News and Events

Throughout the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic the East Riding Parent Carer Forum have been liaising with many of the support groups in the local area to gather families concerns and questions. These are presented to the Local Authority in weekly meetings allowing the relevant teams to answer questions as quickly as possible. The answers to the questions can be found on the Coronavirus page FAQ section (the link is in the above banner) The ongoing hard work of the Parent Carer Forum and Local Authority will continue throughout these uncertain times and should parent/carer or young person feel they have a question they wish to be added can do so by Email: admin@eypcf.co.uk

Summer holiday scheme 2020

As part of the dedication to support Families, Children and Young People in East Riding we have worked hard to produce a range of activities in East Riding over the Summer Period. The attached sessions are all FREE for families and places are limited.

You must have a child with an EHCP or going through the assessment process to book onto events. Please view the pdf document for more criteria and eligibility.

We are asking that Families book onto only one activity per week to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend events.

Welton Waters activities: families will need to specify which of the activities they want to do.

Families will need to book on directly with support services Tel: (01482) 394000 option 5 then option 1.

For any family still isolating or feeling like they are not ready to go out yet, they can request an activity pack but these are limited in number.

Summer 2020 holiday scheme (with additional sessions)(pdf 377kb)

If an event is cancelled by the team running the event, families will be notified as soon as possible via the details they have provided. Decisions will be made for morning events, possibly the night before if it shows rain or poor weather conditions and afternoon events will be cancelled as soon as it is decided by the teams running the activities.

Some of the SEND activities are being very well received and booking fast. Events with spaces available will be posted in a pdf below each Monday for the following week and shared with the Parent Carer Forum who will also promote them.
The offer of these activities will be extended to those children who receive SEN support at their schools, which will help to fill the activities and extend the support offer from the Local Authority. ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE

Summer holiday activities with spaces available for the weeks commencing Monday 3 August and Monday 10 August 2020 (pdf 352kb)

Good News Story

The following story was emailed in to FISH from a parent. Thank you for sharing it.

During the peak of the pandemic, when schools were closed and we were told to stay indoors, I came across a lady on social media who lives locally to us and was in urgent need of some hearing aid batteries as she had run out. The lady had posted a picture of the hearing aid batteries she needed on a local community group page and said how she'd tried ringing the local hospital and the GP surgeries for assistance because she couldn’t get out and about with her children. Unfortunately, no one could help her, and she was worried that once the batteries had run out, she would struggle to hear her family.

I realised straightaway that the batteries she needed were the same type that our nine-year-old son Charlie uses for his BAHA as he was born with left-sided microtia atresia. So, I spoke to Charlie and I showed him the ladies cry for help. Charlie sympathised and told me he couldn’t leave the lady without any hearing as he knew how important his hearing aid is to him and the difference it makes to have it on.

Charlie agreed to donate six packs of his own batteries. Due to the pandemic and situation at the time, Charlie knew that we wouldn’t be able to physically hand the batteries over to her so he insisted on writing her a little note so that she would know that he was happy to donate his batteries. He even drew a little smiley face! We quickly got ready and popped all the batteries into a fastened bag along with Charlie’s note. We then drove 15 minutes from the village where we live to the local town and I put the bag through her letter box. After returning to the car, I sent the lady a message to tell her that we had posted them, and she was grateful for the quick response and support Charlie had given her. She said that the note had made her smile too.

It got me thinking about how things like hearing aid batteries had been forgotten about during these difficult times. I did some research and then came across a wonderful charity that are still posting out a wide range of hearing aid batteries all over the UK. The charity is called Chloe’s and Sophie’s Special Ears Fund. They saw what a selfless act Charlie had done after it reached the national news, so they kindly sent him some more batteries to replace the ones he gave out. I also shared the charity name and link on our local community group and on the Microtia Mingle UK Support Group page for anyone who couldn't leave their homes and needed more batteries.

We are so proud of Charlie and his act of kindness. He's always happy to help and support other people in any way he can.

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SEND Local Offer bulletin

You can view the latest bulletin below:

Edition 12 SEND Local Offer bulletin 23 July 2020 (pdf 163kb opens in new window)

SEND Local Offer Newsletter

SEND Local Offer newsletter February 2020 (pdf 18mb opens in new window)

For information about SEND Local Offer LOOK AHEAD and to register with the service, please visit the LOOK AHEAD page or contact the FISH helpline:

Tel: (01482) 396469
Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk

Autism Jigsaw news

Autism Awareness Courses

Sessions are open to all parents and professional/practitioners.
Courses are for those parents whose child has a diagnosis. Please note that it is expected that parents attend the first course - Exploring Autism Course.

Attendees must be over 16 years of age

For information on the Autism courses/seminars: and to book your place, please complete the booking form and return it to Email: eps@eastriding.gov.uk

ASC session booking form (word 68 kb, opens in new window)

Contact: eps@eastriding.gov.uk
Tel: (01482) 394000 (option 4 or option 2)

Autism Sessions and courses are postponed until further notice
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East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)

Read more about the East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum here

We are currently operating as normal; however, following Government guidance, we not working in the office or attending face to face meetings.

Email: admin@eypcf.co.uk
Web: www.eypcf.co.uk

East Riding SEND Local Offer information - Parent Carer Survey Results

The Families Information Service Hub (FISH) consulted with parent carers regarding their views on how information is communicated. The survey/consultation was conducted at the Preparing for Adulthood Event in October 2019, via surveys in the bulletins during summer 2019 and spring 2020, and via several parent carer groups sharing the link.
Thank you to those groups who shared the survey link and to the parent carers for taking the time to complete the survey. Your comments are appreciated and will help us to improve our service.

East Riding SEND Local Offer information - Parent Carer Survey Results (pdf 54kb)

East Riding SEND Local Offer information - Parent Carer Survey "You Said - We Did" (pdf 566kb)

Community Response Hub

East Riding Council and HEY Smile Foundation have established a community response hub which will cover the whole of the East Riding and will work alongside charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to provide coordinated help and support for the most vulnerable and in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

People living on their own and do not have a network of family, friends, neighbours or carers to call upon, will be able to call a dedicated telephone number to request support which could include asking for prescriptions or essential food items to be picked up or just a simple telephone call.

Calls will be taken by council staff who will forward the information on to the HEY Smile Foundation for their team of volunteers.
Telephone number: (01482) 393919
Operational times: 9am - 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Email:  covid@eastriding.gov.uk

Ministerial Letters

Helen Whately MP, Minister of State for Care and Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families have written a letter to all children and young people with SEND, their parent carers and families and other who support them.

Ministerial letter 30 April 2020 (pdf 150kb, opens in new window)

Open letter from Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford to all children and young people with SEND, their parent carers and families and other who support them.

Ministerial letter May 2020 (pdf 150kb, opens in new window)

The Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford announced £10 million of funding, allocated to help families during the Covid-19 pandemic, to Family Fund. The funding will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.
Web: www.familyfund.org.uk/

Freedom Activity Support Payment (FASP) 2020-2021

Please note applications must have been returned to the FASP team by Friday 12 June 2020 and may take up to 8 weeks to process.

Contact: the FASP Team
Tel: (01482) 394000 (choosing option 5 then option 2) or
Email: fasp@eastriding.gov.uk.

Statement regarding Schools in the East Riding

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday 10th May, schools in the East Riding will remain closed to the majority of students.

Schools will continue to operate to provide childcare for a limited number of children whose parents or carers are critical key-workers, children with an Education Health Care Plan who cannot be safely cared for at home and vulnerable children with an assigned social worker.

Many parents working in critical sectors are able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home, should be.

The Prime Minister outlined that some pupils may be able to return to school in the forthcoming weeks and months, but these details have not yet been confirmed and are conditional on the 'R' rate continuing to decline.

We are waiting to receive guidance from the Government to provide the detail behind what the Prime Minister said in relation to schools, education and childcare. Once we receive this information we will need some time to enable us to understand what this means for schools, pupils and families in more detail before publishing anything further.

The Council’s Children’s Services teams will continue to work with schools and the Trade Unions to consider the implications and practicalities of how they can reopen safely for the children identified by government. We would like to reassure you that the Councils first priority is supporting pupils, families, schools, staff and the wider community to stay safe.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers and school staff for their dedication, parents and carers for supporting young people through this difficult time and a big thank you to pupils for embracing the changes they have been faced with in such a positive way.

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care (external .Gov.UK website)

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June (external .Gov.UK website)

Home to School Transport (pdf 125kb)

Annual Reviews

We have recently been contacted by some parents carers regarding the Local Authority's use of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) writing company. The Local Authority has a statutory duty to amend and finalise EHCPs by specific calendar dates of the year, as prescribed in the SEND Code of Practice.

To help us meet these statutory deadlines, we have commissioned an external EHCP writing company to support with the amending of EHCPs. This use of plan writing companies is a well established process and a practice employed by many other local authorities. The use of the plan writing company had enabled us to complete all year 6 transfers within the required DfE deadlines.

The role of the plan writing company is to pre-populate the plan template by extracting the relevant information contained in the annual review paperwork. The company does not generate any information, neither do they make any recommendations or decisions. Any plans amended by the company are produced only in draft. All information is reviewed for its accuracy and all plans are subject to quality assurance and finalised by our SEN Team.

The Council has processes in place to ensure that safeguards are in place when it commissions any companies to carry out work on its behalf. The company in question has strict processes in place to ensure they are GDPR compliant and the information is only used for the purpose it was provided. Parents/carers can rest assured that the Local Authority takes the security of data extremely seriously and that there is no need for any parents/carers to be concerned.

Contact: SEN team, if you have any questions regarding your child's/young person's EHC plan
Tel: (01482) 394000
Email: send.enquiries@eastriding.gov.uk

Peer Challenge

During April 2019, East Riding of Yorkshire Council invited a 'Peer Challenge' which focussed on 3 broad areas of SEND activity. The peer challenge team, made up of four senior colleagues from other authorities within the region, were on site for 3 days, undertaking a series of meetings with staff across education, health and care services, parents and carers, children and young people, as well as site visits to settings. Council officers have subsequently met with the EYPCF and other partners to review the helpful feedback, which confirmed much of our self-evaluation (SEF), and to consider suggestions for further development. A copy of the full report is also attached below. If parents or carers have any questions regarding the peer challenge process or the detail within the report, please contact the EYPCF.

Peer Challenge Report (pdf 323kb opens in new window)

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