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17th September 2021 - Links to Parent Carer Meetings

Now is the perfect opportunity and time for you to have your say and share your thoughts with SEND inspectors to really make a difference for SEND families in Wolverhampton, they need to know what is working well for your child/young person and family and what you feel needs improving.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are carrying out a week-long inspection starting on Monday (20 September) to assess the impact and effectiveness of services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Wolverhampton.

Since May 2017, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have inspected 117 areas of which half were asked to write and produce a statement of action to Her Majesty's Inspectors and were revisited 18 to 24 months after the initial inspection. Over the last 2 years the inspectors have revisited 21 areas where they have identified significant weaknesses. Of those issues identified as not working two thirds have been tackled.

Inspectors want to get views from as many people as possible, and are encouraging children, young people and their families to get involved and share their experiences, both about services that have worked well and where there have been issues with support.

Voice4Parents would love to see as many of our parent carers as possible at the online meetings with inspectors as possible, which are being held via Microsoft Teams.

Monday 6pm-7pm, there are the following meetings:

  • Meeting for parents and carers of a child who accesses SEND support; to join, click https://bit.ly/39cPLSY
  • Meeting for parents and carers of a child who has an Education and Health Care Plan; to join, click https://bit.ly/3lzAW2R
  • Meeting for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities; to join, click https://bit.ly/3nCzfnE

Tuesday 12-1pm there are the following meetings:

Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm there are the following meetings:

  • Meeting for parents and carers of a child who accesses SEND support; to join, click https://bit.ly/2XkhwX6
  • Meeting for parents and carers of a child who has an Education and Health Care Plan; to join, click https://bit.ly/3tJg4tA
  • Meeting for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities; to join, click https://bit.ly/3En0QPQ

We would also appreciate Parents and carers taking part in the Ofsted survey, which asks a number of additional questions and includes a short video providing further information about the inspection and how people can help.

For details, please visit https://bit.ly/3nBGMTS. The closing date for comments is Monday 20th September 2021.

Parents and carers can also email comments to inspectors via LASEND.support@ofsted.gov.uk

There is also a short survey for children and young people to complete and is available at https://forms.office.com/r/eyAaD2KfxE

For parents and carers unable to attend the meetings they are being invited to complete a short online survey which is available at https://forms.office.com/r/zZCFTzmTwe.

Please note, the deadline for responses is 6pm on Thursday 23 September 2021.

16th September 2021

Dates for the parent carer meetings with the Inspectors have now been released. These meetings will be virtual the links to these will be available here once the Local Authority release them. In the meantime please make a note of the days and times of the meetings.

Monday 20th September

Time

Attendees

6pm – 7pm

Parents for those with a child with EHC Plan

6pm – 7pm

Parents for those with a child who accesses SEND support

6pm – 7pm

For CYP

Tuesday 21st September

Time

Attendees

12-1

Parents of young adults 19-25

12-1

Parents of children 12-18

12-1

Parents of children 0 - 11

Wednesday 22nd September

Time

Attendees

6.30 -7.30

For those with a child who accesses SEND Support

6.30-7.30

Children & Young People

6.30 – 7.30

For those with a child with EHC plan

If you are unable to make any of these dates you can share your views and experiences of what's working well and what needs improving by filling in Ofsted's survey click here or you can email your comments at  Lasend.support@ofsted.gov.uk

There is also a further survey for parents, carers and families, please visit https://orlo.uk/vJ1JC

Can we also ask that you encourage your children and young people to complete the following survey https://orlo.uk/Fy1VW so that their views and experiences are also shared with the inspectors.

It’s important that people share both what has worked well, and what could be done better, so that services can build on good practice and make improvements where necessary.

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Important News!

Monday morning, our Chair, Sarah Baker received a phone call from one of her Majesty's Inspectors for SEND informing her that Wolverhampton would be having their local area SEND inspection by Ofsted and the CQC, week commencing the 20th September 2021.

To find out more about what is involved in the inspection and how you can be part of the inspection please read the article below.

Inspection of Wolverhampton City Council from Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September 2021.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly, an inspection of your local area. The Children and Families Act 2014 places duties on the local health, social care and education services that provide for children and young people with SEND. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

  • identifies the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

The views of children and young people with SEND, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area inspection?

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers from your provision can engage with the inspection process and contribute their views:

1.The inspection will include a survey of parents and carers. The survey will be open from noon on 13 September until 11:59pm on 21 September 2021.

Parents and carers who would like to take part and share their experiences with the inspectors can follow this link to complete the survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WolverhamptonCityCouncilLASENDInspection/ .

We strongly recommend that, before completing the survey, parents and carers watch the short video at the start of the survey which gives information about the inspection and what inspectors will focus on. 

  1. Parents and carers can email their contributions to Lasend.support@ofsted.gov.uk

 

3. Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with SEND can share their views about the local area’s effectiveness should be included in the local offer.

4. During this inspection, the inspectors will collect information about children and young people in the area. They will be looking at local area records, speaking to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speaking to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may be capable of identifying a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and CQC will use this information to prepare their report, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the inspection report.

Click here if you wish to attend one of the parent carer meetings with the inspectors so Voice4Parents can add you to their mailing list for the inspection. 

14th September 2021

As you may be aware over the last few months our Local Authority and Health partners are getting ready for an imminent OFSTED inspection. We have just been contacted by OFSTED and the QCC, who have informed us that the Wolverhampton Local Area inspections will be starting next Monday, 20th September 2021.

There will be a number of opportunities for you to speak with inspectors at focus groups and meetings being held over the next two weeks from 20th September 2021, all meetings with parent carers will be held virtually. There are also opportunities for your Children and Young People to also meet with Inspectors if they wish to do so.  We will update you all with the timetable once we know it. 

Many of you have already given us your details as you would like to be included in the focus groups and speak directly with inspectors. If you wish to be included in these meetings and focus groups but have not already let us know, please do so by click here.

Voice4Parents is also collecting your views via our Annual Survey ready to share with inspectors so that they will have an insight into how it feels to be a family with a child/young person with SEND living in Wolverhampton.

It’s not too late to complete our Annual Survey to make sure your opinions and feedback are included. To have your say please click here.

Voice4Parents has met with Health partners to discuss preliminary feedback around Health issues you have reported to us.  We have been informed that Health Passports are now being finalised from draft form to include all your feedback and should be rolled out to families in the near future. We are aware that many of you have told us that this is a big area of need for you and your families.

A survey around Covid and the impacts of Covid called “Forgotten Voices” has also been developed around your feedback over the past 12 months and is near completion.  Once released, we will share this with you all as it is hoped that Parent Carers feedback will help shape what is now required from our Health Services and if another crisis/pandemic were to happen, inform how they can better support us all.

We are happy to say that we are now progressing through applications for the Local Grant Funding that we opened to our members a couple of weeks ago.  We will get back to all applicants as soon as we can.  Please keep an eye on your inboxes as all correspondence will be emailed from events@voice4parents.co.uk and may go into spam/junk.  We may need further information to progress some applications.

There is more great news that we have to share with you, we have been successful in our application to Wolverhampton Council to offer a Leisure programme during the October Half-Term and Christmas.  We know many of you will be as excited as we are about this.  Please remember to complete our Voice4Parents membership form by clicking here, as members are always notified first of anything we are able to offer.  Could we also ask parent carers that have been members with us for a while (before August 2021) to also complete this membership form as we are upgrading our database system.


 

13th September 2021
 
In May 2016 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) began jointly inspecting local areas to see how well they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). To date they have inspected 117 local areas, however, in March 2020, due to Covid-19 inspections had to be paused.

Before lockdown, Ofsted and CQC area SEND inspections identified a number of recurring weaknesses across local areas in England. These included “flaws, inconsistencies and delays in the identification of children and young people’s needs. Not enough of a system-wide focus on providing high-quality universal education, health and care services. And a lack of clarity about who is responsible for what between organisations, resulting in fractures in the way professionals in these services work together.

“Area arrangements for identifying, assessing and meeting children and young people’s education, health and care needs were frequently slow. They felt like a ‘battle’ for families as their concerns escalated. Too often, families were left feeling dissatisfied with their experience of area SEND arrangements because the quality of services and support failed to live up to what was envisaged in their children’s EHC plans.” (taken from www.gov.uk)

Wolverhampton has yet to be inspected, however with local area SEND inspections restarted this year in the summer term, June 2021.

Depending on restrictions and government guidance, an inspection is imminent for Wolverhampton.
 
The inspection will review how Wolverhampton’s local authority, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), public health, NHS England for specialist services, early year’s settings, schools and further education providers support our children and young people to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, such as being able to live independently, secure meaningful employment and be well prepared for their adult lives. Therefore, although these inspections are designed to hold local areas to account, they also intend to assist local areas in improving and developing their processes and support systems in order that local areas become more effective and deliver better outcomes for children and young people.
 
The inspectors will want to hear about the lived experience of children and young people with SEND and their families. They will want to know how well leaders and practitioners, children, young people and families work together to co-produce decisions about planning and commissioning or delivering services and support. And will want to hear from children and young people with SEND and their families about what is working and what could be better for them.
 
Voice4Parents are looking to put together a bank of parent carers we can call on, when the inspection begins, who would be happy to be involved and to meet the inspectors to share their views and experiences of SEND services in Wolverhampton. It is important that the inspectors get a good picture of what is working well, what isn’t and what needs improving in Wolverhampton for SEND families, during their visit and they can only do this by speaking to those who use and access the services.
 
“The Ofsted inspectors need to hear from families who are living it, they want to know what is working well for you and your families and what isn’t. It is your opportunity to have your voice heard and for you to share your experiences. By listening to parent carers, children and young people the inspectors can build a better and true picture of what it is like to be a SEND family living in Wolverhampton. By building this picture of Wolverhampton, the inspectors will be able to highlight good practice and and flag up where things could be made better and make recommendations for changes that will shape services for the future.” Sarah Baker, Chair of Voice4Parents, 17th May 2021
 
If you would like to be involved, please click here…
 
4th September 2021
Local  support  Grant  Fund 
We are excited to announce that we have been given significant funding to help families in Wolverhampton with SEND. The secured funding is for Voice4Parents members to help you with the purchase of the following  items 
  • Large  white  goods ( cookers,  washing machines,  fridge/ freezer etc)  
  • Small  electrical  items  (  toasters, kettle, microwave etc)
  • Bill payments (  gas  , electric,  water etc )
  • Grocery  shopping  ( including  toiletries)
  • Clothing 
  • Furniture 
  • Bedding 
  • Possibly other  items that  are  essential  to your  family 
Please note these funds are limited and you will need to meet the following  criteria, which is based on need and not household income or means testing.
  • Live in Wolverhampton ,
  • Have a child or young person with SEND 
  • You MUST be a registered member of Voice 4 Parents

If you are not already registered with Voice4Parents please click here before you complete the application form for the funding.

Please note that we can only accept one application per family but you can  apply for  more than one  item  on  this  application  form. 
 
Please  click here to  complete  application  form  

Voice4Parents will look at all applications by the 30th  September 2021, if you haven't received a response by then please ensure you have checked  your  junk/spam box.
 
All applications will be dealt with in date order and we may not be able to  approve everything  you ask for due to limited funding. 
 
3rd September 2021
Voice4Parents 2021 Annual Survey
As you already know Voice4Parents is a group of parents and carers of children and young people with a wide range of additional needs.  We represent the wider parental voice to make positive changes to the local Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) services used by families who live in Wolverhampton. 

We want to ensure as many parents and carers have the opportunity to share their views and experiences with us, so we have decided to carry out an Annual Survey. Yes, another survey!

Voice4Parents feels that with an Ofsted local area SEND inspection imminent, and the impact of COVID, the Parent Carer voice needs to be stronger than ever before, and we need your current views and opinions to ensure Voice4Parents is best representing you on how it has felt and been for you and your family over the past 12 to 18 months. 

We really do understand that you have offered us a lot of insight into your experiences recently and we are really grateful and appreciate you taking the time to try and help us improve and shape services in Wolverhampton on your behalf.

As a thank you for taking the time to complete our annual survey you will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of the following:

1st Prize – 5 winners will each receive an Amazon Fire Kindle tablet.

2nd Prize – 1 winner will receive a £40 Sensory Kit for their child or young person plus a £10.00 Love to Shop Voucher.

3rd Prize – 4 winners will each receive a Treat Package containing a cup and saucer plus a £10.00 Love to Shop Voucher

This is your opportunity to tell us what day to day life is really like for you and your family, living in Wolverhampton, and how well you feel the SEND services, in Wolverhampton, are supporting the needs of your family.

Having your say will help Voice4Parents get the message across of what really matters to our families, enabling us to provide constructive feedback to help shape future provision of local authority, health and other services.  As well as help the forum identify areas that need improvement and plan this year’s projects, and activities, including focus groups and events. 

This survey will run until Friday 1st October 2021.  Please tell as many parents and carers of SEND children and young people living in Wolverhampton about this opportunity to have their voice heard.

To complete the annual survey and share your experiences and views and to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes mentioned above please click here
 

19th July  2021

Voice4Parents has worked closely, over the last couple of months, with the local authority to put, what we feel is, a fantastic leisure offer together for SEND families living in Wolverhampton.  This has been developed and shaped based on the responses we had from our Easter Pack Leisure survey where you told us what you thought of the current Wolverhampton’s leisure offer for SEND families and what you would like to see in Wolverhampton for your children and young people.
 
We are delighted to announce that in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council we have secured a wide variety of activities for this year’s summer break for families living in Wolverhampton whose children and young people have additional needs. Including circus skills, music workshops, bowling, pottery workshops, animal handling, SEND play in a sensory activity centre and outdoor pursuits such as assisted climbing, zip wire, archery, horse riding, narrow boat trips, fishing and mini beast hunts. We have also been successful in securing private screenings at Cineworld where the lighting and sound will be adjusted to make it suitable for children and young people with SEND.
         
These leisure activities have been planned and organised to include the whole family including siblings and will be on a first come first served basis as places are limited.  

All bookings are being managed via Voice4Parents, a full programme of events, detailing dates and times will be released over the weekend, along with the booking form. SO please keep checking your inbox and junk as we will be emailing our wider group members with the details as well as posting all the information on our social media pages as soon as the programme is live.
 
If you have any queries regarding the programme, please email us at events@voice4parents.co.uk rather than our main admin email address.

20th May 2021

In May 2016 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) began jointly inspecting local areas to see how well they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). To date they have inspected 117 local areas, however, in March 2020, due to Covid-19 inspections had to be paused.

Before lockdown, Ofsted and CQC area SEND inspections identified a number of recurring weaknesses across local areas in England. These included “flaws, inconsistencies and delays in the identification of children and young people’s needs. Not enough of a system-wide focus on providing high-quality universal education, health and care services. And a lack of clarity about who is responsible for what between organisations, resulting in fractures in the way professionals in these services work together.

“Area arrangements for identifying, assessing and meeting children and young people’s education, health and care needs were frequently slow. They felt like a ‘battle’ for families as their concerns escalated. Too often, families were left feeling dissatisfied with their experience of area SEND arrangements because the quality of services and support failed to live up to what was envisaged in their children’s EHC plans.”(taken from www.gov.uk)

Wolverhampton has yet to be inspected, however with local area SEND inspections due to restart in the summer term, June 2021 at the earliest, depending on restrictions and government guidance, an inspection is imminent for Wolverhampton.

The inspection will review how Wolverhampton’s local authority, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), public health, NHS England for specialist services, early year’s settings, schools and further education providers support our children and young people to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, such as being able to live independently, secure meaningful employment and be well prepared for their adult lives. Therefore, although these inspections are designed to hold local areas to account, they also intend to assist local areas in improving and developing their processes and support systems in order that local areas become more effective and deliver better outcomes for children and young people.

The inspectors will want to hear about the lived experience of children and young people with SEND and their families. They will want to know how well leaders and practitioners, children, young people and families work together to co-produce decisions about planning and commissioning or delivering services and support. And will want to hear from children and young people with SEND and their families about what is working and what could be better for them.

Voice4Parents are looking to put together a bank of parent carers we can call on, when the inspection begins, who would be happy to be involved and to meet the inspectors to share their views and experiences of SEND services in Wolverhampton. It is important that the inspectors get a good picture of what is working well, what isn’t and what needs improving in Wolverhampton for SEND families, during their visit and they can only do this by speaking to those who use and access the services.

“The Ofsted inspectors need to hear from families who are living it, they want to know what is working well for you and your families and what isn’t. It is your opportunity to have your voice heard and for you to share your experiences. By listening to parent carers, children and young people the inspectors can build a better and true picture of what it is like to be a SEND family living in Wolverhampton. By building this picture of Wolverhampton, the inspectors will be able to highlight good practice and and flag up where things could be made better and make recommendations for changes that will shape services for the future.” Sarah Baker, Chair of Voice4Parents, 17th May 2021

If you would like to be involved, please click here…

26th April 2021

Click here for Voice4Parents latest newsletter 

1st April 2021 - Press Release

Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton’s independent parent carer forum, is delighted to announce that following a successful grant application through City of Wolverhampton Council it has been awarded funding which will allow the forum to provide 200 activity, sensory and wellbeing packs to SEND children and young people living in Wolverhampton during the Easter Holidays.

Voice4Parents is Wolverhampton’s independent parent carer forum whose representatives are parents and carers of children and young people (aged between 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) living in Wolverhampton. Voice4Parents works closely with families living in Wolverhampton and as a strategic partner, with the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group. Working in coproduction to shape and improve services, by gathering feedback from parents and carers and listening to families’ experiences.

During 2020/2021, Voice4Parents gathered feedback from parents and carers, engaging with them on Facebook. Parents and carers told us that families are in desperate need of sensory items to help with children and young peoples’ anxieties and mental health. Many families have not been able to access any help or support over the past 12 months due to COVID 19.

Following on from the success of Pears Foundation funding, Voice4Parents received, to provide wellbeing packs to SEND families in February 2021, Voice4Parents decided to apply to City of Wolverhampton Council in order to provide activity, sensory and wellbeing packs to SEND children and young people during the Easter holidays to address the gap in leisure for SEND families.

“Many parents and carers have told us that they are struggling with the lack of respite they have received during lockdown. The aim of these packs is to help provide some form of respite, leisure activities and general wellbeing support over the Easter Break” Voice4Parents’ chair Sarah Baker.

The funding is part of City of Wolverhampton Council, HeadStart Wolverhampton, Community Fund and #YES and is being granted to ensure funding gets to frontline organisations and their communities. Voice4Parents would like to acknowledge the support given to provide sensory, activity and wellbeing packs to our SEND children and young people.

For your child or young person to be one of the 200 to receive a pack please click on the link below and complete the survey around leisure in Wolverhampton for SEND children and young people.

The closing date for the Easter packs is Wednesday 7th April 2021, all packs will be delivered on Saturday 10th April 2021 by one of Voice4Parents volunteers. 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NYLFWY6

In order to be eligible for our Easter activity pack your child or young person must live in Wolverhampton, and have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Applications can be made for each child or young person with SEND it is not per household, please note a separate application must be made for each child or young person with SEND living in Wolverhampton.

 

 

     

31st March 2021

Click here to read this week's Voice4Parents update on Pears Foundation funding for the sensory and wellbeing packs plus information on the latest funding the forum has received in order to provide Easter activity packs for children and young people with SEND living in Wolverhampton. 

February 2021

Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton’s independent parent carer forum, is delighted to announce that following a successful grant application through Pears Foundation it has been awarded funding which will allow the forum to provide 200 sensory packs to SEND families living in Wolverhampton, with the first 100 applicants also receiving an Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet.

“During the first lockdown we heard from many parents and carers about how they felt isolated and alone and how they were struggling with the lack of respite they had received. The aim of these packs is to help provide some form of respite” Voice4Parents’ chair Sarah Baker

This funding is part of the Government’s £750m charities package and is being granted through Pears Foundation’s trusted, long-term partners to ensure funding gets to frontline organisations and their communities. Voice4Parents would like to acknowledge the philanthropic support of Pears Foundation.

Voice4Parents feel that the funding will help provide support for SEND families to be able to engage in coffee mornings, focus groups and other online events, break down barriers of isolation and enable them to have some form of respite.

If you live in Wolverhampton and have a child or young person with SEND and would like to receive one of the sensory packs (one per household) please click on the link below to fill in the application form by the 28th February 2021.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XJKF8BJ

The first 100 applicants will also receive an Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet.

@PearsFoundation
@DCMS

 

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2021 Coffee Mornings

Voice4Parents has enjoyed hosting this year's coffee mornings online, it has been lovely to see so many of you when we have had to stay indoors or keep our distance. The coffee mornings will resume in 2021 where we hope to invite professionals from SEND services to come along and answer any questions you may have. If you wish for a particular service to be invited then do please get in touch by emailing us at admin@voice4parents.co.uk

Dates for next year's virtual coffee mornings are:

Friday 29th January 2021 10am to 11:30am

Friday 26th February 2021 10am to 11:30am

Friday 26th March 2021 10am to 11:30am

30th September 2020

Voice4Parents have set up an affiliated community group to work with local community and support groups for families with SEND children and young people. The community group will enable Voice4Parents to promote and support these groups as well as engage with their parents and carers, gathering their views and experiences of SEND services and provision in Wolverhampton. We will take this feedback, as one voice, to strategic meetings we attend with professionals and heads of these services. One member of our Voice4Parents community group is the parent and carer support group for Walsall, Wolverhampton and surrounding areas, who have just published their Autumn newsletter which you can read here (link at bottom of page) 

20th July 2020

Voice4Parents Summer 2020 Newsletter  is now available, it has updates on what you told us about your experiences of lockdown and what we did with this valuable information along with updates on what is happening in Wolverhampton including the consultation on the draft SEND strategy which we urge you to take part in. To read the newsletter please click here

Our newsletters are emailed to all our wider group members who have joined our mailing list, along with information on events, workshops and coffee mornings, consultations, surveys and requests for feedback on specific services and facilities in Wolverhampton, throughout the year.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list please click here.

10th May 2020

It is a very worrying time for us all at the moment, Voice4Parents' Co-Chair, Sarah Baker, has listened to many of your questions the forum have received over the last few weeks and has sent them all to the Local Authority (LA), the Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG), Wolverhampton Information Advice and Support Service (IASS) and Health Watch, you may have seen on Facebook the response we had, for those who haven’t seen them already click here

25th April 2020

Like many of you over the last couple of weeks our steering group members have been busy juggling home life, adapting to the current situation, home schooling, staying safe and running Voice4Parents “virtually”.

Over the coming months Voice4Parents' steering group will be getting together (virtually), to discuss how we move forward with the running of the forum, how we engage with you, our members, and how we work with the local authority, health and other local SEND services.

Please keep checking here for updates and please stay safe!

13th January 2020

Voice4Parents' Steering Group members will be meeting on Wednesday, 15th January, to discuss plans for the coming year.

2019

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Voice4Parents-Wolverhampton, where you can find out what's happening in Wolverhampton, what Voice4Parents are currently involved in and you can also complete surveys and our latest polls.

17th December 2019

Voice4Parents' steering group members are parents and carers themselves and work on a voluntary basis. Voice4Parents have now finished work for the year and will return in January 2020 once our children and young people are back at school.

Our Voice4Parents end of year bulletin, 2019, is now available click here  This is emailed to all our wider group members who have joined our mailing list, along with information on events, workshops and coffee mornings, consultations, surveys and requests for feedback on specific services and facilities in Wolverhampton, throughout the year.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list please click here.

27th November 2019

The Co-Chairs of Voice4Parents presented the forum's report, based on the results of the Annual Survey, to the SEND Partnership Board in Wolverhampton today. The report will be used along with Wolverhampton's Spotlight on SEND report and the JSNA report to help shape the SEND Review for Wolverhampton over the next 5 years.

Click here to read the report

6th & 7th November 2019

Sarah (Co-Chair) & Lucy (Administrator) attended the annual National Network Parent Carer Forum (NNPCF) conference, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet other forums across the country, as well people from Contact, and to  be involved in the Parent Carer led discussion around what we would like focused on in the select committee SEND review.

5th September 2019

THANK YOU for taking the time to complete the Voice4Parents annual survey, all of the views and experiences you shared are being collated into a report and will be presented to the SEND and Commissioning Partnership Board at the end of November, and will be available on our website as soon as possible. Click here for the report.

1st February 2019

This week some of the steering group members met to plan an event to relaunch the forum and give parents and carers in Wolverhampton the opportunity to meet the steering group members and get to know more about the forum and what we do.

Watch this space for more details over the next few weeks.

21st November 2018

Co-chairs Sarah and Tracy are attending the National Network of Parent Carer forums (NNPCF) annual conference in Coventry.  The two day conference marks the 10th year of funded participation of parent carers through parent carer forums.  This program has been successful in many ways, but crucially it demonstrates the positive impact of engaging with parent carers at a strategic level throughout service design and commissioning.

This year the NNPCF will showcase the successes of parent carer forums and highlight the journey we have travelled so far, reflecting back on some of the challenges we have overcome as well as some of the achievements we should celebrate.