Have you heard about Harrow Local Offer page?

Have you heard about HARROW LOCAL OFFER PAGE…? It is a SEND directory for everything you need to know. We have designed a Service Map (see below) of the page as we have had a lot of parents find the Local Offer page not very parent-friendly, so it can be confusing where to find the […]

How to look after yourself

We know from research that parents of children with a learning disability can be twice as likely to experience high stress levels as do other parents. High levels of stress can have a negative impact on your well-being. We know that the simplest things, like eating healthily, getting enough rest, and exercising regularly can be […]

Health & Wellbeing Courses

One of the reasons Special Needs Community was created, was to support the needs of parent carers because we understand that if parents get the right support, they are in a better position to support their child. We would like to organise various workshops and courses to enable parents to cope with their caring role. […]

What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Sometimes it is difficult to know what is available and where to get more information about it. Knowing if and when you need a service will allow the professionals work to out how best to help you (if they can). We have put together a quick guide to some of the important benefits and support […]

New Short Breaks Provision

In October 2017, Harrow Council carried out a short breaks consultation with support from HP4DC. The aim of the provision of short breaks for children and young people with disabilities is to enable parents and carers to undertake their caring role more effectively whilst their children enjoy fun and stimulating activities that contribute to their […]

Mainstream Outreach Project

We were very concerned about our low representation of parents of pupils in mainstream schools, so we launched our outreach project. We sent an information pack to all SENCOs/Inclusion Officers in all of Harrow’s schools and colleges. We followed it up with phone calls and emails. We had a great response from some SENCOs/Inclusion officers. […]

SEND Reforms Update

When The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force, there were several changes needed to the provision for SEN education. This was then called the SEND Reforms. The Department of Education visited Harrow Council recently to make sure they were making all the necessary changes including transferring all statements into EHC plans by April 2018. Harrow Council […]

Member of The National Network of Parent Carer Forums

HP4DC is a member of The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) which is the independent national voice of parent carer forums. We get together with other forum leaders in clusters and share information and support eachother. Our mission is to deliver better outcomes for families living with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We aim […]

Special Needs Community CIC

Special Needs Community CIC (community interest company) is a social enterprise we set up to help develop and run the SEN Adventure Playground Project. It is also going to be managing HP4DC from 1st April 2018. What is a Community Interest Company (CIC)? A CIC is a specific type of limited company that trades commercially […]

Help if you have a Disabled Child

EDUCATION Under the Equality Act 2010, it’s against the law for schools and other education providers to discriminate against disabled children. Examples of discrimination include: a school refusing to admit a disabled child just because of their disability stopping a disabled pupil going outside at break time because it takes them longer to get there Contact the […]