Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Northants Parent Forum Group (NPFG)

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Type of service:
Forums And Support Networks
Address:
Northampton
Mobile number:
07745 249094
Email address:
Service description:
The Northamptonshire Parent Forum Group (NPFG) is an independent parent-led group formed and run by parent volunteer to represent the views of families of children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and /or disabilities in Northamptonshire.

We are one of 153 Parent Carer Forums in the country and our mission is to engage with the local authority, health and education partners on a strategic level to shape and improve services for disabled children, young people and their families.

What is a parent carer forum?

Parent carer forums evolved when evidence began to show that when local authorities and other statutory partners worked with parent carers to plan, design and review services, it led to many positive outcomes. Not only were services developed that were more “fit for purpose” it enabled those who used them to have a real say about how things should work to best meet the needs of their children and families and led to better value services. As such, parent carer forums evolved in nearly every area in England.

Forums are groups of parents, carers of disabled children and those with special educational needs who work with local authorities, education, health and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families. Forums are “pan disability” which means they are for parent carers of children with all types of disabilities or special educational needs. Being part of a forum means that when parent carers work with their local authority they do not just bring their own views or experiences into that meeting, but they are able to bring the views and experiences of a wider range of parent carers from the local area.

Forums often have contact with many parent carers in their local area who they keep informed about what is happening. A smaller number of parent carers might want to directly be involved in representing the views of parent carers working with the local authority, health, and other partners.

Most forums have a small steering group of parent carers who help to lead and manage the work of the forum.

Parent Carer Forums have been supported by grant funding from the Department for Education for seven years, and there is now a clear requirement in the SEND Code of Practice that Local Authorities should work with their Local Parent Carer Forum.

Why might I want to be involved?

It is really important that any parent carer of a child with special educational needs or who is disabled joins their local forum to make sure they are able to share your experiences and voice to change things in your local area.

Parent carers can choose to be involved in a wide range of ways – you may just want to get information from the forum, and be involved in consultations or events that interest you. You may want to get more involved and become a parent carer representative in your local area, or you may want to be on your steering group. Forums are always looking for parent carers with a range of skills to help with the running of the forum – and everyone has something to offer.

There are lots of changes going on at the moment with the introduction of the Children and Families Act and the Care Act, and it is more important then ever that parent carers help their local authorities and health partners to really understand the issues and views of those who use the services they provide, and to help shape what they look like.

The most important thing is that you can make a difference where you live, for all children and young people with special educational needs or disability, and their families.

To find out more about NPFG or to get involved please visit our website: www.npfg.co.uk, sign up to our e-bulletin for news, events and future workshop dates, like us on Facebook (NPFG) or call 07745249094. We would love to hear from you!
Cost:
Free
Age range:
0 - 99 years
Languages:
English
Opening hours:
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Referral route:
Self Referral
Last updated on:
23/08/2016

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