East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (PCF) is the recognised forum in East Riding and a registered charity. With the introduction of the Children and Families act 2014, each Local Authority and its partners are required to work in partnership with the PCF recognising their expert knowledge to plan, design and develop quality and accessible provision through participation and co production. We feedback where local services and processes are going well and challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.
The Department for Education provides an annual grant to fund this.
We have a growing broad membership, and we represent families with all types of additional needs or disabilities.
We empower our members to have their voices heard and lived experiences shared but we do not advocate for individual families.
We are linked with 15 PCFs in the Yorkshire and Humber region and have a regional representative from the region who sits on the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF).
“This film is for parent carers wanting to learn more about parent carer participation; and how working in co-production (with local education, health, and social care providers) can help to improve services for children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and their families. You will hear about the history of parent carer forums, how they work, who they work with, and why they are so important.”
The PCF works in co-production as an equal partner with East Riding LA, Health and Social Care partners and the voluntary sector.
We represent the voices of parent carers at strategic meetings and report back actions from meetings.
We hold casual information and engagement sessions on a regular basis trying to reach across the Authority.
We host training events, workshops, and consultation events and attend POP up events hosted by other originations and voluntary groups.
We signpost parent carers to other agencies and specific services which we do not provide.