficult for parents to access childcare, including parents of children with special educational needs and disability. 

It's essential that the pilot addresses how the quality of childcare can be improved and delivered by well-qualified staff, in order to ensure that all eligible children, including those with SEND, are able to access high quality provision which supports their learning and meets their needs.

Christine Lenehan, Director of CDC, says: "Childcare provision for families of disabled children has been a ongoing challenge. We welcome the Government's renewed commitment to this area and look forward to seeing it fully implemented in practice."

To read the full press release with details on the announcement click here.

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Last Thursday the Dynamite group for young disabled people held another pizza evening at the Frank Sorrell Centre in Southsea.

The purpose of the event was to talk about 'Emotional Wellbeing'.

Young people talked in groups about the names for different emotions, what those emotions felt like, and what they looked like to other people.

They also talked about who young people would talk to if they were feeling emotions which made them unhappy.

Finally young people talked about their own experiences of talking to people about those emotions and what they think could be done better to help young people cope with emotions which make them unhappy.

The groups took notes on everything that was talked about and those notes will help with a report which is being written on mental health services in the area. 

The aim of the report is to let services know what they are doing well and also what they should be doing better.

The report will be published at the end of February and we will feed back what that report says to the group.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, the experiences and opinions that you shared will help make services better for other young people.

If you'd like to come to future Dynamite events then let us know and we will add you to our mailing list, just email

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  • Expert parentAre you the parent or carer of a child or young person with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges?
  • Have you struggled to access appropriate health support for your child? 
  • Do you think parents need more support to understand how the health system can support their children with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges?

The Council for Disabled Children is looking for parents to help us develop the curriculum for the Expert Parent Programme (EPP) tailored to parents of children and young people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges, as part of the NHS England Transforming Care programme.

Theyunderstand that this group of children and young people are too often left unsupported by health services which can have a long-term negative impact on whole families. The EPP supports parents to understand the health system and how to access the most effective health support for their children/young people. 

They are holding a development day on the 8th March from 11am-3pm in central London and are looking for parents to attend to share their experiences of accessing health services and suggestions to make this process easier that we can incorporate in to the existing EPP materials. 

If you are interested in attending please let Vicky know ( by 19 February, we will cover reasonable travel expenses and provide lunch.

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The theme of last week's Children's Mental Health week was Resilience and Angela Kelly from the Special Needs Jungle has written a guide to help and support building resilience in your son or daughter.

Angela explains that we all encounter difficult times throughout our lives whether at home, school or working lives. Inevitably, you come out the other side either relatively unscathed or, on occasion, with emotional scars that can stay with you for the rest of your life if not worked through. This, sadly, can start in childhood, even in otherwise functional families, caused by the emotional turmoil of not feeling they fit in at school, or feeling a failure in the eyes of others.

Understanding what resilience is and learning methods to encompass it within our daily lives can, quite literally, be a life-saver.

Resilience isn’t about not experiencing setbacks, challenges, accidents and illness in life. They happens to everyone. Resilience is all about how we deal with those challenges and come out stronger. And that's where the level of resilience can produce vastly different results from people even in the same family. While many children appear to take most things in their stride, others, especially those with special educational needs, can behave in ways that leave us, as parents, with little idea of how to help.

Angela's guide shares 10 area to be aware of as parents together with tips to help children learn resilience. 

To read this article in full please click on the link below:

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