We alternate between different themes and give people a chance to meet & discuss.
These morning forums alternate between education, health and social care themes and give parents the opportunity to meet each other, exchange experiences and ideas. Each PaCConnect is also a space where parent carers can meet with professionals, hear the latest developments and ask questions. It also gives parents the opportunity to make professionals more aware of any concerns they may have about the service as a whole.
previous PaCConnect meetings
See below links to notes and minutes from 2015 to present day.
June 2019 - PaCConnect on Home to School TransportParent Carers join with professionals from the Council to discuss the changes to Home to School Transport in Brighton & Hove from September 2019. Read the report from the PaCConnect on Home to School Transport here here.
November 2018 - PaCConnect on the SEND StrategyParent Carers join with professionals from the Council to discuss the development of the SEND Strategy in Brighton & Hove. Read the report from the PaCConnect on the SEND Strategy here here.
May 2018 Social Care Focus GroupA focus group of Parent Carers who use social care discuss what could be improved. Read the minutes on the Social Care focus group here here.
March 2017 - PaCConnect on Mainstream InclusionParent Carers join with professionals from the Council to discuss Mainstream Inclusion in Brighton & Hove. Read the report from the PaCConnect on Mainstream Inclusion here.
April 2016 - PaCConnect on Mental HealthParent Carers join with senior members of the Council and CAMHS to discuss their experiences with mental health. Read the minutes from the PaCConnect on Mental Health here.
March 2016 - PaCConnect on Integrated ProvisionParent Carers join with senior members of the Council to discuss the proposed integrated provision of special schools. Read the minutes from the PaCConnect on Integrated Provision here.
February 2016 - PaCConnect on The Fairness CommissionParent Carers join with The Fairness Commission to discuss how things could be made fairer for Parent Carers and their families. Read the minutes from The PaCConnect on the Fairness Commission here.
November 2015 - PaCConnect on SEND ReviewParent Carers join with senior members of the Council to discuss the proposed changes in Brighton and Hove from the SEND Review. Read the minutes on PaCConnect on SEND Review and also the Responses from the Council to Questions Raised at PaCConnect.
June 2015 - PaCConnect on Home-School Transport & Independent Travel TrainingParent carers from Brighton and Hove, Michael Nix, Head of Education Planning and Contracts at Brighton and Hove City Council, Graham Reed, Interim Head of Special Educational Needs at Brighton and Hove City Council and Adrian Carver, Headteacher at Downs View School & Downs View Link College to discuss the Council new Home to School Transport Policy and Independent Travel Training and its implications for us all. Read the notes from the PaCConnect on Home-School Transport and Independent Travel Training. PaCC is working with the Local Authority to protect services for vulnerable members of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Following on from the PaCConnect we have set out a position statement, a working document, read PaCC Position Statement on Home to School Transport.
March 2015 - PaCConnect on Home AdaptationParent carers from Brighton and Hove are joined by Sarah Routledge, Senior Occupational Therapist at Seaside View, Alex Dickie, Housing Adaptations Technical Team Leader at Brighton & Hove City Council and Jenny Brickell, Head of Integrated Child Development and Disability Services at Seaside View Child Development Centre to talk about home adaptations. Read the notes from the PaCConnect on Home Adaptation.
previous PaCConnect meetings
See below links to notes and minutes from 2012 to 2014.
November 2014 - PaCConnect on SEND ReviewA group of parent carers get together to talk about the upcoming SEND review. Regan Delf, Temporary Assistant Director of SEND, Jacqueline Coe and Bob Wall, SEND Review team, join them for a questions and answers session. Read the notes from the PaCConnect on SEND review.
January 2014 - PaCConnect on Wheelchairs & EquipmentAnn Dyson and Lucy Marshall of the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, Bridget Morden, Head of Occupational Therapy at Seaside View and Simone Lane from the Brighton & Hove City Council Clinical Commissioning Group answered questions on the provision of wheelchairs and equipment in Brighton and Hove. Read the notes from the PaCConnect on wheelchairs and equipment.
October 2013 - PaCConnect on Social Care Support ServicesLore Riedel (Team Manager) & Edwards (Practice Manager, Social Care Team, Integrated Disability Service gave an overview of how their service works and discussed how they were keen to work with families to improve where they can. Read the notes from the PaCConnect on Social Care Support Services.
June 2013 - PaCConnect on SEN StrategyRegan Delf (Head of SEN at Brighton & Hove City Council) and Jo Lyons (Chair of SEN partnership board and lead SEN strategy) met with parents to talk about the implications and details of the new SEN Strategy. Read the notes from the PaCConnect on SEN.
April 2013 - PaCConnect on Social CareLore Riedel, Team Manager for Social Care in the Children’s Disability Service met with a group of parents to talk about the results of a satisfaction survey they had sent out to parent carers. She discussed some of the changes they proposed to make as a result of these findings and answered parent’s questions about the service. Read the notes from the PaCC Connect meeting on social care.
March 2013 - PaCConnect on Children's Therapy ServicesThe therapists from the Speech and Language service met with a group of parents in March to learn from them how they could Improve the communication between Therapists and families. Read the notes from PaCC Connect on Children’s Therapy Services.
January 2013 - PaCConnect on Educational PsychologyPrincipal Educational Psychologist Hass Yilmaz came to explain what an Educational Psychologist does and answer parent’s questions about his role. Read the notes from the PaCC Connect meeting on educational psychology.
October 2012 - PaCConnect Workshop on TransportShortly after the start of the new term in September 2012 the PaCC was inundated with complaints about the Home to School Transport arrangements particularly to Downs View, DVLC, Cedar Centre and Patcham House. This prompted out first PaCConnect meeting to tackle some of these issues. We invited Gil Sweetenham, commissioner for school transport and Sue Shanks, lead councillor for children and familiesalong to listen to the parents complaints. Read the notes from the PaCC Connect workshop on Transport as well as the notes from the transport follow up meeting.