Kingston & Richmond SEND Family Voices
Giving families a voice...
Kingston & Richmond SEND Family Voices are a volunteer led charity, formed in June 2014, in response to the opportunities offered by the SEND reforms; these are the changes in law which aim to create equal partnerships between families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and the professional services.
NEWS: We have had a lot of concern in the past week regarding the potential changes to eligibility criteria from SWLStG CAMHS (children & adolescent mental health services). Please see the article from the BBC 27th May which gives a good account of the situation thus far: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40058482
The SEND reforms radically change the approach to working with families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. They place the child or young person at the centre – ultimately this means their experiences will be of a system which is less confrontational and more efficient. In Kingston & Richmond, there are nearly 7000 families of children and young people with identifiable needs – of these, around 2000 receive additional funding to support them in school. With such an overhaul of a system that has been in place for 30 years, these changes are going to take time to become truly effective and this means that EVERYONE - families and professionals - are learning and developing as we go.
What we do
We bring people together into a community to improve services, share support and strengthen our common voice. By ensuring families are heard, we empower children, young people and their families to obtain the best possible care and services. We work independently from, but in partnership with the providers of children's services.