Islington Parent Forum is an independent voice run by parents of children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) living in Islington. Parents have an opportunity to discuss issues affecting children with SEND in Islington with professionals and the council.
Members of the Islington Parent Forum’s steering group (IPAG) collate the views of the forum and represent us on Islington’s Children with Disability Strategy Board.
The group is facilitated by Centre 404. There are 6 sessions a year, term time only. Current sessions are planned for Tuesdays or Wednesdays 10am-1pm, where possible.
Whenever possible, the meetings will be attended by one speaker from the council and/or other organisations.
Attendees are encouraged to suggest what they would like to receive information about and Centre 404 will endeavour to make this happen.
There are lots of changes going on at the moment with the implementation of the Children and Families Act and the Care Act, and it is more important than 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.
Jenny Buchan, a parent carer representative in the Islington's Children with Disability Strategy Board, said "what makes me come to the Parent Forum meetings is the chance to get involved and participate in Islington's disability services. By being aware of the current services and participating in the shaping of new ones I am helping my son".
Islington Parent Forum is an active group which has the specific aim to provide service providers with the views and concerns of their service user group.
National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)
The NNPCF is a network of local forums' meetings in regional settings, working together to effect local and national service improvement through participation and co-production with parent carers.
Click here to see NNPCF's website and find out how Parent Forums work nationally