(Far below are updates from previous meetings and consultations.  Below this are dates for our steering group meetings)




Updates from this years' meetings and consultations:


EHCP Transfers – Part II
Are you going through or are you about to go through the process of transferring a statement to an EHCP? Can we help?

To help families to help themselves we are running a series of workshops / open meetings to help you understand the process, what you can do to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible, and what to look out for.   The workshop will be run by Penny from SEND Family Voices (the EHCP Lead and main author of the Golden Binder) and Alex Hardy of the Independent Supporters.
Thursday 18th January – 10am to 12noon
Doubletree Hilton, Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ
Thursday 25th January – 7pm to 9pm
York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA

If you are able to register attendance that would be helpful, but feel free to just turn up.  E:  events@sendfamilyvoices.org

Community coffee mornings
Just come along, have some cake and talk.  We will listen and offer help where we can.   Whatever you talk about is confidential and will help us plan what else we could do to help our community.
Monday 29th January – 10am to 12noon
at Whitton Youth Zone, 1 Britannia Lane, TW2 7JX
Friday 9th February – 10am to 12noon
at Moor Lane Centre, Chessington, KT9 2AA
Monday 19th February – 10am to 12noon
at Searchlight Centre, New Malden, KT3 3RX
Tuesday 27th February – 10am to 12noon
at Castlenau Centre, Barnes, SW13 9AQ

Magic, Fun & more
... an afternoon of fun for all the family!  Booking is essential for this free event (see below). If you have not booked you will not be admitted.

Families attending this event will have a child /ren or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The idea is that families will come and enjoy themselves (party bags included) and, in return, talk to NHS South West London about the health services that affect them.

Our plans include a Magic Circle magician, a sensory room and other magical activities. Refreshments, including gluten and dairy free, will be available- all free of charge.

Primarily funded by NHS England, through the local Healthwatch.
Booking for this afternoon is essential: 
Sunday 25th February
at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ


Further Education (FE) evening - 12th December
It was the first such information session and was a real eye-opener!  We heard from five colleges; each gave a presentation about their post 16 offer for young people with SEND.

If you were unable to attend, the presentations will soon be available on the Local Offer.  For now, you can read a bit more about the colleges here:

SEND Forum with local MPs - 1st December
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the MP meeting held on Friday 1st December.  We have finalised the minutes and the report from the meeting.  Whilst the report has been sent to all attendees and the MPs, you can find the minutes of our meetings with Vince Cable, Ed Davey and, latterly, with Zac Goldsmith on this website under:
If you have any specific questions or contributions please contact:
Penny  Penny@sendfamilyvoices.org
Alex    Alexhardy@ruils.co.uk

Meet the Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
Thank you to all those parents that came along to these focus groups; this was a real opportunity to influence a service our children need.   
The EPS are putting together the notes from these groups and we will circulate these to all those that attended for final comment.   The final notes will then be taken through the management levels and we'll let you know the outcomes as soon as possible.
Update:  6th January 2018.  The EHCP transfer deadline of end March 2018 takes precedence for now.  The EPS will be back on track with the analysis from these workshops in a couple of months.

Online safety: Keeping Children and Young People Safe
During June 2017, SEND Family Voices provided three informal community learning workshops, for parents and carers of children and young people with the additional needs.  You can find the complete workshop under Online Safety, under our Documents & Links tab - on this website.

Special Free Schools - Conversations & Consultations
Clarendon and Strathmore schools formed a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), called the Auriga Academy Trust.  We held consultations last year on the possibility of two new special schools for Kingston and Richmond – the applications were put in by the newly formed Auriga Trust.   
Update 22nd April 2017:
“The Department of Education announced the decisions about the latest set of free school applications last week.  Of the two Auriga Trust applications, one was approved (the one to be based across two sites in Twickenham) and the other (planned to be based at Moor Lane in Chessington) was declined. "
Update 6th January 2018:
"We are still in discussions with the DfE regarding sites, timetabling and curriculum, and until those are resolved we are unable to move forward with a proposed opening date or any more concrete discussions about the role of SFV and the proposed advisory board."

New to diagnosis? Or just on the way?
Autism support groups with Education Psychology and NAS Richmond
We have held three of these 'pilot' meetings and are pleased to say they have gone very well.  More news to follow about further events from NAS Richmond and Express CIC.


SEND Family Voices - Steering Group meetings
Please contact us if you would like a particular issue raised at our Steering Group meeting, or would like to present or attend as a guest observer.
Trustee Meetings - all dates marked with an * are preceded by SEND Family Voices Trustee meeting.

Monday 26th February*- 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 19th March - 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 23rd April - 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 21st May* - 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 18th June- 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 9th July - 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 10th September- 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 15th October - 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 19th November* - 7pm
Kingston town centre
Monday 10th December - 7pm
Kingston town centre

In addition to the programme of events above, SEND Family Voices also have parent representatives on a number of strategic decision making boards.  These include:

  • Accessibility Strategy board (Achieving for Children = AfC)
  • AfC/SFV Co-Chairs for 'Golden Binder' Process Governance Group (= AfC's EHCP processes)
  • Autism Strategy (Councils)
  • Children & Young People with Disabilities & Learning Difficulties Partnership Board (Richmond Council)
  • Children's Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWG via TRAPHIC)
  • Commissioning Paediatric Services (Kingston CCG)
  • Emotional Health & Wellbeing Board (Richmond CCG)
  • Local Learning Disability Partnership Board (Richmond)
  • Local Offer Development Group (AfC)
  • London Strategic Managers Network meetings (London wide - NW Cluster rep)
  • Monthly meetings with the Director of Children's Services for Kingston & Richmond
  • SEND Action Group (AfC)
  • SENCo Forums (Kingston & Richmond)