HPCI Parent Network Update 28 Jan 2022

This week’s update has two great opportunities to share your views and help influence SEND services in Hertfordshire, so please read on to find out more about:

  • Attending a public forum on SEND in Herts – 4 Feb
  • Becoming a parent / carer representative for HPCI

Public Forum on SEND in Herts – 4 Feb

Join HPCI as we host the first of a new series of quarterly public forums that offer families the opportunity to hear directly from HCC officers about their progress in delivering the new SEND Strategy. There will also be the chance for you to ask questions, raise issues and share ideas. The session will be taking place online on 4 February at 1:30pm. To book your place click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi…/5272999802216059916 and any queries, please do drop me an email.  I do hope as many families as possible can attend – it is really powerful for the staff at the council to hear about the experiences and views of those who use their services.

Becoming a parent / carer representative for HPCI

Would you like to influence the development and delivery of SEND services in Hertfordshire?  Could you represent the views of parents and carers to help drive improvements and make sure that children and young people are kept at the heart of all discussions and decisions?

HPCI is looking for new parent carer representatives to join our current team who engage across education, health and social care, with the aim to influence the improvement of service provision and outcomes for our children and young people (CYP).

To be a parent rep you need to be the parent or carer of a child or young person aged 0-25 who has SEND (Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities) and lives in and/or receives services from Hertfordshire County Council or health services. You will want to make a difference for all CYP with SEND not just your own family and will have links with other parents of CYP with SEND. A willingness to work with others is essential.  For more information, please see this page of our website.

Currently we have parent rep vacancies for: 0-25 Pathway (social care), DSPLs, ESMA (Education support for medical absence), and health related workstreams. We would also particularly welcome parents and carers of CYP with visual impairments, multisensory impairments and physical and/or neurological impairments and anyone who could represent a group that is less often heard.

Training and support will be provided and expenses are paid for any time spent working as a parent rep, as well as travel and childcare expenses.

If you are interested in becoming a parent rep, please contact me (via kate@hertsparentcarers.org.uk or on 07840 360 245) to arrange an informal, no obligation, chat.

Kate Hudson

HPCI Membership and Comms Officer