Parent Carer Voice

Parent Carer Voice

We are a group of Parent Carers who campaign for changes that will improve the lives of families living in Herefordshire who have a disabled child.

Click here to find out if you are a Parent Carer.

We want every Parent Carer to feel supported in their caring role and get the help they need, when they need it.  We promote a greater understanding of what it means to be a Parent Carer by working with organisations such as:

Parent Carer Voice captures the collective learning of local Parent Carers and give their views a voice.  We expect the professionals to come to meetings to discuss services rather than send one Parent Carer off to sit in on a ‘steering group’, because together our voice is louder.  If you are a Parent Carer and you would like to join The Voice or come to a meeting you would be very welcome.

Meeting papers

10 Jan 18: Notes | Agenda

13 Dec 17: no meeting

8 Nov 17: Notes | Agenda

11 Oct 17: Notes | Agenda

13 Sep 17: Notes | Agenda

12 Jul 17: Notes | Agenda

14 Jun 17: Notes | Agenda

10 May 17: Notes | Agenda

8 Mar 17: Notes | Agenda

May 17′ Appx. A: High Needs Funding Matrix Autism in Children and Young People Pathway V3
September 2017 edition of the 0-25 SEND Newsletter. May 17′ Appx. B: High Needs Matrix and Funding Tariff Guidance and Information Ofsted letter of findings (Sept ’16)
June 17′ Appx. A: CWD Programme May 17′ Appx. C: High Needs Matrix Carers Leads in GP Surgeries (at Sept ’16)
June 17′ Appx B: Ofsted CQC objectives May 17′ Appx. D: Short Breaks Q&As SEN Co-ordinators (Provided by Herefordshire Council Sept ’16)
June 17′ Appx. C: Marches Family Network May 17′ Appx. E: Task and Finish Group report April 2017 Herefordshire Council response to Ofsted findings
June 17′ Appx. D: Autism survey Adult Autism Care Pathway DRAFT V1  Contact adult social care Advice and referral team (Sept ’16)

Parent Carer Voice was part of a successful national campaign to improve the rights of Parent Carers to an assessment of their own needs, writing to members of the House of Lords including HCS Patron Baroness Pitkeathley.  The Voice is a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums, which is supported by Contact a Family. Herefordshire Carers Support arranges training, provides administration support, takes notes, arranges venues & refreshments.  Parent Carers can also claim travel and other expenses when attending these events.

In previous years Parent Carer Voice has campaigned for better information for families about the support that is available; more respite provision, also known as ‘short-breaks’; more open access activities for children and young people with a special educational needs; better understanding and recognition of what it means to be a Parent Carer.

Locally Parent Carer Voice is working closely on preparations for the Children and Families Act (2014) which came into effect in September 2014.  The new law expects Local Authorities and Health Services to work with Parent Carers to design and improve services. Parent Carer Voice has organised several consultation and information events.  Click here to link to report of the event.  Further events are planned, email to find out more.

parent carer logo_smallParent Carer Voice meets monthly during term time.

Below are links to our latest documents.  If you would like hard copies of the minutes please contact us.

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