Wirral now has a SEND Commissioning Team. As a result of your feedback from the survey responses during the recent SEND Interim visit by Ofsted Inspectors and the CQC (Care Quality Commission) the team are prioritising a review of Children’s Therapies. Again it as opportunity for you have your say. We want to hear from you. Be as honest as you like, if things can be improved then let us know so we can make things better.
The Commissioning Team have asked us to share news of the review and the surveys below (I know another one!) to help us to help the children accessing these services. So yet again we’re asking for your help to help us gather meaningful feedback. We’re hoping to reach as many people as possible .The surveys invite you to tell us about your experiences of the support some of the people who are asked to help you have given you/your child.
These helpers are often called therapists and there are several different types of therapists. Two of the types you/your child might have had help from are Occupational Therapists, (OTs) and Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs). Poppy thought it would be a really good idea to fully explain what OTs and SALTs do and how they can help. She thought it might make completing the surveys a little easier if our young people were clear as to different ways they can support children.
Occupational Therapists. Do you understand what they do? Here’s ways they can help you:
- Sometimes they might give you equipment to help you with tasks.
- They might give you some activities to help to calm you down or help you feel ok about yourself.
- Change the things around you to make things easier for you for example, putting a ramp in for a wheelchair user.
- They might work with you on your own.
- They run groups you might want to join in with.
Speech and Language Therapists. Do you understand what they do? Here’s ways they can help you:
- They might work with you, your family or carers and offer advice or training.
- They can help people with the way the think and support them to learn ways of communicating.
- They will usually see people for meeting and watch to find out how they might be able to help.
- They can help you communicate by using photos, symbols, or objects so that you can tell people want you want and how you think and feel.
As you can see there are 3 surveys. One for Parent/Carers, one for school staff and one for our young people to complete. They will be also available on the Local Offer website.
We realise there have been lots of surveys recently but we see it as a really positive thing. Asking the very people we need to hear from is a positive and so too is the fact that views are being shared, listened to and acted upon. Thank you!
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MSGCGHL – Survey for Parents
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MZRHLB2 – Survey for SENCOs
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHZTKGK – Survey for CYP