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.
Kingston PCF is made up of local parents and carers who work to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities and their needs are heard and understood by local services and decision makers. Part of a national network we try to ensure by feeding in the experiences and needs of Kingston parents and carers who have children with additional needs and disabilities, better, more relevant and responsive services will follow. As local SEND parents ourselves we bring a wealth of different experiences of helping our own children and young people through life
We also make sure parents and carers have access to events and information that they might find useful as a SEND family.
Members of the forum have been meeting regularly with a wide range of agencies to give feedback on the availability, quality, and effectiveness of services in the borough. You can read notes of meetings below.
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.
Kingston PCF has a website: www.kingstonpcf.co.uk