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Category Archives: Participation

Paul Soames Awarded OBE

Contact a Family patron and former Deputy Chief Executive, Paul Soames, has been awarded an OBE for services to children and families. Paul’s award was announced in the Queen’s birthday honours list published on 17 June and celebrates over 30 years’ dedicated service to Contact a Family and our work supporting UK families with disabled […]

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Transforming Care

The NNPCF, NHS England and Contact a Family recently produced a webinar on ‘Transforming Care’ for Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities, Autism or both. The webinar was presented by Mary Busk, NNPCF Steering Group member for London and Sue North, the Children’s Social Care and Education Adviser for the Transforming Care Programme. Click […]

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NNPCF Annual Report 2016

The NNPCF are delighted to present their Annual Report for 2016. The fourth report from the NNPCF provides information about the NNPCF and outlines an account of our activities, achievements and experiences since the previous report published in October 2015. As ever, we would like to take this time to thank all the Parent Carer Forums […]

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What Next For Participation?

On 1 November 2016, 211 attendees from 86 parent carer forums from across England met to discuss ‘What’s Next for Participation?’ at our annual joint NNPCF and Contact a Family Parent Carer Participation Conference. The event celebrated the progress that has been made now that parent carers are at the heart of the decision-making process […]

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Preparing for adulthood – Meeting with the Department for Educaiton

The NNPCF and Special Needs Jungle were invited to attend a meeting with the Department for Education on Tuesday 12 July in London to discuss preparing for adulthood (PfA), in the context of implementing the SEND reforms set out in the Children and Families Act. This was focused around the four PfA outcomes in the […]

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NNPCF’s Zara Bowden appears on BBC Breakfast News

Our West Midlands rep Zara Bowden appeared on the BBC Breakfast News sofa earlier this month, responding to a new report that suggests teachers are not being adequately trained or supported to support children with SEN in the classroom. There are around 1.1 million children who have special educational needs in mainstream schools in England […]

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Queen’s birthday MBE for Parent Participation Experts

The NNPCF are delighted to congratulate Sue North MBE, Jane McConnell MBE and Dame Christine Lenehen on being honoured by the Queen in her Birthday Honours list. All three recipients have worked tirelessly for many years in different but complementary ways to improve the life chances of children and young people with SEND. Ladies we […]

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National Priorities Report – Burning Issues

In October last year over 80 parent carer forums attended the NNPCF AGM. Those who attended where asked to identify their most significant burning issues. As a result the Steering Group have collated and categorised the issues to form a set of national priorities that we have presented to the Minister Edward Timpson (Tuesday 15th […]

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The National Wheelchair Alliance launches Charter & National Campaign

Over the last few months we have been reporting about the progress of the National Wheelchair Leadership Alliance and the plans for a Wheelchair Charter and a national campaign to raise awareness of the plight of wheelchair users and the varying levels of service given by wheelchair services and providers. On Monday 20th July the […]

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