National Network of Parent Carer Forums

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Resources for Forums

February 9, 2015

Parent Carer Participation Handbook

The parent carer participation handbook is useful for anyone involved in running a forum.

The handbook includes information on all aspects of running a forum including:

  • getting started, policies, governance
  • finances including paying parents
  • working as a team, managing conflict
  • reaching and consulting with parents
  • working with local authorities & health to improve  services.

Templates for forums

Forums developing policies might find it helpful to adapt these templates.
Governance documents

Other policies and procedures

Financial management

Examples  of forum policies

East Sussex Parent & Carer council – financial policy

Sheffield Parent carer Forum – financial policy

Salford Family Forum – financial policy

Learning on YouTube

Summary versions of training sessions held across the country are available on YouTube. Some of the sessions also have supporting documentation.

  • Practicalities and legalities of running a forum – Anna Gill gives tips on setting up a parent carer forum
  • Videos on law and disabled children – Barrister Steve Broach gives the legal context on school transport, school funding, short breaks, personal budgets and direct payments, recent health developments, welfare reform, housing benefit and council tax benefit, the children and families bill for parent forums.