(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:


National SEND Inquiry – How to have your say
What do you think about the SEN Reforms and current SEND provision?
The House of Commons Education Select Committee is seeking evidence from parents by 14th June on progress with the SEND reforms and SEND provision. We have put our heads together with some other local voluntary organisations to provide support to parents who would like to make a submission to the inquiry. This is an important chance to make your voice heard at national level and we would urge as many parents as possible to participate.

There are 3 ways that you can make a submission:
1)   You can independently write your own submission and upload it to the inquiry via the website. We have provided a template and some guidelines which might help you with this; these include the link for making your submission.
2)  You can come along to one of our drop in sessions, where we can help you either to write your submission or to upload it (or to explain a bit more what this is all about).
Monday 21st May 13:30 – 15:00
Express CIC Offices, 452A Ewell Rd, Surbiton KT6 7EL
Tuesday 5th June 13:30 – 15:00  
Me Too and Co, Crossways, 306 Richmond Rd, TW1 2PD
3)    You can email us at with what you want to say and we will include it in the submission that SEND Family Voices will make on behalf of parents in the Richmond and Kingston area.

SEND Sports Day – 15th June
The SEND Sports Day has a strong emphasis on the Paralympic Values: Determination, Courage, Equality and Inspiration. It is about children participating and enjoying sport against peers of equal ability. 
Last year Weir Archers Academy very kindly helped on the day, with gold medal winning Paralympian David Weir handing out medals at the end of the day, and the organisers are hoping that they will be able to support again this year.
SEND Family Voices will be at the SEN Sports Day.  We hope to see you there!
Friday 15th June - afternoon (times tbc)
Kingsmeadow  in Kingston, hosted by Lime Tree Primary School.

Community coffee mornings
Just come along, have some cake and talk.  We will listen and offer help where we can.   Dates for next term tbc.


Magic, Fun & more - 25th Feb.
Thank You so much to all those who came along to our event on Sunday 25th February - we had a ball and hope you did too!  The feedback from Healthwatch and NHS SWLondon has been very positive; they tell us they found our event a lot of fun as well as extremely helpful in their research. 

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 - SFV, EHCP Lead -
Alex - Ruils Independent Supporter -

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.


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 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)
  • Emotional Health & Wellbeing Board (Richmond CCG)
  • Local Learning Disability Partnership Board (Richmond)
  • All Age Learning Disability Board (Kingston)
  • Mortality Review Board (Kingston)
  • 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)