The core role of the Forum is to gather parents experiences and view of the services they and their children receive. Both GOOD and NOT SO GOOD !
Feedback is anonymised, compiled and distributed to Members, Public, LCC, NHS, DFE, Schools, SENCos, Service providers, Professionals, and Voluntary Organisations via our Quarterly "Parents Voice" reports and other reports and documents throughout the year. See our Library
N.B. we also feedback to parents from Services about what alters as a result of parental feedback, although services cannot always solve everyone's problems or change as quickly as people would like.
The most important individuals in the process is YOU - PARENTS as we can only feedback what YOU say to us.
We gather feedback via a range of methods as detailed below;
REMEMBER - IF YOU TELL FRIENDS AND FAMILY ETC, NOTHING MAY HAPPEN -
TELL US AS WE HAVE LINKS TO THE ORGANISATIONS WHO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. GET YOUR VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES HEARD
Our very own "Your Say"
Every experience and view you have about the services you receive is valuable to us.
Change will only occur when enough evidence and information can be gathered to put pressure on services to acknowledge necessary change.
SO - get your experiences and views (good and bad) submitted to LPCF and help us to improve services for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
To provide your thoughts - please complete a "YOUR SAY" by following the link.
Coffee Mornings / Events
Our Coffee Mornings (sometimes afternoons or evenings) are an excellent way for parents to meet with other parents, share experiences and provide feedback about what is going on in their lives.
Often parents think they are alone in having a view or an issue but sharing with others often will help parents to see that they are not alone.
The Forum's Big Coffee Morning, held annually is the best opportunity for lots of parents to gather and discuss common themes as well as meet some very influential professionals from the key services e.g. NHS, LCC and Social Care.
Our Facebook Parents Only page is a great tool for parents to link up and share thoughts and challenges with each other and the forum.
Parents may not know this but we check every comment every three months for inclusion in our quarterly Parents Voice report. Copies of Parents Voice reports and all our other reports and public documents can be found in our library by following the link.
REMEMBER - our Facebook Page is only available to registered Parent Carers. Check us out - follow the link
There are many issues and much negativity in what parents experience with services and the Forum is constantly seeking to capture this through the range of methods listed.
There is good news and positive experiences out there along with some excellent organisations, staff, volunteers and professionals.
Make a nomination about how you as a parent have experienced excellent or exceptional service and we will ensure that this also gets relayed to service providers.
Praising can also bring about change as others rise to meet the standards or learn from the practices of others.
Also the winners announced every six months get certificates and every nomination is added to our Excellence Hall of Fame winners listing.
Consultations / Surveys
As well as our own Surveys and occasional consultations we publicise those of others related to SEND to encourage parents to make their voices heard.
To see what consultations and surveys are currently available to parents please follow the link
If you don't make your views know - Nothing changes !!!
Phone Calls / Letters / Emails
If all else fails and you are not really into attending meetings or don't get on with computers etc. - we are always open to a chat on the phone..
Letters and Emails are always most welcome.
JUST MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY OR AN EXPERIENCE TO SHARE.