We asked participating organisations/teams in last month’s Virtual SEND Local Offer Drop-in to collate questions that parents asked them so we can share the information to more parents & carers.
Below are the questions that parents asked at the June SEND Drop-in (click or tap a question to view the answer):
“We spoke over the needs of her son and how these were currently being supported at primary. Advised to speak to SENCo at primary to ensure information is shared and to speak to SENCo at high school to ask about support that will be put in place. We identified a few key areas of support that will be necessary.”
If you have any questions or concerns about how to support your child or young person learning, whether at home or as they transition back to school, there is support available via One Education’s educational psychology helpline for Manchester families with an EHCP.
They also have a helpline for those whose children have been diagnosed with autism via Manchester CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
We received the following question from a parent:
We normally get a befriending service of so many hours per week for our Short Breaks package but these services have stopped because of Covid.
Since the lockdown, we haven’t received any respite from our usual provider; we don’t get direct payment so we’re not able to look for our own befriender during this time. Can we get some funding from specialist resource team so I can purchase some equipment for my child, for use at home during the lockdown?
I know of other families who have gone weeks and months without their befriending support and it’s getting quite difficult for many of us. “
We forwarded this question to the Specialist Resource Team (SRT), who replied:
A budget can be put in place to support you and your family through this time. If you have a social worker you can discuss this with them, otherwise you can make contact with the team at a virtual review morning.
We also shared the Short Breaks FAQ, which contains many answers relevant to Short Breaks provision during the lockdown.
We also shared information about Starling charity’s Creative Take Aways, which offers a free pack (plus virtual person-to-person support) for neurodivergent young people aged 13-25 in Manchester.
Response: Advised that it might be a call from Wood St Mission as they are working through free uniform referrals. Parent can’t email so I took the child’s name/dob and parent contact details. With parental consent I emailed Wood street mission asking them to do a follow up call to this family and explained the situation. Gave parent wood street mission number for her to follow up if she doesn’t hear anything.”
We also requested for IASM to refer the parent to the Rochdale Parent Carer Forum, which they kindly did.
Response: Gave Short Breaks contact centre number for assessment, Referred to Lifted Carers Centre for help with DLA. Explained about LO and emailed links to covid 19 stuff to do on the page and support groups, added her to the mailing list.”
You can learn more about Short Breaks and the Specialist Resource Team at https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=EJP15IZ5AFs
“Referred to Lifted for help with benefits, gave short breaks contact centre number.”
If you intend to travel on a bus during this time, please remember that there’s a rule about wearing facial covering on public transportation. However, there are exemptions to this rule and you can request for a free exemption card from Transport for Greater Manchester, if needed.
Did you know that the Local Offer has a dedicated page for coronavirus? You can access that here: https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=F3WlTVb4jZ0
They also produce fantastic newsletters, which you can view here: https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=uptXtrEL9fg
Please note that most of the answers above are information we pulled from various partners who participated at last month’s drop-in. We have put such answers within quotes (“”) to make it clear that the answers are not our own.
Where we put our own commentary in, we separated our answers using a horizontal line and our comments are in green text. This will be clear when you’re reading each FAQ item above.
We hope this helps. Any questions, please send us a message or contact Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchester or visit the SEND Local Offer.