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Minister Nadhim Zahawi meets Parent Carer Forums

Children with SEND and their families are facing an incredibly challenging environment. Cuts to local services, problems with joint working across agencies, increasing concerns about the experiences of children with SEND in mainstream schools, and poor opportunities for children leaving education have meant the work of Parent Carer Forums is more relevant than ever before. […]

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Coproduction and campaigning – a guidance document

Contact and the NNPCF have coproduced a guidance document to help parent carer forums in working alongside campaign groups. It can be really challenging in the current landscape where funding restrictions are threatening services that our families rely on whilst trying to work closely with local area partners to improve these services. A Parent Carer […]

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DfE announce additional capital funding for SEND pupils

The NNPCF are pleased to see a commitment to SEND pupils being demonstrated by the additional capital funding announced to support the development of specialist facilities or placements for children with SEND. Parent Carer Forums are identified as a crucial partner within the commissioning process when LAs look towards spending their allocated funding. We encourage […]

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NNPCFs developing work with the Department of Work and Pensions

On Tuesday 2nd May NNPCF co-chairs, Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia, met with the Disabilities Minister, Sarah Newton. In our first meeting with a Minister from the Department of Work and Pensions, we introduced the work of parent carer forums and the NNPCF. The Minister had a good understanding of the challenges that families with […]

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NNPCF Steering Group meets Minister Nadhim Zahawi

Yesterday, the NNPCF Steering Group Members spent two hours with Nadhim Zahawi, the Undersecretary of State for Children and Families. First the NNPCF Co-Chairs participated in a Stakeholders Roundtable which saw a selection of representatives from SEND sector groups and services including; children and young peoples groups, schools, colleges, and charities. Everyone in the room […]

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Independant Advice and Support Programme – Contract announcement

The Council for Disabled Children and Contact will be working in partnership for the next two years to deliver the Independent Advice and Support Programme on behalf of the Department for Education. The NNPCF are a member of the Independent Support advisory board and we are pleased that parent carers will continue to have a […]

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NNPCF co-chairs meet with officials at the Department for Education

On Monday 23rd April, NNPCF co-chairs Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia met with officials and advisers at the Department for Education. In a wide-ranging conversation, they discussed a number of the priorities that have been raised to the NNPCF Steering Group by our membership over the past few months. They shared the concerns raised by […]

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North East Regional Parent Carer Forum Network 3rd Annual Conference

The focus of this years conference was Health, Co-Production and Moving Forward. We are currently in a time of uncertainty for both parent carer forums and strategic partners as we are coming towards the end of the implementation phase of the SEND reforms, the final period of transforming care, recent changes in Government. The event […]

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Reviewing the outcomes of and support for Children In Need

All disabled children are Children in Need. The Government is driving forward wide-ranging children’s social care reforms to improve children’s safety and stability. Their ambition is also be for Children in Need to achieve their full potential.   The Department for Education has committed to review support for Children in Need to understand why their outcomes […]

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