Autumn Term 2017:

(Below are updates from this year's meetings and consultations.)




Updates from this years' meetings and consultations

Educational Psychology Service - focus groups
Achieving for Children's Educational Psychology Service (AfC EPS) want to improve their partnership working with parents and carers.  To help them achieve this goal, they (the EP's) are holding a series of focus groups with SEND Family Voices where they will listen to what you (parents and carers) have to tell them about your experiences of their service.

"SEND Family Voices have kindly agreed to host these events in the autumn term. We hope that by listening to your views we will be able to identify key themes that will tell us what works and what needs to improve.  We can then draw upon your experiences to inform our service delivery. Key information about the focus groups is listed below. We very much looking forward to hearing your views! 

  • Each focus group will be facilitated by 1-2 members of the Educational Psychology Service and will involve a number of questions to facilitate group discussion.
  • Your views will be treated confidentially.
  • Once information from the focus groups has been analysed this will be discussed within the EPS leadership team in order to inform service development.
  • You will receive written feedback, via SEND Family Voices, that details what you told us and what we will do as a result."

Wednesday 27th September - 10.30am to 12.30pm
at The Strada, Griffin Centre, Kingston, KT1 1JT
Tuesday 3rd October - 7pm to 9pm
at York House, Richmond Rd, TW1 3AA
Friday 6th October - 10.30am to 12noon
at MeToo&Co, The CrossWay Centre, Twickenham, TW1 2PD *
Monday 16th October - 7pm to 9pm
at The Strada, Griffin Centre, Kingston, KT1 1JT
* creche available.  Contact Fiona:

Meet the Commissioners (for CAMHS)
CAMHS = Children & Adolescent Mental Health Svs

Following recent press coverage, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for SW London have reiterated that they have agreed ongoing arrangements for the autism diagnostic service that currently exists, for 12 more months.  During those 12 months, the CCGs want to look at how the service should be redesigned. 
We have held four Meet the Commissioners (aka CAMHS Chat) parent meetings - you can find the summary report under our Documents & Links tab on this website (see research).

There are meetings between the commissioners and the providers during September.   After this... is a follow up...

Below are the dates for the follow up meetings with the Commissioner.  Please contact the relevant group below to book your place, or contact

Tuesday 3rd October - 1.30pm to 3pm
at MeToo&Co, The CrossWay Centre, Twickenham, TW1 2PD
To book e-mail:
Monday 9th October -  1pm to 2.30pm
at Express CIC, 452 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 7EL
To book e-mail:
Tuesday 10th October -  7pm to 8.30pm
at Langdon Down Ctr, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park. Teddington. TW11 9PS
To book e-mail:

New to diagnosis? Or just on the way?
Autism support groups with Education Psychology and NAS Richmond
These groups are funded by the Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will offer support to families who are 'on the pathway' or have just received a diagnosis of autism for their child (irrespective of any other needs).  The Educational Psychology Team will be supporting the Richmond branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS).
Friday 22nd September - 10.30am to 12.30pm
at Castlenau Centre, Stillingfleet Road, Barnes,SW13 9AQ
Monday 20th November - 10.30am to 12.30pm
at York House, Richmond Rd, Twickenham, TW1 3AA
Friday 12th Jan. 2018 - 10.30am to 12noon
at MeToo&Co, The CrossWay Centre, Twickenham, TW1 2PD *
* creche available.  Contact Fiona:

Meet the specialist Social Workers & Family Support Workers
We have arranged these meetings for families to understand how the Achieving for Children' specialist support teams work - and to answer your questions.   Exact details will be confirmed over the summer, we expect a team manger from Children with Disabilities, plus a senior family support worker.
Thursday 23rd November - 10am to 12.30pm
at King Charles Centre, 22 Hollyfield Rd, Surbiton, KT5 9AL
Thursday 7th December - 10am to 12.30pm
at York House, Richmond Rd, Twickenham, TW1 3AA

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.

Short Breaks & Aiming High - consultations
Following the SEND Reforms (September 2014), the views of parents need to be actively sought when providing services.

For the first time, we can have a real say as the spend for 2018-2021 is allocated. This means that whether your child attends a great activity that you want recommissioned, or you want to suggest something that is not currently available.

SEND Family Voices had a good, strong response to our consultations.  We will publish this before the end of Summer term 2017; with the intention of building upon this work with providers in September.

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.  
The Auriga Trust will be seeking further clarification on why the Chessington bid was not successful, and will then be putting in an application for Wave 13.
 The Trustees working party met last week to begin the task of putting together our pre-opening plan for the Twickenham schools, with a view to the school opening in September 2018.
 At present, there are still a few fundamentals to be sorted and once they have final agreement on these, the plan is to bring together a Parental Advisory Group to move the project forward.”

Please let SEND Family Voices know if you are interested in being a part of this group.


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 17th July - 7pm
venue - Surbiton
Monday 11th September- 7pm
venue - Twickenham
Monday 9th October - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 13th November* - 7pm
venue - Twickenham
Monday 11th December - 7pm
venue - tbc

Monday 22nd January - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 26th February*- 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 19th March - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 23rd April - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 21st May* - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 18th June- 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 9th July - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 10th September- 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 15th October - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 19th November* - 7pm
venue - tbc
Monday 10th December - 7pm
venue - tbc

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 are:

  • 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 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 Board (AfC)
  • SENCo Forums (Kingston & Richmond)