Back to School: Webinar and online Q&A

20 Aug

Thursday 20 Aug 20 10:00 am - 10:45 am Webinar, Online via Zoom FREE

Registrations for the webinar are now closed, but we will be recording the event and making it available to watch anytime.

Many parents of children with serious health needs have concerns and unanswered questions about their children returning to school in September. In partnership with North and South Thames Paediatric Networks, WellChild have organised an online Q&A with a panel of experts from Government, law, health and education to help answer some of these burning questions.

Hosted by Matt James, WellChild Director of Communications and Engagement, the online event will take place on Zoom (and will also be broadcast live to the WellChild Family Tree). Details about how to access the event will be sent out over the coming days.

Our Expert Panel

Vicky Ford MP. Vicky is the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families at the Department for Education. Her responsibilities include children’s social care and special educational needs.



André Imich, SEN & Disability Professional Adviser, Department For Education. Since April 2010, André has worked as the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, contributing to a range of policy developments, in particular the Children and Families Act. André has been a teacher, an educational psychologist and held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities. He was a Regional Director in the National Strategies SEN team, and an adviser to the Lamb Inquiry into parental confidence.


Caroline Barrett, Senior Associate, Irwin Mitchell. Caroline specialises in administrative and public law, helping individuals to secure statutory services and to investigate or challenge decisions which have been made by public bodies. She also specialises in education law, acting in disputes which relate to an individual’s education provision, including challenges to education provision for children with Special Educational Needs.


Steve Solomons, Headteacher at Riverside School in Orpington, Kent. Riverside is a SEND school that specialises in expressive arts and prides itself on working closely with families.




Jill Evans, WellChild Parent Ambassador and mum to 9 year old Noah, who has a condition called Lanryngomalacia as well a very rare form of Interstitial Lung Disease and attends a mainstream primary school.



Rebecca Daniels, Community Children’s Matron and Queens Nurse. As a registered children’s nurse with 20yrs NHS experience, Rebecca has worked within the community nursing service in Newham for the past 14yrs. She currently leads community children’s nursing services (including asthma, epilepsy and continuing care), paediatric community dietetic service and Diana team (specialising in caring for children with life limiting conditions). She has also led training programmes for schools in Newham to ensure school staff are adequately trained to meet health needs, including enteral feeding, tracheostomy care and LTV. Rebecca’s passion is ensuring all children reach their potential and families are supported in meeting their child’s complex health needs in all settings.

The South and North Thames Paediatric Networks

The South and North Thames Paediatric Networks are a network of healthcare providers, commissioners and patients across London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent who work together to co-design and deliver healthcare. Our current focus is on surgery in children, paediatric critical care and long term ventilation in children and young people. Our aim as networks is to support the children and families living within it by, improving the efficiency of and access to health services across our regions.

In light of COVID-19 and children with complex needs returning to school, the South and North Thames Paediatric networks have partnered with WellChild for this event to share reliable information and address questions from parents and guardians of children who have complex healthcare needs.

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