Strategic Boards



Children’s Disability Network     –   Application Form






Kids Independent Support Services offer Information and support on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and transfer reviews.


Kids Independent Support Services Leaflet




Contact a Family – In Touch West Midlands E- Newsletter Spring 2017

(Contact a Family – event booking form)

Contact a Family – In touch West Midlands E-Newsletter December 2016

Contact a Family – In Touch West Midlands E- Newsletter July 2016

Contact a Family – In Touch West Midlands E- Newsletter March 2016


Local Area SEND Consultation

The inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs consultation document – Closing date 4 January 2016

NICE Guidelines for Transition from Children’s to Adults services draft Consultation

You can now review and comment on this draft guideline.

The consultation closes on 22 October 2015 at 5pm



Summer 2015 Update Newsletter

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KIDS National Inclusion Practice Network – E Bulletin December 14-January 15

Kids National Inclusion Practice Network

Dudley Holiday Play Scheme Survey

 We recognise that there are already a number of high quality play schemes available for children with disabilities or additional needs across the borough. Working Together For Change, Dudley MBC and current providers are working together with the aim of building on what we currently have to develop a coordinated service. Share your views on what you value most and what factors are important in choosing the appropriate play scheme for your child.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete, and responses need to be submitted before 5pm on Friday 19 December 2014. The form can be completed online using the following link Dudley Holiday Play Scheme Survey or a paper copy can be requested by contacting 01384 573381



Personal Transport Budgets


Dear Forum Members

Further to the communication of yesterday, please see the attached letter from NNPCF (National Network of Parent Carer Forums) here and Contact a Family, which now has a corrected link to the a letter from the Minister, Edward Timpson to parents.

Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums

You can find information on Parent Carer Participation at

The Contact a Family freephone Helpline is an advice service for parents and  family members caring for a disabled child. We also have a dedicated  SEN (Special Educational Needs) service  to advise families, on any aspect of their child’s education.  Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri)  email:   or go to our website








From the 1st September 2014 as part of the SEND reforms Dudley Parent Partnership became Dudley Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (Dudley SENDIASS).  Our new service is for parents with children with SEND and also for young people up to 25 years of age with SEND.




The national charity Community Transport and a local sight loss charity, Beacon Centre in Sedgley, are taking the lead in this exciting initiative for users and operators of minibuses in the third sector within Dudley Metropolitan Council boundaries.

A feasibility study has commenced, with support from the Dudley Innovation Fund, to assess the potential for an independent brokerage service to be established with the aim of significantly improving the usage of existing minibus resources in the Borough. The study will draw and build upon the work done to date in the Borough on transport services, but it is vitally important that the views and opinions of groups who operate minibuses such as churches, scout groups and any other third sector organisation have an input into the study. The views of potential users of such a service are equally sought in order for the potential provision to be met as effectively as possible.

If you and/or your organisation wish to become part of the Review or just let your opinions be taken into account. Please contact;

Liz Sutton, Operations Manager, Community Transport.

Telephone number 07912 388171


Chris Busst, C.E.O., Shencare Community Transport

Telephone number 07882225161



Download the latest news from Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) including:

  • Children and Families Act
  • Personal Budgets
  • News from NICE
  • New Publications
  • Parliamentary Inquiry on childcare for disabled children
  • Parent Carer Guide to the Code of Practice
  • Pathfinder Champions
  • and much more….

If you have any queries, please email Helen Jones.



Countdown to change: getting ready for reforms

The Council for Disabled Children is working as the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Strategic Reform Partner to the Department for Education. As part of this role we are running a ‘Countdown to Change programme,’ developing and collating information highlighting key aspects of the SEN reforms, as outlined in the Children and Families Bill.

Below is a selection of free key resources produced by CDC and our partners highlighting different aspects of changes to SEN and disability policy.

You can find further information on the SEND reforms

You can find further information on our work as Strategic Reform Partner




It has come to our attention that a few schools are having INSET training days on the 23.5.14.

The date has been changed to Friday 6th June.

Hope this is more convenient.

EDUCATIONAL, HEALTH CARE PLAN and Local Offer Consultation

Pearson Street,

Brierley Hill
Friday 6th June


There are big changes within  Education Settings. Statements as you know it are being replaced.

What do you know about the EHCP or the Local Offer?

What questions have you got about them?
(all questions will be forwarded to the LA with a request to respond)

How will it affect your child in a mainstream setting?

A consultation run by parents for parents.

Please email: to book a place


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Launch Event

Spaces are already filling up fast so make sure to book your space now at the link below;

Book your place Here

“Empowering Dudley Parent Carers to have their voices heard in a way that influences change and service design.”
Wednesday 14 May 2014
9:30am to 1:00pm
Venue: Revival Fires
117 – 120 Wolverhampton Street Dudley, DY1 3AL
Lunch provided and crèche available for 10 children only.
Pre-booking of Crèche spaces is essential
Make YOUR opinions count
Find out how to get involved
Meet decision makers from Health, Education and Children’s Social Care;
To reserve a place at this launch event of
Working Together for CHANGE please click here
Or Telephone 01384 573381 to book