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At IAS, we feel strongly about families having an understanding of their rights in relation to their children with SEND. Whilst we are always here to advocate for you, and support you, we are keen to ensure you are firmly in charge of the decisions made about your child.
We also understand that sometimes, you've something to say but don't know where to say it, or have the confidence to do it. We want to make sure you are heard, and that your opinions matter.
IAS sit on the strategic group for SEND. We sit with other people from Education, Health and Social care, and feedback about common themes we have identified with our work with families. We also chair the Engaging Parents Carers and Young peoples group, where we bring together parent carers and professionals to collaboratively work together on ways to make decision making clear, and to involve families in policies and practices.
We are a member of BPCC and are actively involved in the work that they do. This includes producing and co-delivering workshops for parents and carers on things such as EHC plans, SEN support and Transition. See below for the link to book onto our upcoming workshops.
Finally, we continually collect feedback from you, and give this to senior leaders across education health and social care to make change.
Please see below for things you can get involved in.
As part of the continued strive to make journeys for families of children with SEND better in Bolton, Bolton Council attended two sessions for parents to come and share their thoughts on what Boltons priorities should be over the next couple of years. Ideas on education, health and social care were discussed, and both good practice and negative experiences looked at in detail. All the feedback was collated and submitted at a senior level, and the LA and CCG have now made these points part of the local priorities moving forward. Action is already being undertaken to make change. So thank you to all our parent carers who came to share their stories, and thank you to Tony Birch, Assistant Director, Sue Cornwell, Head of SEN, Gill Murphy, SEND assessment manager, and Anna Dickenson, manager of the children with disabilities social care team, for coming along and listening/ talking to families.
Bolton IAS are looking to hear from families of children with SEND who have been excluded from school. We want to hear from you if your child has ever had;
• A fixed term or permanent exclusion
• Been sent home at lunch
• Been asked to go home to ‘cool off’
• Been put on a half day at school or a part time timetable
The survey will only take you a minute or two and is anonymous. The answers you give will help us to identify where there is a problem, and we can look to improve things for children with SEND in Bolton. For more information on different exclusions and the law, check out the exclusion article in our blog.
Following on from our local area OFSTED/CQC inspection, we need to ensure parents and carers think we are getting things right, and if not, to address it. Bolton Council want to hear from families about identifying SEND, meeting needs, and improving outcomes for children and young people. This can be for children with or without an EHC plan, and looks at education, health and social care. The survey takes about 5 mins, but is really important that we know what you think.