AGM & Annual Conference 2017
- “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” Henry Ford
Parent Participation is at a unique crossroads. The three-year implementation phase following the introduction of the Children and Families Act in will end in March 2018, and though we have achieved a great deal there is a still a lot to do to create the kind of cultural change across education, health and social care that we all want to see.
As we approach the ten year anniversary of Parent Carer Forum grants in 2018, this year’s conference allowed us to reflect back as well as look forward. This year we saw 245 delegates join us with 97 parent carer forums represented from across England. Our conference showcased co-production in many areas, sending a powerful signal to our fellow travellers on this vital journey.
For the first time our conference was co-produced by our planning group – Contact and the NNPCF working together with Seashell Trust, the Department for Education and NHS England. In designing the programme we have listened carefully to feedback from parent carer forums and arranged the conference around what we believe to be their key objectives:
- to give Forums a high-profile national platform for their voices to be heard
- to champion and role mode co-production in action
- to leave plenty of time for networking and learning, and
- to respect your investment in attending – to ensure that doing so means your time and money are well spent.
We hope that this year delivered against these objectives. We are currently reviewing all of our feedback and conference data to help us understand what the key highlights were and how we can move forward to next year with a strong message. Further information will be added as we collate our post conference information. Our Annual Report, which was released at the conference, outlines the activities of the NNPCF through 2016/2017 and demonstrates further some of the impacts made by parent carer forum participation.
Take a look at this years highlights video for a better idea of what our AGM and Conference offers parent carer forums.
Presentations from the day are available to download here:
- Ann Gross, Director of Life Skills, Disadvantage and SEND Department for Education.
- Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections – Children’s Health and Justice, CQC.
- NHS England – Lorraine Mulroney Senior Children and Young People Nurse Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND) Programme Lead (NHS England) and Lisa Cooper North Regional Lead Deputy Director Quality & Safeguarding.
- Genuine Partnerships, Rotherham.