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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HARROW?

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EHC PLAN CONSULTATION

(FOR MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS IN HARROW)

PROPOSED NEW FUNDING MODEL FOR EHCPS

Harrow Council is proposing a new approach to the additional funding allocated to a pupil who has an EHCp in a Harrow mainstream school and they will like to hear your views. Join us for an opportunity to discuss the details of the proposal and have your questions answered. The details of the consultation and questionnaire is available to fill out online via Harrow Council’s consultation webpage from 4th-29th November 2019: www.harrow.gov.uk/EHCPS.

WE COMPILED AN EXTENSIVE FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS (FAQS) TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE KEY POINTS. DOWNLOAD IT HERE 

HPF EHC Consultation Banding Matrix FAQs from HPF

The Consultation sets out:

  • How schools are funded for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream schools in Harrow.
  • How the proposed banding approach will work, including how the High Needs Banding Matrix will support decision making.

The consultation on funding for EHCPs in mainstream Harrow settings. The consultation runs from 4 November 2019 to 29 November 2019. All relevant parents will have received the letter by 4th November. This does not affect Pupils who attend an early years provision, a special school, an Additional Resourced Mainstream (ARMS) provision or any pupil attending a Further Education College.

 

PLEASE READ THE PROPOSAL DOCUMENT AND FAQS TO HELP YOU COMPLETE THE ONLINE CONSULTATION AND AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE NEW PROPOSAL?

Download the detailed proposal HERE

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OUR PROJECT ‘EMPOWERING SEND PARENT CARERS’ HAS RECENTLY BEEN AWARDED FUNDS FROM THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND TO FURTHER OUR WORK TO SUPPORT AND EMPOWER MORE PARENTS.

The funds will helps us deliver a range of activities and support to help parents understand their rights, upskill them and enable them to use web base applications to find and access information and more support elsewhere.

The project has 4 main areas:

  • Workshop and Personal development training (IT literacy programmes, Apps and web applications, to help find information online)
  • ‘My Special Needs File’ (A creative and helpful way to organise all SEND related information to ensure important meetings more successful) (Click HERE for more information on the files)
  • Evening Networking & Theraputic activities (drop-ins, pamper sessions and socialising) (see our WELLBEING page)
  • Dad’s Group (a separate opportunity for male parent carers to connect to their peers and support eachother)

SEE NEW DATES FOR OUR EVENING EVENTS

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What happens after you receive a diagnosis for your child/young person?

Did you miss the CAMHS led Post Diagnostic Information and Support Workshop? 

Would you like more information about LD and Autism?

Would you like to know what support there is in the borough?

Would you like more information on practical strategies you could use at home or in the community?

Drop in and join other parents to hear information and ask your questions to health, education and social care professionals and other local organisations about Learning Disability and Autism at the next 

INFORMATION & SUPPORT WORKSHOP

run by CAMHS

Professionals include:

  • CAMHS LD Team
  • Short Breaks (Core Offer) and Direct Payments
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Portage
  • SENARS (Education dept)
  • Harrow Parent Forum
  • Centre for ADHD & Autism (CAAS)

You will learn about:

  • the difference between Learning Difficultly and Learning Disability
  • how to access the Short Breaks Core Offer
  • how to get training on Speech and Language Therapy strategies
  • what happens in SEND education and with your child’s EHC plan
  • how to connect with the parent forum and other parents
  • the range of training and support available for Autism and ADHD from CAAS

…and lots more information on what to do, where to go and how to manage after receiving a diagnosis for your child.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT EVENT:

30th January 2020, 10:00-12:15 At: Cedars Children Centre, (next to Cedars Manor School) Whittlesea Road, Harrow, HA3 6LS

 NO NEED TO SIGN-UP! No referral needed, just come along.

Any questions please contact ashtreeclinic@nhs.net to speak to the Learning Disability Team

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PARENT CLUB

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

What does this offer?

It is a community-based education programme that will provide advice  on the following topics:

  • How to find out more about local health, social care and voluntary services – and how to contact them
  • Support to have a Health Passport and Health Action Plan
  • Health and Well-Being Advice
  • Advice about your medications
  • Managing challenging behaviour – led by Behaviour Support Specialist
  • Safe Eating and Drinking ) Led by Speech and
  • Different ways to communicate ) Language Therapist

**Sessions will be interactive, responding to the information that individuals want, and will be led by the appropriate health professional; carers will be involved in sharing their experiences**

*Individuals will be able to choose the sessions that they feel would be the most useful for them*

What are the benefits?

Benefits for individuals with a learning disability:

  • Enable them to have ‘first-line advice’ whilst they are waiting for their consultation with a Specialist Health Therapist – so helping to manage their health condition
  • Helping to know more about keeping in good health.

Benefits for their carers:

  • Provide carers with extra skills and support to help with the management of the person they are caring for
  • Opportunity to meet up and socialise with other parents/carers in a similar caring role and share experiences and advice. Really important if one is a sole carer

Who is organising this Programme?

This project is being led by Harrow Mencap with support and advice from the two carer representatives on the Harrow Learning Disability Health and Social Care Focus Group. The planning also involves working closely in partnership with the Harrow Learning Disability Health Team based at the Kingswood Centre.  The project organisers plan to run 3 programmes over a 12 month period.

Priority to attend the first programme is being given to those individuals, together with their carers, who are waiting for their consultation appointment with a Specialist Health Professional from the Harrow Learning Disability Health Team based at the Kingswood Centre.

How do you book a place on the Programme?

Please contact Freda at Harrow Mencap, tel no. 0208 869 8484 to find out more information and to book a place on the programme.

Also, if you are awaiting an appointment to see a Specialist Health Therapist /Health Professional from the Health Team at the Kingswood Centre, then please let the Kingswood Centre know (on tel. no. 0208 238 0900)  that you have booked a place on the program.

Health Education Timetable with logo

 


Cedars Inclusive

Adventure Playground Project Update

In 2017 we asked for support in helping us to develop Harrow’s first disability friendly and inclusive adventure playground. Families told us that severely disabled children find it difficult to find parks to play in because there are very few play equipment in the local parks they could use. We consulted with families about what kind of equipment they would like to see and had a playground company put together a design. The total cost of our wishlist of equipment and design of the playground added up to £97,000 (plus VAT). We started a Crowdfunding page and started looking for different sources for funding.

We are very pleased to announce that we have been working together in a community partnership with local early years providers (nurseries, childminders and pre-schools) and together we have been awarded £40,000 from the Harrow Council Inclusion Fund. The Inclusion Fund is awarded to support 3-4 years olds in Harrow with emerging special educational needs and disability (SEND). The funding means we can start developing and the playground for those very young children and others in the community. Visit our Inclusive Playgrounds page more information about the project, and ways to help us finish building the dream. Visit our funding page to donate to the project.

You can also support the project by entering into Harrow’s first ever lottery- Harrow Wins. Visit the Harrow Wins website for more information of how to take part and find the Special Needs Community CIC

 


SHORT BREAKS BROCHURE

On the Information Day event last November, parents feedback on the information provided on the Short Breaks website has resulted in a new brochure been designed to help understand what is available. This the first draft. We hope it makes it easier to access the service you need.

Please visit the Short Breaks website on the Local Offer at: http://www.harrow.gov.uk/info/100010/health_and_social_care/718/short_breaks_for_disabled_children.

 


HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NEW HEALTH APP FOR HARROW?

DOWNLOAD IT NOW AT HTTP://HARROW.HEALTHHELPNOW.NHS.UK/

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN LONDON?

Visit our London Hub website for news and information on SEND related issues elsewhere in the other London Boroughs and with the other Parent Carer Forums:

You will find:

  • Information on the Local Offer from other boroughs
  • News of SEND related issues in and around London
  • The link to the latest SEN Magazine
  • Inclusive play areas in London

….and more to come

Click here for more details: https://www.specialneedscommunity.co.uk/news/

 

For the contact details of the other Parent Carer Forums, please visit our National Network of Parent Carer Forums’ website: http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/