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Parent Carer Forum Jersey calls for parents voices to be heard in Education Inclusion Review

10 June 2021

In light of the Government’s announcement that the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) are conducting an independent evaluation of inclusion in education and early years in the island over the coming weeks, the Parent Carer Forum is urging parents and carers to complete the Government survey to share their views on a number of key issues affecting the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in education.

Parent Case Study: Transition to Adulthood - what does the future hold?

12 May 2021

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and for parents of children with special needs, navigating the system to ensure you are doing the right thing for their future can be mentally draining and stressful for both the parent and the child.  One area where this holds particularly true is the transition to adulthood.  How do you prepare them?  Will they ever be ready?  How can you best support them? It isn’t even clear when they become an adult according to our system.  Is it 16, 18, 21, 25?  This parent story highlights some of the issues they are encountering as their child makes the transition.

Parent Case Study: Education and the deaf child

7 May 2021

The theme of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week is  ‘Coming Through it Together,’ which is explored in this personal story by a parent from their deaf child’s experience through education.  The aim of this week is to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  If you have similar experiences we would love to hear from you.

Parent Case Study: Autistic Spectrum Condition – When it all gets too much

1 April 2021

Sensory Overload

As we lead up to Friday, the Forum will be raising awareness. We will be looking at 3 different families, how they are affected and their daily struggles. Each parent’s case study will focus on one of our priority areas. Our case studies aim to help other parents feel that they are not alone and that problems can be halved if shared.

Our second case study focuses on Mental Health and tells the story of an autistic child’s journey from their parent’s viewpoint.

“The shoes are close to falling apart but they are comfy; the world sees a scruffy teenager but we know the reality”

Parent Case Study: An Education in ASC

30 March 2021

Boy and Teacher

As we lead up to World Autism Awareness Day, the Forum will be raising awareness through 3 family case studies. How they are affected and their daily struggles. Each parent’s case study will focus on one of our priority areas. Our case studies aim to help other parents feel that they are not alone and that problems can be halved if shared.

Our first case study focuses on Education and tells the story of a child’s  journey through school having received a diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Condition (or Asperger’s Syndrome), from his mother’s viewpoint.

“The funny thing about having a child with a hidden disability is that it can be a blessing and a curse, depending on the situation”.

As Children’s Mental Health Week gets underway Parent Carer Forum Jersey announces new Chair and 2021 priorities

01 February 2021

 Jonathan Langan

Jonathan Langan has been appointed as the new Chair of Parent Carer Forum Jersey to help drive forward the Forum’s priorities for the coming year.

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Thu August 25th

Timeline photosThe second set of our draft Standards, released as part of our three-month consultation, are available for review until Monday 5th September.

Children Family Community Nursing Standards
Social Work for Children and Young People Standards

We would welcome your feedback on any aspect of these Standards.

You can review the Standards and provide your feedback by visiting:

carecommission.je/consultations
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Thu May 26th

We really enjoyed the meeting tonight. Great to hear the positive improvements in CAMHS and to chat to other parents. Looking forward to the next meeting.We have managed to secure a larger venue for our 3rd meeting and would like to invite you all to attend.

Guest speakers from Family and Community Support & The Children and Family Hub will be talking to us about the support they can offer families and the courses available for parents/ carers to attend.

Please share with anyone you feel will benefit.

Book your free ticket here:
www.eventbrite.com/e/adhd-parent-carers-support-group-meeting-haute-vallee-school-registration-34...
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We really enjoyed the meeting tonight. Great to hear the positive improvements in CAMHS and to chat to other parents. Looking forward to the next meeting.

Sat May 14th

The Youth Wellbeing Drop-In at the YES Centre, Eagle House, La Colomberie, is a free and informal service for children, young people, parents and carers to have a confidential chat.

Pop in from 2pm on weekdays and 10am on Saturdays.

A mental health practitioner is available to answer any questions in a private space and to provide support and guidance. This can be from how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health issues to how better manage anxiety, depression self-harm and eating disorders. A youth worker is also available for general queries.

For more information, go to: bit.ly/3FjUpOh

📍 Google Maps: bit.ly/3FJeiyv
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Wed April 27th

A free course from Jersey Recovery College -

An Introduction to Self-Care for Parents and Guardians. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s essential.

Whether you have one child or five, a baby or teenager, being a parent can present a unique set of challenges for your own wellbeing. Issues such as guilt, sleep deprivation, societal pressure, family interaction, or finances can impact your mental health.

This course explores some of the specific mental health issues that we may experience as a parent, why we may react in the way that we do – and will help you to devise your own toolkit to support your wellbeing.

This course is once a week for two weeks.

Friday 13th and 20th May, 9.30-12.30.

Enrol at www.recovery.je/courses.
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A free course from Jersey Recovery College -

An Introduction to Self-Care for Parents and Guardians. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s essential.

Whether you have one child or five, a baby or teenager, being a parent can present a unique set of challenges for your own wellbeing. Issues such as guilt, sleep deprivation, societal pressure, family interaction, or finances can impact your mental health.

This course explores some of the specific mental health issues that we may experience as a parent, why we may react in the way that we do – and will help you to devise your own toolkit to support your wellbeing.

This course is once a week for two weeks.

Friday 13th and 20th May, 9.30-12.30.

Enrol at www.recovery.je/courses.

Thu April 21st

After a very successful first meeting we are holding our second meeting on the 26th May. Please share the Eventbrite link with anyone you feel may wish to attend so they can get a free ticket.
www.eventbrite.com/e/adhd-parent-carers-support-group-meeting-rouge-bouillon-school-registration-...

Huge thanks to Rouge Bouillon School, CAMHS, Mini Me's and comittee members for their support with this event.
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Sat April 16th

Autism Jersey Annual Duck Race Event taking place at Le Perquage from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Every year up to 1,300 recycled yellow ducks, which have been numbered individually on their bottoms, are launched into the stream at Le Perquage at Sandybrook. They ‘race’ downstream to the finishing point and the first three ducks across the line win a prize, there is also a prize for “last duck home”. The event, which is generously sponsored by Romerils, includes plenty of other activities for families to enjoy along the Perquage, including Jersey Stormtroopers, Jersey Ghostbusters, hook-a-duck and more. Rustic Jersey will also be there to offer delicious ice creams, candy floss, crepes and drinks.
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Autism Jersey Annual Duck Race Event taking place at Le Perquage from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. 

Every year up to 1,300 recycled yellow ducks, which have been numbered individually on their bottoms, are launched into the stream at Le Perquage at Sandybrook.  They ‘race’ downstream to the finishing point and the first three ducks across the line win a prize, there is also a prize for “last duck home”.  The event, which is generously sponsored by Romerils, includes plenty of other activities for families to enjoy along the Perquage, including Jersey Stormtroopers, Jersey Ghostbusters, hook-a-duck and more. Rustic Jersey will also be there to offer delicious ice creams, candy floss, crepes and drinks.