Barnet Parent Carer Forum
Barnet Parent Carer Forum are a voluntary group of enthusiastic, committed parents and family carers in the London Borough of Barnet working with the local authority to ensure that the voices of our children young people and their families are heard. If you want to be involved in shaping services for our young people then please join them – the wider their representation the stronger their voice!
Barnet Parent Carer Forum is part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) whose membership is made up of all Parent Carer Forums in England. NNPCF represetitives, who are all parent carers, work with a broad range of organisations including Department of Education, Department of Health, Council for Disabled Children, British Academy of Childhood Disability and IPSEA.
They aim for a broad membership of parent carers to ensure a representation of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, type of education and parents’ skills and abilities. There is currently a steering group that meets about every 6 weeks in the evening, and sub committees communications and marketing and our constitution. By getting involved you can have a say in what matters to the child or young person in your family.
Why get involved?
You are the expert. If you are the parent of a child who has Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, then you are an expert on the support and services that you and your child both need. Here is an opportunity for you to share this knowledge with others, including the professionals who make decisions that directly affect you.
You have insight. This is your chance to give local authority officers and other decision makers a unique insight into the impact of services on the lives of families with disabled children, and contributing to service development from the service users perspective.
Develop yourself. Other forums report that parents volunteering their time can have raised self- esteem and develop other skills and experience.
To get involved, head to www.barnetpcf.org.uk and click on Join Us