Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a statutory service supporting parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and children and young people with SEND.
Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides confidential information advice and support through a range of services. This includes home visits, attending meetings in educational settings and liaison with all services working with children and young people. Training and guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals on SEND issues are also provided.
Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service operates at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and the services provided are confidential and impartial.
Durham County Carers Support
Support for Parents of children with additional needs
We are a local Charity providing support to Parents of Children with additional needs and we are commissioned by Durham County Council to carry out Parent Carer Needs Assessments which gives parents the opportunity to reflect on their caring role and the impact it has on their health and wellbeing. Through discussions with Parents we will develop an action plan together addressing issues raised during the assessment with a view to providing appropriate support and information and ensuring relevant services are involved. Parent Carers have a legal right to this assessment and can request it at any time.
As well as this we are able to provide Parent Carers with access to Carer Break funding and eligible Parents have been able to apply for things such as Spa Days, Massage Vouchers, Cinema tickets, tablets to help them get online and much more. We also have access to other grants and bursaries which can help Parent Carers in need. We have a closed Facebook support group where parents can support each other, access to specialist training and we are currently being funded to support Parents at TAFs and to help them claim additional benefits.
If you are in touch with Parents caring for children with additional needs who you feel may benefit from our support please share our information. It is easy to register and all we need to get started is a name, address and telephone number and our Contact Team will do the rest.
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you or to provide you with an advert to include in any newsletters or website pages.
We currently have 3 members of staff supporting Parent Carers and they have continued to work over the last few months so for more information please contact Joanne, Donna or Charlene on 0300 005 1213 or email email@example.com
Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. Added guidance for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.
Free School Meal Advice
Please accept my apologies if you have already received this information but I wanted to make sure you were aware of the information below, which we have been asked to forward to schools in our area.
Durham County Council has a ‘Back to School Support Fund’ (BSSF) allowing schools to apply for a grant, in order to support families experiencing financial difficulties associated with the cost of school uniform and equipment. The fund has been set up as a direct response to one of the wider results of the COVID situation and that many families who were already experiencing financial struggles have had additional pressure placed upon them. Some have suffered a swift fall in income due to becoming unemployed, being furloughed or waiting for Universal Credit payments.
Guidance notes and an application form should have already been sent to your school as part of a bulletin sent to headteachers. It is also available on the school’s extranet.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6 November 2020.
If you have any queries regarding the above fund please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service
See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.
See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:
an online hub of support and information
online counselling and therapy
face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation, and
helping children and young people reintegrate back into school
You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.