New Practice Guidance

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Social Workers get new practice guidance on working with people with learning disabilities and  mental health needs (30th September 2013)

26 week time frame for Care Proceedings

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Symbol Family Support Services is able to work with parties to support them in reducing the time scale for proceedings; the standard length of assessments undertaken by Symbol has been reduced to six weeks with recommendations provided within this time frame.

Hop Shed Open Evening!

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HOP SHED THEATRE COMPANY The Hop Shed is Kent’s very own inclusive theatre company for children, young people and adults, developed and operated by The Symbol Trust with training, support and quality assurance from the internationally renowned Chickenshed. Following a hugely successful Open Evening on the 25th April The Hop Shed is now open for

Clifton Park Family Centre- Ofsted

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Symbol’s residential family assessment centre in Bristol had an unannounced Ofsted inspection on the 3rd and 4th December 2012.  We are pleased to have been awarded an overall rating of “Good”.  – Well done to all involved! The following is a quote from the report: “A strength of the service is the provision of individual

Government announces thousands of patients are to be moved from NHS-funded private hospitals and care homes over the next 18 months (10.12.12)

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Private companies are to be stripped of the right to provide hospital care for patients with learning disabilities after the Winterbourne View abuse scandal. Norman Lamb, the Care and Support Minister said: “One of the most shocking revelations to come out of this case is that many of the 3,500 people with learning disabilities who

Symbol welcomes landmark research and joins calls for all those who work with children to make communication their business

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As a member of the Communication Trust, a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication, Symbol welcomed the publication of the Better Communication Research Programme on 27th December 2012, the most significant investment to date in research into the needs of and services for children and young people with

Increasing demand for speech therapy for parents with learning disabilities

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There is an evidence base relating to support for parents with learning disabilities , with studies suggesting that whilst parents with learning disabilities may experience poorer psychological well-being than parents in the general population, there is evidence that improvements in psychological well-being can be made through improvements in social support. The researcher in this study