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Local Offer SEND Bulletin - 5 March 2021 Edition 28

You can view the latest SEND Bulletin below:

SEND Local Offer Bulletin - Edition 28 - Friday 5 March 2021 (pdf 379kb)

For information about SEND Local Offer LOOK AHEAD and to register with the service, please visit the LOOK AHEAD page or contact the FISH helpline:

Tel: (01482) 396469
Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk

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Local Offer SEND Newsletter - Edition 3 - March 2021

You can view the latest SEND Newsletter below:

Local Offer SEND Newsletter - Edition 3 - March 2021 (pdf 27mb)

For information about SEND Local Offer LOOK AHEAD, and to register with the service, please visit LOOK AHEAD or contact the FISH helpline:

Tel: (01482) 396469
Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk

Emotional Wellbeing of Children, Young People and Families Support Funding

The emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people with SEND and their families remains a national concern during lockdown. Supporting parents and carers to engage children/young people in activities that they enjoy, either as part of a group activity or independently can help to support them.

Specialist Services have provided £10,000 funding to the Parent Carer Forum, to help support children/young people with SEND and their families to engage in activities or social and recreational opportunities. The funding provides the opportunity for parents and carers to apply for resources to help them engage in activities at home or in the community (adhering to the current Government rules and guidance).

The application form and guidance documents to help you apply can be found below:

Application Form and Guidance for Families' Health and Wellbeing Resource Fund (word 92kb)

ERVAS Survey - How has COVID-19 affected young people and youth services?

Are you:

  • a young person?
  • someone who works (paid or unpaid) with young people?
  • a parent or carer?

We need your views to understand how COVID-19 has affected young people in East Riding, as well as those services and people who work with them.

Have your say and take 10 minutes to complete our survey.

East Riding Youth Provision Survey

SENDIAS Consultation August - October 2020

You can download the consultation findings report as a PDF via the link below:

SENDIAS Consultation August- October 2020 findings report (pdf 300kb)

Personal Transport Budget update

Personal transport budgets (PTB) are an alternative way for the council to deliver statutory home to school or college transport for pupils who are eligible for support to their educational establishment. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been running its current PTB model for the last four years.

After reflecting on the uptake of the current model, learning lessons from formal and informal feedback, focused meetings and national research a new PTB model has been developed and will be piloted from January 2021. This new model will be piloted with a small group of families, whose children are currently in receipt of one-to-one transport support (eligible children and young people). These families will be invited by letter to join us in further developing the new model and its processes.

The pilot will be reviewed regularly with the families involved in the pilot and other stakeholders.

We are hopeful that after some fine-tuning with the initial pilot group and further consultation, the new model can be rolled-out further to more families.

We will provide information on our progress over the next few months.

Families not invited to be part of the initial pilot will continue to be able to access the current three-tiered PTB model.

Film poster for Pixar short, Loop

Image author or copyright owner - Pixar

Film Review - Loop (2020)

Set in a summer camp, a non-verbal autistic girl called Renee and a boy named Marcus are placed together to go on the lake in a canoe. This is the first time Disney Pixar have featured a non-verbal autistic character. It shows the difficulty two different people have communicating with each other.

Renee uses her phone and the ringtone repeatedly as a coping mechanism. Marcus doesn't understand at first Renee's constant use of her ringtone. Marcus asks Renee to tell him what to do, she shows him a poo emoji. Marcus paddles the canoe towards some toilets and Renee forgets about her needs when she touches some reeds (some autistic people experience high sensory stimulation). When Marcus takes them out of the reeds Renee starts to moan expressing discomfort and wants to go back in. Marcus touches the reeds himself, he realised that Renee likes the touch of the reeds against her hands.

When they leave the reeds Renee starts to play with her phone again, Marcus takes them into a cave and encourages Renee to play her ringtone. It echoes and Renee gets excited by the sounds - until it overwhelms her and she starts to panic.

Marcus takes her back to land and Renee lashes out throwing her phone which goes in the water. Renee pulls the canoe over and hides underneath. Marcus waits and finally Renee calms down playing with the reed that Marcus gave her and mimicking her ringtone.

They both get back in the canoe and head back to camp.

I say this short film tells us an important lesson that everyone is different but not everyone understands autistic needs, I can relate to a lot of Renee's feelings. I think that everybody should watch this film as it would help them understand some of the needs and challenges people with autism might experience. It also shows us that we can communicate without words and with patience and understanding we can all connect.

Review written by Fin Clark, aged 14

Annual Reviews

We have recently been contacted by some parents carers regarding the Local Authority's use of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) writing company. The Local Authority has a statutory duty to amend and finalise EHCPs by specific calendar dates of the year, as prescribed in the SEND Code of Practice.

To help us meet these statutory deadlines, we have commissioned an external EHCP writing company to support with the amending of EHCPs. This use of plan writing companies is a well established process and a practice employed by many other local authorities. The use of the plan writing company had enabled us to complete all year 6 transfers within the required DfE deadlines.

The role of the plan writing company is to pre-populate the plan template by extracting the relevant information contained in the annual review paperwork. The company does not generate any information, neither do they make any recommendations or decisions. Any plans amended by the company are produced only in draft. All information is reviewed for its accuracy and all plans are subject to quality assurance and finalised by our SEN Team.

The Council has processes in place to ensure that safeguards are in place when it commissions any companies to carry out work on its behalf. The company in question has strict processes in place to ensure they are GDPR compliant and the information is only used for the purpose it was provided. Parents/carers can rest assured that the Local Authority takes the security of data extremely seriously and that there is no need for any parents/carers to be concerned.

Contact: SEN team, if you have any questions regarding your child's/young person's EHC plan
Tel: (01482) 394000
Email: send.enquiries@eastriding.gov.uk

Autism Jigsaw news

Autism Awareness Courses

Sessions are open to all parents and professional/practitioners.
Courses are for those parents whose child has a diagnosis. Please note that it is expected that parents attend the first course - Exploring Autism Course.

Attendees must be over 16 years of age

For information on the Autism courses/seminars: and to book your place, please wordcomplete the booking form and return it to Email: eps@eastriding.gov.uk

ASC session booking form (word 68 kb, opens in new window)

Contact: eps@eastriding.gov.uk
Tel: (01482) 394000 (option 4 or option 2)

Autism Sensory Needs Seminar

Sessions are currently postponed due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Single Route of Redress - National Trial - Extending Powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND)

The Department for Education announced on Monday 4 November 2019 that the national trial of the single route of redress will be extended from 31 March 2020 to 31 August 2020. In line with Schedule 2 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (external .Gov.UK website) - which requires all local areas in England to publish details in their Local Offer for ‘notifying parents and young people of their right to appeal a decision of the local authority to the Tribunal’ – you will need to update your website with the new end date. To help you in fulfilling this duty we have attached sample text that can be used on your site.

Updated the information and resources in the SEND National Trial Toolkit (external sendpathwayfinder website)

Updated Guidance (pdf, 306kb) on the national trial.

For more information visit the Education, Health and Care Plan page of the Local Offer under the question 'What can I do if I disagree with the decisions made about any aspect of the Education, Health and/or Social Care provision?'

Peer Challenge

During April, East Riding of Yorkshire Council invited a 'Peer Challenge' which focussed on 3 broad areas of SEND activity. The peer challenge team, made up of four senior colleagues from other authorities within the region, were on site for 3 days, undertaking a series of meetings with staff across education, health and care services, parents and carers, children and young people, as well as site visits to settings. Council officers have subsequently met with the EYPCF and other partners to review the helpful feedback, which confirmed much of our self-evaluation (SEF), and to consider suggestions for further development. A copy of the full report is also attached below. If parents or carers have any questions regarding the peer challenge process or the detail within the report, please contact the EYPCF.

Peer Challenge Report (pdf 323kb opens in new window)

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