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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‘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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COFFEE MORNING

TRANSITIONING INTO HEALTH ADULT SERVICES

 

Continuing on with our focus on transitioning into adult services, in this informal coffee morning and question & answer session, we will be joined by Norma Johnson – Designated Clinical Officer for SEND (For Brent, Harrow & Hillingdon CCG). We will attempt to help parents make sense of Transition with regards to medical and emotional well-being services and shine some light on the question; What should we be expecting across the health services? 

WE WILL JOINED BY ANNIE MURPHY, FROM SOCIAL CARE, (WHO SUPPORTS YOUNG PEOPLE IN TRANSITION FROM 18-25 INTO ADULT SERVICES). Annie will be able to shed light on what you need to do to support your young person.

WE WILL ALSO BE JOINED BY CAROLE WELLS (SERVICE MANAGER FOR SENARS) FOR A SHORT PRESENTATION ON 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 on our NEWS page for more information.

For the notes from our last Coffee Morning on Transition, please visit our NEWS page for the reply to the Q&A from the Social Care department.

Download flyer HERE:

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LAUNCH OF OUR

HARROW SEND (COMMUNITY) NOTICEBOARD FACEBOOK PAGE

Keep an eye out for what’s happening in Harrow from all the local organisations that work hard to support families with children, young people and adults with special needs.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarrowSendNoticeboard/

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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.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR OUR 1ST EVENING EVENT IS NOW 6-8pm at:

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

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Ofsted and CQC Local Area SEND Inspection is coming to Harrow SOON!

What you should know:

  • A new local area inspection framework jointly carried out by Ofsted and CQC (Care Quality Commission)
  • Purpose of the inspection is to support local areas to improve their SEND services and provide reassurance to families that service leaders will be held to account
  • DfE and NHSE work together to follow up on the inspection findings
  • A system of inspections for improvement across the work of education, health and care services
  • Shines a spotlight on good practice, including in those areas that receive WSoAs
  • All areas will be inspected by 2021; revisits will continue until 2023 (if needed)

In planning for the inspection, the lead Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) and the
CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspector will consider all available evidence to develop an initial picture of the local area’s performance in fulfilling its responsibilities for children with SEND and their families.

How is the Harrow Parent Forum and parents going to be involved?

  • The views of parents are integral to the work of inspectors
  • The LA / CCG will inform the PCF (parent carer forums) 5 working days before the SEND inspection
  • Revisits will be notified to the local area and PCF two weeks before the on-site work
  • PCF are key stakeholders and for revisits will be asked to submit evidence of local areas progress
  • Inspectors are not making a judgment about the PCF
  • Parental contributions through webinars, emails, PCF on-site events
  • Bespoke parental surveys for revisits

We have been working hard with the council and health professionals to look at gaps in SEND provision and preparing for the inspection.

Read more and download more information on our NEWS page.


Cedars Inclusive and All-Ability 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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