This week the Local Authority are running a wide range of 'Moving on' events aimed at the parents of children in year 9 and above, exploring the issues around transition to adulthood.
See the Moving on booklet here for information about the moving on process and details of this week's events.
The events planned are:
Tuesday 12th October
- Understanding Transition - all you need to know about the process
- The Local offer and MyLife and how to navigate them
- The Mental Capacity Act and how it relates to young people with SEND
- My transition - hear from parents and young people about their transition experience (evening session 7-9 pm join here)
Wednesday 13th October
- Meet Send Services and find out about the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes and the process for moving to college 10 - 11 am - join here.
- How to support young people with behaviours of concern through transition 11 am - 12 noon join here
- Adult Social Care Personal Budgets 12 noon to 2 pm join here
- Direct Payments in Adult Social Care and Employing your own staff 6-8 pm join here
Thursday 14th October
Friday 15th October
- Ask the Parent Reps - a chance to talk to other parents about transition (with Our Voice and Carer to Carer) 11.30 - 12.30 join here
- Meet SEN services and find out about the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes and the process for moving to college 1-2 pm join here
Monday 18th October
- Understanding Transition - all you need to know about the transition process (evening session) 7-9 pm join here
Tuesday 19th October
- Transition surgery - ask the professionals anything you didn't understand from transition week. 11 am to 12 noon join here
The Local Authority has now published their booklet setting out the play schemes and activities for children with additional needs for the October 21 half-term.
See the booklet here.
Resources to support wellbeing, provide support for children or adults who are anxious, and general support in dealing with the current situation.
The Coronavirus pandemic may be a source of great anxiety both for adults and children, and may be especially difficult for individuals with existing mental health issues or those who find the situation hard to understand. The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for many of our young people, and for us as parents, and the continuing uncertainties and changes in routine will be difficult for many families to manage.
If you need someone to talk to you can contact the Samaritans round the clock - telephone 116 123 - and see the flyer here for more information and other ways to contact them.
Urgent Mental Health Support
Children, young people and their parents can get free help, advice and urgent mental health support from 24/7 telephone lines supported by trained Mental Health practitioners. The Crisis Line for Enfield can be reached on 0800 151 0023. See here for more information, along with details of other sources of support.
Videos to help you support your child
Our Voice worked with Enfield Educational Psychology service and Mental Health Support teams to produce a set of six videos to help you create a sense of safety, calm, control, connectedness and hope in your child, and to look after your own wellbeing during this pandemic.
For more information and to view the videos (and links to support materials) see our website here.
General support for children with SEND
The BBC Bitesize SEND Toolkit includes a wide range of resources for supporting children with special needs and disabilities (as well as home learning support and fun activities) with managing emotions, keeping calm, mindfulness and Mental Health support.
Educational Psychology Service Family Telephone support line
If you would like help and advice with supporting your child's emotional wellbeing and mental health (or your own) or managing behaviour at home you can contact the Enfield Educational Psychology Service's Family Support Helpline. The helpline also provides help with supporting your child's learning at home, concerns about their general learning, development or well-being, access to information and resources and signposting to other services.
The Good Thinking Guide
The Good Thinking Guide produced by the Health London Partnership contains useful resources for managing your own wellbeing and that of your children, including dealing with anxiety, stress, sleep problems and low mood. It includes information about a variety of resources available including helplines and apps which you may find useful.
A collection of top resources to do with your kids and help them manage their wellbeing here.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
have a variety of useful resources which you can download from their website. These include specific guides and resources for dealing with Coronavirus anxieties and supporting our own and our children's mental health, for parents, younger and older children and young people.
They also have a wide range of different more general resources and tools for parents or carers and children. Topics include anxiety, self-esteem issues, self-harm, sleep, building resilience, managing stress, positive parenting, ADHD, controlling anger, Autism, problem-solving managing emotions and melt-downs, depression, adolescence, online safety, OCD, eating disorders, Tourettes, supporting children when someone close has a terminal illness or dies, Pathological Demand Avoidance and mindful colouring.
Thrive Enfield have created a variety of different guides to help support parents, children and young people during this difficult time:
Wellbeing support - how to look after yourself and your children
Let's Beat Coronavirus - information for children - a child-friendly guide to the situation and staying healthy
Going to school - a child-friendly guide explaining why some children are at school and others aren't
Staying home - a child-friendly guide about staying at home, what will change and what won't
Support for parents - caring for children without a break, caring for your teenagers, looking after yourself, feeling isolated, working from home and links to useful resources on these topics.
Supporting primary aged children - a guide for parents looking at how to talk to children about the situation and support them if they are worried, supporting home learning and useful resources
Supporting secondary aged children - a guide for parents on how to talk to young people about the situation and support them if they are worried, hopeless or angry, supporting young people with learning, and useful resources.
Healthy Enfield has a useful Mental Health and wellbeing section which has a variety of tips and resources to support your mental health including Are you OK? - a guide to your mental health during Coronavirus.
Children's Mental Health week resources
The website for Children's Mental Health week (1st - 7th February 2021) has a section for parents and carers here, which contains a useful selection of resources for supporting your child's mental health and helping them to express themselves, which you may find useful. It includes games and activities to do with your child, like the 'Squiggle game' and 'Draw your feelings' as well as a section on other resources which you may find useful.
Mental Health Support for young people
Kooth is a web-based confidential support service available for young people which provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support. Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor, available 12 noon to 10 pm weekdays and 6 pm to 10 pm at weekends, on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside hours young people can message the team and get support by the next day.
Resources from the Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation has some useful general resources for supporting your mental health including:
Healthwatch has put together a useful list of links about Coronavirus including a section on Mental Health Support, and Mental Health support for young people.
Play is a great way for children to deal with their emotions and manage stress and worry. This short film on the value of play has been created by the British Psychology Society/Division of Educational and Child Psychology.
Please click here to view the latest information booklet for parents that gives guidance on the Secondary Transfer Process for children with Special Educational Needs and / or a disability (SEND) in Enfield.
Contact will be running a series of parent workshops over the summer covering sleep, encouraging positive behaviour, money and handling meetings.
See flyer here for full details and booking links.
The sessions will be:
Understanding Sleep - 18th August
Encouraging Positive Behaviour - 19th August
Money Matters - 24th August
Handling Meetings - 25th August
This page sets out some of the key information regarding Short Breaks and play and leisure for the summer holidays of 2021.
Our booklet on activities, playschemes and days out here.
We will add more information as it becomes available.
LA booklet on the programme of activities for the summer break here - this is the summary of all the key information about different schemes available over the summer, covering different age groups and different levels of additional needs.
Summer Uni - a programme of activities for young people aged 11 - 25 here
Further to our Short Breaks and play and leisure videoconference last week, you can see the Q&A document from this session here.
Following our videoconference last week on supporting your child with anxiety and mental health issues:
- You can see the Presentation from the videoconference here.
- You can see the Q&A from the session, along with links to additional resources here.
- Some additional resources and sources of support can be found here.
- Information about a set of free web-based materials for children and young people with complex needs and/or learning disabilities here
The Summer Uni are offering a programme of activities for young people aged 11 - 25 (up to 19 for young people without SEND).
The programme includes mainstream activities which should be suitable for young people with learning difficulties or minor disabilities (email the team at SUregistration@enfield.gov.uk to discuss your child's additional support needs) as well as some activities which are specifically for children with SEND. The SEND specific sessions are:
Strike Back - Martial Arts Workshops - a chance to try Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation workshops plus mindfulness workshops to help improve mental wellbeing. Taking place at Ponders End Youth Centre 10 am to 1 pm on Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th July, Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th August, Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th August and Wednesday 25th August.
Dance 4 Fun - a fun dance course teaching new skills, techniques and moves in routines which will be performed to parents and friends at the end of the week - Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th August 10 am to 1 pm venue tbc.
Drama for all - these fun drama workshops take a new look at mindfulness, giving young people tools to manage everyday challenges though acting and improvisations. Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th August 11 am to 3.30 pm age 11 - 16
Eat Fresh - plant-based food and cooking - this course aims to teach young people about plant-based cooking and how to eat a healthy balanced diet and guide and inspire them to produce delicious healthy meals. Thursday 19th and Friday 20th August 2 - 4.30 pm, venue to be confirmed.
You will need to register your young person for the scheme before booking on activities. Booking opened Friday 9th July at 5 pm.