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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.


Meet Mandy Stopard, Child Behaviour Specialist, at our Portishead Support Group

Supportive Parents Support Group meeting Thursday 14th May 7 - 9 pm St Barnabas children's centre, Portishead, BS20 6LN
A workshop with Mandy Stopard, Child Behaviour Specialist.

On Thursday 14th May we will be welcoming Mandy Stopard, Mandy is a freelance behaviour consultant working with parents and educational settings to effectively manage behavioural challenges that children and young people with additional needs may present, both at home and in school.  The session will be a talk, plus a Questions and Answers time to with the aim of providing parents and carers with further ideas for improving their child/young person's behaviour. Strategies discussed will be helpful for parents of children with a diagnosis or traits of ADHD and ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome, and Social, Emotional, mental health needs, or anyone who is finding their young persons behaviour difficult as a result of additional needs.

Extract from Mandy's website

I have a proven track record of gaining success in changing behaviour.
I have a wealth of experience, and my advice is based on positive and respectful management of children with appropriate boundary setting
I am parent and a qualified teacher
I have taught for over 30 years
I have had experience as a Head of House and manager in an SEN department
I've worked in two Local Authorities as a Behaviour Advisory Teacher
I am trained (and provide training) in a range of behaviour-related areas, including ASD, Attachment Disorder and ADHD
I support and advise adults (school staff and parents) to manage the behaviour of children and teenagers (4-16 years)

I work with young people to develop their emotional and social skills

Mandy is a revelation! ... She works alongside you, coaching and guiding in a supportive way to empower you ... Mandy helps you to develop a range of strategies to meet your and your child's needs - she knows that one size doesn't fit all!

We do hope you can join us and that you will find the evening helpful.

Best wishes

Jackie, Helen and Sarah
Supportive Parents
North Somerset SENDIAS service


Our Coffee Morning at Bromley Heath Primary School, Fri 1 May

Supportive Parents’ Coffee Morning  at Bromley Heath Junior School 9am ‘til 10 am Friday 1 May 2015

This coffee morning is for you to find out more about your SEND Information, Advice and Support Service. We also offer a support group that meets monthly.  Come along and find out how we can help you.

What parents say about our support group:


"Not an evening has gone by without a giggle and something

 to think about on the way home. Knowing the support is

 there is very reassuring"

"My husband and I found the support group meeting very friendly and caring plus the discussion was very interesting  and helpful too."'


South Glos Support Group is Tuesday 21st April at 7.30-9pm, Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Brimsham Green School, Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7LP

We look forward to seeing you at support group on Tuesday when we will be welcoming Mr Mark Nesden, Manager, 0-25 Service and Mrs Duane Chappell, SEN Team Manager, 0-25 Service.

They are coming to explain the funding changes for children and young people with statements of special educational needs or education health and care plans who attend special schools, resource bases, or other, independent, specialist provision.


Thank You

Thank you to Jenny Maxwell who came to our Information, Advice & Support group last night in Weston - Jenny gave parent/carers some great advice using Michelle Garcie Winner's strategies to help children with autism. Thanks also to the parent/carers who came along too making it such a successful evening.


South Glos wants your views on their foster support

South Gloucestershire Council writes that it "wishes to provide those young people in its care with the best possible future and recognises that remaining with known and trusted carers is an important step in preventing social exclusion, deprivation and poor life chances in adulthood. For a number of young people it will be within their interest to remain in their foster placement under a Staying Put Arrangement. The local authority has a legal duty to enable young people to remain in their previous foster placement post 18 years of age should they choose to do so.

The Staying Put Policy

This Staying Put Policy has been developed to meet the expectations of the Children & Families Act 2014 and to give a Framework under which young people can continue to receive support within existing foster placements.   The policy sets out the procedure for extending fostering arrangements beyond a young person’s eighteenth birthday under a non-LAC agreement, the financial implications for the former foster carer, and the regulations that govern the new arrangement and the supports required.

Please click on the link above to have your say.