Greater Manchester based charity, JSENSE, held a well attended parents event at Broughton Hub on 26th March to inform parents about what is an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan). Parents attended from Salford, Bury and Manchester to hear guest speakers from Salford and Bury’s Information Advice and Support Services (IASS), which offer free independent advice for residents living in that local authority area. JSENSE works with schools, parents and local services, aiming to improve the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in particular with the Jewish community
Special educational needs (SEND)
are anything that affects a child or young person’s ability to learn, including anything that affects their behaviours or ability to socialise, their reading and writing, ability to understand things, concentration levels or physical abilities. This could include- but isn’t limited to- Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Sensory and Processing issues, Speech Language or Communication needs, Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs and Physical disabilities.
The IASS teams described their
services and advised parents on “What is an EHCP”. They then answered individual queries with parents, provided leaflets and some goodies like pens and bags. IASS teams are independent of the local authority and are set up to help with all aspects of an education, health and social care plan. including the transition of your child’s statement of SEN to an EHCP and support and advocacy in review meetings.
Parents then discussed with JSENSE colleagues what type of parents events they would like to see in the future, and what they would like to learn more about.
The parents all reported an improvement of knowledge of where and how to access help and support as a result of the event, and of how to support their child with SEND.
Those attending from the IASS teams also felt the event was a success and fed back “It was really encouraging to hear the feedback. We also enjoyed the event and the enthusiasm of the parents.”
JSENSE will soon be launching
a directory of SEND services and a phone service for parents and carers of children with SEND. Further news of these exciting developments will follow. For more information or any queries, please contact Sophie Behar, Project Director on 0161 850 3330, or email us for more information