Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice office is closed from Friday 18th December to Monday 4th January. You can leave a message on the answerphone at 01629 533 666 or email while we are away to book  onto the IPSEA Training (4th February) Parent Participation Training (22nd March) any Local workshop (running in January and February) on Personal Budgets there are 11 see the website page  for details, Ilkeston Local meeting  your opportunity to talk to us about your area (8th January The AGM (18th March), Don’t forget to leave your name, contract details, and the event you want to attend. we will respond to call calls and emails on our return.

While we are away have a look at our website, see what we are tweeting about on twitter and sharing on Facebook. We want to thank you for your support without your help the forum would not be able to make the difference it does. We look forward to seeing you in 2016.

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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 with your name, contact number and any dietary requirements.

Parent Participation Training

We are running Free training on Parent Participation for parents and carers who are interested in becoming a parent Representative for the forum or who want to participate more meaningfully with their own services.  The workshop will run on 22nd  March 2016, at Ashover Village Hall, 10:00 – 14:30, there will be a free lunch, and the forum will reimburse any travel or childcare expenses to allow you to attend. Places are limited so book quickly by calling 01629 533 666 or emailing, with your name, contact details and any dietary requirement.

The flyer here gives you more details about the training Get Involved Make a Difference Derbyshire

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

Aiming High Short Breaks

Thank you to all the parents who used their voice to tell us about short breaks, we had submitted a report to Derbyshire County Council and await their response.

Read the full report here Aiming High Consulation report 2015

Keep checking back for updates.

Speech and Language

One of the parents from Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice, is petitioning for better speech and language provision, have a look at the link


EHC Information gathering

In order for the forum to analyse the information gathered we will need to close the questionnaire on Thursday 5th November, we still needs parents and carers to speak out about their EHC experience, if you have been through it, will be transferring your statement, have has a statement ceased or an assessment refused, we want to hear both positive and negative experiences, so we can get the whole picture

This is your opportunity to have your say. Together we can make a difference for Derbyshire Families.

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

If you require a paper copy please email or call 01629 533666 and ask for Fiona Ross

Last chance to access EHC Workshop

tonight is our last EHC workshop at the struts centre beeper 19:00 -21:00 come along and learn about transferring your child’s/young persons statement. We will also be taking feedback on the proposed changes to Aiming High, have your say before this service changes.