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Parent Voice Newsletter

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The Parent Voice Newsletter is created by the ISEND communications team; for any queries or feedback on the newsletter, please email:

Spring 2022 Parent Voice Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring Parent Voice Newsletter. We are excited to share some exciting updates, helpful information and great opportunities for children and families this season.

Five Spring Holiday Activity Ideas for SEND Families

Spring Holiday is just days away, so we’ve gathered some great options for families with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to enjoy together!

Whether it’s an all-inclusive cycling session in the sun or an entertaining show for the whole family, we’ve got you covered, click here to find out more.

There are also still some spots available for the FREE Holiday Food and Fun activities that are available for families who have children who receive benefit-related free school meals. You can find out more by clicking here.

For up-to-date information on activity resources and ideas, follow our ISEND Facebook pages at 

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Parents, Carers directly feed into new East Sussex SEND Strategy 2022-24 in Engagement Events

In February and March, our team supported the East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) to host virtual and in-person engagement sessions where parents and carers joined us to shape the services that families across the county use. Visit the ESPCF website by clicking here.

The virtual and in-person engagement sessions had different break out groups that explored four key themes:

  1. SEN support & attainment gaps
  2. EHCP processes
  3. Social care including respite
  4. Mental health

Each session had parents, carers, ESPCF members, and representatives from our teams in the local authority. Our Health Commissioning colleagues also attended.

It was great to hear the parent carer voice and ensure that it directly feeds into the new East Sussex SEND Strategy which is currently being developed. The SEND Strategy will be published later this year and it follows on from the important conclusions in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) from 2021, which you can read by clicking here.

The engagement sessions were very informative. The sessions also highlighted some common themes for our ISEND Services to improve on, including the importance of the following:

We are grateful to the ESPCF for all their work on the sessions and to the parents and carers who attended and shared their experiences and their ideas on how the SEND system can work better for children, young people and families.

All the themes raised in the sessions will be considered as part of the strategy. We are working with the ESPCF on the follow-up, including various areas that were highlighted to us.

Make sure to follow our ISEND Facebook page and keep an eye on this website for more updates, information and resources following the engagement sessions:

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New East Sussex Local Offer Website

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This new East Sussex Local Offer website, a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Information Hub, was officially launched earlier this year. 

The Local Offer is how we make parents, carers, children and young people aware of what support is available to them for SEND.

Throughout 2021, parents, carers and SEND practitioners helped us build the Local Offer to refresh the website to make it more comprehensive, clear, modern and inclusive.

To celebrate the Local Offer launch, our team was joined by Ros Cook from the Amaze SENDIASS Service and Nathan Caine, the Head of ISEND Services, for a live Q&A  event. You can find out more about the event, by clicking here.

The Local Offer also includes a new SEND Directory, on East Sussex 1Space. The 1Space Directory has various types of contact information and resources for different services and organisations across the county, such as activities and events and information for each ISEND Service. Find out more:

Its important that the Local Offer continues to grow and develop with the help of feedback from the families who use it.

You can help us get the Local Offer website right by providing feedback either by taking part in our survey or by email:

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Help Us Rebrand the Parent Voice Newsletter

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We want to rebrand our seasonal newsletter for families, parents and carers to be more representative of the information and resources it gives to families from our ISEND Services.

We want your help to choose the new name for our newsletter, currently known as Parent Voice Newsletter. 

Please help us choose a new name in this quick and easy 2-minute survey.

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SEND Resources and Opportunities for Families in East Sussex

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Throughout the county, there are new opportunities, resources and information for families with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Important Updates & Information for SEND Families

New Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Website

A new one stop shop for everything Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, The Stopping Place, was built for pupils, parents and professionals across East Sussex.

The Teaching Learning Provision (TLP) team from ISEND East Sussex County Council have worked together with national charities, Traveller stakeholders and community members to create the new Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) website.

Make sure to check out The Stopping Place website, by clicking here.

Join i-go: The Children and Young People’s Additional Needs Register

i-go: The Children and Young People’s Additional Needs Register, previously known as Children’s Disability Register, is a register with a list of children and young people in East Sussex who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

i-go includes a discount card to improve access to leisure activities for families across the county.

There are many great reasons to join i-go: The Children’s and Young People’s Additional Needs Register, including:

Improved and Targeted Services
Exclusive Access to over 100 Offers and Discounts
Have Your Voice Heard

Make sure to find out more on the East Sussex i-go website.

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Stay up-to-date with the latest news, support and resources

Make sure to follow our Facebook pages to stay up-to-date with the wealth of resources we have in our SEND community, from surveys to activity ideas for half-term to bespoke events for parents and carers: 

You can also follow us on our Twitter page for quick updates and resources for schools and families @ISENDEastSussex!

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Get involved

To get involved and share your voice, check out the East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) and see the latest updates, information and news from the Forum, using the useful links below:

There is also a new Instagram project, known as @Inspireable_es, for young people who are neurodiverse to get involved with and contribute to for a social media community. You can view the InspireAble Instagram by clicking here.

 

If your young person or a young person you know would like to get involved with the Instagram project, please contact:


Newsletter published on 31 March 2022.


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Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, 'Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms':


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