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Blackburn and Darwen Area Partnership has been recognised for its success in securing better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs in the youth justice system. In June 2018 the Youth Justice Service (YJS) alongside partners from the SEND team, education, New…


You are invited to get involved in creating a new 5 Year Action Plan Find out and collect information about what is happening now for people with a Learning Disability and/or Autism  Collect ideas about our afreed goals for the…


An invitation to join us at Blackburn Leisure Centre for the 10th annual Disability Information Day Blackburn with Darwen Parents in Partnership (PiP) are hosting this event


You are invited to a free information session Families caring for a child with additional needs, a long-term medical condition or disability are welcome to join us. Contact and Irwin Mitchell are delivering this session…


Workshop: Autism, ASD etc

Published on: 29/01/2019

Accelerated Working Group Developing a neurodevelopmental pathway 11th February 2019 12.30pm – 4.00pm  St Helens Rugby Football Club, McManus Drive, St Helens WA9 1JJ The Council for Disabled Children is delivering an interactive, focussed workshop for professionals working with children and young people with SEND and parent carer representatives to…


Please follow the link below to the most recent Newsletter containing a round-up of all matters relevant to parents / carers and all professionals involved with children and young people with SEND:  Regional network events Other events in the North West Surveys Government responses…


The event is hosted by the Blackburn and District Blind Society and sponsored by VFO that includes Enhanced Vision and Optelec. You are invited to a Visual Support Open Day at The Barlow in Edgworth. There will be a variety of stands to try equipment as well…


The Steering Group of our local Parent Carers Forum (PiP) recently attended the annual conference of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums. This was held in Coventry in November, and was a two day event. The first day consisted of workshops on topics that…


Breast Feeding for Healthy Babies

Published on: 14/01/2019

BwD Early Years staff are working hard to achieve the Gold Standard in UNICEF's Baby Friendly Initiative. Staff at the local Children's Centres are passionate about this aspect of their service: Supporting pregnant women to recognise the importance of early relationships for the health…


Empowering Parent Carers through Information Sharing Families caring for a child with additional needs, a long term medical condition or disability are invited to attend any of our advice and guidance sessions or coffee mornings. Please click on the…


The Connect for Communities project assists residents and community groups with ... transport information and advice and offers active travel initiatives ... to promote health and wellbeing ... to tackle isolation by joining in with activities We offer ... an introduction to…


Employment is a very important part of life. When people have a job, they feel part of society, they have a purpose, make new friends plus have money in their pockets to buy the things they want! Many people think that people with learning…


SEND North West Regional Network News

Published on: 07/01/2019

Please follow the link below to the most recent Newsletter containing a round-up of all matters relevant to parents / carers and all professionals involved with children and young people with SEND: free holidays, consultations/surveys, training opportunities, current funding opportunities etc etc.


Working together to get things right in Blackburn with Darwen We are always looking for different ways to work together with families and the Parent Champion Programme is a new and exciting opportunity to do just that. What will Parent Champions…


Calling for Ideas about our Day Services Offer for Young People in Transition aged 18-25 We are interested in developing ideas for our specialist and community-based day service offer to young people aged 18-25. We would welcome ideas about what needs to be…


SEND Strategy 2018 – 2021 Blackburn with Darwen Council worked with families and service providers to develop our 0-25 SEND Strategy.   This strategy sets out how ... Blackburn with Darwen Council Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commission Group (CCG)…


Money Matters - Counting the Cost 2018

Published on: 06/12/2018

Contact recently published new findings from their Counting the Costs research: There has been a sharp rise in disabled chidlren going without essentials including specialist therapies and equipment. Disable children will be going without presents this Christmas. In response to the Counting the…


Family Finance Helpline

Published on: 06/12/2018

Contact provides information, advice and support to families caring for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs. Our Family Finances Helpline helps families secure extra financial support, ofren money they didnt' even know they were entitled to.  In the last…


Over the summer you were asked to share your views on …   Assessments for Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for children and young people aged 0-25 years   The Lancashire SEND Partnership want to improve the processes…


0-25 Joint Commissioning Arrangements

Published on: 28/11/2018

The Law In September 2014 the reforms for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), which is part of the Children’s and Families Act, became law.  The Code of Practice published in January 2015 sets out the statutory guidance for health and local authorities. …


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