Autumn Term 2017:

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




Updates from this years' meetings and consultations

EHCP Transfer (from Statements) Workshop
This short workshop is for families who would like help with the Transfer process (from a Statement to an EHCP.   It being held by SEND Family Voices with the Independent Supporters.  More details to follow soon.  For now, dates for your diary.
Friday 3rd November - 10:00am to 12:00noon
at Winter Garden, York House, Richmond Rd, TW1 3AA
Thursday 9th November - 7pm to 9pm
at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ
Friday 17th November - 10:00am to 12:00noon *
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 are being confirmed; more news to follow.
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

Therapies:  SaLT, OT and Physiotherapy
As part of our participation and consultation work, SEND Family Voices are hosting these meetings on family's experiences of therapies.  

Therapies is a hot topic – there is never enough, and we know there is limited funding.  We encourage as many parent/carers as possible to attend.

We are also holding a specific event for Young People (they are, after all, the direct recipients of these therapies) and we hope that you will encourage your young person to attend our evening consultation (Christmas goodie bag guaranteed!).   Booking is essential for the young people’s consultation.  Please book via:   

"Achieving for Children and its health partners are currently consulting with professionals, schools, parents, carers and young people about the current therapy provision across Richmond and Kingston.  
The consultation will be used to shape the review of therapy provision next year as part of the work of the SEND Action Group and the initial focus will be on improvements to Speech and Language, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy provisions."

Parent/Carers only:
Monday 4th December - 10am to 12noon
at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ
Monday 4th December - 7pm to 9pm
at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ

Young People only (with Christmas goodie bag):
Thursday 14th December - 7pm to 9pm

at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ

Phyz is a local support group for parents of children and young people with physical disabilities in South West London. We are a group of local parents with children/young people with physical disabilities who feel that there is a need for a place (both face to face and virtually) where we can meet and chat and support each other. 
To find out more or to join our group please e-mail us at or come along to our next meetings.
Penny, Sylvie and Stacey
Friday 24th November - 10:00 to 12:00
at MeToo&Co, The CrossWay Centre, Twickenham, TW1 2PD
* creche available.  Contact Fiona:

SEND Forum with local MPs - 1st December
(was 20th October)

Ruils and SEND Family Voices are jointly facilitating this opportunity for parents, carers and young people to address their concerns directly to local MPs (Vince Cable, Ed Davey, Zac Goldsmith)

The aim is to allow the MPs to understand the extent and seriousness of the issues faced by families as a result of the 2014 SEND reforms and cuts to education budgets.
Subjects likely to arise include:

  • EHCPs: administration, transfers, interactions with Achieving for Children, staffing levels, complaints and recourse
  • Schools: choice, SEN support, funding, provision for those with and without EHCPs

During the first hour facilitators will listen to parents’ concerns and produce an agenda. In the second, we will be joined by the MPs, we will present our agreed issues and they will hear your stories.
Time will be very limited, and if you wish to contribute it would be very helpful if you could send a precis of your experiences / concerns, as soon as possible, to:

This is an extraordinary chance to influence local and national policy through personal testimony, and we hope you will join us; please register here so we know how many people to cater for.
1st December 2017 -12.30pm to 2.30pm
at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ

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).
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:

Family Fun (Music & Magic & more tbc)
This is an afternoon of fun for all the family!
(Primarily funded by NHS England, through the local Healthwatch.)
The idea is that families will come and enjoy themselves (party bags included) and, in return, talk to NHS England about the health services that affect them.
More details to follow - booking for this afternoon will be essential.
Sunday 25th February 2018
at DoubleTree Hilton,1 Skerne Road, Kingston, KT2 5FJ


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.

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 -Surbiton
Monday 13th November* - 7pm
venue - Twickenham
Monday 11th December - 7pm
venue - central Kingston

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:

  • 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)
  • Learning Disabled Mortality Review Board
  • 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)