SEND Bulletin September 2020


 Edition 16 -  Thursday 17 September 2020

Spotlight on... Consultations for SENDIASS
The Local Authority must provide a SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service) for parents/carers and children and young people with special educational needs or/and disabilities up to the age of 25. The service offers:
·        free, confidential, impartial information, advice and support covering SEND issues including health & social care
East Riding of Yorkshire currently commissions East Riding SENDIAS service to provide information, advice and support for parents/carers and children up the age of 16 and KIDS to provide the service for children and young people up the age of 25.
The contracts for both services will come to an end on 31 August 2021.
To prepare for the contracts ending the Local Authority needs to plan for what the service will look like from 1 September 2021.

In order to assist us with designing the SENDIAS service from 1 September 2021, we would like to gain your opinion regarding the SENDIASS service post September 2021. We are keen to gain the views of potential service users as well as current and previous service users therefore you do not have to have used the service previously to be able to contribute your feedback to this consultation. It is really important to us that as many voices contribute as possible, the SENDIAS service is designed for service users and therefore, it must meet the needs of the East Riding of Yorkshire population.
The link below takes to you to a survey which has been designed with a variety of people including parents/carers and young people who have accessed the SENDIAS services.

The consultation lasts from Thursday 13 August until Thursday 22 October 2020.
Contact: Children’s Commissioning Team if you would like any more information about this consultation.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Tel: (01482) 392228

FISH update
Transition between children's and adult services survey - East Riding is working to improve support for young people who are transitioning between children’s and adult’s services.   To support this work we want to get the views and experiences of young people, parents, carers and staff. This helps us clearly understand how you are supported and where we could improve. The survey has been created by IMPOWER, a specialist public sector consultancy who are working with us on this exciting project.
We'd be grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes. Please complete the survey as openly and honestly as possible. Your responses will be anonymous. The closing date is September 25 2020.   We will feedback the findings from the survey over the next few months.
We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. You can start this by clicking the link:

Mott MacDonald are looking to set up a Parent/Carer focus group (end of September - beginning of October) looking to hear parents’ experiences and perceptions of disagreement resolution, they hope to have a group of 10 - 15 people who are interested in sharing their thoughts and feelings of disagreement resolution experiences. This focus group will be one of many others with the hope of gaining an insight into the impact and consequences of using disagreement resolution systems. This is part of the DBOT contract and will be shared with DfE to help inform future decisions. You do not have to have had direct experience of using disagreement resolution as there is also interest in those who considered but did not use.  If you are interested please send your name and email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SENDIASS Virtual drop-in sessions - the SENDIAS service is looking to offer virtual drop in sessions for groups of parents and carers to be able to ask questions in relation to special educational needs and disabilities. We are looking to arrange the sessions for groups of 10-15 people. Once we have collated the interest we will email a time, date and link to be able to access the session.
Contact: SENDIASS if you would be interested in attending, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Short Break Domiciliary/ Care Support Services Consultation  - Short Breaks for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), come in many different forms.  This consultation focuses on domiciliary/care support short break services. East Riding of Yorkshire Council commissions domiciliary services to provide individualised care for children and young people with SEND either in their home or in the community.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council currently commissions three external organisations to provide support for children and young people who have been assessed as requiring this type of specialist short break.
The current contract arrangements end on 31 July 2021. The contracts have no further extension options and providers have indicated any temporary extension will have a negative effect on their business stability. Therefore East Riding of Yorkshire Council must undertake a new tendering process which may mean the service will have to change.
For those children and young people without personal care needs, we would like to take the opportunity to review our non-residential short break offer.
This consultation is part of the overall tendering process and seeks to gain the views of children, young people and parents of East Riding of Yorkshire by finding out their views of a method of securing new contracts.
To take part in the consultation, please complete the below link or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information:

S.E.N.D. Networking and Information Session
Do you work or volunteer in East Riding of Yorkshire with children or young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (S.E.N.D.) or their families?
Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to improve local services across the area?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to this event.
When? Wednesday 21 October at 2 pm
 Via Zoom
Book your place online

East Riding SEND Local offer update
More information about discount cards and passes can be found on the East Riding SEND Local Offer website:
LOOK AHEAD discount cards, please click here.
Travel passes and discounts, please click here
CEA (cinema) cards, please click here

Parent Carer Support Groups
There are a number of parent carer support groups running across the East Riding and surrounding areas. To view information about these groups please click here.
To view National support organisations, please click here (These links will take you to the Local Offer website).

East Riding wide and Hull/York catchment
Sewerby Hall and Gardens - A brand new event is coming to Sewerby Hall and Gardens this year:  Enchanted Winter Woodland will take you on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.  There will be a relaxed performance scheduled for Friday 11 December where there will be a reduction in volume in the music, no laser beam lights and no snow machine
Date: 11 December 2020
Time: 4.30pm
To book : please click on the link -
Venue: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED

SEND Taster Experience’          - A fabulous, small group taster session for children with additional needs and disabilities (with 1 adult).  Come along and join us for a fun packed session where your children will have the opportunity to enjoy lots of activities and go home with their hands full of exciting outcomes. Activities wlll include:
  • food preparation
  • art and crafts with natural materials
  • design and technology
  • bushcraft

Date:  28 October 2020
Time: 10 – 11am
Venue:  Northwood Trail Fairy Sanctuary, Northwood, Buttercrambe Moor Road, YO41 1AP
Age: - 5 – twelve plus one adult
How to book:  Book on line –
Telephone: - 07816 939 855 (Workshops)
Having the highest standards and keeping your children safe is vital to us at Children Who Can. The Session Leader is trained in Food Safety, First Aid and Safeguarding Children. All staff are DBS checked and our policies are available upon request.

Play on Hull - Inspire your pupils and their families to get moving with Play On Hull.   Funded through Sport England’s Families Fund and delivered by ukactive, Play On aims to empower families by showing them how fun and easy exercise can be in their local area. To get them inspired, we have a range of free, downloadable resources for your school including postersflyersassembly presentations, toolkits and more!   Make sure to check out our new Family Toolkit, bursting with free ideas, tips and at home activities for your pupils to live healthy, active lifestyles. Why not share it with your school community? It’s free to download and the perfect way to encourage families to explore new activities and create active fun in their local area.  

National News
National Autistic Society – please click here to find out all of the latest news, events and information

Please note inclusion of services and sessions is not an endorsement or recommendation.

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 1 October 2020
If you would like to submit information, news or events for inclusion in the next bulletin, please email us BEFORE 12 NOON on TUESDAY 29 September 2020This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (please note submission does not guarantee inclusion).

Thank You.

Families Information Service Hub (FISH)
FS32, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA
Tel:   (01482) 396469    
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