EHC Workshops

There are only two workshops left  on Education Health and Social Care Plan Transition, come along to Ashbourne on Monday 10:30-12:30 or Belper on Tuesday 19:00 – 21:00 to find out about EHC and transfers.

Every Disabled Child Matters Short Break Report

Thank you to all the parents who took part in the research into short breaks with Every Disabled Child Matters, they have sent there report to Government, lets hope it makes a difference.  The report is available via this link Short Breaks in 2015 An uncertain future FINAL

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are currently half way though workshops on EHC Plans, with feedback on the proposed changes to Aiming High being sought afterwards, Please come along and have your say before this services is reduced further,  and Go on line to completed the consultation, we made a difference last year, lets pull together again and save our Short breaks.


Parents of Children over 14 years old

We have been sent information for parents of children over 14 years old who have a learning diasbility, about health checkups they may be able to have with their GP once a year, please click on the link for more information gp_ld_register_lette

EHC Workshops and Short Break Cuts

This week Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are visiting, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Bolsover and Glossop, see our forum dates page for venues and times. Our aim is to provide you with information on the transfer from Statements to EHC Plans, Derbyshire Information Advice and Support Service will be delivering a presentation to,  inform and empower you as you go through the transfer process.

Following this workshop there will be a representative from Derbyshire County Council to talk through the consultation on Short break cuts, and answer any questions you have. The forum will be taking feedback from parents to enable us to submit our own report on the proposed changes, it is important that you have your say on these changes, without your voice we can not make a difference. 

Inquiry into Play

We have received the following information and though some parents may be interested in taking part, this is not part of Derbyshire Parent Carer Voices work currently, but as national research it may interest some parents.

Today, the UK deafblind charity, Sense, is launching a public inquiry into access to play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs.

Play is an essential part of every child¹s life. In addition to being fun, playing helps children gain vital social and communication skills and to develop an understanding of the world around them.

Despite this, we know that children with multiple needs often do not get the same opportunities to play as other children.

Through our inquiry we hope to find out more about whether barriers exist to children with multiple needs accessing play, and to learn more about what works. We will produce a report and develop policy recommendations for national and local government.

We would appreciate it if you would let families know about our play inquiry and ask them to share their experiences by filling out our parents’ survey online.


Short Breaks

Your Short Breaks service will be cut if we don’t take action.  The consultation is now live so go online and have your say about these changes.

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice want to put another report together to present to Derbyshire County Council, so after the EHC workshops, which are taking place over the next few weeks we are going to be talking to parents/carers and getting your feedback. We want to hear from everyone about how they use their short breaks around 700 children/young people access a short break through Aiming High, What difference it makes to your family?, what would happen if it was cut?,  We would like to also talk to anyone who uses it to access a weekly group for example swimming or dancing, how will the proposed 40 hours a year affect you?

If you are not able to make a meeting but want to be involved or give us your feedback to please contact Fiona Ross or Lisa Buttery, any information you give us will remain confidential (see our policy below) and any reports written will not identify individuals or families.

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Transfers to EHC Plans

Don’t forget that the workshops for transfers to EHC plan start next week book your place now.

After the workshop we are going to be taking feedback on Short Breaks, so come along and have your say so we have a strong case to present to Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire Short Breaks Cuts

Aiming High Short Breaks.

Sadly Short breaks are back in consultation, We are asking ALL parents/carers who use the Aiming High short breaks to take part in the consultations, there are approximately 700 Children/young people using this service, at the last consultation less than 300 questionnaires were completed. If you do not take part this service will be reduced, the proposal is for upto 40 hours per year, less than an hour a week.

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Short Breaks Research Get Involved

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice has agreed to support the research being conducted by Every Disabled Child Matters into Short Breaks.  There need 10-12 Parents are each session, please get involved, your voice will be added to others across England to make a clear case for the need for short breaks, and the benefits to parents/carers, child and young people. Your must book see details below:

This summer, Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is undertaking research into short break services in England. If you are a parent carer of a disabled child, we need your help to tell us how short breaks are changing in your area and how changes are affecting your family.

To share your views of local short break services with us, you can join a focus group we are running in your area:

Thursday 2nd July

10.30-12.30am, Erewash Volunteer Centre, Long Eaton

7.00-8.30pm, St. Thomas Centre Brampton, Chesterfield

To attend, please register by contacting Fiona Ross, Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice Coordinator: