We are a voluntary group of parents, carers and grandparents of children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), working together with local, regional and national organisations to influence services and policies for our children, and for those that follow.
 
We set up in 2007 but we were originally just a group of parents who met together for coffee and a chat (and we still meet up for coffee, chat and the all important cake!) . Gradually over time we have evolved into a proper participation Parent Carer Forum and are currently very involved with the Local Authority in the SEND reforms. Participating in some workstreams and co-producing others. We also run regular meetings, events and workshops for parent carers throughout the city to encourage parents to take up the challenge of partcipation.  If you are interested in joining us in whatever way that suits you and your circumstances, please email swcpcc.paula@gmail.com or if you just wish to recieve updates of events etc, fill in the registration form HERE .

The work we do helps shape local, regional and national services and policies, with our members regularly attending regional and national meetings, conferences and workshops.​ 
We are members of the National Network Of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), and our chair person, Maureen Morris is currently the North East & Cumbria representative, and has has just been elected as Co-Chair of the NNPCF,  travelling frequently to London for meetings.
 
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums is a network of over 150 Parent Carer Forums in England.
The forums are arranged into 9 regions, these follow the same regional breakdown as the Department of Education; each of the regions has a regional representative. All regional representatives work together to form the national steering group.
SWCPCC NNPCF shared experience