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5 December 2016

East Sussex CQC/Ofsted Inspection webinar
This week 5 - 9 December, a team of inspectors from Ofsted and CQC (Care Quality Commission) will be in East Sussex, looking at how effective the local authority and local health services are for children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities).  The inspection will look at how effective East Sussex is in the following three ways:

Identifying the needs of children and young people with SEND
Meeting the needs of these children and young people with SEND.
Improving their outcomes and chances of taking part fully in society.

So that as many parents as possible are able to contribute views, the inspectors are holding an online webinar that we would strongly encourage you to take part in if possible. The webinar takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th December, led by the Inspectors, and will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively the local area is implementing the SEND reforms. YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS WEBINAR - here

Mental Capacity, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection explained - 9 February 2017
To book at place on this seminar at Kings Centre, Eastbourne,  from 9.30am to 1.00pm please visit our eventbrite page.  

This is the second of two events led by Philip Warford from Renaissance Legal, the first of which was held in June 2016.
Designated Medical Officer
You may have heard that we now have a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) in East Sussex, but are perhaps wondering what that means?  Read more about this new post on our website.  
East Sussex CITS and CIES
ESPaCC have been working closely with CITS as they establish their new parent engagement working group and we have set up a page on our website which will be kept up to date with the help of Simon.

East Sussex SEND Disability Register survey 
Every County must have a Disability Register. The information is needed to plan for future services and provision.

The East Sussex Disability Register is part of the iGo card scheme.  A survey was undertaken in October by East Sussex CC, which asked iGo card holders if they thought asking for more information from families would be helpful in planning services and provision, and if this was something East Sussex should be doing.

The question asked was, ‘Do you think it would be more helpful for the local authority if we were to seek more information from you, to inform consultation, and do you think it is something we should be doing?

222 responses were received as below:

No – I would not want to provide more information when signing up - 62% (138)
Yes - I would be happy to provide the additional information when signing up - 38% (84)

Other information

  • Events - Please check our website, coming soon -  a number of events in the New Year, more details will follow!
  • Local charity Families for Autism is excited to announce the opening of its new charity shop in Eastbourne. To find out more about the shop visit the website.
  • Do you have a family member with learning disabilities? Have your say by accessing a survey from a research group at the University College London (UCL).
  • Membership - Don't forget to submit your membership forms via the website or directly to
  • Read the latest enewsletter from CAF
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