More About LPCF
The Charity is an independent members organisation overseen by a members elected group of Trustees who
are mostly parents and carers of children with disabilities and/or Special Educational Needs.
The Volunteer Trustees and Volunteers are responsible for communicating and supporting parent carers and
professionals, to participate with strategic decision makers and represent the views of the large membership of
parents and carers.
The membership consists of Trustees, Volunteers and Members and also a professional contact list of individuals
We continue to enjoy a membership of 3700+ parent carers and additionally have a contact list for
700+ professionals and 800+ education settings / organisations, all of whom we try to keep fully informed of our
work and opportunities.
Who LPCF work with?
Our main remit is to collect, collate and represent the views of parent carers from a variety
The information is used as evidence to feedback to service providers with a view to improve the quality, range and
accessibility of services.
- Work with Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) and Health to represent parents' views and experiences.
- Provide a supportive "critical friend" relationship with LCC and Health.
- Publish a “State of SEND” survey every two years and feedback the findings to provide evidence of what is
working and what needs to be improved.
- Help ensure policy, practice and documentation are parent friendly
- Work with the DFE and National Network of Parent Carer Forums.
- LPCF are the Parents voice.
Working with parents
LPCF provide an experienced, supportive ear for parents, to promote their skills, knowledge and resilience.
Free LPCF membership gives parents access to:
- Facebook page for parents only, with information and peer support.
- Regular, evidence based reports of parents views and feedback.
- Regular 'Time2Talk' meetings or coffee meetings.
- Signposting for parents of children with SEND to services and professionals.
- Signposting events for parents and professionals, including the “Week of SEND”.
- Workshops on specific issues for parents, requested by members.
- Wellbeing support and resilience building.
- Additional one-off benefits, including Max Cards (subject to eligibility criteria)
Working with professionals
- LPCF are the main means of communication between parents and professionals.
- Keep professionals informed of key updates and events for themselves and parents.
- Signpost parents to support services, freeing up professional's time.
- Setting visits to explain LPCF‘s role to staff or parents.
- Being actively linked with LPCF can help evidence commitment of engagement and participation for OFSTED and
- Promoting the innovative and positive work surrounding SEND in Lincolnshire at regional and national levels,
including DfE and government feedback.
What LPCF do not do
When we meet a challenging issue, we will work cooperatively together with planners, commissioners and
providers of services to imagine, design and deliver better services.
- Not here to fill a gap in service/s
- We are NOT in the pocket of the LA (we are fiercely independent)
- A campaign / protest group (our charity / grant conditions forbid this)
- A support group - although we do provide lots of signposting / workshops and bring people together to
network and learn
- Cannot advocate on individual cases (though we absolutely do want to hear your experiences and can raise
those with providers of services)
- An advice service. (check out the LCC Local offer and Liaise who provide free legal advice to Lincs parents)
Aside from the voluntary work of the above Trustees, the Charity has an excellent team of several Volunteers who
have a wide range of skills and who have worked tirelessly to support the Charity to achieve its goals
and aims of serving parent carers on our membership.
Each year the volunteer Trustees and other Volunteers freely give almost 4000 hours of their time
including attending 300+ meetings (800+ hours) for the benefit of our members.
If you have not updated your registration details.
Registered members benefit from support, regular news information, access to our parents only Facebook page, workshops, Signposting events etc.
Talking to us can make a BIG difference
Got something to say ?
GOOD BAD or interesting
Use our "Your Say" page to get your views known and to the service providers like Lincolnshire County Council and the National Health Service.
All views are collated and published in our members library.
LPCFs Week of SEND 2024
Join us from Monday 29th January to Friday 2nd February 2024 for our virtual "Week of SEND".
Organisations will be showcasing their help and support in 10 minutes slots during the week.
For details of who is attending see the "Week of SEND" page
What are they ?
Would you like one???
Interested in a FREE Max Card?
(discount card for activities etc for families with children with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities)
LPCF Forthcoming Events
The full details are available on the events page of our website.
What LPCF offer
To find out more about how to get the best out of LPCF and what they offer