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POST 16 TRANSPORT UPDATE

POST 16 TRANSPORT Surrey, in line with other councils nationally, are implementing more robust statutory measures to the processing of applications for post 16 travel assistance. Here is a link to some more information regarding post 16 transport. https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/information-advice-services/education-start/education-learning/transport-to-school-and-college/transport-for-young-people-over-16-in-england/ Family Voice Surrey are aware of the impact that this more [...]

Mindworks EBSNA Project Update

EBSNA Group Session Friday 3rd May 2024 Mindworks EBSNA Project Attendees: Dr Dave Damon – Mindworks, Jeremy Webster – SCC Councilor and Vice Chair of the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture Select Committee, Lucy Young and Gretta Schifano – Family Voice Surrey and 28 parent carers This session was [...]

On the Cliff Edge – report from Kids

Kids’ report On The Cliff Edge, authored by Will Bibby and Laurie Blair of Anthill Collective, documents the experience of young people with special educational needs and disabilities as they move from childhood into adulthood, and makes recommendations for urgent improvements to an entirely broken support system.   The existing challenges [...]

Neurodevelopmental Pathways

On the 10th May 2024 the Adults and Health Select Committee are meeting. On the agenda they will be discussing the Neurodevelopmental Pathways. A report has been submitted in preparation for this meeting and has just been published. There is an opportunity to ask questions but there is a very [...]

NAVIGATING THE MAZE  

ONLINE WORKSHOPS FOR PARENT CARERS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH NEURODIVERSITY  Mindworks Surrey has produced video resources for its online workshop, Navigating the Maze.   This is a tool, designed to support parent carers of children who have needs that may be associated with Autism and/or ADHD.  The workshop has [...]

Information on Right to Choose 

Information on Right to Choose  Following the Family Voice Surrey Neurodiversity online event with Mindworks Surrey professionals in February, families requested further information on Right to Choose.   Current access to the ND Pathway for referrals for ADHD and Autism assessment and diagnosis, is restricted to the consultation process through schools. [...]

*** UPDATE ON TRANSPORT POLICY FOR UNDER 5’s*** 

The Surrey Transport Team have added some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding under 5’s home to school transport to the Local Offer, which can be found here: Surrey Local Offer Travel Assistance   We are aware that these FAQs do not cover all the issues that some families have raised, [...]

Family Voice Surrey would like to draw your attention to the following open letter on Post-16 Key Stage Transfers by Julia Katherine, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Surrey CC. 

Family Voice Surrey would like to draw your attention to the following open letter on Post-16 Key Stage Transfers by Julia Katherine, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Surrey CC.  If you would like to share your experience regarding the status of your child’s Post-16 placement by the statutory [...]

Open Letter from the Interim Director of Education and Lifelong Learning.

You can find the latest update from Dr Julia Katherine, Interim Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Surrey County Council regarding Education Health and Care Needs Assessment and Annual Review timeliness:  https://www.surreylocaloffer.org.uk/news/open-letter-regarding-ehcp-and-annual-review-timeliness As noted in Julia Katherine's Open Letter, please note that the temporary offer to accept private educational psychology [...]

*** Update on the Neurodiversity (ND) Pathway ***

*** Update on the Neurodiversity (ND) Pathway *** As many of you are aware, following the changes to the ND Pathway for referrals and diagnosis, Family Voice Surrey held an online ND event for parent carers in February. At the event, we stressed the importance of Mindworks providing regular communication [...]