Coronavirus

Dudley Council
Dudley Skyline

Please telephone 01384 817373 to book a place on all workshops and events.

Dudley SENDIASS Upcoming Events & Workshops

Dudley SENDIASS is a statutory service providing impartial support and advice to families of children and young people up to the age of 25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). 

Over the coming months, we have a range of events taking place which parents and young people can get involved in.

Christmas Coffee morning – Wednesday 16th December

An opportunity for parents to join us on MS Teams in our first virtual coffee morning.  We would love you to join us on Wednesday 16th December 2020 and share with you the range of work we as a service have developed over the summer months.

Events
Post-16 Transition into Adulthood virtual sessions

Over the past few years, Dudley SENDIASS has held a market-place event for Young People with the aim of supporting them to make the transition into Post-16 settings/ training and adulthood.

This year we’re doing something slightly different!

The service will be hosting a series of virtual sessions,  for Young People with SEND to join in from their devices,  all through the power of MS Teams.

The sessions will be held over three weeks and will cover specific areas around how Young People with SEND can be supported in their transition into adulthood. A wide range of training and education providers, services and agencies who work with Young People will come together to showcase and advise on how they can support and engage Young People with SEND, as well as support participation in decisions relating to their Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Wednesday 27th January – Post 16 Educational Settings

This session is for Young People who are looking at continuing their education within formal settings and to understand how their SEND needs will be met.

10.00am - 11.00am
Staff from mainstream-colleges will be available to advise on how they can support you in the setting and meet your educational needs and/or disabilities, with or without an EHCP.

11.30am – 12.30pm
For those seeking more specialist educational settings, this session will have staff from specialist-Post-16 settings available to advise on how they will support you through your EHCP and what they have to offer.

Wednesday 3rd February – Employment and Post-16 Training Opportunities

Are you considering training or employment as your next step and need more information on how you will be supported?
In these virtual rooms will be a range of agencies and professionals that will support you as a Young Person with SEND to get job ready!

10.00am - 11.00am
Local Post-16 training providers will tell you about the opportunities that are available within the area and how they will support you throughout your training, with or without an EHCP.

11.30am – 12.30pm
Agencies will come together to offer you support and guidance when considering how you can access support in employment.

Wednesday 10th February – Making that transition into adulthood

These sessions will be showcasing the broad spectrum of specialist agencies that can offer Young People with SEND the support in making the transition into adulthood and being an active member of the community.

10.00am - 11.00am – Community Inclusion
This session will bring together a range of agencies and services that will support you in gaining the skill set and confidence to get involved locally.

11.30am – 12.30pm – Independent Living
This range of agencies may be able to support you as a Young Person with SEND to develop the skills needed to live independently.

1.00pm - 2.00pm - Health
In this session you will hear from agencies within the Mental health and physical healthcare sector who can work with Young People with SEND to ensure your holistic needs are supported.

How to book

To book on these sessions email dudley.sendiass@dudley.gov.uk
List which session(s) you wish to attend. 
You can attend one, two or all three.
Parents, carers and professionals who support young people are welcome.

Workshops

The remaining programme of workshops will continue to take place, however there will be an ongoing review of these.

Throughout the year, Dudley SENDIASS hosts a range of workshops each month for parents of children with SEND and Young People with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disability) to access.  These workshops cover a range of topics and aim to provide information to enable you as a parent/carer or Young Person to be involved in.

Workshops and dates are as follows:

  • Accessing support within settings
    • Thursday 7th January 2021
    • 1st February 2021
    • 2nd March 2021
  • Understanding the EHCP process
    • Monday 11th January 2021
    • Thursday 28th January
    • Tuesday 9th February
    • Monday 8th March
    • Thursday 25th March
  • Understanding your draft EHCP
    • Wednesday 20th January
    • Friday 12th February
    • Tuesday 17th March
  • Meetings in schools
    • Tuesday 26th January
    • Thursday 25th February
    • Tuesday 30th March

To find out more about these events or to book your place email the service at dudley.sendiass@dudley.gov.uk

Drop in surgeries

We are currently offering telephone and Microsoft Teams consultations to parents who have children with SEND and Young People, to provide guidance and advice around decisions reached by the Local Authority, including participation in informal disagreement resolution.

Please contact the service to discuss further on 01384 817373

Questions and Answers

We are running on-line Q&A sessions designed to give you an opportunity to ask questions and find out about the support you could have linked to your Post-16 hopes and aspirations.

The Online Young Persons Support sessions will look at specific areas and will provide legally based information and advice.

Thursday 19th November 2020 (4pm till 5pm) SEND support in settings

  • Explaining what support a school/college or training provider can offer
  • Support in requesting an education health care assessment

Tuesday 8th December 2020 (4pm till 5pm)  What is an EHCP?

  • What is an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan)
  • How it can help you in your setting or training provider
  • Timeline of the EHCP process

Some young people access our service with their parents.   If you want your parents or other family members to join the sessions with you, they are very welcome.

Others may want to contact the service separately from their parents.  You can do this and will receive confidential information and support that will allow you to participate in decisions.

To book a session, contact dudley.sendiass@dudley.gov.uk  We will need the following details

  • Name and contact email
  • Who will be in the session with you
  • Which session you would like to attend

If you are a young person aged between 16-25 with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, you have the right to contact SENDIASS separate from your families or carers. As a service we are holding Q&A sessions specifically for Young People to join. 

These sessions have been designed with young people in mind; to empower you to access impartial information and advice around SEND, whether you want to understand how you can be supported in your school/college or training provider or whether you have questions about the support available linked to your Post-16 plans.
Parents are welcome with agreement from the Young Person.

Dates:

Thursday 7th Jan
Tuesday 19th Jan

Thursday 11th Feb
Tuesday 23rd Feb

Thursday 11th March
Tuesday 23rd March

Thursday 1st April
Tuesday 20th April

Thursday 6th May
Tuesday 18th May

Thursday 10th June
Tuesday 22nd June

Thursday 8th July
Tuesday 13th July