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.
You can find out more about the Kingston Parent Carer Forum and how to contact them here (opens a new window)
In April 2019, Councillor Diane White Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services including Education, invited Kingston parents to join a Parent Consortium to help guide and support our communication and consultation with parents and carers, and to help the Council and Achieving for Children understand the needs of the wider SEND community.
You can read full details in the original invitation here (pdf)
The first meetings of the consortium were held in May 2019. In September 2019, the parents of the Consortium made a decision to become the official Parent Carer Forum (PCF) for Kingston. You can read notes of *regular meetings held with the Consortium/Forum initial below.
*COVID 19 - during this period members of the Parent Carer Forum have been holding regular online meetings with Achieving for Children and partners. Notes of these meeting from 20 March onwards are listed below:
Latest notes of meeting and papers
Earlier notes of meeting
Written updates were sent out two weeks ago as requested by parents and carers and posted on the Local Offer Website. These are available here:
- Schools preparation for opening in September (opens a new window)
- Therapy Provision in September (opens a new window)