CEPCF CoChair Mandy Dickson’s Blog – October 2020

I hope you are all well and keeping safe in these difficult times.

It’s been a busy few months for our parent representatives and I wanted to take this opportunity thank our team of volunteers or stepping up and working so hard while juggling all their caring responsibilities and everything else life throws at us! Kate and I are also delighted to welcome a new volunteer – thanks Jen, it’s great to have you on the team

I’d also like to update you on some of the work we have been doing:

Raising members’ issues with the SEND Partnership
The team met with Jacky Forster (Director of Education & Skills at Cheshire East Council, and Chair of the SEND Partnership) back in September, and then again on the 15th of October.

We shared all of our members’ feedback with Jacky who has taken your points for further discussions with the relevant teams working on EHCPs, Autism, Complaints and EHE and representatives working with those teams and workstreams are following these up so we can keep you updated.

Myself, Kate and Diane met with the transport team, we took all of your questions and issues to
them and they listened. We agreed to put “SEND Transport FAQ” together for them to answer and publish on Live well – we’ll share it with you as soon as it’s out.

Message from Jacky Forster
We continue to work very closely with the parent carer forum and really value all the feedback and contributions parents make to our development plans. This blog is a wonderful way to keep in touch.  I hope you are all keeping safe and that with the higher Covid restrictions you are still able to get the support needed.  We continue to work with schools to look at how they meet needs when pupils are required to isolate. We are all committed to supporting children and young people to catch up and keep on track with their education.

SEND team virtual coffee mornings

The SEND team locality managers have asked us to set up some online coffee mornings so that parent carers can meet the teams working with their children / young people, hear an update on how the teams are working and ask any questions they may have.

Laura Rogerson (Head of Service SEND) asked us to share the following message:

To all parents/carers the SEND locality managers would love you to join them for a virtual session, if you have any questions that you want to put to the team to please send to by email to cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com in advance.  So grab a coffee and join us on:

North session:  Matthew Lowe 4th November 2020 10am-12pm click here to register for the event

Central session: Chris Broadhurst 16th November 2020 10.30am – 12.30 pm click here to register for the event

South session: Rebecca Boothroyd 17th November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm click here to register for the event

Generally the locality team looking after your child / young person’s support will depend on the area where their setting is located rather than where you live, but if you’re not sure you can email senteameast@cheeshireeast.gov.uk to double check

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum AGM

We will be holding our AGM online on the 12th of November 12pm -2pm. We will be sending out invites any moment now, and would love to see as many of you there as can make it. Our speaker is Oliver Jade who is a young man with additional needs who has been through the system and has an inspiring story to tell he will be speaking about his amazing journey.

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