Parent Carer Participation
Is where a group of parent carers of children and young people with SEN & disabilities work in partnership with local organisations to make sure the services they commission, plan and deliver meet the needs of the children, young people and their families.
BBPCF works with Bedford Borough Council, Bedford Hospital, Bedfordhire Clinical Commissioning Group, schools and voluntary services amongst others.
What we do
National Network of Parent Carer Forums
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is made up of all of the parent carer forums from across England. The NNPCF ensures that local parent carer forums are aware of national developments and promotes opportunities for the voice of parent carers to influence at a national level.
The NNPCF works closely with the Department for Education, the Department of Health, and other partner organisations to improve outcomes for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs and their families.
For more information and to find details of other parent carer forums see: www.nnpcf.org.uk
Membership is open to any family members or carers of any child or young adult with special educational needs or a disability, up to the age of 25 years and who live in or access services in Bedford Borough.
Practitioners from the Voluntary and Statutory sectors can become associate members. Associate members will be kept up to date with BBPCF’s newsletter and will be able to attend Open Meetings, where it is appropriate.
We are a member-led organisation which means that we listen to our members and address the issues that our members raise.
We have an ethos of working in partnership with those that commission and provide services and have developed a Charter, based on the Early Support Principles, which shows the standards we expect from commissioners and service providers.
We hold Open Meetings termly that usually have a ‘theme’ based on feedback from members and collect your views and experiences (good and bad!). We either write these up as reports or case studies that we then use to highlight these issues with the relevant managers or commissioners and work with them to improve the services.
We also try to ensure that we keep members up to date with changes, both locally and nationally, that may affect your family, such as policies, legislation or services.