What Next For Participation?
December 1, 2016
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 about disabled children services.
During the event parent carers were asked what parent participation meant to them. Here are some of their answers:
“The belief and conviction that we can really get our voices heard if we take the opportunities and avenues available to us.
“Parents having a right to have a say is a really positive change.”
“An opportunity to meet other parents and carers in similar situations.”
A speech written by the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, said: “Thank you for all your hard work and commitment – to the parent carer forums, to the National Network and to Contact a Family. Thank you for leading the way in co-production – really making sure that the voice of parents is properly heard.”
During the event the Lee Scott Report – a review of the experiences of disabled children and their families of schools and colleges – was published.
For more about the conference, read a personal account of the day or watch the highlights video.