For some parents and carers, challenging the wisdom of education professionals or merely stepping foot inside their child’s school is daunting. SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25 acknowledges that ‘parents know their children best’ and sets out the importance of listening to, and working collaboratively with parents.
Gain a unique view from the experiences of parents, carers and teachers in free-to-attend sessions at the Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum. Plus, hear from renowned names leading the way for the SEN sector in the brand-new Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum keynote panel debate.
|10:30 - 10:40||
Welcome and introductionSarah-Jane Critchley, Founder, Different Joy Partnership
|10:40 - 11:30||
Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum keynote panel debateSarah-Jane Critchley, Founder, Different Joy Partnership
Jane Friswell, SEND Consultant & Parent Advocate, Jane Friswell SEND Consultancy
Sherann Hillman MBE, Head of Family Services , Seashell Trust
|11:45 - 12:15||
Parents as effective advocates and promoting self-advocacy in their young people with SENDJane Friswell, SEND Consultant & Parent Advocate, Jane Friswell SEND Consultancy
This session will explain and explore how building parental resilience promotes greater resilience in our children and young people to enable parents to be the best advocates they can be. However, are we confident as parents in making the important distinction between what’s important to and what’s important for our children and young people? How will promoting self-advocacy enable our children to become more independent and what might this look and feel like for us as parents?
|12:30 - 13:00||
Restricted eating in childrenEmma Griffiths, Senior Autism Consultant, NW Autism & SEND Consultancy
This session will explore restricted eating in children, which results in the individual having an extremely limited diet. Some children have real sensory issues with food and will avoid certain food groups due to characteristics. This can lead to extremely frustrating mealtimes for both the child and their family. It can be a constant battle trying to get a child to eat a balanced diet or to try new foods! Through this session we will look at tips and strategies to try with children affected by extreme restricted eating behaviours.
|13:15 - 13:45||
A parental voice from a cultural perspectiveVenessa Bobb, Founder/Director, A2ndvoice CIC
This workshop is for anyone who wants to develop a basic understanding of supporting their SEND child and family. The session will provide first-hand experience from a mothers’ perspective raising her autistic teenagers. The challenges families may face isolation, alienation and lack of support and advice. This workshop can be adapted to fit specific needs of any audience as everyone has a part to play.