The Leicestershire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) is a constituted group made up of Parent Carer volunteers.
We are ran by Parent Carers for Parent Carers.
Who are Parent Carers?
Parent Carers are parents or guardians of /or care for Children and/or Young people who have a Special Educational Need or Disability. We recognise all forms of disability which include learning difficulties as well as physical disabilities.
The Leicestershire Parent Carer forum covers all 7 district areas of Leicestershire; Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston.
Who do we represent?
We represent the views and experiences of parent carers and their families that live in or access services in Leicestershire for a child or young person with an additional need or disability aged 0-25 years.
Our aim is to ensure that services in Leicestershire are designed and delivered to enable all our Children and Young people to succeed and achieve a good education, be involved and participate in their local community and lead happy, healthy, fulfiled lives in safe supportive environments.
What we do
We work with local service providers (particulary the Local Authority and healthcare), to make sure that services are co-produced and designed with Parent Carers right from the start.
How do we do it
We sit on Strategic boards to ensure the voice of Parent carers are heard at all levels.
We act as critical friends with our Local Authority and health colleagues, letting them know what is working and what is not.
How do we gather parent carer voice?
As well as being parent carers ourselves we are continously gathering the voice of our members. We mainly do this through our hubs which we run all over Leicestershire, we also have a Virtual Facebook hub and often attend other support groups and events such as the local offer roadshows.
Keeping you informed?
We encourage Parent carers to become members of the forum and sign up to our monthly newsletter. This enables us to keep you informed of what we are working on, when our hubs and other events are taking place as well as the latest National SEND news.
We also want to empower parents so that they are informed and can make their voices heard in order to achieve better outcomes for their children and young people.
Does the forum offer support?
Our hubs are a great place to get peer support, meet other parents and share experiences. The forum rep will also be able to signpost to appropriate services where necessary.
We want to empower parents so that they are informed and can make their voices heard in order to achieve better outcomes for their children and young people.