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Staffordshire Parent Carer Forum

Staffordshire Parent Carer Forum (Staffs PCF) is an independent parent and carer led organisation.  It is run by volunteers who are all parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disabilities.

How can you get involved?

You can become a member. We’ll reach out to you to share your experience and we’ll keep you up to speed on our activities.

You can apply to become a PCF Rep. Reps represent the PCF in our outreach. That could include help with parent groups and strategic meetings. Even two or three hours per month could make a difference.

You can apply to be part of parent community groups in schools. These groups help parents and carers of children that are coming through the school. You can help with the challenges we all go through along the way.

What are our aims?

We aim to: 

  • Be the voice of families of Staffordshire children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
  • Positively influence the policy and systems that affect their daily lives.

What we do

Staffs PCF is funded by the Department of Education.  We belong to a national network of Parent Carer Forums. 

We are totally independent from schools, the Local Authority and the NHS. But we work closely with them to make sure they: 

  • understand the lived experience of families of children with SEND, and
  • take it into account as they make policy and deliver services.

We are different from other specialist SEND parent groups, but we want to work with them. We’re not a support group, an advisory service or a champion for individual cases. By having a wide and diverse network of parents and carers, we can truly represent the reality of SEND families. We can make sure that the Staffordshire authorities understand them too. 

Staffs PCF are NOT

But

 

A Support Group

We will Support

 

Able to provide individual support or fight individual cases                                                                                                                         

Your individual case will give strength to our collective aims.

 

Here as SEND, health or educational professionals

We are here as parents or carers of children with SEND. And we will work for families alongside service providers to improve services. 

Trying to fill a gap in services

We will advocate for service providers to fill those gaps we have identified.

 

An advice service

We will signpost you to people who can advise. 

 

A protest group

We will use your collective voices to advocate for change.

Here to create conflict

We will work in a constructive partnership with the local authorities. 

 


How can you help?

We want you to have the confidence to share your lived experience with us.  We can then understand where things are working and where improvements or changes are needed. We will feed that back into the system to influence the Staffordshire authorities.

We need members voices to give us strength in numbers. And we need to hear your lived experience. We collect information:

  • from speaking to our members and
  • carrying out surveys on specific issues


This data helps us have hard conversations with Staffordshire authorities. It helps us to do this in a factual and non-confrontational way.

Where can I find more information?

To find out more go to our website.

Related links

SENDIASS and Staffordshire Parent Carer Forum working in partnership for our families

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Support Staffordshire
Contact Position
Admin
Telephone
n/a
E-mail
info@staffspcf.co.uk
Website
Staffs PCF
Twitter
@StaffordshirePCF
Facebook
Staffordshire PCF

Where to go

Name
c/o Support Staffordshire
Address
Stafford Civic Centre
Riverside
Stafford
Staffordshire
Postcode
ST16 3AQ Get Directions (This link opens in a new tab)

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
No
Last updated: 22 Sep 2022
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