Haringey Involve is one of the country’s parent carer forums.
A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of children with additional needs who work with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families.
In England there are parent carer forums in almost all local authority areas. We are part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF).
The national charity Contact a Family administers a grant funded by the Department for Education. The grant is used to strengthen parent carer forums, so that parents can participate in planning and decision-making about services in their area.
Parent carer participation is when parents and professionals work together, recognising each other's expert knowledge, to make informed decisions about children's services that make the best use of people's time and money.
Parents or carers of a child with any type of additional need or disability are welcome to join. Joining our forum does not mean you have to commit lots of time. You can join as a ‘Member’ to receive information and be consulted on issues.
If you would like to get more involved we are always looking for more ‘Active Members’. This means you offer some of your time to help us, this might be at an event or for a particular project.
Forums usually have a steering group of parents who lead the work and listen to the views of other parents in the local area to make sure they know what is important to them. Our steering group meet regularly to plan and organise events and projects throughout the year.
Our coffee mornings have been developed in schools so that we can promote parent participation and help facilitate conversations between professionals and parents/carers. We also invite key speakers to share information with schools and parents/carers. If you would like Haringey Involve to facilitate a coffee morning in your school please let us know!