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News and updates

See below for the latest news and updates from Supportive Parents. You can find all our periodically published newsletters here.


News from South Glos Local Authority


Ofsted Inspectors visited Children Services for the last time in May this year.  They have now increased their rating from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Needs improvement to be Good’ and will not be visiting again until the next full service inspection.  You can read the inspection reports HERE.

Annual Reviews

In April, South Glos SEN Service released a statement about Annual Reviews of EHCP’s (Education, Health and Care Plans).  You can read about this HERE.


Speaker presentations from 'Ready, Steady, SEND' Event

The following presentations and notes from speakers at our event on 7th May are now available to download:

'What does a good SENDIAS service look like?' - Daisy Russell, IASS Network Manager


'Children with SEND missing education' - Professor Sally Tomlinson


Reference Group

In accordance with the new ‘minimum standards’ which all SENDIAS services are required to adhere to, we are setting up a ‘reference group’ to help inform and shape our service.  This group will act as an advisory group or ‘critical friend’ to our service and provide a forum for discussion of the issues of parents/carers, children and young people.  It will also monitor the impact of our service on improving outcomes for service users, based on consultation with them.  It will support and advise our service in ensuring accessibility to all sections of the community and ensure our service is responsive to the requirements of national legislation.   

We aim to include parents and carers of children with SEND in the group, as well as representatives from a number of other organisations including the local authority and schools. 

You can read more detailed information about the group and the structure and format of group meetings in the 'terms of reference' document, HERE

If you would like to express an interest in becoming part of this group, or have any questions not covered in the 'terms of reference', we would love to hear from you.  Please email us on and we will respond to you in due course.  


'Ready, Steady, SEND' - Tuesday 7th May

In line with our 30th anniversary, we are holding an event for parents/carers and professionals on Tuesday 7th May, in Bristol.

The event is FREE for parents/carers, with a small charge for professionals.  

Come along to find out more about our service, how we can help you if you are a parent, or work with you if you are a professional.

For a full agenda of the day, click HERE.

For more information about the day and to book your place, click HERE or on the adjacent poster.  

Please note - this is not a drop in event, booking is essential.  


Support Groups in March

A reminder that we are running two parent support groups this month, both taking place on Tuesday 19th March.  Come along to share your queries and concerns, meet our local co-ordinators and chat to other parents.  No need to book, just turn up:

NORTH SOMERSET SUPPORT GROUP - for parents and carers in North Somerset:

This group takes place from 7.00 - 9.00pm at The Firs, Drove Road, Weston Super Mare, BS23 3NX


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE SUPPORT GROUP - for parents and carers in South Gloucestershire:

This group takes place from 7.30-9.00pm at Kingswood Children's Centre, Hollow Road, Kingswood, BS15 9TP