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Young people with learning disabilities should be offered annual health checks from their GP's

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is recommending that GPs to be at the ready to offer young people with learning disabilities in England, aged 14-17, a comprehensive annual health check. This recommendation follows last year's Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with Learning disabilities (CIPOLD).

5th Jun 2014

Parent carer participation receives a boost to funding

Contact a Family has recently announced that the Strengthening Parent Carer Participation programme will now continue until March 2015 having been extended by the Department for Education. This is to continue to support and strengthen parent carer participation and parent carer forums. Forums are groups of parent carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education, health and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver truly meet the needs of disabled children and families.

27th May 2014

Uncertain future for children with Speech and Language Impairments (SLI)

Speech and Language Therapist Fiona Barry, exploring how ideas about education reform recently presented by Michael Gove could impact children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) which affects around 3 per cent of children at school starting age.

Read the full article in The Telegraph

20th May 2014

Young disabled people are more likely to get involved in sports if they can see the emotional benefits

Disabled people are more likely to respond to activities, which connect to their everyday values says a new report by the English Federation of Disability Sport. The in-depth findings in this intuitive research could challenge providers' thinking on the opportunities currently offered to disabled people to be active. Using this direct insight from disabled people, the national charity hopes the information supports those who deliver programmes, to improve and increase opportunities available.

16th May 2014

Do children and young people with disabilities in Cambs get involved in providing feedback on local support and services? Share your views

Disabled Children’s Services at Cambridgeshire County Council would like to gather views on what you understand by participation and feedback with examples of how and where participation is happening with children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25 and ideas of what we can do to extend it.  Find out more about the project and questionnaire here.

1st May 2014 to 12th May 2014

Parent carer forums share views on role out of SEN reforms

Parent carer forums recently took part in a survey to find how they had worked together with the local authority to prepare for the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms that will happen when the Children and Families Act 2014 is put into place in September 2014.  The survey was run by The Department for Education, Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF).

16th Apr 2014

Letter to parents from Children's minister Edward Timpson

Children's minister Edward Timpson has written to parents about the SEND reforms. Mr Timpson explains the changes that the Department for Education is introducing from September 2014 to improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

He focusses on issues including:

11th Apr 2014

We're recruiting for a part-time Participation Officer - closes 16 April

Hours: 15 hours per week in term time only     

Fixed Term Contract until 31 May 2015       

Salary:  £9.90 per hour

Responsible to:  pinpoint Executive Officer

Overview:  To provide support for parent participation activities and to develop and support the parent volunteer workforce.

3rd Apr 2014

Update on eligibility for children using holiday clubs in Cambridgeshire


At our recent Network Meetings some parents raised concerns about changes to the eligibility for children using holiday clubs. We raised this with the service and they have provided us with a statement as follows:

"Cambridgeshire County Council continues to fund Short Breaks to eligible children and young people. The funding of short breaks has not changed and for children supported through the Short Breaks Team using the Local Offer this continues to be up to £2,000 a year.

1st Apr 2014

Schools fail to plan adequate care for children with diabetes

More than one in three parents and carers of children with Type 1 diabetes say their children’s school has not planned adequately or at all to clearly set out the support needed for their child at school to help manage their condition, according to an investigation by Diabetes UK

Read the full story on the Teaching Times website


20th Mar 2014