Welcome to PCAN

Welcome to the PCAN! We are the independent, parent-led forum in Kirklees for all parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs aged from birth to 25 years.

You are in the right place to find lots of good information, links to social media for networking with other parents, and to help us to develop a strong, collective voice so that we can work in partnership with service providers across Kirklees.  Together we can improve services for our  children and young people with additional needs!

We welcome all parents or carers, whether you are just beginning to become aware that your child or young person may have additional needs, or if they have confirmed diagnosis or disability.

It is free to join, so please click the “join us” link above!

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Launch of newly designed Kirklees Local Offer

The Kirklees Local offer should give families of children of special educational needs and disabilities (aged 0-25) useful information across the many subjects they need to find out about.

Parents told us that the previous Local Offer was not well designed, was hard to navigate and there was lots of information missing. We fed this back to the Kirklees Council. Kirklees Council joined up with PCAN and members in summer 2020 to re-design the site for parents and carers, and they are currently working with young people to design a section of the site for them.

The site was launched in December and is a huge improvement on the last one. Please check out the information video below.

To give feedback, there is a survey on the Homepage of the Local Offer, an email address you can contact and a simple like/don’t like symbol at the bottom of each page with the chance to make a comment. Feedback will make the Local Offer better for everyone so don’t by shy! There is a great Local Offer team working in the background who will respond to comments.

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Wednesday 24th March 10 am What you need to know about EHCPs

We get lots of questions about Education Health and Care Plans so hope that this session will help:

  • What are the parts of an EHCP and what is in each bit and why? 
  • Why do I (and my child) have to complete Part A and what should we put? 
  • What am I looking for when I get my draft plan?” 

Find out more from Sam Booth from KIAS. by clicking here

This Webinar will be recorded so if you can’t attend, a  link will be posted on our website by Thursday 26 March.

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Disability Benefits (families of young people 15+) 22nd March 10 am

Monday 22 March 10 am
Benefits for age 16+
 This second webinar co-hosted with Carers Count will be about disability benefits post 16, the transfer from DLA to Pip, what is an appointee?  What happens to child benefit at 16? What benefits your child can claim in their own right and how that might impact on benefits you are claiming. If you are claiming DLA for your child and they are aged 15, this event will be of interest to you too.

Please register for this event – if you have questions for Carers Count (they can’t sort individual problems on the Webinar) please email them to us in advance.  (Details of how you can do that can be seen when you register).

This webinar will be recorded, so if you can’t attend, you can watch online.  A link will be posted on our website by Wednesday 24th March.

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Disability Benefits (families with children under 16) 15th March at 10 am

We know you have lots of questions about this topic.  This is the first of two sessions that Carers Count are delivering around disability benefits, and this one is aimed at families of children with SEND who are under 16.
We are sorry that we won’t be able to deal with individual benefits queries, it will be an information session.  However you will be able to ask questions through the chat function on the Webinar, and if you register for the event, you can ask questions up front. If you have a specific, individual issue that you are struggling with, we would suggest that you contact Carers Count on 03000120231 for advice.

Please register for the webinar here:

This webinar will be recorded, so if you can’t attend, you can watch online.  A link will be posted on our website by Wednesday 17th March.

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Wednesday 10th March: Does your child attend an Alternative Provision?

Wednesday 10th March

Does your child attend an Alternative Provision?
(now or in the last 12-18 months)

  • Has your child been permanently excluded from school in the last 12/18 months?
  • Has your child received support in school from an alternative provision? 

 Kirklees council has commissioned an independent review of alternative provision in Kirklees led by Jane Friswell, an independent SEND consultant and parent advocate.Join Jane as she delivers an update of her review. She wants to hear from you especially the answers to these questions:

  • What was your experience of the service?
  • What aspects were good, most valuable, most impactful?
  • What could have been delivered differently or been improved?
  • What could you have delivered if time and resources were delivered elsewhere?

Sign up now for the presentation on 10th March at 10 am.  (Please attend only if your child is up to the age of 18.)

Alternative provision includes the Ethos Academy Trust, known as Engage (Key Stage 2 Pupil Referral Unit), Reach (Key Stage 3 Pupil Referral Unit) and Ethos (Key Stage 4 provision).  There are other providers in Kirklees: Brian Jackson college, Employability Solutions, Pivot and TAO Activities.   

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PCAN Fun Quiz Wednesday 7th March at 7 pm (Zoom)

Hi everyone, do you want to meet up with other parents and have a night of fun and laughter? We are having a PCAN Quiz night on Thursday 4 Feb at 7pm- bring the tea/coffee or even that glass of wine! We are giving away a £10 prize for winners of our very easy quiz. Join us, be brave! Trace will be hosting the night and will even let you get a word in if you are lucky…lol

Join the quiz here – Look forward to seeing you!

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Is your child at a Specialist Provision? Please share your views.

Kirklees Council has commissioned an independent review of Specialist Provision in Kirklees led by Jane Friswell, an independent SEND Consultant and parent advocate. We ran an event on Zoom on 24th February at 1.30 pm and gained some really valuable feedback of people’s experiences. However we need more views so we have created a survey. The questions include:

  • What was your experience of the specialist provision service (how did you child benefit)?
  • What aspects were good, most valuable, had the most impact
  • What could have been done differently or been improved?
  • How could you have delivered if time and resources had been invested elsewhere?

So if your child is at one of the schools below or has left within the last 12-18 months, or you know is receiving outreach support from the specialist provision teams in another school please share your views on our survey here. If your child/young person would like to comment, please support them to fill in the survey with their views. Thanks for your time, your views are so important!

If you would like to watch the video of the Webinar and hear what Jane and other participants said, please click here If you would like to see the slides relating to the event which took place on the 24th February, they can be found here

Primary: Lowerhouses (hearing impairment), Dalton (visual impairment), Rawthorpe St James Infant, Rawthorpe Junior (physical impairment), Windmill (complex communication and interaction, which includes autism). Secondary: Newsome (hearing impairment and physical) Moorend (visual impairment), Royds Hall, Honley High, Thornhill Academy (complex communication and interaction)

Please feel free to share this information with other parents or carers. Thank you!

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What you need to know about the Covid 19 Vaccination Friday 26 February 1.15 pm

Everything you wanted to know about the Coronavirus Vaccinations for your child but weren’t sure who to ask!

Emily Parry-Harries from Kirklees Public Health will be joining our Zoom Webinar to present to parent carers about the Covid-19 vaccination.  We have already received questions from members which we have sent to Emily so she can deal with them during the event.  If you have further questions, there will be some time for Q & A through the chat function on the Webinar.  We will be recording this webinar so if you can’t attend you will be able to access it via our website. The recording will be available to view by Monday 1st March.
Please note that we are asking people to pre-register for this Webinar so we have an idea of numbers, you can do so here  Please feel free to share this information with other parents or carers and please 

Let us know if you think having an interpreter would be helpful for you. Hope to see you there.

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Your views on Early Help – survey link – deadline 26.2.21

Have you ever asked for help about:

  • The behaviour of your child? 
  • Support with any aspect of being a parent of a child with SEN?
  • Activities or support for your child?  .

Kirklees Council has issued a survey about some proposed changes to the way they structure their children’s centres and deliver some of their services to families in Kirklees.  There’s a strong focus on Kirklees bringing organisations together from many areas including health, education, and community groups to work together in each of 4 proposed “Hub” areas.  The aim is to support families when and where they need it.   As part of that they are asking parents what activities and support are most important to them and to give your views through a survey. 

The survey link can be found here – please read the background information before filling it in – links below. The survey refers to an easy read document. What it means is the FAQs document which can be found below. If you are supporting anyone who can’t complete an online survey, please contact us and we can email/send a hard copy or complete the survey with them over the phone. 07754102336, or email info@pcankirklees.org

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday 26 February 2021

Young people can give their views here

To read more background information please click on the links below:

Background information (English)

Background Information Hungarian

Background Information Polish

Background Information Punjabi

Background Information Urdu

FAQ’s (English)

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PCAN Big Meet Up and AGM Monday 16th November

Join Us

from your sofa for this year’s Big Meet Up and PCAN AGM

taking place on Monday 16th November at 9.30 am via Zoom

What’s on

Introduction by Mel Meggs, Director of Children’s Services in Kirklees
PCAN AGM Business and roundup of activities
Behaviour project update
Early Support/Help for Families  Update
New Local Offer Demonstration (your input needed)
CAMHS update
Group Discussion

(We will have speakers from Children’s Social Care, Commissioners for Children’s Services and CAMHS and the new Local Offer Team)

How to Join

Due to continuing Covid restrictions, this meeting will be held via Zoom which you can access from your phone, tablet, PC or laptop.

Please register for the meeting.   Once you have done that, you will receive an email which will contains the link you need to click to enter the meeting on the day.  If you have any questions you would like to pose before the meeting on any of the topics above, please email us at info@pcankirklees.org  We will look at these questions before the meeting and advise the speakers to see if they can cover your topic in their presentation.  If not, they will answer the questions on the day if time, or follow up with you afterwards.

If you are new to Zoom, not confident with IT stuff  or unsure of how Zoom works, take a look at the YouTube video below – it’s a bit long but the very friendly guy on the video will tell you how to download the app, join a meeting etc .  Alternatively please give us a call on 07754102336 and we can help.

How to use Zoom video

Become a PCAN Trustee or volunteer

We are always looking for people to help our with the work that PCAN does.  That could be supporting us with social media, helping to create newsletters and other promotional information, doing some admin, delivering training to Kirklees professionals, helping with the website or getting involved in the running of the Group.  If you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you so please contact us on 07754102336, or email us at info@pcankirklees.org.  

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