Sorry this newsletter's a bit late!


The team at Snap have been extra busy - and there's no sign of it slowing down! Our 3 new recruitment options are proving really popular, so we have lots of great jobs to work on! 

The December newsletter will be a little early because of the festive season and be live on Friday 22nd December, then back to normal on the last day of the month from January! 

A big thank you to our regular contributors, Hyphen Law, Nannytax, Sensory Spectacle, Milestones Matter and the OTP! 


Anti-Bullying Week

Team Snap took the opportunity in November to join the #OddSocksDay as part of Anti Bullying Week.
Anti-bullying week

Anti-Bullying Week was coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) in England.

The aims of the Odd Sock Day were to:

  • Empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique.
  • Help children and young people to understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.
  • Encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality.
  • Enable teachers and school support staff to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ by celebrating difference and equality and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves.

Road Safety WeekRoad Safety Week

Snap were also pleased to support  the very important Road Safety Week.

In the UK speeding is still a major problem. It causes needless crashes, untold suffering and stops people living safe and healthy lives.

Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.

Yet newer vehicles are more powerful than ever before and reach high speeds quickly. Driving fast is glamorised and often encouraged by programmes and adverts that worship the cult of the car. We all live busy lives and there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, where in fact we could be costing lives.

>> Find out more here...

10 Ways to Help the Parent of a Child With Autism10 Ways to help the parent of a child with autism


My newborn didn’t cry. Instead she peered, owl-like, at her new environment. Instantly, I fell in love. She was adorable, her face and shoulders were covered in down-like peach fuzz. Her blue eyes were almond shaped and her mouth was tiny. Over the next few days in hospital, while I recovered from a caesarean, various professionals came in and out. I well remember the third evening. I was forcing my tired eyes to read a novel that I had been enjoying before Daisy’s birth. Along came the junior registrar, hovering over my sleeping baby’s cot, his furrowed brow far easier to read than my book. “Is there something wrong?” I asked eventually.

“This baby isn’t normal,” he answered. “I think there is some kind of a syndrome.”

Down’s syndrome?” I asked. In those days, I only knew of one syndrome.

“Yes, or something similar. The muscle tone seems to be low, and the feet are too small. See?”

I felt as if I had been dropped into a dark hole. It was lonely in there. A thousand questions bubbled inside me, but the registrar had disappeared. I wanted to talk to my husband. Instead, I scooped up Daisy and examined my sleeping daughter. Whatever the future held, I knew we were in it together.

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Radio Drama - The Badge 

Only available for a limited time!
An excellent radio play from BBC Radio 4

All Christine needs is a badge, so people understand she's not a bad mum, it's just her son is autistic. 
All Chloe needs is sleep. 
Daniel needs elephants. 
And all they really need is love.
Michael narrates this drama about what it is like growing up with his brother Daniel.

A Badge BBC Radio 4 Drama

>>Listen now on BBC Radio 4

Congratulations Racheal!


We are delighted to announce that Racheal Williams, who was successfully placed by Snap in the month of November, has won our monthly prize draw of a £50.00 gift voucher for M&S!

If you are placed by Snap and would like to have the chance of winning a £50.00 gift voucher for either M&S or Amazon, simply send an email when you have started the job with your new employer's name - then your name will go into the hat that month!

The lucky winner will be drawn on the last Friday of each month.

Milestones MatterGiulia Pintus

Individualised Interventions: Case Study 4

Giulia creates individualised interventions to support not just the child or young person, but the whole family at a time when effective help is needed to cope with and overcome a difficult situation.  The interventions have also been successfully adapted to address the needs of older children up to 18.

Giulia presents a case study below.

Case Study 4

W’ Family. Father, 52, Mother, 52, 2 sons (Laurie age 11, Tom age 8) and 1 daughter (Rose, age 16).
Areas of Concerns: ADHD, challenging behaviours, developmental delays, conflictual family’s dynamics, Adoption.
Presentation:  Mrs and Mr ‘W’ were biological parents to their daughter Rose and adoptive parents to their two sons Laurie and Tom. They got in touch with me as their son, Laurie, was diagnosed with ADHD and their son Tom was presenting developmental delays with also possible features of ADHD. They reported that often things in the house seemed to spin out of control especially with Laurie’s aggressive behaviour toward them and his sister. There were no concerns about their daughter in terms of diagnosis however the parents were concern about the struggles between siblings and in the parent-children dynamics. The parents reported that the boys were generally abusive and the family was struggling with the regular conflict that was taking place in the house.

For more information on Milestone Services, email:

A Guide To Home Adaptations


No matter what age we are, our homes should be the place where we feel the most relaxed, safe and confident.

When this is compromised through an accident or illness an Occupational Therapist can help by ensuring that the home environment best meets changing or new abilities. This guide talks through some of the most common home adaptations, their benefits and the considerations round them.

>> Read More

Two Great TV Series Return to BBC This Month

The A Word

lt was great to see the return of The A Word on BBC1 this month.

The second series starts with Alison and Paul worrying over Joe when it becomes clear he is unhappy at school and he uses the word 'autistic' for the first time. 
The A Word

Employable Me

Also making a very welcome return for a second series on BBC2 was Employable Me.

Britain's most extraordinary job seekers aim to prove that having a disability or neurological condition, such as Tourette's or autism, shouldn't make them unemployable.
Employable Me

Sensory Spectacle Column:

Free Downloads!

Free Downloads

We do hope that you have enjoyed the series of articles provided by Becky at Sensory Spectacle as much as we have.

This month we are directing you to their FREE downloads, which include play ideas, support, resource sheets, articles and interviews.


Nannytax | Staff Tax Column: Benefit in Kind

As a domestic employer, if you offer additional benefits or ‘perks’ for your employee you will need to report these to HMRC. They count as part of your employee’s total earnings and as such are subject to tax.
What is considered a Benefit in Kind?
Below are some of the more common Benefits in Kind:

• A car or the loan of a car for personal use
• Nanny public liability insurance
• Medical insurance
• Their own living accommodation*
• Interest-free loans
*A room in the employer’s house is not a Benefit in Kind – only if the accommodation has its own front door and its own metering for gas, water and electricity.
Who pays the tax for Benefits in Kind?
As long as a gross salary has been agreed then tax is deducted from the employee’s salary.
As well as tax there will also be a Class 1A National Insurance charge to the employer.
How do I report Benefits in Kind?
Via a P11D form. Ask your payroll advisor or visit the HMRC website for further guidance.



Snap Out & About: Jade - Kidz to Adultz



Disabled Living really outdid themselves at the recent Kidz to Adultz Exhibition.  Celebrating 120 years of providing services to disabled and older people, it was an amazing day!

So many exhibitors (over 150!), and the equipment, products and gadgets on display were just phenomenal. From sensory toys to adapted vehicles and everything in between – they had it all!

I tested electric wheelchairs, hoists and bicycles! I was there for over two hours and not sure I got to see everything - although I did spend a lot of time in playscapes, where I got the chance to brush up on my musical skills!

The atmosphere was fantastic, the cakes even better! My only regret is not getting a photo with Spider Man and Belle who had made a special appearance, but the queue was just too long!  

Snap likes this blogPrevention is better than cure – Child Brain Injury, the 10 year high

November 21, 2017

Posted by: Chantelle Bacchus, Bolt Burden Kemp Solicitors


The statistics

Child birth brain injury is sadly at its highest level since 2005.  In 2015, 1,126 birth injuries took place, out of 723,251 babies born at full term.  Of those occurrences, 556 were thought, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), to be preventable.  The total number of claims for cerebral palsy and brain damage following childbirth in an NHS hospital in 2015 was 232 – this is the highest total since 2005 when it was 255.

The findings

Systemic failure

One could say that in 2005 we were significantly further behind in our knowledge and technological advances than where we are in 2017.  How then, could it be that 12 years later, we see a resurgence of birth brain injury?  We continuously hear about how the NHS is overstretched.  Are maternity wards understaffed and treating doctors and midwives overworked?  Is it a systemic failure that is causing this increase in child brain injuries?

Valuing AccommodationHyphen Law

A few months ago we highlighted the current issues around valuing accommodation claims following the significant change in the discount rate to -0.75% in March 2017.

Historically calculations for accommodation had been made using the long established and accepted formula from the case of Roberts v Johnstone 1989. However in April 2017 the case of JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was the first case to illustrate that the negative discount rate had a significant impact on the Roberts v Johnstone formula previously used when calculating Claimant’s accommodation claims. This led to the Claimant in the JR case effectively being awarded nil for his accommodation needs despite JR having significant care and accommodation needs.

In his Judgment William Davis J had assessed the appropriate purchase price for the Claimant’s accommodation at £900,000 but was left with little option but to make a nil award stating that  the issue would need to be addressed by the Court of Appeal for a decision in law to be made.

In October 2017, the case was listed before the Court of Appeal. However, three days before the appeal was due to be heard an offer was accepted by JR in the sum £800,000.00. The £800,000.00 was recognised to be the cost of accommodation as determined by the Trial Judge less a sum which took into account the Claimant’s pre accident accommodation costs.

Unfortunately the out of court settlement has meant that there is still no precedent for the assessment and valuation of accommodation claims when taking into account the negative discount rate. However, it is anticipated that 2018/2019 may see the discount rate reverting back to a positive one.

In the meantime the Roberts v Johnstone formula remains and we await to see the outcome of the Government’s consultation but as Lord Justice Jackson observed “It is clear that sooner or later this Court is going to have to grapple with the Roberts v. Johnstone issues in the new world……..Nothing that we say today must be taken as pre-empting what this court will decide following argument…The Defendant has the luxury of choosing the case that will be argued… There can be no dispute that this settlement is favourable to JR.”

Kelly Knight Hyphen Law

To find out more visit or call Kelly or another member of the legal team for a no obligation discussion on (01983) 213529 or email

Some of our Favourite YouTube Clips!

This month it's got to be all about the wonderful Jonnie Peacock!
Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse Jive to ‘Johnny B. Goode' - Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse Jive to ‘Johnny B. Goode' - Strictly Come Dancing 2017
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