SEND Newsletter - January 2020

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Explore the latest news and find out how to have your say on Surrey's Special Educational Needs and Disability services (SEND).

January 2020

Research invitation for parents of young children

Commissioned by Surrey Heartlands, an independent research company (Lighthouse Research) is looking for parents of children aged 0-5 who has not met their developmental targets and / or has been identified or diagnosed as SEND* to take part in interviews in their home during March. There is a £50 cash incentive for taking part. The research is for NHS Surrey and Surrey County Council will feed into improving the support provided to parents with a SEND child aged 0-5 years.

Lighthouse Research abide by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, which means, if you take part in this research, what you say will be confidential and your identity will remain anonymous. Participation is voluntary.

If you are interested, please contact Lucy Evans on 07748184425 or lucy.evans@lighthouse-research.co.uk ASAP.

*Special Educational Needs and Disability. Your child does NOT need to have been diagnosed with SEND to take part.

Young Carers Awareness Day

Young Carers Awareness Day was held on Thursday 30 January. This awareness day is a day dedicated to the thousands of children and young people who care for a loved one with an illness or disability. Being a young carer involves lots of responsibility. BBC Newsround spoke to some young carers to try to find out What's it like to be a young carer?

Take a look at the support information available for young carers on the Surrey Local Offer.

Nominate someone now for the YES! Awards 2020

This year's YES! Awards will be held on Friday 28 February. This fantastic event celebrates the achievements of young people with SEND, as well as giving young people the opportunity to nominate the professionals that have gone 'above and beyond' to support them.

Please nominate someone you know before Friday 14 February. To find out more and to nominate, visit the YES! Awards nominations page.

Family Voice Surrey; Coordinator for Spelthorne

Family Voice Surrey champions the needs and rights of SEND families in Surrey. A parent/carer who is passionate about creating change is sought to work around 10 hours each month as a home-based District & Borough Coordinator for the Spelthorne area. The aim of the role will be to build relations with parent/carers, to identify key issues with services and help influence change.

Please note; The closing date for this role is Friday 7 February. To read the job description and to apply, visit the Family Voice Surrey website.

World Autism Awareness Week; How to get involved

The World Autism Awareness Week takes place at the end of March this year. Could you help the National Autistic Society to spread awareness and increase acceptance? There are a range of activities that people can get involved in; from going on a Spectrum Night Walk to getting your child's school to teach about autism, you'll be doing your bit to help autistic people and their families.

For more details visit; National Autistic Society - World Autism Awareness Week.

Children's Mental Health Week; 3-9 February

Set up by children's mental health charity Place2Be, the theme of this year's Children's Mental Health Week is 'Find your Brave.' Bravery isn't about coping alone or holding things in. It's about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself. Parents and carers, play an important role in their child's mental health. Check out the free resources available, including some helpful tips.

Autism hour at Brooklands museum; 1 February

Brooklands Museum in Weybridge is again opening early for families with members on the autism spectrum from 9-10am on Saturday 1 February. Discounted admission charges of £8 per child with under 5's and essential carers free. This activity has restricted numbers and pre-booking is required.

To find out more and to book, visit; Brooklands Museum 'What's on' page.

UK Safer Internet Day 2020; Tuesday 11 February

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2020 is 'together for a better internet' and this year in the UK the focus is on how young people explore and express their identity online. The UK Safer Internet Centre offer a range of free resources, including a 'Family internet safety plan.' These resources can help parents and carers talk to their children about how to navigate the issue of online identity in a digital age in a safe, responsible and respectful way.

'Early Birds' event at Haslemere Educational Museum

Haslemere Educational Museum is holding a special half-term early opening for families with autistic children. The museum holds collections of natural history, human history and geology, With over 240,000 specimens Haslemere Museum's natural history collection is one of the largest in south east England, spanning all aspects of the natural world from mammals, reptiles and birds to botany, shells and insects. The museum will open early from 9-10am on Wednesday 19 February. For more details and to book visit the 'What's on' page.