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Parent Carer forum invitation

Please find an invitation from Contact a Family for representatives of parent support groups to attend a meeting on 23 February at Mencap Office, 42- 44 Market Street,Birkenhead, CH41 5BT at 10.15am.

 

This meeting is to set up a new parent/carer forum for families of children with SEND in Wirral. The initial meetings will be to agree the group’s aims and governance and to set up a steering group. Later on, a launch event will be held to publicise the group for all parent/carers to join.

 

Below is a message from Contact a Family:

 

My name is Catherine Ratcliffe and I am an Associate working for Contact a Family. I have been asked to work with parents in Wirral to develop a Parents Forum.

It is essential that parents of children with additional needs have a voice and work alongside the Local Authority and Health to design and develop services which best meet the needs of children and young people.

The benefit of actively involving parents in decision-making is an integral part of much recent government legislation and plans, and evidence suggests that services are improved when parents are actively involved in shaping them. Participation occurs at different levels, which have been described as a ladder of participation. At the lowest level parents have little influence; at the highest level they are significantly empowered. Parent’s active involvement is about parents participating at the highest level. Participation needs to be a meaningful experience for parents as well as an integral part of organisational practice.

There has been one initial meeting and at that meeting we discussed other groups that we could invite along to the next meeting. It is important that parents of children with a range of additional needs are represented.

It is intended that the forum develops with the support of some of the organisations who already offer support to families in Wirral. One of the organisations will be offering very practical help so that the parents can focus on attending meetings with statutory partners.

I would like to invite you to a meeting on the 23rd February at 10.15am at the Mencap Offices 42-44 Market Street Birkenhead CH41 5BT. I would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by emailing me on cathrat10@gmail.com

If you prefer you can ring me on 07970387178.

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