You can download the December issue of SEND News here. Keep an eye out for our article on page 7! The Birmingham Parent Carer Forum Management Committee met with Dr Tim O'Neill (Director, Education and Skills) and Nichola Jones (Assistant Director) at our final committee meeting of the year this week. There was a healthy conversation around moving forward together and helping shape services to deliver better outcomes for our membership. We’re looking forward to continuing this relationship in the new year and will keep our membership posted as always. Thank you for your continued support.
You can download the Local Authority / Health SEND NEWS October edition here. This includes news on Speech and Language Therapy as well as news on mental health.
We're pleased to show you our new 'infographic' flyer as a way of communicating in a simple and visual way, 'What We're All About' as well as details on how to Get Involved! Hope you like it! To Get Involved click here.
You can download the August issue of SEND NEWS below. BPCF is featured on page 5 by way of a brief update on our activities so far!
Birmingham Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) is a group of Parent Carers who want to make a difference for children/young people and families.
If you live in Birmingham and have a child/young person aged up to 25 with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), we would love you to join us as a voluntary Parent Carer Representative.
Why should I get involved?
To achieve our aims we need to hear parents’ views and experiences and are looking to grow our membership. To that end we need Parent Carer Representatives to join our team and help us expand our reach across Birmingham. You will play a vital part in the strategic direction of the services provided for SEND children, young people and their families in Birmingham. You will be helping to make a difference!
How much time do I need to commit?
We understand that you have busy family lives so the role is very flexible but it does require a level of commitment. We want you to shape the role to suit however much or little time you can dedicate.
What is the role of a Parent Carer Representative?
Complete an online application form here. We look forward to hearing from you!
We hosted our event on Preparing for Adulthood last month. For those of you who had requested it we are providing the slides and review guide for download below. It was a very informative event, helping to put the written information into context with some crucial discussion points. In addition we handed out a short survey which you can also fill out until the end of August. Please share it and fill it out and get it back to us as this helps determine the direction of this important workstream which is a priority stream for both the forum and the authority.
Birmingham SEND Partnership SEND Parent and Carer Survey, June 2019
As part of the ongoing work to improve SEND services in the Birmingham local area following the SEND Inspection carried out in June 2018, there is a commitment from the SEND Partnership to conduct regular Parent and Carer surveys. The first of these took place in November 2018, and this serves as a baseline against which future surveys can be analysed. The results of the latest survey carried out between 29th May and 14th June 2019 can be downloaded below.
Herewith the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Newsletter from the Local Authority and Health (NB: this is not our own newsletter.) It gives information on what the LA is doing and how the forum is involved. This issue contains information about priorities, the new Designated Medical Officer, improving quality in EHCPs and more. Click below to download.
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My name is Sabiha and I have recently taken over the chair role of the Birmingham Parent Carer Forum from the lovely Vickey Weaver.
I present here the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Newsletter from the Local Authority and Health (NB: this is not our own newsletter - watch this space for that coming soon! It gives information on what the LA is doing and how the forum is involved. The results of the second parental survey mentioned will be published soon along with other exciting and up to date news about what’s happening in Birmingham.
Birmingham Parent Carer Forum is keen to build our membership and hear from our parent carers so we’re able to take feedback to the people who matter and make a real difference on the ground. Please support us with this by completing a very simple Join Us Form and helping spread the word. Thank-you
Birmingham are asking parents and carers to complete a survey. It will take about 10-15 mins.
This is to understand how recent changes and improvements (see below) have impacted on children and families. The link to the survey is below:
The survey will close on 14 June 2019. See below for more background information
In June 2018, Birmingham was inspected by Ofsted and the CQC. The purpose of the inspection was to review the implementation of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Following the inspection, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group were required to submit a Written Statement of Action (WSOA) to address significant area of weakness in the local area’s practice.
A partnership comprising of Birmingham City Council, Birmingham CCG, Birmingham Children’s Trust and Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust is working together to deliver a new and improved SEND service over the next 18 months.
Since the first survey took place in November 2018 there have been improvements in:
- Customer service and responding to email and phone calls
- How all services are contributing to Education Care and Health Plans
- The way the ‘voice’ of young people is heard in understanding their ambitions
- The way staff are trained
- How young people aged 14 and above are supported to become young adults
- The launch of a new Parent and Carer Forum
- How we are working with parents and carers, and listening to the feedback that they give us.
- Investment in NHS therapy services to reduce waiting times, and improved support whilst children are waiting.
- The way complaints are managed and how we are learning from complaints