We would like to take this opportunity to confirm our approach to parent/carer participation and engagement.
In Barnsley, we want to make sure that all children and young people achieve the best outcomes, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25. To do this we are fully committed to working in partnership with parents and carers as we want to make sure the services we plan, commission and deliver, across education, health and care, meet the needs of children, young people and their families.
We can do this best through a wide reach of active parent and carer participation, which is why we want to engage with parents and carers in ways that work for them. This includes everything from coffee mornings, focus groups, training, meetings and other events to gather feedback about services and how they need to respond to what parents and carers tell us.
The Barnsley SEND Parent Carer Alliance is a DfE recognised parent/carer forum which benefits from funding allocated through Contact. They are a key step in the parent carer participation process. However, we recognise that there is much diversity in Barnsley, and no one group represents all parents and carers, which is why we value the input of all groups and individuals. Our aim is to empower parents and carers so that they have their say on all SEND related matters. We aim to ensure that parents and carers are able to influence the development of local services across the local area and strategic decision making.
Our SEND Participation Officer, Alex Taylor, will continue to work with all groups and individuals who wish to be involved in engagement and co-production activities in the way that works best for them, making sure that everyone is able to shape decisions regardless of how they choose to engage. Everyone’s voice is valued regardless of where it is captured. Alex will also continue to work closely with our SEND Youth Forum to ensure that efforts to capture and act on the voices of children, young people, parents and carers are aligned across the local area
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