What is Leicestershire Parent Carer forum?
Leicestershire Parent Carer forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children or young people aged 0-25 years who aim to make sure the services in their area meet the needs of disabled children or young people and their families.
What does Leicestershire Parent Carer forum do?
The forum gathers the views of local families and then working in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, education settings, health providers and other local providers, they highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.
Who can join Leicestershire Parent Carer forum?
Parents or carers of a child (aged 0-25 years) with any type of Special educational need or disability (SEND) and who live or use services in Leicestershire. Joining the Leicestershire parent carer forum is a great way to make sure your views are heard and you receive information about what is happening in Leicestershire.
Is Leicestershire Parent Carer forum a statutory service?
No, the Leicestershire Parent Carer forum is INDEPENDENT and represents the views of the Leicestershire SEND community. Whislt we recieve a small grant from the Department for Education to enable and strengthen participation in decision making and strategic planning, we have to find other funding to be sustainable.
What is the Leicestershire Parent Carer forum unable to do?
The Leicestershire parent Carer forum is unable to undertake individual issues that parents and carers have about their own child and are unable to offer a 1-1 advocacy service. We can sign-post to services that may be able to help and we will add your concerns to the wider views we collect.
Parent Participation and Co-production
Co-production is an important principle in parent carer participation.
Co-production is when parent carer forums play an integral and equal part in the decision-making process and are fully engaged in shaping, developing, implementing and evaluating services and systems.
Evidence shows that these partnerships often make the best use of people's time and money, whilst also improving outcomes for disabled children.
Co-production and campaigning
The Leicestershire Parent Carer forum is not a campaign group and we are not affiliated with any political party. We do not campaign to raise awareness on issues to influence those who make decisions, instead we aim to be involved in the diecision making and planning processes themselves through co-production meetings.
We work in a solution focused way with service providers towards the best possible outcomes for our community.
Often we want to see the same improvements as local campaign groups and believe there is room for all our voices anhd approaches while we all work towards positive change.
We are happy to work with any groups by feeding back the issues that they raise alongside those raised with our wider community.
National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is made up of all of the parent carer forums from across England. The NNPCF ensures that local parent carer forums are aware of national developments. It promotes opportunities for the voice of parent carers to influence at a national level.
The NNPCF works closely with the Department for Education, the Department of Health, and other partner organisations to improve outcomes for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs and their families.