The parents forum in Hull is a group of parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who work with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other organisations to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of these children and families. The Forum now has approximately 200 parent members with a core group of 15-20 parents who attend most meetings. Members represent children and young people with a range of disabilities and additional needs.

"I have been a member of the Parents’ Forum for a number of years. I find it fantastic to be part of it, as over the years we have proved that we really can make a difference. The local authority is keen to listen and consult with parents and I think it's a very important role to get our views across. We as families of disabled children are the beneficiaries of those services after all. I have found being on the forum very empowering and I have become a much more assertive advocate for my child as a consequence. Along the way I have made good friends and found a network of people in similar circumstances which are a great source of support."

How does the service work?

The forum works closely with those who provide services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families to promote the quality, range and availability of services for all disabled children and their families in Hull. We currently have a Steering Group of 8 members who are parent representatives feeding back the voice of parents/carers at a strategic level.

Who is the service for?

Membership available to parents and carers of disabled children and young people up to 25 years old living within the Hull district.

How much does it cost?

This service is free.

Availability:

The main forum meets bi-monthly on Thursday evenings at 7pm. There are also regular coffee mornings, daytime and evening focus groups held - please contact us for more information on detailed times.

How to access this service:

If you are interested in joining this group and/or would like to attend the next meeting please contact us using the details below.

Contact:

Phone: 0148 246 7540
Email: hullparentsforum@hotmail.com
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