The Parent and 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 and 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.

These sessions are free to attend and cannot be pre-booked – so arrive early to get a seat.

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Chair’s introduction and presentation

Super Parenting - warrior parent and chief negotiator -
Parenting children with special needs is both magical and challenging...

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Parent, vocal coach and television presenter
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Contact a Family and National Network of Parent and Carer Forum (NNPCF)
Speakers
Director of Development and Engagement
Contact a Family
National Network of Parent and Carer Forums (NNPCF)
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A Different Joy: Your roadmap to positive parenting and the myth of the Perfect School
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Programme head
Autism Education Trust (AET)
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Negotiating the SEN Support Maze in schools: what every parent should know and expect from a positive relationship with their child's school.
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SEND Consultant
SEND Consultancy
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The dilemma of knowing whether the concerns you have for your child need intervention or whether to wait hope the difficulty (or your concerns) go away!
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Independent SEND Consultant
School Improvement for SEND
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Chair’s summary and closing remarks
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Parent, vocal coach and television presenter

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.

SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25; Page 63, 4.13

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.

SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25; Page 95, 6.20

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