ESPaCC Newsletter - September 2014

SEND Reforms Information Sessions

Further Information Sessions are now planned for parents about the SEND Reforms.  These will be delivered by the ESCC SEND team.

The sessions will be on 
MONDAY 6 OCTOBER 2014 in Eastbourne  
MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2014 in Hastings.

Please see the flyer and book via the website if possible.


The sessions are free to our members.
All new members welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there.



We are offering welcoming and informative sessions for members of ESPaCC.
The sessions will be delivered by Contact a Family (a national charity that exists to support the families of children with a disability and/or additional needs)

Session One - Coping and Support

Understanding what causes stress
How it impacts on the family
Top tips
Sources of help, advice and support
 Session Two – General Benefits
Money Matters: An overview of the benefits available and where to get help and advice

Please see the flyer for further details and please book via the website if possible.


The sessions are FREE to members of ESPaCC.
New members always welcome.

We hope to put on other sessions soon.  Look out for further details next time about..... "Thinking Outside The Box"


The SEND reforms

The long wait for the SEND reforms is over.  As of 1 September 2014 they became law.  For those of you who would like further information please find the links below.  (Attend our sessions on 6 and 20 October to hear about what the reforms will mean for us in East Sussex)

Douglas Silas
Some of you attended our legal session with Douglas Silas (specialist lawyer in Special Educational Needs) and he provides regular updates via his website.  You can also purchase his guide to the SEN Code of Practice from there.
Douglas Silas link

Government Website
There is also a free guide for parents to the Code of Practice available on the government website (link below)
Government Website link

MENCAP have also written two useful and easy to read documents for parents about the changes.
What has changed
Overview of the reforms

Steve Broach writes a regular blog on the reforms
Rights in Reality

There are a number of videos on You Tube that discuss the changes


We will be updating our membership details over the next 12 months.  If you receive this EBulletin you are currently listed as a member of the East Sussex Parent and Carers' Council (ESPaCC).

We will be asking you if you would still like to be a member, and will be requesting more detailed information about our membership to give us a better understanding of who we are representing and where there are gaps.  We may ask about your location or your child's additional needs.  Any information requested will remain confidential and we will not share it with any other group.

If any parents are willing to help with this piece of work we would be most grateful.

Please fill in the new membership form here.

Membership Form

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