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Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice (DPCV) are a registered charity run by volunteers who are parent carers for children and young people who are disabled and /or have special educational needs.

The members are all deeply passionate about what they do. We are independent from the Local Authority, but work together with services across, health, education and social care to ensure the parent carer voice is heard.

  • We do this to improve services to ensure all young people get to have an equitable opportunity to realise their potential.
  • Our aim is to empower parent carers, by networking and sharing knowledge
  • We do this so parent carers do not feel they are alone.

To contact DPCV, please email: or take part in one of the events.

Derbyshire County Council SEND Services Survey

Part of the DPCV role is to survey parent carers. Our current survey, covering Derbyshire County Council SEND Services, is now available to complete. This survey is for families of all children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), not just those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or on formal Special Educational Needs (SEN) support at school. It covers education, health, and social care services.

The Ofsted Inspection of the Derbyshire Area SEND services is expected very soon in the autumn. As the local parent carer forum, DPCV will be asked to present the views of local parent carers to the inspectors. This is an opportunity for you to have a voice. The survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Most questions are multiple-choice tick boxes, with some open-text questions for your views and comments.

As an incentive, DPCV is offering grocery vouchers worth £20 each to five people who complete the survey. Details about how to enter the draw are at the end of the survey.

Please note, the survey closes on Monday 2 September 2024.

Complete the DPCV Derbyshire County Council SEND Services Survey


View the latest DPCV Newsletters or download a copy to share with friends and relatives.


We provide support and information which we share with you via the DPCV website, face-to-face meetings, our newsletter which we distribute to parent and carers school's and other partners, and via social media.

Peer-to-Peer Support

Some of the best support and ideas come from talking with others in a similar situation who can empathise and share what works for them.

Events - Workshops and Specialist speakers

Information is power - we aim to keep you up to date with speakers on education, health and social care related matters.

View all DPCV Events