Parent carer participation events
Families’ views are essential to what we do. As well as inviting families to participate via surveys and emails, Family Voice Norfolk also holds events at which parent carers can discuss face-to-face the issues that concern them. When we can, we hold these in venues across Norfolk, as we know how difficult it can be for parent carers to travel and that services for our families can vary across our large county. Since the coronavirus pandemic has changed all our lives, we have also held sessions online.
In the past, our Family Voice, Family Chat sessions offered a two-way exchange of views, where expert speakers gave information and answered families’ questions, while parent carers had the chance to give their views about existing services and what they would like to see in the future.
More recently, our online Let’s talk… sessions have offered families a chance to share their experiences and concerns in the ever-changing environment of the pandemic. The sessions are a safe space to discuss issues with other parent carers – you are not alone in these challenging times.
We make sure that reports from these events are seen by those planners and decision-makers who can make a difference. The reports, which are always carefully anonymised, are invaluable in highlighting to professionals the real concerns of families and how support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) can be improved. You can read them below.