More help and news

We understand that talking to many different services about your child's needs can be very confusing.  SEND - Frequently asked Questions

To help we have put together a list of acronyms on our Glossary of Terms.

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19/08/2019 - Autistic teenager creates App to help people on the spectrum

Ethan Shallcross, An 18-year-old software developer with autism, has created an iOS app to help those on the autistic spectrum in their day-to-day lives. The app aims to enable people to manage their anxiety, monitor their mental health and reduce burnout.  


13/08/2019 - Looking after yourself

The Council for Disabled Children has produced this guide for parents to ensure they are looking after themselves as well as their children with additional needs. This guide has been laid out in sections that parents felt were important. You can read the sections in whichever order most appeals to you and can dip in and out as you wish. As you explore each section please remember you are not alone, many families have similar experiences, and take heart that even a small change can make a difference.


08/08/2019 - Compassion in schools

Compassion in schools for Educators Day will showcase cutting edge research with practical workshops.

Educator Day leaflet 

07/08/2019 - Free training workshops led by Asmaa Ahmed for Professionals

Dale Community Primary School are hosting three training workshops led by Asmaa Ahmed (Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practitioner).
These workshops are designed to empower school staff and child-serving professionals to understand the needs of Primary School students who have experienced trauma or have a mental health issue. Delegates will learn to respond to and understand trauma triggered behaviour as well as to learn about what happens in Trauma and Mental Health Informed schools in terms of key relational approaches and interventions to positively impact the whole school culture.

Sessions are free

When: 9.15am - 11.15am
18th September
25th September 
2nd October
8th October

Where: Dale Community Primary School, Porter Road, Derby, DE23 6NL.

To book a place, please contact the school Office on (01332) 760070 or


05/08/2019 - Benefits of childhood immunisations

Despite the benefits of childhood immunisations (vaccines), there is a local and national decline in the number of people accepting the offer of vaccinations. The Screening and Immunisation Team are inviting parents and carers to complete an anonymous short survey to share their views and help the team understand potential barriers to access and to explore suggestions for local improvements.


01/08/2019 - Local Area SEND inspection

Following the Local Area SEND inspection by Ofsted, the publication of the SEND inspection letter will take place on Wednesday 28 August.


24/07/2019 - Join NHS England’s Learning Disability and Autism Forum

NHS England has a network of people with a learning disability or autism, or both, their families, carers and supporters who work together to inform the work of the NHS. NHS England is looking to grow the forum and share best practice. Anyone interested in getting involved can email or speak to someone by ringing 0113 8249686. Use the same contact details to share your ideas without needing to join the forum.



People with invisible disabilities can now apply to use blue badge parking permits, including autism and mental health conditions, removing the barriers many face to travel. 


18/06/2019 - Extended Entitlement Survey Results

Thank you to all the parents that took time to fill in this parents survey. A summary of the outcomes can be found here: Extended Entitlement Parent Survey 2019.


17/06/2019 - Updated EHCP webpage

We have been working hard last week revising the content and layout of the education, health and care plan (EHCP) page. We have streamlined the information, updated documents and refreshed how the page looks. Let us know what you think.


11/06/2019 - Derby's Local Area SEND Inspection has now been confirmed

We have just received notification that our local area SEND Inspection has started. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspectors will be in Derby from the 17th June until the 21st June 2019The SEND Inspection will carry out an independent evaluation of how well Derby carries out its statutory duties in relation to children and young people with SEND. 

Get involved now and contribute your ideas!

  • There will be an online webinar for Derby’s parents and carers of children with SEND to contribute to. The webinar will take place from 12 noon on Monday 10 June 2019 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June 2019.
  • Parents and carers can also contact the Parent Carer Together Forum be emailing to request more information on how they can attend the discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team.
  • Parents and carers can also email their contributions to

Email to find out more about the inspection process and on how you can get involved.


10/06/2019 - The SEND Peer Review is underway 

A SEND Peer Review will be taking place from Monday the 10th June 2019 until Friday 14th June 2019. The review will be exploring 3 themes:

  • Users experience and parental engagement
  • SEND support and graduated response
  • Local area SEND partnership and responsibility


05/06/2019 - The 30 hours Extended Entitlement 

Florentina from Brent shares her story of how 30 hours extended entitlement has allowed her to increase her work hours while her son Erik, who has special educational needs, received speech and language therapy through his nursery.

To find out if you’re eligible for 30 hours childcare, please call 0300 1234 097 or find out more here:



28/05/2019 - Child and Family Health Teams

If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please contact your local health team:

Child and Family Health Team for Alvaston, Boulton and Chellaston Coleman Health Centre, Coleman Street, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8NH. 
Tel: 01332 861176

Child and Family Health Team for Osmaston/Allenton Stanley Road, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8EX. 
Tel: 01332 888070

Child and Family Health Team for Sinfin Sinfin District Centre, Sinfin, Derby DE24 3DS.
Tel: 01332 718787


17/05/2019 - The new Graduated Response leaflet

The Graduated Response is how children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) are supported in Derby. This leaflet tells you all about the support that you and a child or young person can expect to receive if a child or young person needs more help to reach their full potential.


10/05/2019 - Holidays, play and leisure 

Many disabled children and young people say that leisure and play for afterschool, in the holidays and at weekends, is the most important missing element in their lives. This Holidays Play and Leisure provides some information about what play, leisure, and short breaks options may be available. 


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Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby
Phone: 01332 640758