Despite the recent political turmoil, the NNPCF has continued to represent the views of parent carer forums with key national and local bodies. At a time when the schools, health and care systems are starting major reforms, the NNPCF is working hard to make sure that the view of families are considered by those people responsible for shaping and delivering services.
On 24 May, NNPCF cochair Mrunal Sisodia attended the special session held by the Education Select Committee in response to the SEND Green Paper. The Committee has recently written to the Department for Education with its recommendations and many of the key points raised by the NNPCF are included in the letter including:
- The need to greater early intervention – not enough money is spent early and too much only when families “get to crisis.”
- The need for improved accountability and the NNPCF call for Ofsted to require that in order for a school to be rated good or outstanding, it must be good or outstanding at SEND
- The call from the NNPCF for Education Health and Care Plans to become “Employment Health and Care Plans” at transition to help support young people start a career.
You can find the full letter here: Education Committee – Correspondence – Committees – UK Parliament
Following a fallow period during the pandemic, major national conferences have been running again and Mrunal has also represented the views of the NNPCF at several large events recently. Mrunal attended and spoke at the Local Government Association conference to local councillors and local authority chief executives in Harrogate. He also spoke at the Conference of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services in Manchester to an audience comprised of DCS’s and their deputies. And finally, Mrunal attended the virtual Westminster insights conference into SEND.
At all these events Mrunal gave feedback on the recent SEND Green Paper and the NNPCF response emphasising again, the need for early intervention, joint working, and coproduction with families. Whilst minutes and transcripts from these events are not made available, you can find the key points Mrunal made here in the NNPCF webinar providing the initial response to the SEND Green Paper NNPCF response to the SEND Green Paper – YouTube
Finally, the NNPCF continued its involvement in supporting the training of elected councillors through delivering a course on the Local Government Association “Children’s Leadership Essentials” course. Over the years the NNPCF has trained hundreds of local councillors on the lived experience of families with SEND and the value of effective coproduction through this programme. Mrunal was joined by one of our national representatives, Heather Delaney for this event.