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