Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook 2nd edition

Steve Broach recent publication Disabled children: a legal handbook has been made available  online for FREE  said to be  an authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales. The authors expertly navigate the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the difference between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do.

The handbook aims to empower disabled children and their families through a greater understanding of their rights and entitlements. It is essential reading for the families of disabled children, their advocates and lawyers, voluntary and statutory sector advisers, commissioners, managers and lawyers working for public authorities, education, social and health care professionals, students and academics.

This link will take you to the web page to access the book

http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/11566

 

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AGM

Booking is now full for the AGM,

  • If you would like to come but have not booked a place please send your details to info@derbyshireparentcarervoice.org and we will add you to the waiting list.
  • If you have booked a place but can no longer attend please let us know so we can offer it to another parent/carer.
  • If you cant attend but would like an information pack, please get in touch at info@derbyshireparentcarervoice.org with your name and address so we can post a pack to you.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th March 2016 for those who are attending.

Get Involved with Health

We have been sent the following information that some parents may be interested in getting involved with please see information below:

Dear Colleague,
NHS commissioners working across South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire are working together to review children’s surgery and anaesthetic services in the region. Please find attached a letter which we are sending out to relevant organisations to make people aware of the review and to provide them and their carers/family with the opportunity to comment. Please circulate as widely as possible.

If you would like someone to come out to visit your group to provide further information and take feedback on views, then please telephone the Patient Experience Team at North Derbyshire CCG on 01246 514382 to arrange a convenient time. The formal consultation is expected to start at the end of May 2016 and lasts for three months.
CSA Letter to Groups Feb 16

Empoweing Parents and Carers Event

Dont forget to book you place for the 18th March 2016 at the Derbyshire Hotel just off junction 28 of the M1.  We will reimburse your travel and child care, we can also arrange taxi transport and there is a free bookable creche on site, come along and meet other parents, find out what the forums has been doing and learn some new information to ensure your child/young person is getting the best from their EHCP/Statement

Empowering Parent Event book now while places are still available

On 18th March 2016, we are holding an Empowering Parents Event.   We have some great speakers, that will help you think about how parents can get involved and make a difference, both to the SEND community through Healthwatch and  to your own child/young person, thinking about SMART Outcomes, and Aspirations.  This is your chance to learn something new, and to see what the forum has been doing, what our plans for 2016-2017 are, and hopefully celebrate our charity status.

The AGM will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, 10:00-14:00 and lunch will be provided. You need to book you place. please see the link for more details and booking information

Annual General Meeting

We cant wait to see you.

AGM

On 18th March 2016, we are holding our Annual General Meeting,  We have some great speakers, that will help you think about how parents can get involved and make a difference, both to the SEND community through Healthwatch and  to your own child/young person, thinking about SMART Outcomes, and Aspirations.  This is your chance to learn something new, and informed about changes, and to see what the forum has been doing, what our plans for 2016-2017 are, and hopefully celebrate our charity status.

The AGM will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, 10:00-14:00 and lunch will be provided. You need to book you place. please see the link for more details and booking information

Annual General Meeting

We cant wait to see you.

Education Health and Social Care Plans Information Gathering

Get Involved in EHC information gathering 

We have recently been working across Derbyshire and have heard mixed reports about Education Health and Social Care Plans, we are therefore conducting a short survey to find out parents views on the new process, weather you have applied for a plan and was not successful, Are you having your statement transferred to an EHC plan, You have a EHC plan already, where every you are in the process,  help us get a picture of EHC plans in Derbyshire.

Click on this link to be taken to the online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXVKWZ9

If you require a paper copy please email info.dpcv@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 533666 and ask for Fiona Ross

Easy Read Guidance to the new SEND Legislation

The full Code of Practice for the new legislation is a massive 280 pages long, this easy read guide has been produced, which may help you get an over view of the changes.

Guidance: SEND support: easy-read guide for parents

Urgent request for action

The Government’s consultation on changes to the SEN code of practice ends on Monday (December 9) at 5pm.

It requires responses to 53 questions based on a 176-page draft code. A Derbyshire Parent Forums steering group member has completed all 53 questions based on information gleaned from other parents at meetings held locally, regionally and nationally. This is in no way a definitive response to the draft code but an attempt to address some of the key concerns that have cropped up over the last few weeks and months.

A filled-in response document will be posted on this site by Wednesday (December 5) at the latest and if you are happy to put your name to it and send it in to the Department for Education before next Monday we would strongly urge you to do so.

The Steering Group has also come up with a five-point general response to the consultation which will be emailed out to all those on its database. Please respond by sending this in too if you can.

Separate consultation is being conducted for children and young people with SEN. Consultation for under 16s and 16- to 25-year-olds closes on Friday, December 20 (5pm).

Simply put SEN code of practice consultation under 16s or 16 to 25 into a search engine to access.