Monthly Archives: November 2015

Help with fuel bills and keeping warm for families with disabled children

Families with disabled children who get:

certain means-tested benefits,or child tax credit,and receive a disabled child’s premium in their award

are now included in the ‘broader category’ of people who can apply for help under the Warm Homes Discount scheme. (This is a win from our Counting the Costs campaign!)

The disabled child’s premium is an extra amount paid if a child counts as disabled, and should be listed on the award notice.
We are urging families to contact their energy supplier as soon as possible to apply under the broader scheme as awards are given on a first-come-first-served basis.

For full details click here for the guide

Hertfordshire want your views
We need your help!
Hertfordshire County Council is seeking your views on the education, health and care assessment and planning experience in Hertfordshire.
Please help us develop how we do things in Hertfordshire by completing a national survey.
Your views could help us make a difference to children now and in the future. We look forward to hearing from you.
Any other enquiries should be directed by email to
Please complete the survey online at

For full details click here


Contact a Family Campaign

20th November 2015

Next week, buy cialis MPs will for the first time debate the Childcare Bill that will introduce 30 hours per week of free childcare for working families.

However, cialis sale research shows that many young disabled children are not accessing the existing free childcare offer of 15 hours, unlike their non-disabled peers. This means that unless the long standing childcare problems are tackled, doubling free childcare still won’t benefit families with disabled children.

We need your help to change this and make the Childcare Bill better for disabled children. 

This is your opportunity to ask your MP to call on government to make sure disabled children can access the 30 hour offer in the same way as their non-disabled peers.

Help us make sure disabled children benefit.

Email your MP now

In the same week as MPs debate the Childcare Bill, the Chancellor will deliver his Spending Review, so stakes are high for disabled children.

This is your chance to help us persuade government they must address the insufficiency in the childcare system for disabled children once and for all.

Thank you again for supporting Contact a Family campaigns.

Educational Psychology Service in Herts

Educational Psychology Team

We help schools, settings and families to understand and manage a wide range of developmental issues and special educational needs. We use psychological based approaches to assess and intervene to enhance the learning, emotional health and well being of children and young people aged 0-19 years.

  • We provide support at an individual, group and organisational level and offer a range of bespoke training and professional development
  • We contribute psychological advice as part of statutory SEN assessments
  • We also provide support for critical incidents such as the serious injury or death of a child, member of staff or parent.

All schools have a named link Educational Psychologist.

There is also a EPS Consultations 201718 flyer     and a EPS Contactline : EPS Contactline flyer September 2017

Full details of both can be found by clicking the coloured words

Have your say: POET

Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool

Children and young people, parents/carers and practitioners who have experience of the Education Health and Care (EHC) assessment and planning process and EHC Plans in Hertfordshire are encouraged to take part to give their views and share their experiences. The results from this will be used to help improve what happens locally and will also be used on a national level to influence the implementation of the reforms.

The programme is being led by the charity In Control with Lancaster University, and is supported by the Department for Education. It involves a questionnaire that has been developed known as the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET).  We want to know what’s working well and what could be improved with new EHC plans and whether they have made a difference to children and young people’s lives.

Questionnaires can be found here