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Open letter from Vicky Ford MP, special and alternative schools guidance

14th January 2021 To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them. As you will be aware, on Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown to control the spread…

Open letter to Parents and Carers from Will Quince and SEND review Steering Group

Will Quince, the newly appointed Minister for Children and Families, has written an open letter to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their families and those who support them. In the letter, he sets out his…

Open letter to parents and carers regarding education for children and young people with SEND

12th January 2021 Open Letter from Allan Cadzow, Corporate Director for Children and Young People, to all Parents and Carers of Children and Young People with SEND regarding Education Provision in Schools and Post-16 Providers As you know, on Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister…

Parent Carer Needs Assessments

The purpose of a Parent Carer Needs assessment is for you to have an assessment of your own needs, allowing you to discuss with a practitioner your caring role and how it affects your wellbeing, your feelings and choices about caring, what help you need to support you…

A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when they finally receive a diagnosis of autism, because they have an explanation for their child's behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told.  It can sometimes be…

People with learning disabilities and autism

Last updated: 19/03/2021 The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership works to achieve the vision of people with learning disabilities living good ordinary lives as part of their community, with the right support, at the right time, from the right people. The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership is an independent…

Person centred planning

Person-centred planning is a process of learning and listening, taking into account the needs, thoughts, concerns and opinions on what is important now, and for the future. This approach aims to help children and young people to: Be at the heart of the process Identify…

Preparing for Adulthood and Employment

Preparing for Adulthood can be an exciting time for many young people.  There may be new opportunities, choices and increased independence, but it can also be a difficult and uncertain time for young people and their parents and carers. It might require more careful consideration…

Primary Mental Health Workers for Schools in Suffolk

What are Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs)? Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) offer consultation, support and guidance to school staff working with children and young people who are showing mild to moderate mental health concerns. School staff can contact their Primary Mental Health Worker if they…

Proposed new model for Children, Young People and Families Mental Health services in East and West Suffolk

There are new proposed plans for mental health services for children and young people in East and West Suffolk. The plans are being made together with East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) and partner orgainsations who work with…