My name is Catherine Ratcliffe and I am an Associate working for Contact (formerly Contact a Family). Contact are a delivery partner for the Department for Education for Parent Participation. I am sure you know that SEND Family Voices has closed and we now have no parent carer forum in Richmond or in Kingston. We plan to work with parents in both boroughs to set up a new Forum/s to represent the views and aspirations of families of disabled children by working in partnership with the Local Authority, Health and other providers to ensure that services are providing the best possible resources for the children and young people to lead happy, active and fulfilling lives.
The purpose of participation in this context is to ensure better outcomes for children with SEND and their families. It is about the involvement of parents with a range of professionals and strategic managers within the Local Authority and Health in the early stages of planning and the subsequent delivery of services. The benefit of actively involving parents in decision-making is an integral part government legislation and plans, and evidence suggests that services are improved when parents are actively involved in shaping them.
I would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss how parent participation and co-production might be developed further in your area. It is essential that as parents/carers that it is your voice that is heard in the design and development of services for your children and young people.
For RICHMOND parents: THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 10.30 - 12.30 at
Richmond Library Annex
Quadrant Road, Richmond TW9 1DH
For KINGSTON parents: FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 10.30 - 12-30 at
Surbiton Library Hall
Ewell Road, KT6 6AG
Please come along and feel free to invite any other parents who you think might be interested. We really need your involvement in moving this forward. Remember there can be nothing for you without you.
Can you please let me know if you are able to attend by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org