Working Together


Where do I go if..? Making Sense of SEND. Support Leaflets.

During a meeting with parents on the 21st February we discussed two new leaflets which are being created by the SEND team at York City Council. To ensure that parents/carers and public are receiving as much information as possible on the options which are available to them in any scenario, we have worked with a number of groups at different stages to write two new leaflets and they have been sent to all the parent forum/support groups.


:#: Where do I go if..?:#:


This leaflet is designed to help parents know where their first port of call is. If they have a query or concerns about their child it suggests the first place you would go to in order to find out more.


:#: Making Sense of SEND.:#:


This is a dictionary of all the acronyms and technical language we use within the world of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Many professionals and some parents use them all too often. This booklet should provide the answers – explaining what they mean.


YOU SAID WE DID: When discussing these leaflets, one parent informed us of how useful it would be to have these available on school websites alongside their specific SEND information. Therefore, once these leaflets are completed, we will ensure that they are sent to schools and hopefully will be uploaded to their websites too.

Thank you to all those who have helped. We are doing final revisions now and will be publishing them shortly.


The First Young People’s Event of 2019


‘Judged by young people for young people’ - Quote from young person.


We are delighted to let you know that the first meeting of the new Young Advisor’s group was held on 8th February. This group will go out to youth clubs, libraries and other venues to provide feedback on how inclusive the group or venue is. The aim is to find out if it is a good place to come? They will also act as an advisory group to the Local Authority and health on how to improve services for disabled children.


We were joined on the day by Victoria Pearson from Fulford, Ruth Thompson from York Inspirational Kids, Emma from Milthorpe School and Jess Haslam from York City Council.

The young people had a great day of training on the role with the national charity KIDS which leads on participation.

You will hear more from this group in the future. Watch this spot!


The young people enjoyed participation activities and discussed the reasons for being part of a participation group and providing feedback to settings and venues.



:#: The young people described::#:


Benefits to services:

Tell them how it really is:

By listening to our suggestions it will become more accessible for all

 ‘A better quality of service’


Benefits to young people:

It can make me feel proud (being involved)

Gives you a voice and being listened to... which makes you feel good.

A better future for young people.



:#:The group are choosing their name currently. They currently have a survey monkey running, which includes::#:


  • Teens4Change
  • Sparkles and Shine
  • Open your eyes
  • Access4All
  • Come Alive
  • Making Changes
  • This is Us
  • Socks


The next meeting will decide on the name of the group, the criteria for advisory visits and plan the first venue to inspect!



Educational Psychologist supports carers of Children in Care

Carers of children and young people who are in care asked for a meeting with an Educational  Psychologist (EP).

The EP for Children in Care attended a support group to provide an overview and advice. Feedback was very positive.

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming to talk to our connected carers today; your input was so helpful.  It was so kind of you to stay so long – I hadn’t anticipated we would take up so much of your time.”


Jessie Fund Music Group

Parents asked for more Jessie’s Fund music groups.

Portage Home Visiting Service worked with Jessie’s Fund to run a termly music group. A musician and a Portage Home Visitor have facilitated this. The Portage Home Visitors are now trained to run this every term. A highlight from a parent during a My Support Plan review was:

“Jessie’s Fund Music group, my child loved it, made friends and enjoyed the rhythm of the music, we would love to be part of the group again”,



Working Together in 2018

Centre of Excellence

It has been an exciting year for the Centre of Excellence.  We have worked with parent carers, young people and partners to develop plans for a new centre for disabled children and young people.  Please see links below for more information.

York's Centre of Excellence

York's Centre of Excellence update December 2018


Going to Audiology

Parents asked the teachers of the deaf to help their children understand what was would happen when they went for an appointment in audiology. This social story can now be used to help many children, so they are not anxious about going and will begin to enjoy the experience.

Going to Audiology - Social Story


Applefields School

Applefields School have been listening to young people and making changes.

1. We got rid of the bell!!! It used to make some of the young people with autism shake! – we listened

2. Our student council are supporting us on the design of our coming website

3.  We increased the range of sweets on offer at our tuck shop!


Our Let's Celebrate Event

In October we hosted our Let's Celebrate Event to mark the 4th year of the successful implementation of the 2014 SEND Reforms.

We heard from some amazing speakers. 


Here are some of their stories:

Karen - Fred's Journey and Toy like me

Karen - Autism Drop Ins for Parent Carer's

Nicola - Early Years Childcare and Inclusion Service






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