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2019 Parent carer conference

Hear testimonies from young people and from services which promote the participation of children & young people, their independence & skills for life.  

Choose from one of 4 workshops in the afternoon:

  • Listening to the voice of the child - Psychology Service
  • Young People SEND Champions co-delivering a workshop explaining their SEND Network programme and the impact of the young person's voice in SEND decisions
  • Raising Resilient Teens - Suffolk Parenting Team
  • Annual Health Checks for young people with disabilities - NHS Learning Disability Team

Wednesday 13 March 2019, Stratford St Andrew

Book your place via Eventbrite



'Your views, we're listening' survey results

Thanks so much to all who completed our survey, follow the link on the right for full results. 

Keynotes were…

Two thirds who completed the survey were parents/carers.

A third were not aware we support young people directly.

Your high priority areas for our service development are…

  • Direct work with young people, both individually and strategically
  • Clinics/drop-in surgeries
  • Webinars for practitioners
  • Wider publicity of our service, including to minority groups

See table opposite for what survey respondents thought we should focus on.


Read and download comments and our responses

View the full survey results



We have recently been asked to submit a 2-year plan to the Council for Disabled Children outlining how we will develop to meet the new minimum standards for IAS services. We were also invited to apply for funding to support the plan in 2019-20. This will be additional funding – the Local Authority are required to fund the IAS service for their area and will continue to do so at the current level.

In Suffolk we will be focussing on our work with Children and Young people and will start by asking young people themselves what they want.

We also plan to find ways of raising awareness of what we do.

We are in the process of developing webinars which should be rolled out initially to school governing bodies but, hopefully if they are successful, to other practitioners and also to parents and young people.

Clinics and drop-in surgeries have been tried in the past and have not been well used. We will look into how we might be able to make these work better, and whether it is something that might work for children and young people.



Helpful contacts Autumn 2018

Our latest version of the popular Helpful contacts leaflet, includes education, health and social care services in Suffolk and local and national organisations.

Contact us if you would like hard copies:



Impartiality postcards


The unique 'arms-length' nature of our service can be confusing to understand, so we have produced a postcard to explain how we ensure our impartiality.

To order one or a supply you can email us:


'EHC plan' workshops for parents & carers

Does your child have an EHC plan or is an EHC needs assessment underway?

A free workshop for parents and carers explaining the purpose of an Education, Health and Care Plan and how it can help your child. 

We explore key sections and responsibilities, how you and your child can be involved and what to do if you are uncertain about the Plan.

Monday 28th January 2019, Eye

Thursday 31st January 2019, Ipswich

Thursday 28th February, Haverhill

Wednesday 6th March, Lowestoft





Become a 'SEND Parent Champion'

The aim of this 2.5 day course is to help parents to support and empower other parents who have children with additional needs. 



Session 1 (intro): Monday 11th March 10am - 12 noon

Session 2: Monday 18th March 10am - 14:30pm

Session 3: Monday 25th March 10am - 14:30pm

Read more and book your free place via Eventbrite

Feedback from our previous SEND parent champion course...

Thank you so much for running the course. It is really making me think and challenging how I listen and respond to others.

Super filled sessions.

Really positive course with lots of key points to remember.. Practical solutions.

Very nice atmosphere for sharing and learning.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your courses to others.



Empower your child

A workshop exploring strategies to help you support your child to begin to ask for help in school.

Friday 8th February 2019, Ipswich

Monday 4th March 2019, Leiston




Making Meetings Matter

A workshop for parents and carers which explores practical strategies for how best to prepare and take a positive part in meetings with schools and the local authority.

Monday 4th February 2019, Ipswich

Wednesday 6th February 2019, Sudbury

Friday 15th February 2019, Beccles



Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support in schools and other settings.

Increase your understanding of the system of school support for children with special educational needs and disabilities and also children with medical needs. We also look at exclusions and the threshold for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment process.

Monday 11th February 2019, Felixtowe



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