Westminster SEND Local Offer Conference

People at the conference

BY: Emma Russell

CATEGORY: News

The conference was funded by Westminster City Council and planned and facilitated with Westminster Parent Participation Group (WPPG), Westminster Information Advice and Support Service (IASS) and Westminster Special Schools Training and Outreach Team, plus Westminster Society’s Family Services Team.

The event successfully showcased Westminster’s Local Offer for SEND and gave people the chance to see, hear and enquire as to what is on offer for children and young people with SEND in the borough.

We were delighted to have such a great turn out of service providers, families and young people with over 60 attendees. Our speakers Alison Farmer, Tri-Borough Assistant Director for SEND, and Brian Lamb OBE highlighted the importance of assessing needs early, of having yearly reviews and working with parents and children, especially during periods of transition to personalise and maximise positive outcomes.

We were informed and entertained by Face Front Inclusive Theatre’s production of, “It’s my life, my right!” The cast included young people with learning disabilities. Conference attendees had the opportunity to take part in the production and put themselves in the shoes of a person with a learning disability. It was great, everyone had a good time and enjoyed the show.

“It was very refreshing to see that your conference on Monday the 11th July was not only interesting factually but managed to mesmerise the audience. The performance by the young people and participation session was by far the icing on the cake. “

Azad Yasin, participant

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