The other day at breakfast I watched with horror the tragic story of the illegal incarceration of Tony Hickmott, both my wife and myself as parents of a young adult with a learning disability and autism were devastated for Tony and his parents. It was clear the family has so much love for Tony, yet […]

Preparing your Child for the Return to School

The return to school often triggers big emotions… Not just in children but adults too; both caregivers and the teachers. How can we better prepare so it’s a more positive experience for our children? Step one: UNDERSTAND YOURSELF In order to help our children, we first need to look at ourselves; for an anxious adult […]

Our New Community Hub!

We’re shining our rays into Derby, by creating a safe space for parents, carers and professionals to socialise, learn and be empowered! An organisation that provides support to parents and teachers of children with special educational needs has opened a multi-purpose community space for families in the city. Sunshine Support has moved into a 1200 […]

My Family Survived 3 Allegations of FII

It was recently brought to my attention that the first FII Awareness Week was launchingand I remember instantly feeling relieved that public awareness is being brought to this very serious, common and hidden issue. Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) is the term used for when a parent or caregiver of someone, most commonly a child, […]

FII CASES – My Personal Experience in the Family Courts

Despite the expectation that Family Court should be ‘inquisitorial’ – with an expert agreed by all parties and acting for the Court, the system is often experienced as adversarial, and for me that has meant presenting as an expert witness has been in some cases a truly unpleasant experience. When I am instructed in Family […]

Our Mission – FII AWARENESS WEEK 2022

During the first week in May we are holding the world’s first ever FII Awareness Week. FII is the abbreviated term for ‘Fabricated or Induced Illness’ which is a term given to parents by professionals when they believe that they are ‘making up’ or ‘exaggerating’ their child’s difficulties; often with no formal evidence. The term […]

Chrissa’s Exercise Challenge for April!

Our founder, Chrissa, has been in training for 6 months in preparation for her exercise challenge in April… All in the name of SEND! Hello, I’m Chrissa. You may have seen me on the busy Sunshine Support facebook page or perhaps delivering a webinar or workshops; I am the founder of Sunshine Support and I […]

We’re helping Bridge the Gap to greater support

We are teaming up with leading children’s mental health organisation, Bridge the Gap, to reach more children and young people in need of emotional wellbeing support. TWO organisations that support families with children who have special educational needs or mental health issues are joining forces to allow them to reach more families in crisis. Bridge […]

Autism or the Effects of Covid?

Autism or the Effects of COVID? How we are misunderstanding the impact of the pandemic on our younger children. We are seeing more enquiries about suspected Autism in young children than ever before. Could it be that we are understanding the presentation better or are we underestimating the effect of the pandemic on our children? […]