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PPV React to Covid-19

As from today (17th March 2020), PPV have followed the appropriate advice and made the decision to WORK FROM HOME ONLY as a response to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, and following confirmed cases within the Portsmouth area.

All events will be postponed, or cancelled, to be rearranged at a later date. Only PPV staff will be available for meetings until school closures after which we will only be available online.
PPV will be making arrangements to provide further online access and guidance to the families living in Portsmouth and will be linking with the HIVE to offer support in other ways.
PPV have set up a PPV Facebook Support Group, which you can join by clicking here:

This decision has been extremely hard to make and PPV thank you for your patience and understanding.
* For regularly updated health information and advice visit the NHS website

* If you or someone you know are self-isolating read the NHS Stay at home advice.

**PPV is not an emergency service

Impacting on You Newsletter – February 2020

Click on the Valentine’s heart to read the February Newsletter

Natalie’s Blog Part 3

Hello everyone, 

Wow,  is it really February already? It feels like we’ve just had Christmas, now we have romance in the air and Easter eggs on the shelves. 

So with everything moving at a incredible pace I decided to focus on each moment.

So since my last blog I’ve had my little boys EHCP draft signed off, we’ve changed school settings once again which has been quite a tough decision and is making me a little anxious.

We’ve definitely had way more cloudy days than over the rainbows and pot of gold days at school. The other day my little dude actually forgot he ate his breakfast because he was so busy.

However, this has helped me see he needs a little more support and I have been using my support network to help me make decisions on how to move forward.

Oh I did have a proud mummy moment this month was when my oldest daughter received her university placement at Oxford.

My little dude went to a sleep over, so here’s a shout out to my bestie for a little bit of respite, mind you I think she was exhausted after.

So now what have PPV been up too,  we have had a busy January with coproduction and attending meetings.

We held a well-being coffee morning where SENDIASS and the carers centre joined PPV and parent carers to talk about ‘us’ and the techniques we use to meet our needs.

PPV attended the Solent Therapies all day and gave a presentation to 120 professionals about coproduction and how to work with Parents and Cares to improve their services.

We’ve enrolled two new parent reps, one of whom writes a personal blog which you can find the link too in our newsletter.

We are looking forward to welcoming them to the team.

Developing the Portsmouth Travel Assistance Offer

This month we will be starting our annual review of the way in which we provide travel assistance to children and young people with SEND to enable them to get to school or college. 

This is an important area, and we know that a child’s experience of their journey to school can make a significant difference to their learning at school and overall well-being. We therefore plan to work closely with parents, children and young people, and schools in exploring what new options might be offered in certain circumstances.

In some cases travel by taxi or minibus will continue to be the only realistic option for a child to get safely to school. However, we hear from young people themselves that they would like to develop the skills and confidence to travel to school or college independently, using public transport. We also know that separate journeys have a significant environmental cost, and add to the congestion in Portsmouth. And, in some instances, parents might be able to make better use of part of the budget that is currently spent on a taxi to make their own arrangements to get their child to school.

The very best ideas are likely to come from users of the service themselves, their parents, and from others who see at close quarters how the service currently works, for example drivers and passenger assistants and staff in schools that work with the transport service. If you have thoughts about how the service could be delivered differently within the resources available please email


by Friday 14th February 2020.

An Article by an Educational Psychologist. The Value of Interests.

My name is Janet Myers and I’m an Educational Psychologist working as part of the Portsmouth City Council Educational Psychology Team. My work includes working with pre-schools, schools, families and colleagues from additional Services to explore, identify and meet the special educational needs of children and young people in Portsmouth.

Through my work as an EP, I have met and worked with a large number of families and colleagues in different parts of the country over the years, and I often find myself reflecting on young children I have worked with in the past, who will now have reached adulthood. I am curious about how their early skills and interests may have evolved over time. I wonder which aspects of early life and learning experiences have been important and valued by them and their families, perhaps shaping their development into adulthood.

I was therefore really excited to be asked to write an article for Portsmouth Parent Voice, to explore these ideas through conversation with local Portsmouth residents, Barbara and Pierre. Pierre, who is an adult with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and his mum, Barbara, describe how Pierre’s early interests have indeed shaped his development in many ways. I hope you enjoy reading about their family journey, as their story has been a true inspiration to me, which will continue to influence my understanding of the issues we often think about as we work together. 

As Educational Psychologists, being curious and open to the thinking and ideas of others, has always been a central part of our work with children, young people, their families and the other people who are part of their lives. Through talking to Pierre and Barbara, I have become even more aware of how each person is unique, and how important it is to notice, think about and value each individual as they progress on their journey through life. I have been reminded that a small comment made by a parent about their child’s behaviour at home, or a brief observation about a young person’s response to an activity in pre-school, school or further education, can often help us to gain a better understanding of their interests, skills, needs, learning styles and most importantly, what leads to pleasure and fulfilment for the young people, and those who share their lives.

Parent Voice Article Part One: The Value of Interests.

We often hear, and say, “It’s good to have interests”. Interests can evolve into hobbies, lead to the formation of friendships and even lead us into successful and rewarding careers. We are sometimes intrigued about others’ hobbies and jobs, asking, “How did you get into that?”

As an educational psychologist, I ask questions and carry out activities with pre-school and school age children, to discover their interests as part of exploring and identifying their skills and special educational needs. Some of the young people I meet are not able to communicate verbally when I meet them, and so I like to ask their families, and those working with them, to describe their interests to me.

Why is this important? Firstly, every child and young person is unique, and exploring their unique interests helps us to learn about what is giving them pleasure and stimulation, satisfaction and in some cases, comfort. I like to consider what they like to play with and how; what they like and choose to read or talk about; and which activities they like to carry out independently, with their families and friends. This helps us to gain an insight into their knowledge and skills, how they learn, and elements of learning they may find challenging.

The importance of family insights into the origins and nature of a young person’s interests, and their behaviour and interactions around their interests is an invaluable part of such exploration.

Some of the children I meet love to talk in detail about dinosaurs, planets or train mechanics, and perhaps list features of these topics we may never have heard of, sometimes in a very repetitive manner. This may lead us to wonder if perhaps this impressive, established knowledge and behaviour enables the child to feel a sense of certainty and comfort in what may otherwise seem to be a confusing world to that child. This behaviour may also lead us to wonder if that child experiences satisfaction, achievement, pride and self-confidence due to his or her ability to share this specific knowledge.

Gaining an insight into a young person’s interests can often lead to the development of helpful interventions which incorporate their unique interests to enable them to engage in activities to develop, for example, language and communication skills, and learning and social interaction skills. Such interventions are more likely to appeal to our young people, and stimulate their engagement, both at home and in education settings.

Recognition of specific areas of interest is also important in terms of drawing attention to the value of providing focused opportunities for young people to continue to develop and apply these unique interests and associated skills as they progress through life. We would all of course like our young people to continue to experience pleasure and to reach their potential.

To return to my point about the origin and development of specific interests, next time I would like to talk about a young man who, as his mum describes, experienced severe communication and behaviour difficulties as a young child, and who has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pierre is now an engaging 24 year old graduate of the University of Portsmouth, graduating this year with a First Class Honours degree in Computer and Gaming Technology. Pierre has also gained an award for his work at University for the development of his own business, and he has recently embarked on an exciting new career in his chosen field. I think you will enjoy reading about his journey, which is enabling him to apply his unique set of early interests to live his professional and social life to the full.

Natalie’s Blog Part 2

Hello everyone,

It’s been a busy couple of months here at PPV, along with many Parent Carers I have been searching for secondary school placements and completing my little boys EHCP (Educational, Health and Care Plan) annual review, which has been quite tough, so my supporters have definitely been called upon lately.

However we did get to celebrate my little boys birthday at Harry Potter world, who are ‘hidden disability’ aware, we used the Sunflower Lanyard and they were incredibly helpful, when questions were asked in regards to food allergies the staff were on hand to provide the information we needed.

So back to me, the PPV manager….

Portsmouth Parent Voice and our lovely parent reps have been busy attending meetings across the SEND strategy and working in Co-Production with education, health and early years on many new projects.

PPV also attended an SE19 meeting in London, where we got to share some of the good work we are doing across the city, we were able to share this with other forums and local authorities across the south east region.

We have recently held training events on Co- production, SEN Champions and SENDIASS attend PPV to provide a workshop on annual reviews,  these were all well attended and as an outcome provided much knowledge and confidence to many parent carers.

We have held 2 coffee mornings the first with local councillors from across the city and a CAMHS ‘You Said We Did’, both were well attended and many parent carers voices were listened to, CAMHs were able to feedback what they have done as a result of parent carer feedback and a PPV survey.

CAMHs then had the opportunity to chat to parents to see what is going well and what improvements could be made.

In this months newsletter we have a lovely article written by Janet Myers an educational psychologist about the life of a young person with autism and his family, the article highlights some incredible achievements and reminds us that life can get tough at times and that when we focus on what our children and young people can do well they really do start to shine.

Portsmouth Parent voice will be taking a break over the Christmas period so from the Friday 20th December 2019 –  Monday 6th January 2020 our office will be closed, if you call or email please remember we have a 3 day call back and reply policy this will take effect from the 6th of January for emails and calls received over the Christmas period.

So from all the staff at PPV 


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