As we are sponsored by the Department for Education our Governance is centred round the purposes of the Grant we receive.
We are setup to promote Parent Participation with Local Government, Local Health and Local Social Care and Education. This means ensuring Parent/Carers views are taken into account in decisions made about the provision of any of these Services.
At the end of very Year, (a Year IS April to March), we have to justify how we have spent the Grant and then to re-apply for the next Year’s Grant, assuming one is available, by setting out a programme of local Parent Participation.
With advent of the 2014 Children and Families Act and the Code of Practice relating to that Act our role has been highlighted.
As we are THE recognised Parent Carer Forum for Southend we expect to be invited to all the various Boards/Committees, Task and Finish Groups, decision making bodies who are all working on SEN for the 0-25 age group. We aim to get along to as many as possible to feed in that vital parent carer perspective. We are also asked to review good practice and will advise on making something easy to understand as well as on fairness and consistency.
CORONAVIRUS Advice and Help
We want you all to feel safe so the we have put together in conjunction with the Local Authority some sources of help and advice :-.
Please also use the LOCAL OFFER as this has info too
The Under Secretary of State for Children and Families has issued a letter for families with children with SEND which is attached BELOW
Southend Borough Council have issued guidance re EHCP's and Assessments and Annual Reviews these are listed BELOW
The Support Pack link gives lots of practical advice and useful hints for activities that might help in the current restrictive climate.