Advocacy and Support Group
Halton SEND Carers Forum
Halton SEND Carers Forum (HSCF) is a community group that specialises in helping support parents and carers looking after children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The aim of the group is to ensure SEND services reach and meet the needs of disabled children and their families in Halton and is based at Brookvale Community Centre on Northwich Road, Runcorn, Cheshire.
Views of local families
The forum achieves this by gathering the views of local families who are either service users or have personal experience of disability or special educational needs. HSCF work in partnership with Halton Borough Council, various education settings, health providers and other disability stakeholders to highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well. Forums have a steering group consisting of parents and carers who lead this work and listen to the views of other parents and carers in the local area to identify what is important to them. This feedback then enables HSCF to build on their strengths and identify how service delivery can be improved and delivered in the future.
Steering committee meetings are every month except August and December. The Forum is continually signposting parents and carers to helpful information via our Facebook page and our website.
Who can join a parent carer forum? Any parent or carer of a child or young person aged 0-25 years, who resides in Halton, is over 18 years of age regardless of disability, political or religious affiliation, race, sex or sexual orientation and who is:
- Interested in helping the forum to achieve its aim.
- Willing to abide by the rules of the forum and adhere to the Code of Conduct.
Joining the forum does not mean you have to commit a significant amount of your time. In most forums you can simply join and receive information and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace.
The forum represents the personal views of parents and carers in the local area but does not advocate for individual families. Halton SEND Carers Forum are looking at extending their forum membership and adding to their steering group. The forum is keen to hear from as many parents and carers as possible.
For more information, please call 01928 716985 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org