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Get involved in local events, stay up to date with the latest news, surveys and opportunities in Suffolk, meet other parents and tell us your views.

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High Needs Funding – Autumn Term 2018

In September 2018 all mainstream pupils including Further Education providers, will be moderated against new banding descriptors and using a new application process.
2 hour briefings for schools and post 16 providers will be held in July and September.

There is still time to book a place at one of our final briefing sessions:

  • 10th September 10.00-12.00 at Lowestoft Community Hub, Rotterdam Rd, Lowestoft NR32 2EZ
  • 10th September 15.00-17.00 at Priory School Mount Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7BH
  • 11th September 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 at The Meeting Place Community Centre, 13 Limerick Cl, Ipswich IP1 5LR
  • 12th September, from 9.30-11.30 at Anglia Care Trust, 8 The Square, Martlesham, IP5 3SL

Please email to book your place.

Read more about High Needs Funding.

Redesign of Speech, Language & Communication Needs services for children & young people - Have your say!

We have been working hard over the past year to create a new Speech, Language and Communication Needs model for the children and young people of Suffolk. We are keen to hear your views and get your feedback on what you think of our proposal.

No need to book! Sessions are to be held on:

Tuesday 11th September 2018, 10am - 12pm, The Kirkley Centre, Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ

Monday 17th September 2018, 10am - 12pm, Blackbourne Community Centre, Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9GY

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 10am - 12pm, Kesgrave Community Centre, Ipswich, IP5 1JF

For further information, please contact Suffolk Parent Carer Network:

Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN) Drop-In Events

Come along to one of SPCN's events below and meet the SPCN Ambassadors. Tell them about your views experiences of mental health and emotional wellbeing services in Suffolk and find out more about the work that SPCN does across the county.

  • Tuesday 4th September, 10.00am - 1.00pm - Morrisons Ipswich
  • Tuesday 4th September, 1.30pm – 4.30pm - Keeping Active and Informed in Waveney! Waterlane Leisure Centre, Lowestoft
  • Wednesday 5th September, 10.00am – 1.30pm - Newmarket Hospital
  • Wednesday 5th September, 2.30pm - 4.30pm - Needham Market Library
  • Thursday 6th September, 9.30am to 11.30am - Capel Library
  • Friday 7th September, 10.30am-12.30pm - Ixworth Library
  • Saturday 8th September, 12.00pm-4.00pm - Felixstowe Pre-School Nursery Fete at the Half Moon Pub, Walton
  • Monday 10th September, 10.00am-12.00pm - Kesgrave Library
  • Monday 10th September, 10.00am-12.00pm - Stowmarket Autism Support Group
  • Monday 10th September, 12.30pm to 4.30pm - Suicide Prevention Event, Quay Place, Ipswich
  • Wednesday 12th September, 6.15pm - 7.15pm - Genesis Parents Group Coffee meet up
  • Thursday 13th September, 9.30am –11.00am - Chantry Library/Children’s Centre Tot Rock Event
  • Thursday 13th September, 10.30am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm - Lavenham Library
  • Friday 14th September, 10.00am - Little Miracles Parent/Carer Group Ely Community Centre
  • Friday 14th September, 10.00am-11.30am - Hadleigh High School (Parents and carers of students at the school only)
  • Friday 14th September, 8.30am – 9.45am - Leiston Primary School (Parents and carers of students at the school only)
  • Sunday 16th September, 3.00pm – 5.00pm - Friends of Cedarwood Primary Car Boot Sale
  • Tuesday 18th September, 10.00am - 12.00pm - BSVEC Family Carer’s Drop-In Coffee event

Surveys / Consultations

The Future of Mental Health Services – A Very Different Conversation

This consultation is described as "a unique opportunity to express your views about how mental health and emotional wellbeing services are developed and delivered across east and west Suffolk."

Rather than asking about individual services, the consultation wants views on mental health and emotional wellbeing services "in all their variations, from maternal mental health to eating disorders to dementia, to name but a few."

Healthwatch Suffolk, Suffolk User Forum, Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk Parent Carer Network, Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, West Suffolk CCG and Norfolk and Suffolk NHSFT are all working in partnership on this project in order to

If you would like to hear more about their work or get involved please contact or telephone 0800 448 8234, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on behalf of the partnership.


Suffolk Parent Carer Network - SEN Support & EHCP Training

Friday 28 September 2018

This training day is about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Support including Education, Health and Care Plans. Places are free for SPCN members who are parents/carers/guardians/other family members.

Places are also available for professionals at a cost of £25.00 per person.

Parents/Carers/Family Members book your free place here:

To book a place as a professional, or for any queries, please contact James Nunn on or 07341 126455

Suffolk Parent Carer Network - Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Training Day incl School Transport

Monday 19 November

This practical training day covers the legislation for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in relation to a number of different topics. Places are free for SPCN memberswho are parents/carers/guardians/other family members. 

Places are also available for professionals at a cost of £25.00 per person.

Parents/Carers/Family Members book your free place here.

To book a place as a professional, or for any queries, please contact James Nunn on or 07341 126455

SENDIASS - 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. 

Colchester Baptist Church, 75 Colchester Road, Ipswich IP4 4ST

  • Session 1: 15th November 10am – 12 noon
  • Session 2: 22nd November 10am – 2:30pm
  • Session 3: 29th November 10am – 2:30pm

This event is now fully booked! You can go onto the waiting list in case of any cancellations by emailing

SENDIASS - 'EHC plan' workshops for parents & carers

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

SENDIASS is offering free workshops for parents and carers explaining the purpose of an Education, Health and Care Plan and how it can help your child. 

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

Book your free place via Eventbrite:

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