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


The SEND code was laid before Parliament 11 June 2014

The Code of Practice, Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations and the Government’s response to the consultation on those documents are now on the Department’s web pages

It has been laid before Parliament 11 June 2014. Parliament must approve the Code to enable it to come into force 1 Sept 2014.



Reminder North Somerset Support Group Meeting Tonight! 

Thursday 12th June 7 - 9 pm St Barnabas Children's Centre, Portishead, BS20 6LN.

Jenny Maxwell North Somerset Vulnerable Learners Service - Educational Psychologist and lead for Autistic Spectrum Enhanced provision team will be coming along to talk about:


  • The new Social Communication and Autism Multi-professional Pathway (SCAMP)
  • How ipads can help develop social communication skills the changes to the ASD/Social Communication Assessment process


and more!  Everyone is invited and we hope you will be able to join us.


Supportive Parents - AGM 1st July 2014 

Supportive Parents invites you to our Annual General Meeting which will take place on Tuesday, 1st July 2014 at 7.30pm in the meeting room Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue,  BS1 4GB.

Tea & coffee will be provided after the meeting as well as an opportunity to network.

Please join us! Everyone is welcome!

RSVP to Carolyne Ablitt on 0117 9897724 or e-mail

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National Autistic Society (NAS) - new Forum

NAS are setting up ‘The North Somerset Autism forum’ through a partnership involving Healthwatch North Somerset,  North Somerset Council, and the community learning disability team.

The role of the forum is to bring together people with an autism spectrum condition, who want to influence the services they receive and those they would like to see available in North Somerset. These views will then be fed in to the North Somerset Autism Strategy Group by 1 or 2 representatives chosen by the forum.

This is a new and exciting opportunity for people with ASC to have a say in the services they receive and those that are available to them, so if you know anyone that would be interested can you pass this email onto them and if necessary support them to contact me, so we can build a list of interested people, so we can get this forum started!  Interested parties do not need to be in receipt of NSC services. Click here for poster and presentation

The new North Somerset Autism Forum is initally aimed at adults so 18 +, but Nikki has said she would be interested in hearing from young people and parents of children under 16 who have Autistic Spectrum Condition who would like a similar opportunity. If you are interested please contact Nikki Williams on 01934 412575 or 07795 475823


North Somerset Local Offer survey

Over the next few months, North Somerset will be looking to gather information about how families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) access support, services and information on what is available to them. This includes any services that can support a child with SEND achieve optimum independence. They are carrying out a series of short surveys to gather some base line information from parents/carers. There is also have a facebook page (search for 'local offer in North Somerset') where you can have your say in a more informal manner. Click here for survey link