Welcome to your Harrow Parent Carer Forum

Your Local Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

Parent Carer Forum

What is a Parent Carer Forum?

A group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education, health Social care and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families.

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WHAT IS NEW IN HARROW?

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DO YOU WANT TO JOIN US?

Friday 18th OCTOBER 2019

10am-12pm

Elections and CAMHS discussion on post diagnostic support

Unfortunately due to unforseen circcumstances we will not be holding our AGM tomorrow as planned but WE WILL STILL HOLDING ELECTIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN THE STEERING GROUP.

WE WILL BE HOLDING THE FULL AGM ON ANOTHER DATE- TO BE CONFIRMED SOON

Please join us for more information on how to get involved in the forum even if you only have limted time to spare.

How many ways can you get involved in the forum?

General membership: Stay connected with us and sign up to our database (if you haven’t done so already) and receive lots of updates on whats going on in Harrow.

Advisory Board: Join our list of expert parents who want to get involved with consultations and strategic decision making but who do not have the time to join the Steering Group. Our panel of experienced expert parents are often parent governors or active members of their child’s school PTA or local support group. They help us keep up to date with the changes in SEND law locally and nationally.

Parent Champions: Our group of Parent Champions are parents who are passionate about helping their fellow parents in the schools or community they are in. They help us pass on information and reach out to families who need more information on what is available in Harrow. If you are interested in learning more about how you can make a difference to other parents in your network then sign up for more training, designed to help you help others. Read more on our Parents Champion page on our website.

Steering Group Member: This is the management team that runs the forum and speaks to the council and health partners on behalf of parents. They represent the voices of ALL parents in Harrow and plan events to allow parents to speak to professionals on a range of issues. If you have time and passionate about making change happen, then come and join the Steering Group Team to make sure that together we are working towards the change you want to see. We welcome parents from all backgrounds and experiences. Join us even if you have one or two days a week to spare. We will provide ongoing training, opportunities for you to learn new skills and be part of a creative, hardworking and inspirational team of volunteer parents working on behalf of the community.

 

TO BECOME A STEERING GROUP MEMBER, WE NEED YOU TO NOMINATE YOURSELF AND GIVE US A NAME OF ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE FORUM WHO AGREES TO VOTE FOR YOU.
Pick up your application form/voting form at the coffee morning or send us an email at info@harrowparentforum.org

The current elected Steering Group Team will then approve you to join the team. Your name will be announced at the next AGM and your picture will be included on the website. It is a responsible role and you will be officially representing the forum to parents and professionals. We will help you develop your confidence and support you all the way.

To find out more about the current members and the activities, consultations and projects visit our ‘COUNT ME IN‘ page on our website: CLICK HERE

In the second half of the morning, we will be joined by Amal Dadey, the  Clinical Social Worker from Harrow CAMHS Learning Disability Team to discuss what happens after you receive a diagnosis for your child. Would you like more information, support and strategies you could use at home or in the community? Come and find out about the forthcoming workshops

PROFESSIONALS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED TO ALL OUR COFFEE MORNINGS UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED

Download the flyer from the EVENTS page, click here

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OFSTED AND CQC JOINT SEND

LOCAL AREA INSPECTION

HARROW SEND INSPECTION REPORT 2019

Between 1 July 2019 and 5 July 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Harrow to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty‟s Inspectors from Ofsted, with a team of inspectors including an Ofsted Inspector and a Children‟s Services Inspector from the CQC.

Inspectors spoke with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), parents and carers, local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they are implementing the SEND reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area‟s self-evaluation. Inspectors met with leaders from the local area for
health, social care and education. They reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.

The letter outlines their findings from the inspection, including some areas of strength and areas for further improvement.

This is what they said about the Harrow Parent Forum:

‘Co-production is underdeveloped. Two years of close working with Harrow Parents Forum has led to some interesting examples of co-production. Some of these are already proving influential such as the development of the revised short-breaks programme and a video promoting the local offer. However, parental involvement remains an underused and rich resource that could be helping more in wider promotion and communication, particularly relating to the local offer’.

To read the entire letter please click on this link:

The direct link is: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50115669

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW PROJECT…..

‘MY SPECIAL NEEDS FILE’

We provide practical support to help you get organised and stay organised. We will enable each individual parent by helping to compile, organise and design their SEND related information into an easy and useful filing system that they can easily access. The file can be presented at important meetings with key professionals and agencies. It will provide all the necessary information on the child/young person, which can be taken to any appointments. The contents will include, what the child/young person’s special need is, the impact it has, their likes, dislikes, allergies, concerns and what to be aware of.

Find out more from our Special Needs Community project page by clicking here

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The Max Card

The Max Card scheme is a national discount card that only families with children with SEN/disability can apply for. There are over 3,000 attractions nationwide. We have become the sole distrbutors for Harrow to help families living in Harrow.

How do I apply for a card?

As a distributor, we have a responsibility to ensure the cards are to be issued to the right families. Therefore it is important you are registered with us – Harrow Parent Forum and Special Needs Community. If you are not known to us, we will need to see proof that the child or young person has a special educational need or disability, (proof can include EHC plan, DLA, a doctor’s or CAMHS’ letter. Any parent or carer/guardian of a child or young person (up to the age 25 years old) can apply for the card on their behalf. The card is registered in the child or young person name. The family must be a resident in Harrow (even if the child attends an out-of-borough school). If your child attends a Harrow school but you do not live in the borough, we cannot issue you a card. If you have paid online we will refund you £3.00 but charge you £1.49 for processing the refund. We do not profit from distributing the cards but incurred costs ourselves for processing payment.

Alternatively for those who do not want to use the online payment system, email the scanned copy of both sides of the application form to us and we will send you a quick payment link to enter your debit/credit details and process the card.

We can only take cash if you attend one of our events. Please do not send cash in the post and we do not accept cheques.

To apply online for the Max Card, click here. To download the application form, click here

For enquiries, please call us on 07928 577689 (leave us a message) or send enquiries to: discountcard@specialneedscommunity.org.uk

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The Harrow SEND Conversation

THE HARROW SEND CONVERSATION’, WHICH IS A BOROUGH WIDE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SEND STRATEGY FOR HARROW.  To find out more about the SEND Strategy, please see this link HERE:

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‘It’s all about YOUR Health’ community education programme –  for adults (18years+) with a learning disability and their carers

Read more about it on our NEWS page

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SEND Parents Chat & SEND Dad’s Group

Special Needs Community was set up for the well-being of families especially parent carers. The physical, emotional and mental well-being of parent carers is important to us because we understand that when they take care of themselves, stay healthy, doing activities that they enjoy and that are fun, it can make it easier to cope when things are difficult.

In our conversation with various parents in the community;

  • Parents tell us they would like opportunities to get together and just chat in the evening.
  • Working parents and those from mainstream schools tell us they feel isolated and unable to attend our coffee mornings.
  • Dads tell us they don’t always feel comfortable attending our events where there are no other dads to talk to.

Based on the feedback, we have set up two WhatsApp groups for our evening support groups and help dads start talking to eachother. These are evening drop-in sessions for parents to talk and meet eachother. We meet the 1st Monday evening of every month (except in August). Join us for stress free chat and opportunities to stay connected with your SEND community. Visit our WELL-BEING page for more information.

 OUR NEXT EVENING EVENT IS:

Monday 7th  November at 6-8pm at:

Cedar’s Children’s Centre
Whittlesea Road
Harrow
HA3 6LS

CALL OR TEXT THIS NUMBER TO JOIN US – 07838317730


Cedars Inclusive Adventure Playground

Project Update

We have been awarded some funding to start the first phase of installation of the playground!

Read about how far we have come with our vision for inclusive and accessible parks and open spaces for families with disabled children & young people in Harrow on our NEWS page. It will be the first of its kind in Harrow and we need your support to finish building the dream. 


NEW HARROW LOTTERY IS LIVE!

Win up to £25,000 and support us too!

Visit Harrow Wins to find out how you can win up to £25,000 in the first ever lottery draw and support organisations in Harrow including the work of the forum and the playground project! Visit www.harrowwins.co.uk for more information on how you can support us by visiting our page at Special Needs Community CIC.

GOOD LUCK!


MEET YOUR HARROW PARENT CHAMPIONS

click here to read about our new project to reach out to more parents in mainstream schools: https://www.harrowparentforum.org/parent-champions/

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DID YOU, MISS, OUR INFORMATIVE IPSEA TRAINING DAY IN MARCH?

Parents said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I found the IPSEA training on Friday extremely informative and interesting. I picked up lots of useful information and I was very pleased to have attended”.

and another said:

 “thank you once again for organising this INVALUABLE training! I feel empowered, enlightened and raring to go! I feel so lucky to have found you guys!”

Visit the IPSEA website for ongoing events and information on available resources: 

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/Pages/Category/service-overview

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DISCOVER THE NEW SHORT BREAKS PROVIDERS, visit www.harrow.gov.uk/shortbreaks or See our CARE page

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Discover the support available with our NEW interactive map to the Harrow Local Offer below:

Harrow SEND Local Offer Services Map 2018

CLICK ON THE SERVICE TO GO TO THE DESIRED PAGE.

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