Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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Dear parents and carers,

On behalf of Manchester’s About Me Project Group (a collaborative made up of parents/carers and representatives from Education, Health and Social Care services), we would like to invite you to attend the “About Me” training sessions happening next month.

We have heard from many of you that having to tell our story over and over, and repeatedly explaining how to support our child or young person, can be emotionally draining and upsetting. We feel that one great way to help with this would be to have a person-centred profile consistently available and used by professionals in all settings.

The About Me Project Group has now developed a person-centred profile for children and young people, which we are calling “About Me” (AM) and “More About Me” (MAM). These documents will be universally recognised across Manchester.

The purpose of the AM/MAM is to:

  • Explain a child or young person’s needs clearly to anybody working with or supporting the child or young person
  • Explain to less familiar carers/ support workers how individual children or young people express themselves
  • Help a child or young person interact with their peer group and those around them
  • Support people to understand the needs of the child or young person
  • Help those working with the child or young person to keep them calm and safe

Over time, we expect professionals across Education, Health, and Social Care to be able to assist families in using the AM/MAM templates when creating their child’s first person-centred profile, or when helping them update an existing profile (e.g., One-page profiles, Health Care Passports).

Training will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. There are two training dates to choose from:

  • Tuesday, 1 March, 9:30-11am
  • Thursday, 10 March, 9:30-11am

You can book through this link:

We look forward to seeing you at the training session.

Thank you,

The About Me Project Group

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Professionals and Support Workers:

This training is also open to people that support children and young people with SEND.

If you wish to share this information with schools, health professionals, social workers, and other support staff, please feel free to send them the booking link and/or this downloadable letter:

Other Options:

The training will also be held on the 10th of March 2022, 9:30-11am.

You can book for that session through the same Eventbrite link above (or by clicking the “BOOK NOW” button).