Aiming High Consultation

Great News for Aiming High

Following on from November forums, Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice submitted a report to Derbyshire County Council on the proposals, It was highlighted by one of the parents Mr Mitchell that young people had not been consulted appropriately, Derbyshire County Council set up a consultation with young people, but proposed some interim arrangement which would have been in effect from April 2015.  Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice did not feel were interim arrangements were suitable for Derbyshire Parents, we asked them to reconsider,  the forum recieved the following information in a reply from Councillor Gillott last week,

” At this stage , no decisions have been taken, we are taking the time to fully consider the responses to consultations, and to explore the impact that any changes would have on families. In the meantime, no changes will be made to the current Aiming Hight scheme and the current arrangements will continue”

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice will continue to have conversation with Derbyshire County Council with regard to  Aiming High and will keep you updated. Thank you to all those parents who got involved and had their say together we can make a difference


Wills and Trust Workshop

We are running a workshop with Simpson Law on Wills and Trusts. The speaker will be able to explain the different wills and trust that are available to help you decided on how best to look after your children and young people in the future. This is a Free information event, if you want individual advice this can be arrange privately after wards, the event can be attended by one or both parents and Carers. The workshop is on Tuesday 19th May 2015, at Cromford Mills, in Cromford from 18:00 – 21:00, places are limited so if you want to attend please book as soon as possible, by calling 01629 533666 or emailing



Healthwatch are looking at CAMHS Services, can you help them provide feedback?

Healthwatch want to hear from anyone who has had experience of CAMHS in the last year.

Healthwatch  would also like to hear from people on the waiting list for CAMHS, or who are receiving mental health support in the community.

The information you given will be collected anonymously and will be shared with those who run CAMHS, so that they know what works well and what doesn’t.

Please link of the link for more information on how to get involved  ART Healthwatch Derbyshire A4 Child Services Mental Health Flyer

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

You said …..we did

Thanks to all the parents for feedback on the Local Offer. Further updates will follow but for those who could not find results for 11-16 year olds we gave been told today this has been sorted,  (please remember the search is not keyword yet) happy searching!

Transition to Adulthood Event

Free Workshop for Parent and Carers from Contact A Family

Moving to Adulthood Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Tuesday 9th December 2014, The Suite, St Thomas Centre 10:00 – 12:30

Find out what you need to know about Transition Planning & Process, The new Children’s and Family Act including EHC Plans, Equality Act 2010 including further and higher education, there will be time to ask questions

To Book a place please call “Contact a Family” on 0121 415 4624

Transition Chesterfield Dec 14 flyer final – Click the link for the flyer information.

Join Derbyshire Parent Forum Today

Membership is Free, Simply email or call 01629 533666 giving your Name, Address, Telephone Number and Email address if available  and we will add you.

Joining the membership ensures you receive all the up to date information, newsletters and invites.


We are looking for enthusiastic parents to join the Steering Group. Steering Group members help shape the information presented to the district forums, attend meetings on behalf of parents to ensure their voice is listened to within Derbyshire County Council and campaign for Jargon free publications.

In return for your support we will provide subsidised access to training to increase your knowledge of the new SEND legislations, minute taking , social media training, website design and many other opportunities that would help you in your role as a Steering Group member. We will also refund your travel and childcare expenses for work undertaken for Derbyshire Parent Forum (receipts will be required).

If you would like to know more please get in touch with Fiona Ross  on 01629 533666  or