About SEND Karma!
SEND Karma was established by Karen Askham as an independent service, and was developed in response to 13 years of listening to struggling families’ worries and concerns. Karen was seeing that gaps in statutory services were increasing and it was ever more difficult to get support, with voluntary services overstretched and limited as to what they could provide. Hence, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Karma was created.
About Karen Askham
Having worked with parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) since 2003, in both management and front-line roles, Karen has gained extensive and in-depth knowledge of how the SEND system works and how services operate. With an excellent reputation of being a hands-on, local advocate of Children’s and Carers Rights, Karen has a track record of going the extra mile to get the best results for families.
For 10 years Karen was involved with a Parent Carer Forum, developing the organisation and supporting a management committee of parents and carers to make it a success. She managed many projects and enjoyed watching member families and the organisation grow up!
Karen then developed the Yorkshire and Humberside Family Support Service for the national, award-winning charity Caudwell Children. She helped families in crisis to get the support they deserve through services, community groups and her team of hand-picked Volunteer Supporters who were from a wide range of backgrounds.
Karen then went on to be an Independent Supporter, helping families to understand the changes in the statementing process and providing hands-on support to get the best possible Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan for their child. Having been involved with the pilot for this new system, managing a Parental Resilience Training Project, Karen was keen to help families from the outset.
Karen is also involved with several other organisations which are dedicated to supporting and informing families of disabled children and young people – Bringing Us Together, Visits Unlimited and Justice Together – a new project from Bringing us Together that seeks to make information and support available to families whose children and young people have been detained or are at risk of being detained against their wishes.
Karen is part of national network of parent activists and professionals and if she doesn’t know the answer to something, or the right way to help someone, can usually find someone who does.