We understand that talking to many different services about your child's needs can be very confusing.
To help we have put together a list of acronyms on our Glossary of Terms.
10/12/2019 - New Text Service!
We can now share with you our new text service. Please text any queries you have to 07585 960083.
06/12/2019 - We now have Browsealoud!
On every page of the Local Offer and the rest of the Council website is now supported by the accessibility tool called Browsealoud. It makes the website accessible to those who require online reading support. This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. It works by reading web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice. The user simply hovers their mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud. You can find the icon in the bottom right of any webpage.
02/12/2019 - Could you help to develop and update a range of NICE quality standards?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently looking for members, (usually referred to as ‘lay members’) to join the quality standards advisory committee who help to develop and/or update NICE quality standards on a range of different health and social care topics. Interested? Apply here. For mkore information, please contact Janine Wigmore at PIPrecruitment@nice.org.uk or Tel: 0161 413 4123.
27/11/2019 - SEND Improvement plans launch in Derby
Derby City Council and Derby and NHS Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (DDCCG) have announced plans to improve services in the city for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our plan is in response to the Ofsted and CQC Local Area SEND inspection that took place in June 2019. Findings of the Inspection were published in August 2019 and identified areas of strength and areas of weakness.
Our Local Area Written Statement of Action (WSOA) has been developed by speaking to, and working with, parents and carers to ensure children, young people and their families are at the heart of everything we do to secure the best possible outcomes, reach their potential and thrive into adulthood.
25/11/2019 - Disability motoring events announced for 2020
Following this summer’s successful programme of events, The Big Event will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham on 3 and 4 July 2020. The flagship showcases the UK’s largest display of cars, wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), powered wheelchairs and scooters for disabled people, with cars also available to test drive. In addition to the event in Birmingham, there will be four regional One Big Days taking place across the UK.
11/11/2019 - 18 deaf young people to join our next Young People's Advisory Board
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is looking for 18 deaf young people to join our next Young People's Advisory Board. Members would work with with NDCS to find out what's important to deaf children and young people and understand what they want and need.
Do you know a deaf young person who would be great at sharing their views and representing others? Or, maybe it's you!
Applicants must be aged 13-16 to apply and live within the UK. Applications close on Friday 1 December 2020.
If you have any questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
04/11/2019 - Contacts’ Brighter Beginnings workshops start in November!
This four-week programme is for parents of young children aged 0-5 with additional needs covering:
For booking information, email email@example.com
28/10/2019 - Stay safe this Autumn
Halloween can be an exciting time of year for children, dressing up and going out after dark. Being mindful of potential hazards can help prevent accidents and make Halloween safer for everyone without dampening the fun. The Child Accident Prevention Trust has some great top tips for being safe at this time of year.
24/10/19 - Have your say on current service and the future of the Light House residential services!
The Light House short breaks service is under review so that improvements can be made for the children and young people who currently use the service, those on the waiting list and importantly the children of the future, and their families and carers. In order to do that, they need to hear from people who use the service or who might be using it in the future. This consultation closes on Tuesday 3 December at 5pm.
21/10/2019 - Get vaccinated this Autumn
The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to end of November, but don’t worry if you’ve missed it, you can have the vaccine later in winter. Ask your GP or pharmacist for more information.
You can have your NHS flu vaccine at:
Find out more here.
15/10/2019 - Young people's hub postcard
14/10/2019 - A-Z index of Derby's Local Offer
We are currently working hard on an A-Z index of the Local Offer webpages to make it much more accessible. If you know what you're looking for you can find it much more easily using the index. It is a quite a big job so we are publishing it in stages. Here is what we have done so far.
08/10/2019 - Research into Isolation Booths
Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England is looking for parents, carers and children to help contribute to its research on Research into Isolation Booths.
They want to speak to children who have spent time in isolation booths and therefore are looking for parents and carers who know about this practice being used, and have children who are happy to talk with us about it.
If you are interested then, please contact Alice Talbot on 020 7340 8113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 18th October.
02/10/2019 - Managing toileting for children and young people with a disability
You are invited to complete an online survey about toileting for children and young people with special educational needs and disability. Watch this video to find out how you can have your say about toileting services in your area.
Special or Unique - Young People’s Attitudes to Disability
This report by Disability Rights UK and LKMco explores young disabled people’s educational experiences, as well as young people’s attitudes towards disability and disabled people. The findings in this report provide a vital insight into the school experience of young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
18/09/2019 - Smart tech for the visually impaired
The WeWalk stick has an ultrasonic sensor that detects obstacles above chest level and uses vibrations to warn the user. It can be paired with a smartphone to help navigation, and is integrated with a voice assistant and Google Maps. Connecting the stick to the Internet of Things and smart city solutions makes it user-friendly. This video explains more about it:
12/09/2019 - LEGO MRI scanners
People have created all sorts of amazing things with LEGO including an MRI scanner, a gammer camera and CT scanner. These procedures are really scary for most adults let alone for children and young people. The idea of creating this equipment in LEGO form is nothing new but we thought it worth sharing again so that you can support your child to conquer any fears. Here is a short video to show you how to build an MRI scanner in LEGO:
05/09/2019 - Derby Children's Health launch new website!
Derby Children's Health has a new website, to keep contacts as paper light as possible. So most of the information previously given to you will be online. There is also general advice, contact numbers for support locally and nationally and an up-to-date clinic list that will be updated with changes.
Don't forget we are always wanting your feedback.