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Consultations – An Update

Responding to national consultations on behalf of our members is an important part of what the NNPCF does. The Steering Group considers each request and will respond appropriately. The Steering Group member for your region will seek to obtain views from forums in their area to inform the NNPCF response. Sometimes, the consultation request will […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – March 2017

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Monday 13th March 2017. Below we have listed some of the key headlines from the meeting: The NNPCF Steering Group reflected on the NNPCF Visioning Days in early March and the potential next steps for us to develop these foundations. Regional reps will be reporting directly to their regions […]

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New funding boost for pupils with SEND – NNPCF Steering Group Statement

The NNPCF Steering Group welcome the Department for Education’s announcement on Saturday morning (4th March 2017) of £215m to help local authorities create additional places and improve facilities in all schools across the country. The NNPCF co-chairs were involved in confidential conversations with the Department for Education to agree how to co-produce the use of […]

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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 Response to the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper: Improving Lives

The NNPCF have responded to the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper: Improving Lives. This response recognises that developing employment pathways and finding sustainable jobs for disabled people is a very complex area, involving many players and systems. The NNPCF welcomes the vision of this green paper that whoever you are and wherever you are […]

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These Are Our Children – A review by Dame Christine Lenehan

Dame Christine Lenehan’s Review into the care and treatment of children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/ or autism will be published today. The review is called These Are Our Children. You will find a news story on the CDC website at http://bit.ly/2kj0XTs. […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – Jan 2017

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th January 2017. Below we have listed some of the key headlines from the meeting: Day One: The NNPCF Steering Group held our first meeting of 2017 at the Department for Education  where we were joined briefly by the Minister Edward Timpson, who shared with […]

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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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NNPCF & Contact a Family Joint Bulletin – October 2016

Welcome to the joint bulletin of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and Contact a Family. Download the latest issue. In this update: The Annual Conference Managing your Grant – A message for Forums The Honours List News from the NNPCF Steering Group Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspections An update from […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – Oct 2016

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Tuesday 11th October 2016. Below we have listed some of the key headlines from the meeting: The NNPCF Steering Group met this week to discuss our final arrangements for the Joint Annual Conference and AGM, with a keen focus on how Parent Carer Forums will contribute on the day. […]

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Schools that work for everyone – Department for Education Consultation

The Government has set out it’s ambition to create an education system that ‘extends opportunity to everyone, not just the privileged few’ in their consultation entitled ‘Schools that work for everyone‘. This consultation sets out how the Government will deliver “a diverse school system that provides all children, whatever their background, with schooling that will […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – Sept 2016

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Tuesday 12th September – Wednesday 13th September 2016. Below we have listed some of the key headlines from the meeting: Day One Internal Steering Group training. Dame Christine Lenehen, Director of Council for Disabled Children (CDC) joined the NNPCF Steering Group to discuss CDC’s upcoming training offer and how […]

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Development of a New Carers Strategy – Call for Evidence

The NNPCF Steering Group has today submitted it’s response to the call for evidence on the Carers Strategy today. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals and Parent Carer Forums who took the time to contribute their responses to this. Your concerted efforts have been greatly welcomed. We had prioritised […]

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NNPCF & Contact a Family Joint Bulletin – July 2016

Welcome to the Joint Bulletin of the NNPCF and Contact a Family. In this update: News Save the Date – Parent Participation Conference 2016 Grants Update News from the NNPCF Steering Group Short Breaks Health Toolkit Transforming Care – NHS England Click here to download the lastest issue. If you wish to receive a copy […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – June 2016

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Below we have listed some of the key headlines from the meeting: Following our recent discussions with Michelle Mello, the Regional Leads of the National Health Service England (NHSE) joined us to talk about their regional roles and how they are using their new Data […]

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NNPCF Position Statement – Renewed Focus on Culture and other Changes to Improve Lives and Outcomes of CYP with SEND

Recent comments on social media were discourteous and offensive towards Parent Carers and Children and Young People with SEND. Parent Carer Forums across England are working hard with their Local Authorities and Education, Health and Social Care employees, many of whom, like us are striving to effectively embrace and are working towards the real change […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – May 2016

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Wednesday 11th May 2016. Below we have listed some of the key headlines from the meeting: Lee Scott and Patrick Agius from the Department of Education joined the Steering Group to hear our views on Parent Carer experiences of the reforms in school and college settings. Lee Scott has […]

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Ministerial Response to the NNPCF National Priorities Document

The NNPCF Steering Group members met with both Edward Timpson and Jane Ellison, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Public Health recently. At these meetings we presented both Ministers with the NNPCF National Priorities document. We have now received the response to the document from the Ministers (see letter below). The Steering Group will continue to […]

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NNPCF Position Statement: White Paper for Education

The NNPCF Steering Group have today published their position statement on the White Paper for Education entitled ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ (Published 15 March 2016). The White Papers sets out the Governments vision for Education. The Steering Group recognises that this paper has raised some anxiety on what this means for our Children and Young People […]

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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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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group Meeting – October 2015

The NNPCF Steering Group met on Thursday 15th October 2015. Below we have noted some of the key headlines: 1. Conference Round Up Burning issues from the Conference were categorised. Each Steering Group member was asked to take a category and review the issues. A full report will be shared with forums and the Department for […]

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NNPCF Annual Report 2015

The NNPCF are pleased to present their Annual Report for 2015. We would like to take this time to thank all the Parent Carer Forums for their hard work and dedication over the last few years. We cannot thank all the individual parent carers enough, for all their hard work and valuable contributions. Here at […]

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NNPCF Position Statement: BACD and BACCH Survey

BACCH and BACD Survey: Impact of austerity measures on families with disabled children In response to the British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) and British Association for Community Child Health (BACCH) survey, and the recent news coverage, the NNPCF Steering Group has today published a position statement on the findings from this survey. The national […]

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SEND Implementation Survey – Phase 3

As you may remember, we ran surveys on behalf of the Department for Education in the Spring and Summer of 2014, we asked you about your local area’s readiness for the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)  reforms, and then about the LA implementation of the reforms in Autumn 2014. Thank you to everyone who […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group meeting – January 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 […]

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Financial Funding Cuts – NNPCF Position Statement

There has recently been much discussions about the announced funding cuts. The NNPCF Steering Group has considered the situation and we are today publishing a position statement on these. We are also requesting that local Forums formally share their experiences of proposed cuts in their local areas and the potential impact of these. We would […]

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The Role of National Parent Carer Participation Partners

The NNPCF Steering Group has today published a position statement on the role of National Parent Carer Participation Partners. The NNPCF Steering Group has been considering the position of the local Parent Carer Forum’s as well as the Steering Group in this time of potential change with the contract of the national role for the […]

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Memorandum of Understanding – Guide for Forums

We know that lots of forums have had queries from independent support asking them to sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). With this in mind we have tried to produce some useful guidance around this to assist forums across England. Click to download the full document Memorandum of Understanding – Guidance for Forums.

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National Parent Carer Participation Event – 2014

The event had a fantastic turn out with forums from across England meeting together. It was our largest event yet, and forum members fed back how great it was to hear from each other about their work. Forums shared how they had addressed challenges of reaching more parent carers, structuring their forums, working with health, […]

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Headlines from the NNPCF Steering Group meeting – October 2014

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson came today to speak with the Steering Group. There is a continued Government commitment to supporting implementation of the SEND reforms at a local level. The Minister identified Parent Carers experience and feedback will be a key element of this. The Steering Group raised concerns from the regions about […]

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National Parent Carer Participation Event – 2014

Save the Date for the 2014 NNPCF and Contact a Family National Parent Carer Participation Event and AMG! Following the success of the November 2013 national parent carer participation event, we are pleased to let you know that we will be holding a further event this year. The event will take place on Wednesday 1 […]

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Today’s announcement from the Deparment for Education

The Department for Education has today made 3 significant announcements. You can read the full press release here. 1. The Department have now published the following six SQW evaluation reports:  Understanding the comparative costs of delivering the Education, Health and Care (EHC)  planning and SEN Statementing processes for newcomers to the SEND system, April 2014. […]

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Independent Supporters – NNPCF Position Statement

There has recently been much discussions about the Independent Support programme including the tender process for the delivery of this work. The NNPCF Steering Group has considered the situation carefully and we are today publishing a position statement on the Independent Support programme, clearly laying out our thoughts, concerns and hopes around the delivery of […]

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