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4. Parents/Carers, Children and Young People Involvement

Consultation and engagement

We all need to work in partnership and put our minds and hearts together to ensure that the changes we are implementing in Staffordshire will make a real difference in the lives of all children and young people with SEND.

With such a wide range of people and organisations involved it may be a real challenge to ensure everybody has an opportunity to participate but we are doing our best to give you different means to engage and have your say in shaping of the reforms.

We are very keen to hear the views of young people and their parents and carers. To date in preparing for the reforms we have held a number of events. 

Parents' charter

This charter has been developed in conjunction with parents and carers of individuals with special education needs and disabilities.

Views and experiences of children in residential special schools

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has produced a report on the views and experiences of children in residential special schools.

The KISS survey obtained the views of children, parents/carers and staff on the development of the residential provision in Staffordshire's five residential special schools. A copy of this is available, see below:

Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership

Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service

SEND Family Partnership (formerly Parent Partnership) provides impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to a child or young person’s special educational needs or disability from birth to 25 years.  It is the information, advice and support service for parents, carers and children/young people.

Parent Carer Forum - Voice for Change

A new parent carer forum is currently being developed. If you would like to be involved in this please email:

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

Please see the document below for information and contact details:

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