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In Kingston there is approximately 4000 families that support and care for a young person with a Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND). All these young people need the help and support of a range of services and professionals to ensure their young person can stay healthy and reach their full potential.
To make sure these services understand and meet the needs of the young people and families they serve it is important that they hear from that community. A new group has recently been set up by a small team of parents to make sure that voice is heard.
Kingston Parent Carer Forum (KPCF) is still in its early stages and has been meeting regularly with a wide range of agencies to give feedback on the availability, quality, and effectiveness of services in the borough.
The team of PCF volunteers are really keen to hear from more parents and carers and collect their thoughts in order to pass a wide range of views and experiences back to those that make the decisions about what services our young people will have access to.
We warmly welcome all parents, carers and young people themselves to sign up to our Facebook page and message us with any views or feedback you would like to give. Whilst we cannot, as yet, take up individual cases, we can use all the information you give us to pull together themes to lobby to make services better for everyone.
Even if you have nothing to say at the moment – please do follow our page as we are also starting to put out news and updates on local services, grants and help that is available to our SEND families.
During the lock down period we have been meeting regularly with the local provider of children's services, Achieving for Children, and health and social care service leaders to discuss and raise issues that families are experiencing during this period. You can read notes of the meetings here: https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/local-offer/information-and-advice/send-consultation-hub-and-resource-bank/send-futures-kingston/kingston-send-parent-consortium