Forum Dates

All our events have now taken place but please look out for our November Forum dates coming soon

 **Challenging Behaviour Workshop** delivered by Tracey Green





Two Workshops from 

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Helping you and your child sleep

A child who does not sleep well can affect the whole family. Children with SEND and those with certain medical conditions are more likely to experience problems with sleeping.

Join us for our Sleep Workshop with Contact and learn about some standard approaches and some tips that help all children, including children with SEND, and YOU to get a good night’s rest.

Sleep Workshop – Wednesday 4th July 2018

10am until 12pm

Delivered by Emma Weatherdon from Contact

book your place 


Supporting siblings

Parents often talk to us about the importance of siblings and the difficulties that can arise for the siblings of a child with SEND. These challenges rarely stop the relationship siblings have with their SEND brother or sister being one of the most important in their lives.

Come along to Contact’s Siblings Workshop to learn about some of the issues that may crop up for siblings of a child with SEND and tips on how to respond to them.

And get some sibling tips from other parents.

Siblings Workshop – Wednesday 4th July 2018

12.30pm until 2.30pm

Delivered by Fran Dancyger from Contact

book your place








Meet the Professionals

4 Events Across Derbyshire June 2018

SEND Provision in Derbyshire

Want to know more about Special Educational Needs Provision in Derbyshire? Unsure about what support your child or young person is getting at school/college? Heard about EHC, GRIP and My SEND Learning Plan but non the wiser?

We will be joined by:

Alex Howlett – Acting Head of SEND


The Lead SEND Officer from the area Locality Teams

at 4 locations across Derbyshire for an informative, interactive presentation & an opportunity to ask those burning questions that you have always wanted to ask.

All events run between 10am & 2pm with a short break for lunch.

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Please use Eventbrite links below to book your free place at your chosen venue.

Ripley Venue

Buxton Venue

Swadlincote Venue

Chesterfield Venue








**Speakers Confirmed**

Annual Empowerment Event

Friday 16th March 2018

Derbyshire Hotel, Carter Lane East, South Normanton, Derbyshire. DE55 2EH

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Don’t forget to book here!

So who are our speakers?

Ian Bean


Ian was the ICT teacher and curriculum coordinator at Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough which is internationally recognised as a model for best practice in the use of assistive technology to support teaching and learning for students with severe and complex difficulties including Autism. HIs leadership of teaching with technology won the school many local, national and international awards.

Ian left Priory Woods to lead the Training and Consultancy Team at Inclusive Technology, where he was responsible for delivering training and consultancy to hundreds of schools in the UK and around the world. While at Inclusive, Ian worked closely with development teams to help design award-winning special needs software and apps that are used in schools and home around the world.

Ian now runs a successful international consultancy providing high quality training and support to schools and other organisations involved in the education of children and adults with special educational needs. A major ambassador for technology and special educational needs, both in the UK and abroad, Ian is hugely respected for his work which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the understanding of the use of assistive technology with children and young people with additional needs.

Maxine Ellis

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Maxine qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 with a Bsc (Hons) degree from Sheffield Hallam University after working in the field of Paediatrics for over 10 years (including Montessori Education).

Maxine works in educational and residential provisions in Derbyshire and in nearby counties with SSEN students, and has also worked within a multi-disciplinary team (mainly Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists) in a developmental coordination hospital service and community setting.  She commenced working as an Independent Occupational Therapist in February 2016.

She has completed postgraduate training in Sensory Integration through Ulster University and is a member of the Sensory Integration Network. Maxine is a full member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


Jamie Broadley

image001Jamie is the Staff Wellbeing Lead at Derbyshire Community Health Services where he helps support staff to be fit and well at work. As part of this he designs and delivers lots of training around managing stressful situations, self-care and building personal resilience.

Jamie’s background is in Psychology and he holds 2 degrees from the University of Leeds. He has worked for DCHS as an assistant psychologist in Learning Disabilities and Health Psychology. Jamie is also a former professional rugby player and now coaches and plays semi-professionally.


Just some of the marketplace stands that we have attending our event.







AGM Website

Please book HERE

We look forward to seeing you there!

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice






*** Save the Date ***

Our Annual Empowerment Event will be held at

The Derbyshire Hotel

Friday 16th March

Market Place & refreshments from 9am, Empowerment Event 10am-2pm with lunch, refreshments and the opportunity throughout the day to visit stands.

Knowledge is Power

More information on the day to follow before the end of January…….Watch this space


This will be rescheduled in the New Year apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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Book here for Sleep Workshop

Book here for Siblings Workshop





Meet The Professionals –

November 2017 Events

Meet the professionals and get your questions answered.

We received such positive feedback from the last time we held these events in November and are delighted to invite you to come and meet

Jayne Hankins (DCO, NHS North Derbyshire, Erewash, Hardwick,

 and Southern Derbyshire CCGs)

Find out what the Designated Clinical Officer does and how this role influences the EHCP process.  Jayne will answer your questions.

Outcomes Training

Ever wondered what an outcome is?  What a SMART outcome means and what it looks like?  Would you know if your child’s EHCP, IEP or any other outcomes and targets are quality and getting the best for your child in school?

If not, this training can help explain.

If you know a little about outcomes this will help increase your knowledge.

Professionals will be given this training at the end of November, so get ahead of the game!


Fri 3rd Nov                                     

Denby Depot, Prospect Road, Denby, Ripley

Thurs 9th Nov

Fairfield AEC, Victoria Park Rd, Buxton. SK17 7PE

Thurs 23rd Nov

Rickmans’s Corner, Linton Heath, Swadlincote. DE12 6PD


All of the above events are held 10am – 2pm and includes a free buffet lunch and refreshments. Booking is essential to secure your place using the Eventbrite links below:


Denby Depot – 3/11

Buxton – 9/11

Swadlincote – 23/11





Preparing for Adulthood

with Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy has prepared this session sharing his son’s journey and transition from Children’s Services to Adult Services.  Come along and find out information and pick up tips for preparing your child/young person for this transition.

Join us at:

Denby Depot, Prospect Road, Denby, Ripley DE5 8RE 

Monday 16th October 2017 10am – 2pm

The workshop is free to attend.

There will be free refreshments and buffet lunch for all attendees.

Places are limited so please click here to book your place on Eventbrite.






Educational Psychologist Training for Derbyshire Parent/Carers

We received such a positive response from our November ‘Resilient Training Events’ delivered by the Educational Psychologists. Many of you asked for a longer session.

We are working in conjunction with DIASS to offer training in 4 locations in Derbyshire – Buxton, Alfreton, Swadlincote and Ripley – we hope that you can attend one of them!

All Session are running 10am until 2pm

Lunch and refreshments are included – please let us know if you have any dietary rquirements.

You are required to book your place as spaces are limited. Please book using the Eventbrite links below where you will also find details of the venues:

Tuesday 13th June 2016 @ Buxton Library  –  Buxton

Wednesday 14th June 2016 @ Alfreton Library Alfreton

Thursday 22nd June 2016 @ Swadlincote Adult Education Centre – Swadlincote

(Swadlincote is fully booked but please register for our waiting list)

Friday 23rd June 2016 @ Denby Depot – Ripley 

Alternatively to book your place please send us your name, address, email and telephone number via one of the following:


Phone:           01629 533 666

Please include dietary, access or transport requirements.

We will confirm your booking.




Annual Empowerment Event

We are now oversubscribed for this event but you can be put on a reserve list

Come and join us on Friday 10th March at The Derbyshire Hotel 10am – 2pm

For Our AGM and Guest Speakers

Jessica Goodwin from Newlife Charity will be attending to discuss whats available through their Charity and whats new.

Tracey Green will be attending to discuss and giving strategies on Behaviour Management

Also…..we have information stands from DIASS, Health Watch Derbyshire, FairPlay, Umbrella, Weleda, Peter Plan It Photography & Challenge Consultancy

See our leaflet below for more information

Annual Empowerment Event Flyer

Booking is essential.  contact us via our form below, email or call 01629 533666



Come and join us for our Health and Wellbeing Event

20th January 2017 @ The Whitworth Centre Darley Dale

Check out our flyer below for more information


We look forward to seeing you there, booking essential.

November Events

Our forums have finished here are a few photos of the 3 events we held, we look forward to adding more information about what happened and all the answers to your questions





November 2016 Events:

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***We need all questions submitted before the meetings to ensure they can be answered, we need this on booking your place***

Booking is essential contact us on 01629 533666 (leave a message) or email november-16-flyer-back


Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are holding some training for parents the following are upcoming 

IPSEA Training

FREE IPSEA training for Parents and Carers

Friday 23rd September 2016 10.30am until 3.30pm

Taking place at Hilton Village Hall, Peacroft Lane, Hilton, Derbyshire, DE65 5GH

A free lunch and refreshments provided

Booking is required and places are limited


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Custody Task Group


Task Group Lead: Tracey Green

DPCV Co-Ordinators: Lisa Hodgson / Claire Griffiths

Group Members: Mandy Simpson, Ian Bates

The SEND Focus group has been set up by DPCV to look into ways of supporting the transition from Statements of Educational Need to EHCPs and in particular the changes in The Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to children and young people that enter the youth custody system.

The initial focus group meetings have identified two key areas in which further work would be beneficial.

  • Early Intervention support within mainstream schools to identify ‘at risk ‘children and implement a strategy for proactive intervention.
  • Identifying the current population of youth offenders within Derbyshire, SEND percentage within this population and non-identified SEND (late or not diagnosed) and how the process for supporting the individual works currently and can be improved, given the changes.

We would like to welcome new group members who have an interest in SEND and youth custody to join the task group.

If you would be interested please email DPCV on  or come to the next meeting: 11 November 16, 10.30am  at Castlewood (Junction 28)

 Thank you and look forward to seeing you

 Tracey Green

To book a place on these call 01629 533666 or email, please leave your name, contact details and the venue/event you want to attend.

Date Our workshops for  the next year are available please click on this link to see dates and times All dates 2015-201