As part of our parent and family support services, Camden Special Parents’ Forum is a growing network of over 250 parents and carers of 0-25 year olds with special education needs and disabilities.

The forum runs meetings and training workshops for parents to help them to access the information and skills they need to support their families. Anyone who is looking after a child or young person with special needs (who lives or goes to school in Camden) is welcome to join the Forum, either as a regular or occasional visitor. We will make you welcome and you can be involved in our activities as much as you want. Carers represented in the Forum include parents, foster and adoptive parents, grandparents, adult siblings, aunts and uncles…!

The Forum is facilitated by parents with children with special and complex needs.

What parents say about Camden Special Parents Forum:

“The Special Parents Forum is my one-stop shop for essential information”

“This is such a fantastic Forum, a true lifeline”

“I like the mutual support, the massive knowledge and the opportunity to explore issues and I also like being kept up to date on legislation, services and be part of parents assisting Camden”

“It helps me keep up to date on relevant information and express my views. It enables me to meet other parents and it gives me the opportunity to volunteer to be on working parties which discuss changes relevant to my daughter”

How does the service work?

The Special Parents Forum offers a great chance to meet other parents and to get, and give, feedback on important local issues.

The Forum meetings are welcoming, informative and supportive. Parent workshops on a range of topics run during term time. Examples of parent workshops include: How to get the best from your Annual Review, Sleep Strategies, Preparing for Adulthood and Coping with Challenging Behaviour.

We also run informal relaxed opportunities to meet and share with other parents e.g. Walk & Talk and Cook & Eat.

The Forum works closely with local education, health, social care and leisure services to improve the quality and accessibility of services for all disabled children and their families in Camden.

It does this by ensuring parent’s views are integral to the strategic development of local services for children and young people with special needs. This is done by consulting with parents at meetings, in surveys and at local events.

Our regular discussions with local authority and health service commissioners / senior managers aims to support open and transparent dialogue between families and those who plan and deliver services for disabled children and young people in Camden.       

Who is the service for?

Any Camden resident caring for 0 to 25 year olds with special education needs. Parents or carers of children who go to school in Camden but live in another borough are also welcome.

How much does it cost?


This service is free.

Availability:

The Camden Special Parents Forum meets throughout the term and includes forum meetings with guest speakers from, workshops and informal, parent only sessions.

How to access this service:

If you are interested in any of our activities or would like to find out more please contact the Parent Participation Team using the details below. You can also visit the Support for Parents & Young People section on the Camden Local Offer website or use this link 

Parents at a forum meeting.



Contact:


Phone: 0207 431 8476
Email: [email protected]
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