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  • Judicial Appointments Commission

    Posted On 21 Mar 2013 by Parent views count

    Opportunities are available for individuals who work with people with disabilities in a professional or voluntary capacity, as a carer or have disabilities themselves, to work with judges in ensuring the right decisions are made in benefit appeal cases involving disability. Closing date for applications: noon on 15 April 2013

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  • Home to School Transport UPDATE

    Posted On 22 Feb 2013 by Parent views count

    On the 7th January 2013, Birmingham City Council approved a new Home to School Transport Policy and a new Post 16 Transport policy.  Copies of these new policies can be found below. Birmingham City Council commenced a consultation on making changes to the home to school transport policy in November 2011 this ended in July 2012. The policies were adopted from the 7th of January 2013 for pupils starting school or post 16 provisions on or after the 1st September 2013. The new policies will be applied from the 1st of September 2013 for any pupils or young people who are new starters or are current users whose circumstances change e.g. a change of address etc. The new Post 16 Transport Policy will apply to all young people moving into Year 12 in September 2013. The key changes to the policies are as follows: 1) The introduction of Personal Transport Budgets for parents and carers, and access to independent travel training for identified children and young people 2) The adoption of the statutory qualifying distances – up to 8 years old 2 miles, over 8 years old 3 miles 3) The removal of transport support based on parental choice of denominational school 4) Increased coordination via SENAR of the assessment and review of SEN pupils receiving specialist transport support – to identify changes in circumstances 5) Transport assistance for SEN pupils will only be considered to the nearest appropriate school as identified by the local authority; parental choice of a more distant school will not be supported 6) Post 16 Transport Policy - Where the travel support provided consists of a taxi or specialist vehicle, the young person and/or his or her parents or carers will be required to contribute towards the cost of this.  The amount that will be required is £600 per annum or £300 if the young person is from a low income family." CABINET ASKED THAT A NEW PHASE OF CONSULTAITON TAKE PLACE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE APPLICATION OF THE REVISED POLICIES FOR CURRENT USERS.

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  • Parent Carer Participation Good Practice Bulletin

    Posted On 30 Jan 2013 by Parent views count

    The January issue of the Contact a Family parent carer participation good practice bulletin is now on the web. This issue contains articles on how: • Hampshire forum helped the local authority develop a short breaks statement • Peterborough improved patient experience at their local hospital and worked with their LINk’s to improve access to hydrotherapy • Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are making sure the new children’s hospital building will support the needs of disabled children • Lambeth are increasing their membership by providing RADAR keys to new members • three forums in London worked with commissioners to develop a new wheelchair service Please also see the updated page on NHS changes and the link to resources that have been produced for GPs and other Health professionals http://www.cafamily.org.uk/what-we-do/parent-carer-participation/nhs-changes-(england)/ http://www.cafamily.org.uk/professionals/supporting-your-work-with-families/our-work-with-health-professionals/

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  • This letter from Edward Timpson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, dated 22 November 2012, provides some confirmation and reassurance in relation to a number of issues, and concerns that parent carers, the NNPCF, and other partners have raised over the last three months in relation to the draft SEND legislation. These include clarity around: •Parents being able to request an assessment •Timescales •Duty to make and specify provisions •Concern about mediation

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