Newsletter and leaflet are a GodSEN&D for families

A new-look newsletter, aimed at parents, carers and people who work with children who have special educational needs or disabilities, has been launched.

Somerset County Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN&D) Training and Support Service produce the newsletter every school term to support people through changes to SEN&D support for children and young people.

In autumn 2014, the SEN&D Reforms were introduced nationwide as part of a law called the Children and Families Act 2014. The changes put children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, at the heart of decisions being made about their care and support.

The newsletter has been helping parents and people who work with children and young people understand the changes.
More than 700 people have viewed each edition so far and it has been refreshed with a new and accessible layout for the summer 2015 edition. It includes information on training and events, links to useful resources and features on some of the changes, for example personal budgets.

A new leaflet has also been produced to explain the SEN&D Reforms, with information on what the changes mean and where people can get support.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The SEN&D Reforms were introduced last year with the aim of providing children, young people, parents, carers and families more choice and control of the support and care they receive from us and other organisations.

“As with any change, new ways of working can be overwhelming, especially if you are caring for a child or young person who needs extra support. This new-look newsletter and the new information leaflet are designed to support people through the changes to SEN&D support and are well worth a read.”

You can view the newsletter by clicking here: https://bit.ly/SENDNewsSummer15

You can view the new leaflet by clicking here: https://bit.ly/SENDleaflet

For more information on the SEN&D Reforms as part of the Children and Families Act 2014 visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reforms-for-children-with-sen-and-disabilities-come-into-effect