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Learning Together: Peer support to help SEND families plan for the future

A new FREE course has been developed to help families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) plan for the future.

Based on Suffolk County Council’s SEND 16+ Transitions Guide, the course covers a range of issues to help young people who receive SEND support or who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) prepare for adulthood.

To help ensure the support provided is useful and meaningful for families, the content has been co-produced with parents and carers who have been through this experience themselves. The course will also be delivered by parents and carers who wish to use their lived experience to train as one of our LEARNING TOGETHER Volunteer Facilitators to support families in similar situations to their own.

There are nine sections within each course that look at different aspects of thinking about and preparing for the future. The initial sessions will be online, but it is hoped that some will be delivered face to face in the future:

1.     Person Centred Planning

How to help your child start thinking about their future and to make sure they are at the centre of any discussions that take place.

2.     Moving Into Adulthood Plan and Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs)

How to help your child think about what they like and what their hopes are for the future.

3.     Education and Training Options

An explanation of course levels and definitions.

4.     Employment, Work Experience and Volunteering

A look at opportunities and next steps.

5.     Transport

A look at the options available and how travel training can help young people get more from life by giving them the confidence to travel independently.

6.     Advocacy and Independent Advice and Support

An overview of advocacy in Suffolk and where to find independent advice and support.

7.     Social Care

A look at how the Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act apply specifically to families.

8.     Money

Information on the various forms of financial support and benefits that may be available for your child during transition including universal credit.

9.     Community Health and Leisure

Information on physical activity, its benefits and how to access the various options available. We also look at changing health services where applicable to those in transition.

The course has been commissioned by Suffolk County Council in collaboration with parents and carers, the SLT Group, and providers of education and health services including local NHS clinical commissioning groups.

If you are interested in joining our team of LEARNING TOGETHER Volunteer Facilitators to deliver the course, please visit the SLT Group website. Full training will be given.

For more information, please visit the website or contact Dale Webster at dale.webster@sltgroup.org / 07903 468010.

Learning Together - SLT Group

Learning Together Volunteer Facilitators - SLT Group


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