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Stay up-to-date with the latest SEND developments, have your say in surveys, check out up-coming ways to provide feedback and see how parents, carers and young people with SEND have been participating in the co-production of Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer.

If you would like to contribute, contact

For previous updates in a downloadable PDF format, please scroll to the bottom.

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April 2020 News

New support pages within the Local Offer:

COVID 19 Wellbeing resources for children and young people with SEND

Autism and COVID 19 Support


COVID 19 for families who have children and young people with SEND

Everyone who has received a letter advising that they are clinically extremely vulnerable should register online if you need any extra support, for example, essential groceries delivered to your home.

Please register even if:

  • you do not need support now
  • you’ve received your letter from the NHS

Register for support

Please have your NHS number with you when you register. This will at the top of the letter you have received letting you know you are clinically extremely vulnerable, or on any prescriptions.



You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional. Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.

 Read more here:  Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do


March 2020 News



Minister Ford's Open Letter to the SEND Sector 

Open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. The letter signposts key Covid-19 guidance published over the past week.

You can find it here.


Feb 2020 News


Children's Hearing Services Working Groups

Next meeting – 4th March 2020 (10.00 am-12.00 noon) at the Educational Audiology Centre, Priory Road, St Austell, PL25 5AB

What’s a CHSWG (Children’s Hearing Services Working Group)?

The CHSWG is a working group that meets three times a year. It includes health, education and parent representatives who meet to ensure that the services for deaf children and their families work together to provide the best support possible. 

Would you like to join us?

Please contact Helen Coad by 28th February 2020 for further information and to express an interest in coming along to the meeting on 4th March 2020.


Tel: 01872 254905

Has your child recently been diagnosed with a hearing loss? 

National Newly Diagnosed Information Day (0-12yrs)
Saturday, 14 March 2020 Village Hotel Bournemouth

This free family event is an opportunity to explore the early stages of your deaf child’s development.


  • Your child’s hearing
  • Accessing technology
  • Real life experiences

Book your place today

Can't attend? There is a Parent Carer workshop in Malpas, Truro on the same date.


Stay up to date with SEND news in Cornwall   - read our latest SEND update   Spring 2020


December 2019 News

Autumn 2019 Update Neurodevelopmental Pathways

September 2019 News

Sexual Health Week is here! 

The theme is relationships, sex and disability. Brook wants a society where all young people are free to be themselves. We fight tirelessly every day for young people’s right to quality education and sexual health services so that they can take control of their wellbeing, enjoy healthy relationships and explore their identities. We are committed to changing attitudes, challenging prejudices and championing equality so that all young people can lead happy, healthy lives.

Read about Brook Sexual Health Week.



Children's Hearing Services Working Groups

Next meeting – 8th October 2019


What’s a CHSWG?

Children’s Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs) ensure that the services for deaf children and their families in your area work together to provide the best support possible. They are based in health authority areas in England.

In Cornwall, there are two parent CHSWG meetings a year. The meetings alternate between the East and West of the County.

The next meeting is due to be held at:

Camborne Nursery, The Glebe, Camborne, TR14 7DT

on Tuesday 8th October from 10.00-12.00.

Please contact Helen Coad by 4th October 2019 for further information and to express an interest in joining us on 8th October.



August 2019 News

Big Beach Day

Please join the CHAMPs Team for fun activities at Polzeath beach (near Wadebridge) on Thursday the 5th September. The day will start from 10.30am and finish around 2.30pm. There will be accessible sports, singing and signing, a beach walk, dancing, and sandcastle making. The day is free and there is no need to book. Looking forward to seeing you there.

For more information call Healthy Cornwall 01209 615 600 or email


Cornwall’s first ever PDA conference, click the image for tickets.


Annual Aiming Higher Conference

1 October 2019 | 9.30am to 3.30pm

The Pavilion, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE

Come and join us to discuss service developments for disabled children and young people, and help us to continue to shape service development!

  • Information stands from both statutory and independent sector providers
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Choice of workshops
  • Lunch included
  • Free to attend
  • Travel and childcare costs can be met for parents / carers



Magazine for disabled young people, their families and people who support them


Sunflower Lanyard Scheme to be launched at Sainsbury's Penzance!
Our store will be offering a new service for customers with hidden disabilities. They can choose to use a sunflower lanyard so that we know they may require a bit of support. 

We want all our customers to feel comfortable shopping in our stores but shopping may be difficult for customers with hidden disabilities like dementia or autism.  It can be hard for colleagues to know if a customer needs a bit of extra help, or if they would prefer to shop independently.

We have trialled this service in 39 stores, and there was great feedback from customers, colleagues and social media.  We are now going to be offering this service in all our stores from 1st August 2019.  We are aiming to launch it in our store by Monday 28th July.

What do customers do? 

Customers will be able to ask for a sunflower lanyard from the Customer Service Desk. They do not have to use them if they don’t want to.  It is their choice.  We will never ask the customer what their disability is. 



Cornwall's Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Update

Welcome to the Summer 2019 (No. 25) edition of the Cornwall SEND Update.

In this edition you will find a range of information from the latest news about Access to Work and the new Special Free School for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to training opportunities, success stories, links to useful resources to support transition, EHC planning and much more!

Read the Summer Cornwall SEND Update


NHS England has launched a consultation to seek views on proposed changes to the service specifications for:


  • Children’s (CYP) Cancer Services. These are used by children aged between 0 and 16. In some cases, and with the agreement of Teenage and Young Adult’s Cancer Services, they may also treat teenagers up to the age of 18.
  • Teenage and Young Adult’s (TYA) Cancer Services. These are used by teenagers and young people aged between 16 up to the day before their 25th birthday. In some cases, and with the agreement of Children’s Cancer Services, they may also treat teenagers from the age of 13.
  • We are also happy to be invited to any groups or events taking place over the next two months to talk through the plans. Please contact the team on


The consultation will run for 60 days from Wednesday 5 June until Sunday 4 August 2019.

Sainsbury's trials new sunflower lanyard initiative to help customers with hidden disabilities

Sainsbury’s has announced the extension of a new trial to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise if they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 


Our friends at Disability Cornwall & iOS have produced a special, one--off edition of their former magazine, 'DISCOVER', to celebrate 21 years of service. 


An opportunity for a young person aged 18 to 24 with an Autistic Spectrum Condition to have a 12 month supported internship at ITV! They must have an EHC Plan, to start in September.

If you know anyone who may be interested, contact Caron: 



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