The Government has today published its emergency Coronavirus Bill. The bill has sweeping measures aimed at enabling the country to respond to the crisis to every aspect of people's lives caused by caused by COVID-19.
The Bill contains several measures impacting on existing legislation protecting disabled children, and also on The Care Act 2014. They have given public law Barrister Steve Broach much cause for concern about the removal of disabled children's and vulnerable adults rights.
The petition is below and the page also has links to the vlog by Steve Broach which he has recorded for Special Needs Jungle which includes this statement '...what we are talking about here is eroding the hard-fought-for rights of disabled children and young people, children young people with special educational needs and their families......'
Steve's vlog can be accessed here
We have updated this site with a new page for updates from the local area regarding the Corona Virus.
Familes with vulnerable children and young people should be contacted by their education setting to discuss whether you would like them to continue to attend during this time. More details are in the Education Bulletin which is here
Who are the Steering Group?
We are all parent/carers of children and young people with disabilities. We are passionate about, and committed to, improving services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Sutton.
We are run by parents of disabled children for parents of disabled children who live in the London Borough of Sutton. If that describes you, then you don’t have to join, you already belong.
Why a “Forum”?
The dictionary definition of the word “Forum” is “an open meeting place for discussion and the exchange of ideas”. The Sutton Parent Carer Forum is specifically for parents and carers with a disabled child or young person who live in the London Borough of Sutton; if that describes you, then you don't have to join as you already belong. The Sutton Parent Carer Forum was set up nearly 20 years ago and has been supporting, and providing, a recognised and valued voice for families ever since.
What are our aims?
The aim and role of the Forum is to influence services for families through parent and carer participation. We work across all areas of SEND to ensure that the thoughts and concerns of Sutton parents and carers are represented at every level of the Local Areas decision making.
How do we do it?
We do this by arranging events, focus groups and surgeries as well as by conducting surveys and meeting with parents and carers on individual issues. We feedback our findings and recomendations via local council and health sector decision making Boards. We meet with senior council and health sector managers, who value and need our input. They recognise that the feedback we provide helps services across education, social care and health respond in a meaningful way to the needs of families.
How can you help?
As much or as little as you want!
Most of all, we’d love your views, opinions and feedback, both good and bad, of your experiences of bringing up children and young people with SEND in the Sutton. This will help us to improve services for all our families and ensure that they are at the heart of the Council's planning and provision moving forwards.