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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HARROW?

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OFSTED AND CQC LOCAL AREA SEND INSPECTION IN HARROW – THE RESULT 

Harrow Council Statement

The Local Area SEND inspection took place from 1st to 5th July 2019. At this point all we can say is that we are pleased with the outcome. The provisional outcome, subject to quality assurance processes, points to the good partnership work between the HPF and Council and Health services. The inspectors were very grateful for all those parents, carers and young people who contributed to the review. They took all the views expressed very seriously in coming to their judgements. It may be September before the report is published.

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Final poster for post diagnostic workshop survey

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THE HARROW SEND CONVERSATION

THE HARROW SEND CONVERSATION, 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

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 or email Freda.mcewen@harrowmencap.org.uk  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.

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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/