SOS!SEN

 

(The Independent Helpline for Special Educational Needs)

 Tel: 020 8979 8853  Fax: 020 8255 7657

Email : sossen@blueyonder.co.uk

 

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

Hi Everyone,

 

Had hoped to send this out earlier but we have been busily involved with the last few SENDIST hearings of the old school year and the appeals of the new one. Anyway we have put together some valuable meetings for parents during the month of November and do hope to see you at them. Booking Forms below.

 

Thursday Nov. 3 at 7.30 pm at 3 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN.

 

  THE STATEMENTING PROCESS.

 

This workshop to be led by Anne Glenny will explore that often very lengthy period and invite parents who have been through it to recount their experiences. This should be of enormous benefit to all who expect to be going down that path or may be still grappling with problems. It will be a golden chance to exchange opinions on how parents are treated during that time, to explore the many weasel words, the assertions to check, how to prepare for any meetings, and whether there is much point in going to them anyway.

 

 

 

Wednesday Nov. 16 at 6.30 pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Twickenham

 

THE EXCITING PRE-LAUNCH OF SOS!SEN’S CHARITABLE STATUS

 

PRESENTATION OF THE ANNUAL REPORT (Brief)

Refreshments.

 

7.45 pm. “AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER – Behaviour Management”

 

A talk by guest speaker, Sue Gething, former Head of Southlands Specialist School and internationally recognised expert on behaviour management.

 

This session is essential for all those interested in behavioural matters and will give ample time for questions. More detail to follow.

 

 


 

Saturday Nov. 19 from 10.30 – 16.30 at 3, The Avenue, Hampton

 

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

 

SEN & THE SOCIAL SERVICES

 

ARE PARENTS GETTING THE HELP THEY SHOULD?

 

Rights and Action

 

 

An all-day Workshop led by Melinda Nettleton of SEN Legal in which she will set out the duties of the Social Services and how not to be fobbed off with excuses for inaction.

 

So often parents are informed that Social Services cannot help when, in fact they have a duty to do so. Respite help, practical provision etc. can make such a difference to family life and so many parents who actually qualify for such help do not get it. Melinda will provide the legal framework and practical guidance on how YOU can go forward.

 

There will be a fee of £5 to parents/carers and £10 to others. (To include a sandwich lunch.)

 

Places limited so book early.

 

 

FUND RAISING ACTIVITES

 

Our first activity will be a lunch on Tuesday 8 November, 12.30 for 13.00 at “Chez Parslow” 3 The Avenue, Hampton

 

                             “LE REPAS DE MIDI”

 

*Aperitif – Pousse Rapiere

 

*Soupe de Poisson ou Soupe de Citroue

 

*Poussin aux Champignons, sauce a la crθme ou Gateau de Legumes avec son coulis de Tomate

 

*Plateau de Fromage

 

*Cascade de Chocolat ou Salade de Fruit

 

*Vin, Cafι                                PRICE £16 p.p. all inclusive.                              Places limited to 20 so book early!

 


 

THE PARLIAMENTARY SCRUTINY OF SEN

 

We were delighted to send out to you the questionnaire prepared by Angela Canas of MAPS in Kingston and Trevor Clarke of Richmond’s VIPs-in-SEN. We are delighted hear that the response was so good and do hope that it will play a major part in persuading the politicians to give greater help to SEN.

 

We also sent in our own reports from previous years as part of our submission.

 

THE HELPLINE

 

More news in the Annual Report but it has been a very busy Summer into Autumn. We are now actively engaged in trying to find an office which will be easily accessible not only for Richmond parents but for parents coming from Surrey and Kingston. Demands are such that we are having to become more structured in our work arrangements and man the phones on a full-time day basis.

 

We have put a great deal of effort this year into helping parents to obtain the best legal representation at tribunals and our fund raising has been geared towards helping with fees for independent assessments and legal representation on the day. Sadly we cannot as yet put in as much financial assistance as we should like but have been able to save parents a great deal of money by helping with the writing of documents for SENDIST.

 

Also delighted to announce a new branch of SOS!SEN in Hampshire (urgently needed)

 

WIN THE WONDERFUL WEASEL WORD CONTEST

 

Whilst the famous weasel word collectors’ item tea towels can now be found in many a home and staffroom (and even the odd LEA resource department) we feel it important to draw new words and phrases to the attention of all. We invite you to go to official letters and to utterances from officers, to Statements, and to educational psychologists’ reports etc. Submit your favourite in time for the 16 November meeting. You won’t find it a hard job and so rewarding – a tea towel, of course, for the winner! Just send in your contribution to SOS!SEN. and we will submit it for consideration to our guest speaker!

 

Our recent favourite relates to a child of 9, out of school for 11 months. On the Amended Statement it says under Pt. 4

 

“The Authority is actively seeking an appropriate placement for John”. (Appeal now sent in!)

 

Beat that folks!

 

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us and worked for us this Summer/Autumn. Do lend your support to others and learn from the experiences of others by coming along to the above meetings etc. If you need us, we need you!

 

Best wishes

 

Marion Strudwick

 

 


 

                                                BOOKING FORM

 

 

Please reserve for the following events

 

Nov. 3rd Statementing Workshop.                               ………….Places

 

Nov. 8th LUNCH                                                           ................Places

 

Nov. 16th Pre Launch (6.30pm)                                    ………….Places

 

Nov. 16th ASD – Behaviour Meeting (7.45)                ……….....Places

 

Nov. 19th Social Services Workshop                           ………….Places

 

 

 

Name…………………………………….

 

 

Address………………………………………                Phone…………………

 

……………………………………………….

 

……………………………………………….

 

Email……………………………….

 

I enclose a cheque for ………………to cover the lunch/ Nov. 19 Workshop.

 

Please print out and send to Marion Strudwick, SOS!SEN, 3 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN

OR Reply via email and send any cheque on after.

  

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