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SEND review – engagement opportunities for parent carer forums

The NNPCF steering group has been working with a variety of stakeholders to offer parent carers and forums the opportunity to be briefed and engage in the SEND Green Paper. This post updates you on what we are planning and how you can get involved.

The SEND review has been a long time in the making. It was originally launched in the summer of 2019. Delayed by general elections, government reshuffles and Covid 19, it represents an opportunity to reset and further reform the SEND system following the 2014 Children and Families Act.

The latest information we have suggests that the resultant SEND Green Paper will be published before the end of March. Although, this is subject to last minute change, we are hopeful that the conference will provide a platform for Ministers and the Department for Education to share the contents of the Green Paper just after its publication.

This post outlines this and other engagement opportunities we are planning to ensure that Parent Carer Forums are briefed and our voice is heard as clearly as possible through the Green Paper consultation process.

7th March 2022 – Children and Families Minister Will Quince will be presenting a webinar that is jointly hosted by the NNPCF, Special Needs Jungle, Contact and the Family Fund. The Minister will share some information about the work of the review and will answer some questions set by parents. NNPCF Cochair, Tina Emery will be one of the joint facilitators of this event. Booking details for this event were shared on Tuesday 1st March. All 200 places have already been taken. If you have booked and are unable to attend, please let us know so we can offer your place to someone else. Note: because this is BEFORE the publication of the Green Paper, we do not believe Minister Quince will be in a position to share details of its content.

23rd March – Minister Will Quince is booked to appear at the NNPCF / Contact virtual conference. We are hopeful that the Green Paper will have been published by this time and so Minister Quince will be able to comment on the details. If so, this will be one of the very first engagement events after its publication.

24th March – we are in the process of planning a full-blown engagement session with the Department for Education at the joint NNPCF / Contact conference. We are hopeful that the SEND review team will be able to join the session and it will be an opportunity for parent carer forums to give some early feedback on the contents of the Green Paper. At this session NNPCF cochairs Mrunal Sisodia and Tina Emery will also share their initial thoughts and response – to what extent does the paper incorporate the things that PCFs asked for?

Please look out for the conference booking link that will be circulated shortly to book onto these events.

Note: please be aware that all these plans are subject to change. As you know the SEND review has already been delayed many times and it is possible there may be further changes that are beyond our control.

After the above events, there will be other engagement events planned by the Department for Education. The schedule has not yet been finalised or published but we will share this with you as soon as we have further details.

In addition, we are planning a large parental survey to ensure that as many families as possible have the opportunity to input into the Green Paper proposals. To maximise its reach and ensure that the key messages are amplified, we are planning to coproduce and distribute the survey with other parental representative groups including Special Needs Jungle, Let us Learn Too and the Disabled Children’s Partnership.

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