A Parent Carer Forum is a group of Parent Carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They work with local authorities, education settings, health and social care providers to make sure that the planning and provision of services for families takes full account of parent carer views and experiences, so that those services can be effective, timely and the best use of resources.
Almost all local authority areas in England have a parent carer forum – over 150 in all, funded by a grant from the Department for Education,working independently to improve the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families. Together they make up the National Network of Parent Carer Forums ( www.nnpcf.org.uk),which means that they are able to ensure that the voices of parent carers in their area reach decision-makers in national government.
Find your local Parent Carer Forum - http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/about-the-nnpcf/find-your-local-forum/
Wokingham's Parent Carer Forum is 'SEND Voices Wokingham' (formerly known as REACH Wokingham) and their website is https://www.sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk/
Members of SEND Voices Wokingham are offered the following:
REPRESENTATION: The most important aspect of what we do is to ensure that your views are collected and shared anonymously with key representatives in health, education and social care in the Wokingham Borough, to help improve services now and shape provision in the future. So letting us know what your experiences are, good or bad, will help influence future services.
SUPPORT & TRAINING: We support and deliver training to parents to enable them to work better with professionals who provide services for their children and young people. SEND Voices Wokingham have run IPSEA training and information events such as the annual Local Offer Live Day.
INFORMATION: We provide our members with up to date information about relevant local and national services helping you have every opportunity to participate in the decision making process. Well-informed parents are then better placed to give opinions on the services that really matter to their families.
Membership is FREE to parent carers living in the Wokingham Borough with a child or young person aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs or Disability. You will receive our newsletter and e-bulletins with updates on our work, events, consultations and relevant information that may affect you and your family.
Please email:firstname.lastname@example.org with the following;your name, address, disability & year of birth of your child and we will add you to our list. You will then be amongst the first to hear about events,training, information and consultations we are running.
The more members we have the stronger our voice when we talk to the Council, Health or Education about the issues that are affecting your family.