IPSEA Training – September 23rd 2016

IPSEA training – September 26th 2016

Time:  10.30 am – 3.30pm

Venue: Hilton Village Hall, Peacroft Lane, Derby, Hilton, DE65 5GH

To book a place please email:  info@derbyshireparentcarervoice.org

 

Please note that places are limited.

 

 

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Places Still Available * Booking Now *

We are jointly running Self -Advocacy workshops with AFASIC on 28th June 2016 at Hilton Village Hall, or 29th June 2016 at Ashover Village hall. If you would like to attend please book quick as spaces are limited.

Call 01629 533666 or email info@derbyshireparentcarervoice.org leaving your name, contract details, venue you would like to attend, and dietary or access requirements you have.

more details available via this link Self Advocacy Training

As with all our events/training and forums we will reimburse travel expense, organise and pay for a taxi, and reimburse childcare/care costs for young people to enable you to attend as a parent/carer.  Getting information is key to being able to support your child/young person.

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

 

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.

Ilkeston Local meeting

coffeeWhen we gathered feedback in 2015 on how the forum does things parents said they would like us to be in the local area more often. We are going to Ilkeston on Friday 8th January 2016 to talk to parent and carers about their local area, and to update you on what the forum has been doing. Come along and have a coffee/tea and a chat with us.

We will be at The Arena, Rutland Street, Ilkeston, DE7 9DG from 10:30 -12:00 

 

We look forward to seeing you and hearing what you have to say

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.

IPSEA Training

DIASS and Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are jointly funding  and organising IPSEA training for Parents and Carers.  The workshop will be on Thursday 4th February 2016 10:00-15:00, at Ashover Village Hall, Ashover. We will be providing a free lunch, and training. We are also able to reimburse travel and childcare cost, or arrange transport for you. There are only 25 places available so you will need to book quick. Please click on the link for more details.

IPSEA Training

To book please call 01629 533666  or email info.dpcv@derbyshire.gov.uk with your name, contact number and any dietary requirements.

Message from our Co Chair

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice met with Derbyshire County Council on Friday 11th December 2015 to talk about the information that had been collected from parents and carers about the Education Health and Social care Plans.  Both parties agreed that this had been informative meeting, and one that should be repeated periodically to ensure that EHCP are improving, but to also address issues that arise across Derbyshire for all Parents and Carers.  Information from the meeting will be published on the website shortly.

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

 

Emily Brailsford – Co Chair of Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice

Person Centred Planning Workshops all date available to book now

All dates for the workshops are now confirmed and available to book, please do so early as spaces are limited.

Why should I attend the workshop?

Person Centred Planning affects all children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.  Taking part in the workshop will ensure you are informed about the process and can gain the most from reviews. The workshop will explain what a person centred review is and how it is conducted.  By building your knowledge of the process you will be better able to advocate for your children and young people.

Where and when are the Workshops?

Date Time Venue
11th May 2015 19:00 – 20:30 St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, S40 3AW
21st May 2015 19:00- 20:30 The Arena, Rutland Street, Ilkeston, DE7 8DG
4th June 2015 10:30 -12:00 Ashover Parish Hall, Milken lane, Ashover, Chesterfield, S45 0BA
5th June 2015 10:30 -12:00 Fairfield Children’s Centre, Victoria Park Road, Fairfield, Buxton, SK17 7PE
8th June 21015 19:00 -20:30 Sharpes Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, DE11 9DG
9th June 2015 10:30 -12:00 Hilton Village Hall, Peacroft Lane, Hilton, DE65 5GH
11th June 2015 10:30 -12:00 Glossop Children’s Centre, Victoria Street, Glossop, SK13 8HZ
12th June 2015 10:30-12:00 Ashbourne Town Hall, Market Place, Ashbourne, DE6 1ES
22nd June 2015 10:30- 12:00 Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1UU
 22nd June 2015 19:00- 20:30 The Assembly Rooms, Hiltop, Bolsover, S44 6NG

Please make sure you book your places as spaces are limited per session, Contact Fiona on 01629 533666 or email Fiona.ross@derbyshire.gov.uk

Please act NOW on draft Code of Practice

Consultation ends next Monday (December 9) and it is vital that the Government hears from as many parents as possible about their views on the proposed changes to the Code of Practice.

With this in mind, Derbyshire Parent Forums Steering Group member Helen Bulaitis has completed the consultation document collating parental views gleaned at parent forum meetings and consultations, both locally, regionally and nationally and thoughts from organisations such as the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), Contact a Family and the Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA).

While the answers are in no way a comprehensive critique of the draft code, nor can they be said in any way to cover everyone’s individual circumstances, grievances and gripes, they do cover some of the most often raised concerns that Helen has come across at meetings in the last few months.

Please have a look and change, add, amend as you wish.

Helen asks parents to take particular note of question 19 which relates to Education Health and Care Plans (which will replace statements – but may not replace statements for all ).

Question 27 offers an Any Other Comments box in which you can add your personal concerns.

Question 53 asks for Any Other Comments on responding to the consultation. Helen has expressed her personal view here and, again, please change, add, amend as you wish.

Response to draft CoP

 If you feel happy to support the general tone of these answers we would urge you to send this document to the Department for Education. 

Send by post to: Ministerial and Public Communication Division (CSDSD Team), Department for Education, Area 1C, Castle View House, East Lane, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 2GJ.

Send by e-mail to: SENCodeOfPractice.CONSULTATION@education.gsi.gov.uk

We have also been given a draft copy of the response to the CoP consultation by Derbyshire County Council officers. See what they think below:

officers completed CoP draft Response Form v1 (1)

Alternatively, the Derbyshire Parent Forums Steering Group has issued an five-point general response to the consultation which you can find below:

A number of key concerns about the draft SEN Code of Practice have been raised by Derbyshire parents through the Derbyshire Parent Forums. I wish to add my voice to those concerns:

  • I am concerned about the intention to extend rights of appeal and decision-making to young people aged 16+. Although I appreciate that young adults need to have a voice in the decision-making about their education along with many other parents I believe that as a basic principle decision-making should rest with parents up to the age of 18
  • I am concerned that accountability in the draft Code is unclear. It is not satisfactory that there is no formal mechanism (other than school’s complaints procedure) for challenging the special educational provision that schools make either through their delegated budgets or through additional resources provided through the local authority. It is inadequate to identify Ofsted inspections of schools as a means of ensuring accountability – their infrequency means that a whole key stage for an individual might elapse between school inspections
  • The timescale for implementing these changes is unrealistically short – there has been insufficient time to gather and  consider carefully the evidence from Pathfinders.
  • Education, Health and Care Plans will be more costly to undertake than the current statutory assessments (statements) and section 139A assessments for  young people who have left school. At the same time local authorities are facing unprecedented cuts of 30% or more. We are concerned that this will put pressure on local authorities to change their thresholds for assessment so that over time only children with the most severe and complex needs will have the statutory protection that a statement currently provides
  • There needs to be some clear national guidance about how children in the new ‘SEN Support’ category will have their needs recorded, provision specified, outcomes identified – with a clear reviewing process. Without this children, young people and their parents and providers will be in vulnerable positions with a lack of clarity about what they should or could expect. This is essential if the stated intention of delivering high aspirations for all children and young people with SEN is to be achieved.

Again, send by e-mail to: SENCodeOfPractice.CONSULTATION@education.gsi.gov.uk