People First has been working with the Cumbria SEND Improvement Board to drive improvements for local families. Fostering engagement and coproduction; we are supporting young people and their families to be at the heart of shaping improvements to our local SEND services.

As part of this work, we are working with parents and carers to develop a new Parent/Carer Forum. After creating and sharing a recent survey, which has now been completed by 100 parents/carers, we are preparing to host two online development events.

These events are designed so that parents and carers can have their say on the development of a new Forum for Cumbria.


Shaping a New Forum

To support the development of a new forum we welcome you to join one of two development sessions. The events will take place via zoom on:



Our aim is that by the end of the events we will have agreed a range of steps that will start the development process for a new group. We hope to be joined by the Regional Chair of parent carer forums who will share her ideas and thoughts about how best to proceed.

We look forward to you joining us at one of the events so that you can be part of establishing a new, strong, and powerful voice for parents and carers of those with SEND in Cumbria.

By working together and speaking with a united voice we can help children, young people, parents and carers to have the support that they need to live fulfilling lives.


What is a Parent/carer Forum?

A parent/carer forum is:

  • A group of parents and carers of disabled children. Their aim is to make sure the services in their area meet the needs of disabled children and their families.
  • They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education settingshealth providersand other providers to highlight where local services are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.
  • In England there are parent carer forums in almost all local authority areas. See public contact details for the parent carer forums in England.
  • Forums usually have a steering group of parents who lead this work and listen to the views of other parents in the local area to make sure they know what is important to them. Forums are keen to hear from as many parent carers as possible.

It is crucial that a Parent Carer Forum is led and by and for parents and carers of young people with SEND needs. We look forward to seeing many of you there to be apart of this process.