Representatives from the three services, organisations and charities also attended.
Some families took the opportunity to network and share experiences the night before, during a meet and greet at the Union Jack Club.
Addressing the key issues
The keynote speakers SSAFA, DWP and CEAS, gave presentations on a number of areas related to additional needs and disability including;
- The work of SSAFA and the support they offer
- Changes from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence payment (PIP)
- Changes to Special Educational Needs legislation and chain of command response to the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice
- The New Children and Families Act.
No question unanswered
The theme of the conference was ‘Questions’ and families were encouraged to put their queries to the panel of experts questions; a full report of questions and answers will be available on the SSAFA support group website.
After a very successful conference Rachel Price stood down as Chair and handed over to Iza Gill.