Online Autism Workshop

Free Workshop (1)

There will be a free online workshop for parents of young children with autism next week 17th October at 10am – there will be a replay sent to those who register that will be available for 24 hrs for those who can’t attend the training live

The focus of the workshop is on one of the most frequent questions and concerns that we receive from parents of young ones – how do I go out without my child having an enormous meltdown! How do I go shopping? Why won’t they stop running off?…..

The workshop will run for about an hour and there will be loads of chance to ask questions

Here is the sign up link

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Best Wishes

Jenny Palmer –

Free Legal Advice

Would you like free legal advice on an issue relating to a child or young person with special needs?

Contact has organised a FREE LEGAL ADVICE SURGEY for parents of special needs children who want legal advice on Education and SEND related issues. Gurvinder Kaur, Consultant Solicitor in Public Law and Education, will be able to offer free, individual legal advice to parents.

The legal advice surgery is being held on Friday, October 5, at the Education Development Centre at Pelsall Lane, Walsall, WS14 1NG with appointment slots available from 10.30am. The event is being hosted by IASS Walsall, but is open to parent living in any local authority area. However, appointments MUST be booked in advance.

If you are interested in a slot, please call 01922 650330 (answerphone) or text 07983611430 or email ASAP with your name, phone number and email. They will get back to you to acknowledge receipt, and to organise an appointment.

We are expecting a high level of demand for the surgery, so please don’t delay in registering your interest if you would like a slot.

Legal Surgery

Parent carers are the cherry on the cake!

I have just finished the 2017/18 annual report and once again I am blown away by how incredibly generous parent carers are with their time, energy, passion, commitment and honesty.

have a look at the report here wtfc annual report 17 18

We are now in our fifth year and still our parents are committing over 300 hours to influence services that affect their lives and the lives of their children and young people. Parent carers through the forum have attended over 32 strategic meetings where they have been heard and collaborated with professionals.

Once again we have built on the success of previous years and increased our reach with over 2,182 views on our website, 240 followers on twitter and 169 followers on twitter.

None of this would have been possible without the support of the forum parent carers especially the steering group who have been there from the start and are still hanging in! They inspire me every time I have the privilege to be in their company.

Georgina Homer your honesty, intelligence and your tenacity is something to behold!

Jessica Tinsley where would we be without your calm and soothing nature

Rebecca Dingley thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow and for bringing all sorts of creativity.

Linda Crockett what you don’t know is not worth knowing! really appreciate your many hats and varied experience round the table

Tina Cartwright I love the way you tell it like it is and hold that SEN improvement board to account!

Claire Powers thank you for the strategic view point, the organisation, and the project management skill you bring!

eating cakeParent carers for me are like cake! I’ve never met one that I haven’t liked and after being with them I am smiley, satisfied and fuzzy inside and I am always left wanting more!

I can not wait to see what the rest of 2018/19 brings!

You are all AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!




SEND Area Draft Strategy Consultation

Great news there is still time to have your say and help shape Dudley’s SEND strategy!

Due to the high level of responses the deadline has now been extended so there is still time to get involved and share your ideas and views. Dudley parent carer forum parents have been involved in a focus group to share their views around what’s working well for children and young people, what needs to change, what needs to be done to deliver the vision and anything else that the local authority needs to think about. Young people with SEND have also been involved in a focus group through Dudley Voices for Choice

SEND Strategy feedback

To take part in the consultation and have your say click here

To read the draft strategy click here

Latest Newsletter

We are delighted to share the latest edition of the newsletter with you. Newsletter 11 July 18

boy strongerTogether we are Stronger!

In this edition we are asking for your support to stay in touch so we can continue sharing all the amazing things parent carers are doing and sharing information locally, regionally and nationally so that you are informed and up to date.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter as well as other information please complete our registration form you can read our privacy statement here

In this edition you can also read about Here4U which is a new non-profitable youth group that is based at the Lower Gornal Youth Centre. The group invites young people within the Dudley borough that have special needs or disabilities to come. Here they have the opportunity to interact with others, take part in activities and develop friendships amongst their peers.

You can also find out about the Local Authorities SEND Area draft strategy consultation. The Local Authority want your views, opinions and experiences to help to shape Dudley’s SEND strategy. As part of the wider strategic framework of support for vulnerable children and young people, the multi-agency SEND Improvement Board is seeking views on the draft Dudley area strategy for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The forum is holding a consultation session on 20 September 2018, if you would like to attend please contact You can respond directly to this draft strategy by completing an online survey. The strategy and survey can be found by visiting the website.

you can also read about the recent EHCP and the law seminar that the forum hosted which shares some examples  taken from actual EHCPs of what a good EHCP statement includes and what not so good looks like, as well as the latest regional and national SEN news.




Dudley SEND Peer Review

In January 2018 Dudley SEND Improvement Board invited the Local Government Association in to act as a ‘Critical Friend’ and carry out a peer review.

The results of which can be read here Dudley SEND final feedback 260118 (2).

Specific areas of focus for Dudley include:

• Understanding of the SEND agenda across partners and significant stakeholders, and delivery within organisations

• Understanding of the cultural shift required towards greater co-production with children and young people and their parents / carers

• Understanding of the continuum of need and appropriate responses at different levels

• The shift towards greater inclusion of children with SEND within mainstream provision

•An assessment of the quality of Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs)

Recommendations include:

• Ensure Golden Thread to all improvement plans, and strategic simplification so understandable at operational level
• Implement systematic, multi-agency audit learning from the approach from safeguarding
• Ensure that the whole SEND workforce is competent to deliver the Code of Practice requirements and your aspirations for inclusion
• Consider the benefits of joint local authority and health combined budgets and commissioning
• Whole Life Disability Service – re-think governance, risk and planning phases Develop an effective and evaluative SEF, involving and understood by all stakeholders
• Build on the progress made by practitioners to simplify the EHCP form and annual review process to deliver better outcomes
• Develop a transparent process for EHCP decisions, using the Panel to identify themes and trends to support commissioning going forward
• CCG to consider if the DMO has sufficient capacity to discharge responsibilities effectively


Autism and Anxiety free training

Please find enclosed a link for a free online training session the Jenny Palmer is holding on Wednesday 13th June 2018 on Autism and Anxiety in Children

The Easiest Way To Plan How to Help Your Child With Autism and Anxiety – without spending hours searching Google or Facebook, Using a simple three step process

During this training parents will learn;

1- Understand exactly what we need to focus on

Using current research to narrow down what makes our children most anxious, so that we can focus on the right activities to support our children efficiently

2- Discover an evidence based framework

Which shows us how to support our children to the highest level by focusing on three simple areas .
So that we can start building a framework that sets our children up for success

3- Create three incredibly effective tools

To help nurture and support your anxious child so that they have valuable resources to use to help them learn how to regulate their bodies during times of stress.

There will be a replay sent out for those who cannot attend on the day so no problem if people cannot attend at that time

There are no sales pitches – this is purely an online training to practice teaching online and create awareness. Just click on the links to find out more information

Here is the link to sign up to the training

If you want to learn more about Jenny visit her website



Understanding the SEN process (EHCPs)


Book here!

We are delighted to be joined by Laura Carr who is an Education Solicitor at HCB Solicitors. Her work consists of representing parents and young people in relation to all education matters primarily in connection with special educational needs.

She is able to provide advice as to the Statutory Assessment process and what parents should expect as they begin the journey to securing an Education, Health and Care Plan for their child and if necessary securing a specialist placement.

A lot of her time is spent supporting parents with appeals to the SEND Tribunal. she has experience in all appeals that can be made to the Tribunal including a refusal to carry out an assessment of SEN, a refusal to issue a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and the contents of a Statement or an EHCP including any disputes regarding school placement. To add to the above, her remit extends to exclusions, admissions appeals and Judicial Review.

The session will consist of
A presentation on EHCP and the Law – by Laura Carr
Questions and Answers Session
Informal Networking Lunch
The session is open to all parent carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities and professionals that work in this field.

A special evening for a really good cause!

An “Evening with Emily”

At Pensnett Social Welfare Club,
Commonside, Pensnett, DY8 4AE

On Friday 18th May 2018 – 7.30pm till late. All Welcome!!!

Pens Meadow Home School Association are delighted to invite you to an “Evening with Emily” on the above date where they hope you will be able to join them.

Emily is a teaching assistant at school, where she has worked since September 2015. Outside of school, Emily is a singing teacher around various schools and music shops in the Midlands, she also gigs on a weekend at various locations. We are delighted that Emily is exclusively available to perform for you a large selection of songs new and old at this special event!
The great thing is that all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Home School Association, who support trips, activities and equipment which will benefit every pupil at Pens Meadow School!
Come along, have fun, meet other people, be entertained, and have a go on the raffle to win a fantastic prize!

Emily Night poster
Tickets are available on the door

Love is…

Parent carers told us that one subject area that they would like to have the opportunity to talk about and understand better is around friendships and positive relationships. The forum grabbed the opportunity to work jointly with Dudley Voices for Choice a brilliant self-advocacy group for people with learning disabilities.

The session encouraged people to consider what a relationship is and what elements make it positive. We heard from Vince, Jo and Andrew and Neil and Sharon who all shared their personal journeys of very different relationships.

“I loved the phenomenal stories of people defying the odds for their love” parent carer

It started some really useful discussion about how even now people still believe that if you have a disability you shouldn’t be in a relationship. By listening to the different experiences shared it became really clear that relationships, friendships and love are very different for everyone, but what is clear is how much joy it brings and how much of a human need it fulfils to have positive relationships in everyone’s lives.

“This session changed opinions on my own morals. Am I protecting others or myself?” Parent Carer

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