News, updates and feedback (SEND Local Offer) archive

2020 News

SEND Improvement Parent Carer Survey - You Said, We Did Report 2020

In 2020 Worcestershire Children First and Families in Partnership (FiP), Worcestershire’s parent carer forum sent out a joint parent carer survey to obtain the views of parent carers about services in the area for their children and young people with Special Educational needs/disability (SEND). The survey went out prior to the Covid-19 pandemic impacting families in the UK.

This annual survey forms part of our improvement journey, we want to know what was working well and not working so well with our SEND Services and what parent and carers think needs to change.

The results from this survey have been analysed and shared with all the relevant parties for comment and action.
We have worked together to produce a ‘You said, We did’ report where we outline what we have done so far and what we intend to do as a result of the feedback.

Download: SEND Improvement Parent Carer Survey - You Said, We Did Report 2020 (PDF)

Medical Education Team

Share your thoughts and ideas on the Medical Education Service.

Worcestershire County Council has committed to a review and redesign of the Medical Education Service.

The survey closed on 18 September 2020. Further information will be published shortly.

SEN online resources 

We are regularly updating our online education resources to help children with special educational needs (SEN) during the coronavirus pandemic.

Website: Keeping children and young people entertained

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

See our dedicated web page from more information and guidance on SEND.

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Worcestershire County Council

SENDIASS launch new website

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Information Advice and Support services (SENDIASS) have merged to launch their new website and social media platforms.

SENDIASS provides free, impartial information, advice and support on all matters relating to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The new look website www.hwsendiass.co.uk has been coproduced with parents and young people to ensure that it has relevant information that is easily accessible. You can find factsheets, newsletters and other resources, that are easily downloadable, to help you navigate your SEND journey.

Follow us, Herefordshire and Worcestershire SSENDIASS @hwsendiass on Facebook and Twitter for relevant national and local information and events across the two counties.

Contact us – updated guidance

The SEND Team at Worcestershire Children First are asking for all communications to them to be made via email or telephone and to refrain from using post. This is to ensure that all communications are picked up and actioned as quickly as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can contact them via email at: sen@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk or by telephone on: 01905 846000.

The SEND Team thanks you for your co-operation.

Help shape services for children with special education needs

Views are being sought from parent carers to help shape services for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

A survey has been co-produced by Families in Partnership and involving Worcestershire Children First and Worcestershire County Council to find out what parent carers of children with SEND in Worcestershire think about the services available to them.

The 2020 survey is now closed. A ‘You said, We did’ report has been produced as a result of this survey. This report can be found here: Parent carer survey - You said, We did report 2020

The 2021 parent carer survey will be launched in March 2021.

Worcestershire Children First to lead review of Medical Education Team service

Proposals to review the service provided by the Medical Education Team (MET) were approved at Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet meeting on 30 January.

The MET provides a service for children who are unable to attend school because of medical difficulties.

The review will consider the service and how it can be improved and will look at ways to offer a high quality of service alongside resource and cost implications. Read the full MET review news article

County partnership receives quality mark accreditation for SEN work

The Worcestershire Area Partnership has been awarded a top accreditation for their work helping young people with special educational needs. 

West Mercia Youth Justice Service and Worcestershire Children First have been awarded an Achievement For All Quality Mark Award for partnerships securing better outcomes for children and young people with special education needs in the youth justice system.

Read the full quality mark news article

Dee Pryce and Jude Turbutt proudly stand with the presentation cheque. at  Moule CloseFundraising success at Moule Close January 2020

A sunken sandpit, nature area and music zone are just some of the wonderful new activities children at a short break unit in Kidderminster can now enjoy thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents whose children use the centre.

The event raised a total of £5,000, including a really generous donation of £3,000 from Elliott Nash Construction, Bromsgrove. The sensory garden will make a huge difference to the lives of children who use the centre, who have complex and special needs.

Pictured are Dee Pryce and Jude Turbutt proudly stand with the presentation cheque.

Read the full news article about the fundraising success