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Back to school guidance from Contact

Published on: 08/09/2021

Contact have published some guidance on going back to school and a new routine. This includes top tips for starting or changing school and support strategies for managing behaviour and anxiety. Please click


Applications for September 2022/2023 school admissions in Blackburn with Darwen are now open. Primary school applications are open from 2 September 2021 until 15 January 2022. Secondary school applications are open from 2 September 2021 until 31 October 2021 For more information and…


Improving the lives of autistic people is the focus of a new multi-million pound strategy launched by the government on 21 July 2021. Backed by nearly £75 million in the first year, it aims to speed up diagnosis and improve…


Family Fund - Summer School

Published on: 21/07/2021

Family Fund have launced an IPad Summer School which offers children the opportunity to unlock their digital creativity and learn more about what their IPad can do. They have teamed up with their Apple Distinguished Educator and you can sign up to their free exciting…


Survey - The Balanced System Project

Published on: 14/07/2021

East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen CCGs, Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council have commissioned a project to improve outcomes for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in the area.  More information about The Balanced System®…


GET STUCK IN!

Published on: 13/07/2021

Spring North will be supporting families across the Summer school holiday period by developing a series of holiday clubs across Blackburn with Darwen at multiple venues. The ‘Get Stuck In’ Clubs will operate from 2nd August 2021 – 29th August 2021 delivered online providing a…


Power up project - Family Fund

Published on: 23/06/2021

Free online skills training Family Fund have launched a free Power Up project aimed to support parents and carers to develop the confidence and skills they need to use online tools to manage money. Through their Power Up Programme they…


Let's keep kids safe online! Having to stay at home means kids are spending even more time exploring the online world.  There's lots of exciting and educational stuff for them to discover, but there are some risks too. This FREE online training course is for…


A new UK wide dedicated helpline has been set up by the NSPCC and the Department for Education to support those who may have been subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour or abuse whilst in an education setting. The helpline is equipped to cover personal incidents…


Parent/carers can learn about ADHD from home with ADHD North West's Parent Empowerment & Skills training course. They are inviting you to attend, meet members of their qualified team, learn and understand how they can help you manage your child's ADHD.  They will give you…


Introduction to SEND Law

Published on: 09/06/2021

Blackburn with Darwen Parents in Partnership are running a one day IPSEA training course, Introduction to SEND Law,  that is designed for parents and carers of children/young people. The training will empower you to secure the right education for your child. They will be holding…


The Mental Capacity Act explained

Published on: 08/06/2021

A joint workshop is being delivered on behalf of GM Joint Training Partnership and Lancashire and South Cumbria Joint Training Partnership.  The workshop is for family carers and family members of people with a learning disability and family carers/members of autistic people living in the…


ASD - What does good support look like for families on the ASD journey in Lancashire and South Cumbria? The ASD "journey" can be described in stages. In response to feedback from Parent Carers and Inspectors, Lancashire SEND Partnership (including NHS and…


Signed yoga videos for deaf children

Published on: 01/06/2021

There are three fantastic yoga videos Squish the Fish, On the Farm, and Betsy the Banana. They’re aimed at 3 to 5 year olds and each video is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted. With fun, easy-to-follow…


Restore 2 training workshops

Published on: 14/05/2021

Identifying early signs of worsening health in a person with a learning disability – specific training for carers Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System is offering national training in RESTORE2™ mini. Attending the workshop will help you to be able to identify when…


The Big Ask

Published on: 28/04/2021

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the…


A new app/tool has been developed for young people between the ages of 13 - 25 years old in the Lancashire area to help them think about their mental health.  Young people will be able to complete a short well-being questionnaire and at the end…


Claiming Universal Credit for a disabled 16-20 year old can be a complicated process, and this is particularly true if they are still in education. To help, Contact’s specialist family finances team have produced new resources. These include a set of templates that parents can use…


Public Health England has launched a new Psychological First Aid training to help support children and young people affected by COVID-19. The free online course teaches how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young…


Following the rollout of rapid lateral flow home testing the government have published guidance around this. You can find out who is eligible at the moment for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is…