The forum has been set up by a group of independent parents and carers of children and young people who have additional needs and live in Lancashire.
They have worked with an associate from Contact, which has been asked by the Department for Education (DfE) to set up similar forums across the country, in areas where the previous forum has been discontinued.
The newly elected interim chair is Sam Jones with Melissa Palmer elected as interim vice chair. They are working with a small steering group to develop a vision for the forum and begin to work with more parents from across Lancashire.
Sam recently attended training with parent carer representatives from across the region at the north west regional training day. They also represented Lancashire at the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and at their National Conference in Coventry. Speakers included representatives from NHS England and Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DfE.
There are 93,000 members of similar Parent Carer Forums across the country and representatives from the national steering group are able to speak directly to the policy makers working in Government.
The Lancashire PCF will be working locally to gather the voice of parents and carers in Lancashire and working as a strategic partner on the SEND Partnership Board and with other key decision making boards.
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