North East Lincolnshire Parent Participation Forum

North East Lincolnshire Carers’ Support Service to host local parent participation forum

As some of you will know, the North East Lincolnshire Parent Participation Forum (NELPPF) committee has now stepped down.  The North East Lincolnshire Carers’ Support Service (NELCSS) are delighted to be taking over as the new hosts of NELPPF.

We thank all outgoing NELPPF members for dedicating so much of their time and energy to improving services for our children and young people with additional needs.  This includes everyone from those who attended strategic meetings to those who simply chose to subscribe and stay informed.  We are especially grateful to committee members Marie Fitzgerald, Karen Hale and Karen Hoe for ensuring the future of NELPPF by working so closely with us here at the Carers’ Support Service across the past few months and enabling us to take over as forum hosts.

We look forward to working with support from the charity Contact to involve North East Lincolnshire parent carers in re-shaping their Forum and growing the parent carer voice in the local area.  Watch this space for more news about our Autumn 2021 information events designed to explain more about parent carer participation and how to get involved.

All North East Lincolnshire parent carers and SEND organisations for children and young people, plus interested SEND professionals are encouraged to email wendy.contactpcf@gmail.com and opt in as new NELPPF subscribers and receive e-news updates including information event announcements.  (Due to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) you need to opt in again, even if you previously subscribed.) 

We look forward to working with you all.

David Wilson

Operations Director, The Carers’ Support Service

  • Contact is the UK charity for families with disabled children. It is the delivery partner of the Department for Education in supporting parent carer participation in England.
  • Parent carer participation is when parents and professionals work together, recognising each other’s expert knowledge, to design, develop and improve services for children with special educational needs, health needs and disabilities in the local area.
  • Parent carer forums welcome all parent carers of children and young people with disabilities, special educational needs, health needs and other additional needs aged 0-25 years, whether diagnosed or not.

Useful Websites

Contact
www.contact.org.uk
Contact supports families with the best possible guidance and information. It brings families together to support each other, and helps families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

Cerebra Toolkits and Guides
Parent Guides – Cerebra publish a series of guides and factsheets to help families of children with brain conditions with common problems they may be facing. They offer comprehensive, up-to-date advice and research-driven strategies to help you deal with a wide range of issues. Visit the Cerebra website for more information – www.cerebra.org.uk

Family and Childcare Trust
www.familyandchildcaretrust.org
The Family and Childcare Trust works to make the UK a better place for families, focusing on childcare and the early years to make a difference to families’ lives now and in the long term.

Council for Disabled Children
www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/resources-and-help/im-parent
An online library of resources that you can access to find out more about disability policy and practice which includes a selection of materials specifically written with parents in mind.

Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook. 2nd Edition
www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/disabled-children-legal-handbook-2nd-edition
An authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales.

SEND Code of Practice
www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25
Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

The Care Act 2014
www.scie.org.uk/care-act-2014

Preparing for Adulthood & Children and Families Act
www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk
The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The site also contains a useful fact sheet on the Children and Families Act.