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Advice and support for your family during Covid-19

Family Information Service Newsletter – providing ongoing support and advice about Covid-19 for families across Warwickshire.

What is the SEND local offer?

Warwickshire’s SEND local offer brings together information about the local services and support available across education, health and social care for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25, who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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An introduction to Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice 

Logo of Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice

We are delighted to announce that a new parent carer forum for the Warwickshire area has been formed. Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice is a representative group led by parent carers for parent carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (0-25). The group are looking forward to working with various agencies to help shape and improve local services.

Elaine Lambe from Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice said “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to partner with the council to ensure that children and young people in Warwickshire meet their full potential and that families get the support that they need. We are looking forward to welcoming parent carers into our membership and ensuring that their voice is heard by decision makers to make services better for everyone.”

Ian Budd from Warwickshire County Council said “We are really excited to work with Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice. Warwickshire is committed to working with parents and carers to take forward our SEND & Inclusion Change Programme. The current challenges that we face in the system for our learners with special educational needs and disabilities cannot be overcome by working in isolation. By working together, we hope to improve outcomes for our children and young people, operate clear, fair, and transparent processes and create an inclusive, sustainable system.”

Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice will be talking to local families over the upcoming months to help them decide on the local priorities and to be able to take their collective voice forward into discussion with service providers. If you would like to get involved with the forum or share your experiences, please email warwickshireparentcarervoice@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.

Redesign of our SEND local offer

We’re currently redesigning our SEND local offer webpages. We held some initial consultations with parent/carers, young people and professionals in Warwickshire. Now, we need your help as a parent/carer living in Warwickshire to work with us on the structure and categories to ensure people can find the right information and services they need quickly and easily.  

If you are interested in joining our weekly informal co-design group, please email Lynette lynettefarrar@warwickshire.gov.uk. You don’t have to be available for every meeting as the meetings will be ongoing and we can share progress as we go.  

In the future, we would also like to work with young people and professionals on specific areas of interest or expertise. If you as a young person or professional would like to get involved, please contact Lynette lynettefarrar@warwickshire.gov.uk who will keep your details so that we can contact you when we reach this stage. 

SEND Voice

We have re-launched our quarterly newsletter, SEND Voice, and this features SEND news and the experiences of children and young people in Warwickshire. Read the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of SEND Voice.

Please complete this webform if you would like to subscribe to SEND Voice and receive occasional updates on SEND news.