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.
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.
Spring term news 2019
01/04/2019 - Inclusion Survey for all young people in years 7 to 13
We would like your help in understanding what it is like for SEND children and young people to grow up in Derby. So with the help of young people from St. Andrew’s and St. Martin’s School, we have developed an online survey and Guidance for advocates.
As an incentive for young people to complete the survey, they will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a £50 gift voucher. Competition terms and conditions. The closing date is Friday 7 June 2019.
Scope offers emotional support via it's mentoring service called 'Navigate'. It's a national telephone mentoring service to support you at the start of your journey as a parent of a disabled child. The service will put you in touch with an advisor who will listen to you and check whether the service is right for you. It’s designed to help you to talk through your feelings and let you know you’re not alone.
Apply online or telephone 0808 801 0510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
14/03/2019 - Review of the National Autism Strategy
The government needs your help informing the National Autism Strategy review. They are inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers to find out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers. The survey is now open for responses until 16 May 2019.
06/03/2019 - The Kidz to Adultz Middle event is 10 years old!
This free event for supports children and young people up to 25, their families and carers to discover the latest innovations, technology and services that are changing the face of the disability world, all under one roof, in a totally accessible venue.
When: Thursday 21 March 9.30am - 4.30pm
Where: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE.
15/02/2019 - Derby City Council’s Local Offer Annual Report December 2018
28/01/2019 - Epilepsy in Infants and Young Children
Caring for a baby, infant or young child who is experiencing seizures can be distressing. The people at Young Epilepsy have created Epilepsy in Infants and Young Children: A Guide for Parents. This guide gives parents and carers essential information about living with, and managing epilepsy in young children.
21/01/2019 - Can drumming improve brain function in 16-20 year olds with autism?
King's College London would like to invite you to participate in a research project funded by the Waterloo Foundation. Previous studies on young people without autism showed improved functional connectivity in certain areas of the brain, particularly those associated with sensory, emotional and motor co-ordination difficulties.
If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please email Professor Steve Williams at email@example.com
15/01/2019 - Understanding your child's diagnosis
Have you seen the new webpage we have created called 'Understanding your child's diagnosis'? We have three diagnoses there already:
Mental health and wellbeing
We are currently working on the following to be published in the future:
Other medical conditions
Specific learning need
We would welcome your feedback on these pages or any other part of the Local Offer webpages.
07/01/2019 - Over 80% of Derby’s two year olds access quality early years provision!
The Families Information Service has for the first time ever achieved just over 80% take up of funded two year old places in the city’s childcare settings. This means most of our eligible two year olds are getting the opportunity to access quality early years provision to better their long term outcomes.
Early learning childcare encourages children to:
make new friends
experience new activities
get ready for school.
It can also help parents:
have more time
take up a college course
go back to work
meet other parents
get ideas of how to help your child play and learn.
With, 374 two year old’s turning three by 31/12/2018 to maintain a 80% take up level, we need to have 330 new two year old’s take up a place in January.
If you know someone with a two year old, tell them to please contact the Family Information Service on 01332 640758 to check their eligibility. They can also apply online from the comfort of home.
03/01/2019 - Happy New Year everyone!
Autumn term news 2018
11/12/2018 - ‘Excellent performance with the take up!’ says DfE
Some working parents and carers of three and four year olds may be eligible for an additional 15 hours per week of funded childcare on top of the existing universal 15 hour offer of funded early education entitlement (FEEE). The eligibility criteria for this extended offer and application process can be found on www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
In the summer, there were 1778 Derby families benefiting from this extended entitlement. Derby City Council has been recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) for our excellent performance with the take up of extended entitlement, with take up level performance being consistently within the top 30 local authorities over the last year. Already in the autumn term we have seen a 16% growth in the number of families taking up this new offer compared to autumn last year.
The Family Information Service is working closely with parents and professionals to promote all funded childcare options available to families to ensure all eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds take up the FEEE. This includes trying to encourage parents using registered childcare to access the use tax free childcare scheme that can support families with 20% of their childcare costs for children aged 0 to12 with potential savings per child of £2,000 per year.
03/12/2018 - Family Information Services translated.
We have now translated our childcare information into several languages that we know are spoken in the city. If you have a neighbour or friend who would benefit from having this information in their first language, please show them these links:
20/11/2018 - The Family Information Service Facebook page
The Family Information Service Facebook page has everything for Derby families from childcare funding for the 0-5 years, clubs and activities for teens to big family days out, as well as lots of general information useful for families. We are reviewing the tone of pages on the website to make them more family friendly. We are aiming to make the pages fresher and cleaner to browse through too. The pages about childcare funding have been revised already, using dropdowns, images and video.
Please share the Facebook page amongst friends and family, please review both the webpages and Facebook page and please let us know if you would like anything posting. We would welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org and are open to any of your suggestions.
19/11/2018 - Voice of the child toolkits
Practitioners working with children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disability (SEND) have developed a set of engagement tools in collaboration with the Parent/Carers Together Forum to capture the voice of the child or young person.
There are 3 different tools:
All About Me – to get to know different aspect of the child or young person 3 Islands – if you have any safeguarding concerns Improvement Ladder – to discuss improvements and change
12/11/2018 - ‘Flying Start for Two Year Olds’ potentially 80% by the end of the year!
The Family Information Service (FIS) is proud to announce that 77% of eligible two year olds are taking up their free childcare place. This is higher than the national average of 72%, with children still able to take up a place this term so potentially take up could increase to over 80% by the end of the year. This offer supports families to be able to return to work or increase their work hours. These two year olds are the city’s most disadvantaged children and evidence has shown how important it is for them to access good quality early years provision to help them be ready and prepared for school.
05/11/2018 - Decision-making and mental capacity
NICE has published a new guideline covering decision-making in people aged 16 years and over who may lack capacity now or in the future. It aims to help health and social care practitioners support people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so, and helps to keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process.
15/10/2018 - New webpage!
We have made our information about funded places for three and four year olds much more clear. We hope you like the new layout!
09/10/2018 - Don't miss out on Derby College Open Days.
04/10/2018 - Attention! To all our early years funded childcare providers:
The autumn term actual head count deadline is Friday 5 October at 4.30pm.
However please submit your claims as soon as possible, you do not need to wait until tomorrow.
No claims will be accepted after this date.
02/10/2018 - Improving Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Provision in Derby
Derby City Council is always looking to improve on how it delivers its services and to provide the best it can for children in Derby.
Following very careful consideration and initial consultation with parent representatives SEND partners and headteachers, proposals were developed to improve Derby's specialist provision for children and young people with SEND and to help support parents, carers and families. These proposals were then subject to a full consultation process.
The overall aim of the plan is to help ensure that children and young people attend a school most appropriate to their individual needs and that more places will be offered in local schools, near to the family home and the local community, wherever possible.
The main proposals relate to:
Enhanced Resource School and Special School Placement Criteria.
Ensuring specialist provision is relevant to current needs of children and young people in Derby.
Improving SEND pupil pathways between primary and secondary Enhanced Resource Schools
Developing an Early Years Inclusion Fund for all Early Years providers.
It is important to note that no existing placements will be affected by the proposals. The proposals will be considered by Council Cabinet on Wednesday 10th October and, subject to approval, will take effect on a gradual basis.
Please click on the link below to view a leaflet for parents and carers which explains the proposals in a bit more detail:
The Local Offer visited a Parent Carer Together workshop about health earlier this week. We collected lots of feedback and will start working on putting these suggestions in place.
12/09/2018 - Engagement Officer
Hello, my name is Charlotte and I am the new Engagement Officer. I will be keeping the Local Offer up to date here on the website and on Facebook. Please do let me know via email Local.Offer@derby.gov.uk if you think there is something missing and I will do my best to help you.
You might be aware that Derby City Council has now consulted on proposals to improve school provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and to help support parents, carers and families.
The Council has received a range of responses through the consultation and has considered them all very carefully. It is really good news that so many people took the time to respond to the consultation. In view of the responses received, it is now likely that a report on the consultation outcome and proposals will be presented to Derby City Council Cabinet on 10 October 2018.
For information, a Communication Strategy is being developed to ensure that proposals in the report to Council Cabinet in October are clearly and carefully communicated to all interested parties including schools, parents and carers.
We hope this is helpful as an update on the Specialist Provision Review and further information will be posted on the Local Offer website as the review progresses.
08/05/2018 - New guidance added on the Single Route of Redress - National Trail
The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial. The trial will apply to decisions made or EHC plans issued or amended from 3 April 2018. Visit our ECHP page to find out more.
Spring term news 2018
26/02/2018 - Specialist Provision Proposals and SEND Fund Bandings: Consultation has now taken place on proposals to improve specialist provision for children and young people.
A range of responses have been received through the consultation which the Council is now very carefully considering. In view of the responses received, it is now likely that a report on the consultation outcome and proposals will be presented to Council Cabinet in June 2018, to allow sufficient time to carefully consider all of the responses received.
In relation to the SEND fund bandings, the Council has considered the comments made through the consultation with schools and has taken the decision to introduce the single SEND fund bandings for Special Schools and Enhanced Resource Schools from April 2018.
The new SEND bandings have been established to simplify the way in which funding is allocated to Special Schools and Enhanced Resource Schools, creating a more transparent and consistent funding system. They should also result in increased funding stability for schools, supporting budget setting processes.
Overall, the new bandings will result in additional SEND funding of £911,000, over a three year period, a significant increase in investment in our schools in the City. Exceptional needs funding will also remain in place for those pupils with highly complex needs. We hope this update is helpful as we all continue to work together on improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
23/02/2018 - Local Offer User Guide
We heard your concerns and have now created a Local Offer User Guide that we hope makes using this site easier. We hope that this helps navigate around the site as you told us it is tricky to know what is available on the Local Offer. We are hoping to create a video on this with young people in the summer of 2018.
23/08/2019 - Act now to make sure tax credits payments for your 16-19 year old don’t stop
The Tax Credit Office always assumes that a 16 year old is a school leaver during the summer. As a result, they automatically stop any tax credit payments for a young person from 1 September. If you have a 16-19 year old who'll be staying in school or college after the summer holidays, remember to let the Tax Credit Office know by 31 August or you could lose out. If you have only one child you claim tax credits for, or you miss the deadline, Contact has some advice.
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.
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.
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.
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 Engage@nhs.net or speak to someone by ringing 0113 8249686. Use the same contact details to share your ideas without needing to join the forum.
15/07/2019 - Blue badges for those with hidden disabilities
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.
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 2019. The 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 email@example.com to request more information on how they can attend the discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team.
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.
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.