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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group meeting – January 2015

January 26, 2015

The NNPCF Steering Group met over the course of two days from Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th January 2015. Below we have noted some of the key headlines:

André Imich the Deptarment of Education

The NNPCF Steering Group met with André Imich from the Deptarment of Education. The following items were discussed:

  • Linking up the Department for Education SEN Advisors across the regions.
  • The upcoming SEND implementation survey that will be coming soon.
  • It was also reflected back from local authorities that “parent carer forums are a most informed, engaged and rich source of information”.
  • In the meeting the Steering Group also raised the importance of having good outcomes and a vision for our children and young people to support implementation of reforms.

Charlie Henry and Lesley Cox – Ofsted

The Steering Group met with Charlie Henry and Lesley Cox from Ofsted discussions took place on the following areas:

  • The proposed local area inspections that are being developed in relation to the Children and Families Act provisions and how the NNPCF can support the development of the Inspection Framework.
  • Ofsted have asked the NNPCF how they can seek parent carer views on identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people receiving SEN Support and an EHC plan, within local areas – in a meaningful way.
  • If your forum have comments or thoughts please send them to or call Sarah Gallimore on 0207 7608 8708.

Contact a Family Regional Advisors

  • The Steering Groupa met with the Contact A Family Regional Advisors to discuss how they can strengthen working together to support Parent Carer Forums.

Kath Evans – NHS England

  • Kath Evans from NHS England spoke about how we could work together to improve health engagement at a national, regional and local level.

Communication Plan

  • The Steering Group worked together on their communication plan looking at the internal structures as well as how to communicate out to their membership.


  • The Steering Group also spoke about how they could, as a Steering Group, responsd to current consultations. One member of the Steering Group will now lead on this and liaise with the Contact a Family Policy and Public Affairs Lead. It was also thought that having a consultations only Facebook page, would be good in seeking the views of their members.