LATEST BPV NEWS
We held our AGM on the 11th March 2019 where we successfully appointed 10 Trustees. We have now added the BPV Annual Report and Accounts to our website.
We are now holding an Issues log where information is taken from our various workshops, support groups and emails around current Issues. We now have scheduled meetings in the diary to meet with Senior Leads within the Local Authority and will be reporting these Issues to them. Our aim will be to start to receive feedback on how some of the issues can be resolved. Any information we can share with you will be added to our e-bulletin.
We have many projects, workshops, and co-production meetings all coming up which we would like BPV to be involved. However we need more Parent Representative/Volunteers to help us achieve this. Over the next few months we are hoping to build on our pool of Parent Representatives/Volunteers. We are planning a training session in September. Look out for our Expression of Interest application which will be sent out soon. Please complete and return if you think you may be interested in joining us to get involved in shaping services and support with in SEND.
BPV Cake and Share Group
Next Session - 8th May - 9:30am-11.30am
Costa Coffee, 1a Colman House High Street Penge London SE20 7EX
For all parent/carers of children or young people with additional needs - pre-school, mainstream, specialist and home educated. Come and have a chat with other parent/carers of children with additional needs who are in similar situations, you can share experiences and information, build connections and friendships. Click here for other venues.
NATIONAL SEND NEWS
Supporting Disabled People to Work Report
A new National Audit Office report finds the DWP has no real strategy for helping disabled people into work. Disability Rights UK says “The narrative needs to change from focusing on reducing the benefits bill and punishment through sanctions to supporting disabled people to use our skills to reach our full potential and take our place as equal citizens in society.” More here
Statement Calling for Removal of Benefit Sanctions
The British Psychological Society has joined eight other leading mental health organisations in calling for the removal of benefit sanctions for people with mental health difficulties. Disability Rights UK says “We want a system that genuinely supports the many disabled people who want to work to keep their job when they become disabled - and, for those out of work, to get into work, or set up their own business, with the tailored and flexible support they need to do so.” More here
Sports Sector 'Needs to do more'
New research, from our Get Yourself Active Project shows that the sports sector could play a key role in getting disabled more active – but that it needs to improve awareness and access to facilities and services. More here
Disability Regional Stakeholder Network
Deadline Extended. The Office for Disability Issues is seeking people to join the new Regional Stakeholder Network in 9 regional groups across England. The Regional Stakeholder Network will bring the views of disabled people, local disability organisations, disabled people led organisations, and organisations that represent disabled people closer to government. More details here
SEND Regional Update
Read here the presentation from the Joint event of SEND Regional Coordinator for London Programme & London Strategic Manager’s & Parent Carers Network - PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS.
LOCAL SEND NEWS
Bromley SEND Local Offer
The Bromley SEND Local Offer website provides information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities. It also provides a link to the SENDMatters Monthly Update newsletter which is designed to give you that latest news and update from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms happening across Bromley right now.
EVENTS & TRAINING
Support for Behaviour that Challenges Workshop
10 June - Castlecombe Children & Family Centre, Mottingham SE9 4AT
15 July - Blenheim Children & Family Centre Orpington BR6 9HB
Bromley is offering a training course delivered by Personal Awareness Consultancy & Training (PACT), accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), which will assist parents/carers in supporting their children/young people to manage behaviours that challenge. The course will cover both theory and practical ways to manage and prevent behaviours that challenge, including disengagement techniques, Positive Behaviour Support planning and trigger words to avoid. Please contact Dawn Andress to book your place Dawn.Andress@bromley.gov.uk
PBS Family Carer Training for Challenging Behaviour
16 May / 6 June 2019 Greenwich 10 am - 2:30 pm
Please see attached the flyer for the family carer PBS training workshops scheduled for May/June & details on how to book a free place.
Free cycling courses for disabled people and their families
Read about Bromley Mencap's new cycling project for disabled people and their families read online now.
Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes Conference - 24 September 2019
Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
This Open Forums conference will be concentrating on the support and services that are essential for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to thrive. Individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism have the same basic rights to receive equity in areas such as healthcare, independent living, employment opportunities and accommodation. Click HERE for further details.
LEISURE & SOCIAL
London Transport Museum SEND Friendly Event
Early Explorers Morning and Explorer Evenings for families with children with additional needs. Please click on the London Transport museum's website, the dates and times for all the events taking place each school holiday throughout 2019.
Educational Trip to France - Winning Stars
Saturday 27 July Return day trip
Please see the attached POSTER for further details and booking information.
Please be aware that there is a cost involved for this trip.
Phab Residential Holiday Projects 2019 are now open to applications
These inclusive projects for disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults take place at accessible centres in Hampshire and the Lake District and have an emphasis on building confidence, independence, working as a team and most importantly having fun! All the projects are heavily subsidized to ensure they are affordable to everyone.Please contact Phab for further information.
is an inclusive dance company for people with learning disabilities which has carved out a national reputation for its exciting and inspiring approach to inclusive dance. Through dance, participants gain life, social and communication skills with added health and wellbeing benefits.Magpie Dance
Fun Freeze ASD Social Skills Club
A fun, social skills club in Beckenham for teenagers with ASD. Please see attached POSTER for further details.
SEN Sports Programme
Tenacity Sports are running two SEN Sports clubs at The Highway School and Darrick Sports Centre on Monday & Friday 5 pm to 6 pm term time only. For more information please click HERE
A Guide to Theatre Access
Click the following links for further information about accessible shows in the performing arts and theatre.
Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings
Visit the Dimensions for further information on accessible & autism friendly cinema performances.
New Bromley Bromley Vue Cinema
This is a new cinema complex that has opened close to Bromley South station. It has a changing places accessible toilet complete with changing table hoists etc and autism friendly film showing. Click HERE for further information.
INFORMATION & GUIDES
Accessible toilet at Ruxley Manor, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BQ
Ruxley Manor in Sidcup now has a Mobiloo which makes visits accessible to the quarter of a million disabled people who would otherwise be stuck at home simply because of a lack of adequate toilet and changing facilities. For a trail period on selected days only, click HERE for further details and HERE for the changing places toilet map.
Quiet Shopping Hours at Bluewater
Bluewater is to offer permanent weekly "quiet hours" for autistic shoppers from this year. The services are being introduced after the shopping centre marks World Autism Awareness Week. The quiet hours will cut the amount of music and dim the lighting in Bluewater's central areas. More here
How to refer to Bromley Y
Click HERE to find information on how to self refer to Bromley Y services for children & young people.
Changes to the organ donation system
The Organ Donation Act means that from 2020, all adults in England will be considered as potential donors unless they choose to opt out or are excluded. Read the government's news.
Information, Advice & Support Service offer free and impartial information, advice and support is available from IASS, Bromley who provide support on a wide range of SEND issues, to children, young people and parents. Click HERE for further information.
IASS Update 2019
Watch the Contact webinar here which gives you an update on the new IASS Minimum Standards, impact of the minimum standards and the future for small IASS services Funding for IASS services. How forums can work with their local services. What to do when things go wrong. Download the presentation from the webinar.
ECHP Annual Reviews
A useful animation guide on EHCP annual reviews. GUIDE CLIP
RESEARCH, SURVEYS, CAMPAIGNS & CONSULTATIONS
Learning Disability Health Survey
Doctors in Bromley are encouraging people with learning disabilities to make sure they have their annual health check with their GP. The check helps to keep people well and pick up any problems at an early stage. In Bromley only half of those entitled to the check are actually having one. To help NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group understand why this is and how they can get more people to have their annual check, please complete their survey here
Children and Young People's Mental Health Workforce Strategy for London
Healthy London Partnership (HLP) is currently developing a London strategy for the children and young people’s mental health workforce, due to be launched in May. Via online surveys, they're seeking the views of:-
Please do share the links above with any participation groups you're in contact with, and if you are aged 25 or under, or are a parent/carer, please fill in the survey.
Government asking for help from people with autism and their families to transform support
The government is asking autistic people, their families and those caring for them to give their views on how care and support in England can be improved. This will contribute to a cross-government review of the national autism strategy which is due to be refreshed and launched later this year. Read more and have your say.
Is your child moving from primary to secondary school this year? Volunteers are needed for an academic research study
The Roehampton Institute are researching factors that help children with neurodevelopmental disorders during the transition from primary school to secondary school. There are seven families already involved in the study that have children with Downs Syndrome moving schools and ten more are needed with either ASD, Downs Syndrome or Williams Syndrome. Children who are in either mainstream or in special educational schools will be considered, please see attached FLYER for further information.
Learning Disability and Autism Training
The government wants to know how we can make sure that health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and autistic people, and make reasonable adjustments to support them. The consultation considers issues around the training and development staff need to better support people with a learning disability or autistic people. Have your say on proposals to introduce mandatory learning disability and autism training for health and care staff here
SEND Network Champions - deadline 10th May
The Bromley SEND Partnership is creating the role of SEND Network Champion across all organisations and settings within the borough - including parents and carers.
- Do you believe that we should all be SEND Champions?
- Do you want to be part of a new and exciting network representing your service in SEND?
- Are you an outstanding and passionate individual who wants to make a difference for children and young people who have SEND and support your service in this area?
- Would you like to be a key lead for your area?
If so, please click here to read more and how to apply.
Recruitment, Training and Retention Co-ordinator (Short Breaks)
Part time 22.5 hours per week
Salary: £17,398 (actual salary) + 3% pension
Recruitment, Training and Retention Co-ordinator is required to recruit a wide range of casual staff to the Short Breaks Service, ensuring they are trained to deliver a safe, effective and flexible service.
For more information about the role and how to apply click here
CLOSING DATE 7 MAY 2019
Part time 9am-12noon, Monday to Friday
Salary £9,020 (£22,250 FTE) + 3% Pension
MENCAP is looking for a reliable and enthusiastic person to support the day to day running of our day opportunities for disabled adults in Bromley.
For more information about the role and how to apply click here
CLOSING DATE 13 MAY 2019
- Kidz to Adultz E-bulletin
- Bromley Well Young Carers E-bulletin
- Maypole E-bulletin
- NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group - the March bulletin includes the CCG's plans to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people. Read about their service specification and the £2.4 million trailblazer funding from NHS England to put in place additional mental health support in schools. View online now.