The Parent & Carer Forum
Effective Parent Participation: Time to let the genie out of the bottle
For some parents and carers, challenging the wisdom of education professionals or merely stepping foot inside their child’s school is daunting. SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25 acknowledges that ‘parents know their children best’ and sets out the importance of listening to, and working collaboratively with parents.
The inaugural Parent & Carer Forum on Saturday 7th October, will provide a safe space for parents and carers to access support from peers who are themselves teachers and trainers and the parents and carers of children with SEN. Hear from visionaries including Carrie Grant, best known as a judge and vocal coach on Pop Idol and Fame Academy and the parent of children with a range of learning disabilities, and from senior teachers, parents and SEN advocates.
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Effective parent participation can lead to a better fit between families’ needs and the services provided, higher satisfaction with services, reduced costs (as long-term benefits emerge), better value for money and better relationships between those providing services and those using them.
For some children, SEN can be identified at an early age. However, for other children and young people difficulties become evident only as they develop. All those who work with children and young people should be alert to emerging difficulties and respond early. In particular, parents know their children best and it is important that all professionals listen and understand when parents express concerns about their child’s development.