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Who to contact for advice and guidance
Who can help when you need information, advice or support?
- Devon Parent Carers' Voice (DPCV)
What is DPCV?
Parent Carer Forums are representative local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities. They work alongside local authorities, education, health and other service providers to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families. DPCV is Devon’s Parent Carer Forum. It helps parent carers have a say in improving services around children with additional needs.
How do I contact DPCV?
Phone: 07975 506069
- Local Information
Pinpoint Devon gives you access to thousands of services and community groups across Devon, including SEND services and support groups, in a single search.
Disc Plus gives you information about local and national services for children with special needs. It produces a termly newsletter for families.
Call 0345 1551 013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Information Service is a source of information for parents and carers of children in Devon. It includes registered childcare and other services and support for all children, young people and parents (not just those with SEND).
Contact a Family is a national charity which provides a wide range of information, advice and support to families of children with disabilities.
Care Direct offers information, advice and support about the adult social care system in Devon for young people aged 18+ and their families.
Call 0345 1551 007 or email email@example.com
Devon Carers is an information and support service run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for all carers in Devon.
Call 03456 434 435
- National Guidance
- GOV.UK government overview of provision for children and young people with SEND
- GOV.UK guide to the SEND Code of Practice for parents
- GOV.UK SEND support: easy-read guide for children and young people
- Disability Rights UK – Guide to the Care Act
- Council for Disabled Children – Information for Parents
- Council for Disabled Children – SEND reforms: What children and young people need to know
- GLOSSARY of terms – ‘Jargon Buster’ from IPSEA
Information, Advice and Support
Devon Information Advice & Support for SEND (DIAS)
Devon Information Advice & Support for SEND provides children and young people with SEND, and their parents and carers, with impartial, confidential and free information, advice and support that they may need in order to make informed decisions about their next steps or future options.
DISCplus specialist information service
If you need general information on services for children with special needs or support to access services then get in touch with your local DISCplus information co-ordinator.
If you live in Exeter, Mid or East Devon contact call 0345 1551 013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Teignbridge, South Hams or West Devon contact Kristine Taylor on 01803 763505 or email email@example.com
If you live in Torridge or North Devon contact Amanda Smithson on 01271 384074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not sure which co-ordinator you should speak to call MyDevon on 0345 1551 013
Devon Parent Carers’ Voice
Devon Parent Carers’ Voice is a forum to help parent carers have a say in improving services around children with additional needs. We offer free events, consultations and information about the issues affecting your family.
Family information service
DISC is the Family Information Service for Devon. It is the main source of useful information for parents and carers of 0-19 year olds, including registered childcare and other services and support for children, young people and parents in Devon.
Devon Community Directory
The Devon Community Directory gives you access to thousands of services and community groups across Devon in a single search
National information and guidance
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