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




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.

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.

Local Meeting in South Normanton

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 The Hub at South Normanton  on Friday 5th February 2016 to talk to parent and carers about their local area, and to plan the forums activities and events for 2016/2017. Come along and have a coffee/tea and a chat with us, tell us about the training, workshop and meetings you’d like to attend.

We will be at The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton, DE55 2AA from 10:30 -12:00 

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


There  is a £10.00 Love2shop voucher up for grabs once we hit 100 likes, Only 16 more to go! everyone in with a chance, Please she our page and encourage your friends/family to ‘like’ our page if they too are parents/carers in Derbyshire with children/young adults with additional needs and disabilities.

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.


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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Hilton this Friday

Dont forget the management gorup are going to Hilton Village Hall this Friday 11th September from 10:30 -12:00. Come and talk to us about your area, your concerns and help shape Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice, to be the forum you want.

We look forward to seeing you


First Steps Activity Packs for Visually Impaired children

We received the information below from British Blind Sport.

We are a national charity helping blind and partially sighted people get active and play sport.

We are developing a free First Steps activity pack for visually impaired children aged 7 to 12 years old. First Steps includes everything a family needs to lead a more active life. It includes an audible ball to allow children to hear where the ball is, activity cards, local clubs booklets and a progress chart. You can learn more about it in this article: http://bbs.gl/fslaunch

We are currently in a pilot stage and are looking for families in the West and East Midlands regions. The pack is free and is being sent directly to the families who request them. We have had positive feedback so far, but are still looking to work with an additional 20 families across the two regions.

Families need to do is complete a short form and the free activity pack will be sent directly to them. Registration form: http://bbs.gl/firststepswelcome

Please get in touch with Thomas Davies on 01926 424247 if you have any questions.