ESCC holding special needs children’s event for parents next week

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GOVERNMENT changes to how services for children with special educational needs and disabilities may be provided in the future will be the focus of a free event in East Sussex next week (February 2).

The information event has been jointly organised by parents of children with special needs and disabilities and people who work with the families including staff from East Sussex County Council.

It will bring together under one roof a host of information from a wide range of different groups and organisations.

There will also be a focus on planned Government changes to how services for children with special educational needs may be provided in the future.

These changes include simpler assessments and plans for young people, with the potential for more parental control over which services are accessed through the support of a personal budget.

This would allow young people and their parents to be more central to this process.

The event will give parents and carers the chance to find out more about the various support services that are available to help them and their children.

It will also give them the opportunity to let service providers know what changes they would like to see.

Cllr Colin Belsey, the County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, said, “Being a parent is a tough job, and everyone needs help or support at some stage.”

For information call 01273 481230 or email sarah.lindfield@eastsussex.gov.uk or visit: eastsussex.gov.uk/specialneeds