News and Events

East Riding Youth Parliament Event

Join us at this event for part 2 of developing an East Riding Youth Parliament.

Join us on 27 October at 4pm for a Zoom event.

To join the event please follow the link below:

Register for Zoom event

For more information please contact:

Email: volunteenplus@ervas.org.uk

Transition between children's and adult services survey

East Riding is working to improve support for young people who are transitioning between children's and adult's services.

To support this work we want to get the views and experiences of young people, parents, carers and staff. This helps us clearly understand how you are supported and where we could improve. The survey has been created by IMPOWER, a specialist public sector consultancy who are working with us on this exciting project.

We'd be grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes. Please complete the survey as openly and honestly as possible. Your responses will be anonymous. The closing date is September 25, 2020.

We will feedback the findings from the survey over the next few months.

We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. You can start this by clicking the link below:

Survey Monkey.co.uk/r/9GQ32L9

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SENDIASS consultation with parents, carers and young people

The Local Authority must provide a SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service) for parents/carers and children and young people with special educational needs or/and disabilities up to the age of 25. The service offers free, confidential, impartial information, advice and support covering SEND issues including health and social care.

East Riding of Yorkshire currently commissions East Riding SENDIAS service to provide information, advice and support for parents/carers and children up the age of 16 and KIDS to provide the service for children and young people up the age of 25. The contracts for both services will come to an end on 31 August 2021. To prepare for the contracts ending the Local Authority needs to plan for what the service will look like from 1 September 2021.

In order to assist us with designing the SENDIAS service from 1 September 2021, we would like to gain your opinion regarding the SENDIASS service post September 2021. We are keen to gain the views of potential service users as well as current and previous service users therefore you do not have to have used the service previously to be able to contribute your feedback to this consultation. It is really important to us that as many voices contribute as possible, the SENDIAS service is designed for service users and therefore, it must meet the needs of the East Riding of Yorkshire population.

The link below takes to you to a survey which has been designed with a variety of people including parents/carers and young people who have accessed the SENDIAS services. The consultation lasts from Thursday 13 August until Thursday 22 October 2020.

Smartsurvey.co.uk - Local Offer Communication

If you would like any more information about this consultation, please:

Tel: (01482) 392228
Email: childrens.commissioning.team@eastriding.gov.uk

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SEND Local Offer bulletin

You can view the latest bulletin below:

SEND Local Offer bulletin 17 September 2020 (pdf 88kb)

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

Coronavirus update on GOV.UK

Please find a link to the Government website where vulnerable people can register for support and have deliveries for food and medication if they are susceptible to COVID 19 given their health needs.

Website: GOV.UK - coronavirus extremely vulnerable

Resources to support emotional well-being

There's a tremendous amount of resources circulating at the moment so the Educational Psychology Service has produced two resource guides which offer good sound advice to help support the emotional well-being of staff and children/young people at this really difficult emotional time.

EPS Guidance resources for families to support the emotional wellbeing of children - Coronavirus March 2020 (pdf 480kb opens in new window)

EPS Guidance resources for schools to support the emotional wellbeing of staff and pupils - Coronavirus March 2020 (pdf 400kb opens in new window)

Supporting children and families through unexpected times of rapid and unpredictable change in the light of the Coronovirus (pdf 506kb opens in new window)

On the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership (ERSCP) website, there are links to both the NAS and The Priory which have helpful guidance and support for parents, professionals and children about autism including the impact of the coronavirus:
Web: http://erscb.org.uk/news-coronavirus/

Mental Health Apps

web: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/?sort=new

Statement for SENDIASS

On the 24 January 2020, East Riding of Yorkshire Council published a statement outlining a change in the SENDIAS service due to take place from 1 April 2020, whilst a further consultation about the SENDIAS service was being undertaken. Service users provided feedback about the impact that this change would have on them. In light of this feedback, the local authority has decided that in the circumstances the SENDIASS offer will remain the same and not change from 1 April 2020. This means that KIDS will continue to provide information, advice and support and advocacy, where required, to children and young people aged 16-25. A consultation will take place in relation to the provision of SENDIAS service in the future.
Contact the Children’s Commissioning Team, if you have any queries.
Email: childrens.commissioning.team@eastriding.gov.uk or
Tel: (01482) 394000 (Option 1- children’s commissioning team)

Endorphins Superstars youth groups

In light of the MP's announcement on Monday 23 March 2020, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Endorphins Group have made the decision to postpone the start of the planned short breaks sessions that were due to commence in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole and Hedon on Saturday 4 April 2020. With the latest Government advice to Stay at Home, a joint decision has been taken to not proceed with Saturday or holiday sessions until it is safe to do so.

The Endorphins Group has been commissioned by East Riding Council to provide short breaks provision which will see the delivery of its ‘Superstars’ inclusive multi-activity sessions for children and young people with additional needs, which combines arts and crafts, multi-games, drama and a wide range of other activities.  

The new start up dates for the four sessions will be announced as soon as it is safe to commence delivery and this will be a joint decision made in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Contact: Children’s Commissioning Team if you have any questions
Email: childrens.commissioning.team@eastriding.gov.uk
Tel: (01482) 394000 (extension 6)

Whilst we in a period of Lockdown, Endorphins is planning to upload a range of activities to engage and entertain children and young people on its Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/EndorphinsGroup

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)

Managing Anger Seminar

Dates: Thursday 2 April 2020     Postponed until further notice
Venue: Beverley Minster Primary School

Autism Sensory Needs Seminar

Dates: Thursday 7 May 2020     Postponed until further notice
Venue: Goole Council Chamber

Dates: Thursday 18 June 2020     Postponed until further notice
Venue: Burnby Hall, Pocklington

Dates: Thursday 2 July 2020     Postponed until further notice
Venue: County Hall, Beverley

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East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)

Read more about the East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum here

Following national guidance around the COVID-19 outbreak, EYPCF Steering Group will be limiting their work and attendance at meetings in County Hall.
We will continue to monitor the news and follow national guidance, to ensure that we act to inform the families we represent.
Regular updates will be provided on EYPCF website, social media and via email
We will handle email and telephone enquiries and offer signposting and general support by telephone, email or message via Facebook and if you leave your name and number we will call you back.

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe everyone.

Contact: EYPCF tel: 07813 676941
Email: admin@eypcf.co.uk

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?'

VOICES Co-production Event

The VOICES event was held on the 10 July 2019 organised by East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The event brought together parent carers, young people and practitioners to further develop together SEND services.
Since the event the parent carer forum and east riding of yorkshire council have worked together to ensure that everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to comment on the report and narrative before these are made available more widely.
The final report, narrative and young person’s leaflet are available below:

Young Person's voices report East Riding (pdf 1.4Mb opens in new window)

Appendix The East Riding of Yorkshire Narratives Final (pdf 1Mb opens in new window)

East Riding Report Final (pdf 2.24Mb opens in new window)

Next Steps
The parent carer forum will be inviting those parent carers and young people who attended the VOICES event to a workshop due to take place in January 2020 to discuss the recommendations presented in the report and discuss priority areas.
If you have any questions please contact:

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)
Tel: (01262) 678283
Email: admin@eypcf.co.uk

PfA Commissioner
Tel: (01482) 392157
Email: emma.norsworthy@eastriding.gov.uk

Good News Story

The Young Leaders of East Riding (T.Y.L.E.R) was successful in receiving funding from the Youth Action Board to fill a gap they found within the East Riding. The group has been working with the Education and Skills Team to put together a 10 week course for all young people aged 16 to 24. The course will include sessions on:

- Introduction to Independent Life Skills – what is independent living? how to create personal goals

- Money Management – how to create a budget? managing bills, etc.

- Appointment Booking – who do you need to book appointments with? and how

- Independent Skills – how to clean a house, how to read a water, gas and electricity meter and how to travel independently

- Socialising – the benefits of socialising, how to be comfortable in a group and how to identify ways to increase social activities

- Healthy Lifestyles: Staying Fit – benefits of and different ways to exercise

- Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy Eating – benefits of eating healthy, identifying healthy foods and cooking a healthy meal

- Improving Confidence – ways to increase and exercise mental resilience and increase confidence

- Community and Government – understanding the community we live in and understanding the voting system

- Where Next? Employment and Education? – identifying employment and education opportunities and how to apply for jobs

If you would like to find out more about dates and locations. If you are unable to make the dates on the website, please email to register your interest, the more people that show an interest, the more courses we can run.

T.Y.L.E.R would like to remove barriers for anyone to attend. If you have any problems with transport, etc. please let them know when you book and this will be sorted for you.

Tel: (01482) 887670
Email: learn@eastriding.gov.uk

Enrol online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/learn

More information about the courses can be found on the T.Y.L.E.R. website

Web: www.tylermakingadifference.co.uk

 

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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