Funding Success

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Signpost Inclusion have gleefully confirmed that they have been awarded a grant from Children in Need to help them set up a family adventure activity group, for children and young people with additional needs.

Nikki Reeves said:

We will be working closely with Ackers Adventure Centre and a group of young people  to put a programme of activities together, which may include bush craft, jungle challenge, skiing, climbing, canoeing, kayaking and archery.

Look out for more details on the Signpost Inclusion website.


The ‘Practice Guide to the Early Years Developmental Journal’


The Early Years Developmental Journal is designed for families, practitioners and others to use as a way of recording, celebrating and supporting children’s progress. It is also for people who who would like to find out more about children’s development in the early years. It supports key working by helping everyone involved with a child to share what they know and discuss how best to work together to support development and learning. This Journal is particularly useful if you know or suspect that your child or a child who you are helping is unlikely to progress in the same way or at the same rate as other children – whether or not a particular factor or learning difficulty has been identified and given a name.

The Early Years Developmental Journal links closely withDevelopmental Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is based on extensive analysis of a wide range of developmental assessment tools and experience with the generic Early Support Developmental Journal that it now replaces. It is also recommended as a useful resource for the 24-30 month statutory EYFS progress assessment as well as supporting child health monitoring.

For more information about the Early Years Developmental Journal download the flyer. Feel free to share this flyer with others who might find this information useful.

We suggest that before you start to use the Journal, you first read the ‘How to Use’ guide, which you can also download.

You can also download the Practice Guide to the Early Years Developmental Journal here. This gives supplementary guidance and information on how the Journal can be used in keyworking, to support and enhance partnerships between families and practitioners.

The Minister Writes

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Edward was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich.

Edward Timpson, the Minister responsible for SEN and Disability within the Department for Education, has written to CDC as Strategic Reform Partner to give an update on the SEN and disability reforms process.

The letter includes information on the draft SEN Code of Practice; reviewing Education, Health and Care Plans; the transition from the current to the new legal system and on government’s announcement of funding for local areas to prepare for implementation.

The full letter can be found here.


New Parent Carer Workshops for Solihull

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Signpost Inclusion have announced a new series of Parent Carer Workshops for Solihull. The next set of Early Support Parent Workshops will be delivered in September at Mill Lodge Children’s Centre. 

The workshops are completely free, and take place on:

September 13th
September 20th
October 4th,
Octobet 11th and
October 18th

All sessions start at 10:00am and finish at 2:00pm

The Early Support workshops are for parents and other family members who care for children and young people who have additional needs. They have been written by parent consultants and are led by parents of children with additional needs.

The Programme is divided into four parts:

  1. Understanding this unknown world
  2. Changing relationships
  3. The child beyond the disability
  4. Ordinary lives

The series of workshops will:

  • Helps parents understand Early Support and how the materials can help.
  • Give parents skills and confidence to work with the professionals involved in their child’s care
  • Help deal with many of the emotional issues that often arise for families with disabled children

For enquiries and to book a place contact Signpost Inclusion:


NAS Conference Programme

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The National Autistic Society have announced a new programme of conferences for the last quarter of 2013 and the start of 2014:

We are delighted to let you know about our new conferences in autumn 2013, UK. We’ve invited world-class speakers to our returning Women and girls with ASD, Sensory processing, and PDA conferences. And we are very excited about the Complex needs conference, organised for the first time. Take the opportunity to hear up-to-the-minute information and share best practice in the field of autism. Please remember that we offer early booking rates. NAS members receive a discounted rate. We hope to see you at our events.

The programme includes the Birmingham Event, Autism and Complex Needs, in Birmingham on October 15th. This one-day conference running alongside the Autism Central aimed at exploring best practice around supporting people with autism who have complex needs. The conference will look at some of the more common co-existing conditions that can affect people with autism.  Key speakers will give insights into a wide range of issues, including ADHD, epilepsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, depression and sleep disorders.

You can find more information on the NAS conference programme here, and book your place.

Best friends forever? Tackling ‘mate crime’ against people with learning disabilities.


Best friends forever?
Tackling ‘mate crime’ against people with learning disabilities.
Conference – 17th September 2013, Nottingham, UK

People with learning disabilities are particularly vulnerable to ‘mate crime’ – physical, mental or financial abuse by those they regard as friends. Incidents of mate crime are massively under-reported. Horrific cases, such as the death of Steven Hoskin, highlight the worst that can happen.

This CPD accredited learning day draws on recent reports, review findings and important new initiatives. Speakers include some of the UK’s leading experts on mate crime including Dr Margaret Flynn (Chair of the Serious Case Review into Steven Hoskin’s death), Mick Conboy (Disability Hate Crime Co-ordinator, CPS), Rod Landman (Manager of ARC UK’s ground-breaking Devon project), and Paul Giannasi (ACPO Lead on Disability and Mental Health).

Parallel sessions feature grass-roots initiatives to tackle mate crime.

For further information, prices and to book, click here  – or telephone 0115 916 3104