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Barnsley Parent/Carer Participation and Engagement
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


For more information email alextaylor@barnsley.gov.uk
What getting involved could look like

It is important that parents, carers of children with SEND are involved with shaping SEND services in Barnsley we call this participation or co-production

The ways that parents, carers children and young people can have their voice heard are:

  • Completing online surveys 
  • Being involved in developing strategies
  • Coming along to face to face discussions.
  • Joining workshops looking at how you want services to work.
  • Drop-in sessions where you can meet SEND services

Contact the SEND Participation Officer, Alex Taylor to find out how you can get involved.

Email: alextaylor@barnsley.gov.uk

Ring: 07385427123

How your participation helps

Working together with Barnsley services you can change SEND strategies and make a difference to support families receive 

There are regular opportunities to have your voice heard.

How you can find out about the opportunities in Barnsley: 

  • Barnsley SEND Local Offer Facebook Page (opens in a new window)
  • Join the Barnsley Families Information Service mailing list. (to join simply email infofis@barnsley.gov.uk with subject SEND mailing list) 
  • Come along to the Monthly Local Offer Multi-agency Drop-in.



Keeping up to date with strategies

The views of parents, carers, children and young people have helped with developing SEND strategies in Barnsley.

You can read the more about the strategies and download full copies here (link opens in a new window).

Keeping you up to date : We said We did

SEND parents have been part of consultations, filling in surveys and questionnaires, joining in with workshops and sharing their experiences of the services and support they receive. 

Click the 'We said, We did'  box below to find out what SEND families said and what Barnsley is doing, to improve SEND services and make sure parent voice is being listened to 

Are you a young person who would like to get involved?

Finding out about how young people feel about the services and support they receive is important.

If you would like to find out how to get involved with the Barnsley SEND Youth Forum, and have an input into the planning of SEND services you can find out more:

Contact the Youth Voice and Influence Coordinator, Kimberley Smith to find out how you can get involved.

Email: Kimberleysmith@barnsley.gov.uk
Ring: 01226 753406

More ways to get involved
Join a parent group
Joining a parent group provides a chance for you to have your say. Parent groups have connections with professionals and are able to feed ideas, thoughts and issues up to a strategic level.
You can find details of groups here


The Monthly Local Offer Multi agency Drop-in
The Local Offer drop in where you can find out about any opportunities to get involved, keep up to date with changes, what BMBC are working on and progress made. Share your thoughts and views with SEND professionals.
For more information including dates of the next drop in:
Email: infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk
Ring: 0800 0345 304

Customer feedback 
If you have any comments, compliments or complaints about the services you receive you can get in touch with the customer feedback team 
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