Our Voice

Making a difference …

19-11-2023 Info and resources from Our Voice Presents: Get to Know the Joint Service for Disabled Children

Our Voice hosted the first of our series of ‘Our Voice presents.... ’ events,  ‘Get to know Social Care, Short Breaks and the Joint Service for Disabled Children’ on Thursday 16th November.

This event followed the success of our annual ‘Meet the SEND Heads’ parents’ conference, which has now been running for seven years, and gave parents an opportunity focus on this specific area in more depth.

We were joined by Miri Dhamo, Head of the Joint Service for Disabled Children (JSDC) and responsible for Short Breaks, Social Care and Cheviots Children’s Disability Service who gave us an overview of the Joint Service, Short Breaks and Social Care. You can see a copy of his presentation here

You can see a copy of the presentation from our Positive Behaviour Support workshop here.

Key websites and sources of support referred to in the sessions were: 

  • The Local Offer - the key source of information from the Local Authority for everything to do with SEND for children and young people in the London Borough of Enfield. 
  • Local Offer section on the Joint Service for Disabled Children here.
  • Local Offer section on Short Breaks here.
  • Information about Transition to Adult Services/Preparing for Adulthood here and the series of events to support this process here.
  • You can also see Our Voice's own Preparing for Adulthood page (which pulls together information about the different events and support available) here.
  • Presentation regarding making Mental Capacity and making decisions for young people aged 16 and over (from the Local Authority's event on this topic) here
  • Contact details for Jane Richards who can provide support regarding transition: Families in Transition to Adulthood (Jane Richards, parent carer) - email jane.fta@hotmail.com or phone 07816 070098
  • Contact (the Charity for Families with Disabled Children) guidance regarding accessing Child Trust Funds for young people who lack mental capacity - useful Q&A here and information about their campaign on this topic here
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website here including useful resources and webinars.