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Social Care, Family Fun Day & Sign Language

Dear All

An extra SENDspeak; mainly to highlight the important piece of work in Item 1. Please contribute if you can…

And details of a few new events too!

1. The Social Care Legal Framework – what say you?

2. ‘Can a new Parliamentary Group keep the pressure on to #fixSEND?’

3. Kingston SEND Parent Carer Forum - Free Family Fun Day

4. Dramatize – Film Screening

5. March to May activities- Richmond Mencap

6. If you haven’t done so already…

7. Should all children learn sign language?

1 The Social Care Legal Framework – what say you?

The renowned SEND lawyer and barrister Steve Broach is advising the Disabled Children’s Partnership on what needs to change within the Social Care Legal Framework – I’m sure many of us can think of plenty…

What say you?

This is a call for feedback – see the tweets and a summary of the framework below.

Please contact Steve by Twitter (preferred) @SteveBroach using this link:

or e-mail:

What is the framework? “The Care Act 2014 sets out in one place, local authorities’ duties in relation to assessing people’s needs and their eligibility for publicly funded care and support.

Under the Care Act 2014, local authorities must:

· carry out an assessment of anyone who appears to require care and support, regardless of their likely eligibility for state-funded care

· focus the assessment on the person’s needs and how they impact on their wellbeing, and the outcomes they want to achieve

· involve the person in the assessment and, where appropriate, their carer or someone else they nominate

· provide access to an independent advocate to support the person’s involvement in the assessment if required

· consider other things besides care services that can contribute to the desired outcomes (e.g. preventive services, community support)

· use the new national minimum threshold to judge eligibility for publicly funded care and support.”

Disabled Children's Partnership

“The Disabled Children's Partnership is a coalition of charities campaigning to improve support for disabled children, young people & families #SecretLifeofUs


“Absolutely delighted to have @SteveBroach advising us on the social care legal framework. Please do let him have your ideas for what needs to change (and tag us in too).”

Steve Broach

Barrister @moncktonlaw

“Public lawyer, disability & children's rights advocate. Takin’ it back like Robin Loxley.”


“ I’m instructed by @DCPcampaign to advise on ways in which the legal framework around social care for disabled children could be improved. Please let us have your thoughts on what key changes / improvements are needed to the law for disabled children’s social care #SEND

2 ‘Can a new Parliamentary Group keep the pressure on to #fixSEND?’

Special Needs Jungle, 5thMarch 2020

“As a limping, wounded SEND system drags itself into the third month of the new decade, we are still waiting for the outcome of the DfE’s SEND Review to discover just how serious they are about finally fixing SEND.

Meanwhile, one politician, Emma Hardy MP, who was part of the Education Select Committee during its SEND Inquiry, has taken the initiative to launch an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on SEND.”

3 Kingston SEND Parent Carer Forum - Free Family Fun Day

“The new SEND Parent Carer Forum (PCF) is preparing to launch in Kingston, for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND).

To celebrate, the Kingston SEND PCF is inviting families to join them for a few hours of fun and laughter where there will be a chance to take part in lego workshops, bubble shows, a silent disco, magic mirror photo booth, meeting zoo animals and the storybook character the 'Gruffalo'.

The PCF would love children and young people with additional needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who live or go to school in the Royal Borough of Kingston, and their families to attend.

Come and have fun and talk to them about how they can best represent your views in the future and make an impact for local children with SEND.”

Sunday 5th April 2020 – two options (see below)

Chessington World of Adventures Safari Hotel

10am-12 Noon


12.30pm -2.30pm

Please book via the Eventbrite link above for the time you prefer.

4 Dramatize – Film Screening

21st March - 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Shepperton Studios

“On 21st March Dramatize are holding a Film Screening to celebrate World DownSyndrome Day by screening films from the world famous Oska Bright Film Festival; films made by or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs.

There are 2 showings of:

‘It Me’

Take a deep dive in to the different ways learning disabled people express themselves and navigate the world. This screening is a celebration of what makes us unique and gives us an identity.


Love and friendship are some of the deepest connections we form; with these four short films we dig deeper in to the meaning of connection.

Please note some films have strong language and scenes of violence in.

There is wheelchair access and a mobiloo (changing places toilet) on-site.”

Link to purchase tickets -

5 March to May activities - Richmond Mencap

“This is to let you know about the Richmond Mencap activities for March to May. We have a year- long programme for young people aged 8-17 years old with mild to moderate Learning Disabilities, Social Communication Conditions, ADHD and other additional needs. This service is for people living in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. This period (March to May) we have six weekend trips planned and our second disco on 29th March - all of which should be good fun!”

Mencap “…are trialling a new online booking request system which I hope will make it easier for families to book once they are registered with us. I will of course be happy to send out paper forms for people who need them. If a family is already registered with us they use this link: to access the form. Alternatively they can email me for the link or a paper form. If the family is not registered with us then they can contact me and will meet them and give them further information.”

Richard Ferriday, Projects Leader

N.B. I am available in the office Monday to Thursday’s until 1.00pm.

T: 020 8744 1923



6 If you haven’t done so already…

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7 Should all children learn sign language?

BBC News, 7thMarch 2020

Uuuhm I’d say Yes!

This is a short article and 4.28min video which includes an example of a primary school already doing this. 😊

A teenager and her brother are leading a campaign to make sign language part of the school curriculum. Doctors said Christian would never be able to communicate because of brain damage sustained at birth. But his sister, Jade, learned sign language just so she could teach him. Now they have a large following on social media, where they sign along to popular songs to teach others.

Jade also started a petition to make sign language lessons a part of the primary school curriculum - she has had over 100,000 signatures. Some schools, like the James Wolfe Schools in east London already teach sign language, but would it be possible to roll out on a nationwide scale?

If you have any questions at all, please ask and I'll do my best to find an answer.

With best wishes, Romany



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