Learning and events for parent carer forums in England

9th 2019 National Contact and NNPCF Parent Carer Participation Conference

Wednesday 6th November 2019 - 1pm - 5pm tbc, AGM & workshops for Forums

Thursday 7th November 2019 - 10am - 3pm tbc, Conference & Guest Speakers

See the full booking information and FAQs which will enable forum representatives to book their place and to explore potential travel and accommodation options.

We urge you to hold off booking travel and accommodation until you have confirmation of your place at the conference, once the full booking information is available.

A full agenda will be available closer to the date.

We are pleased to let you know that we will again be hosting the annual parent carer participation conference across 2 days. Parent carer forum representatives are invited to attend on both days but we will construct the agenda so that it is not essential that you do so. For further information see the FAQ document.

Save the date

Leading your Forum course taking place in Leeds will be held on:

  • Day 1 - 9th October 2019
  • Day 2 - 20th November 2019
  • Time: Both days will be between 9.30am and 4.15pm.
  • Venue: St George's Conference Centre, Leed

Booking will open in early September, when further information will become available

Upcoming Webinars

Using the media to reach more parent carers and amplify your forum's message

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday 1st October at 12:30 pm

Register now!

Delivered by Elaine Bennett - Press & Comms Manager at Contact, who has over 12 years' experience working in a press office and communications team and four years' experience as a journalist on local and regional newspapers.

Key Questions the webinar will cover:

Traditional media

1. The benefits of speaking to journalists and getting your forum's name and messages in the press.

2. The importance of having a strategy and processes - who is your spokesperson? When should you respond?

3. Proactive and reactive.

4. Building relationships with journalists.

5. Giving interviews and using case studies.

6. Avoiding pitfalls - crisis management.

Social media

7. The benefits of raising awareness and reaching out to a wide audience.

8. The importance of having a strategy - what messages do you want to share? What content is your audience interested in? When should you respond?

9. Quality over quantity.

10. The importance of clear guidelines to manage expectations.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

Please note: If you are unable to attend a live webinar on the day, a recording of the webinar sessions along with relevant documents will be available the week following the webinar on our Resources page.

Details of further upcoming webinars are regularly updated on this page. You can find recordings of previous webinars on our resources page.

New to webinars?

A webinar is a presentation live on the internet. You will be able to hear presentations live, follow the slides and submit questions for the presenters to answer. You will need a home computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. You can also join via telephone, although you won't be able to see the presentation or submit questions. Read this information and guidance document [PDF].

Details of further upcoming webinars are regularly updated on this page. You can find recordings of previous webinars on our resources page.

Past webinars

You can explore our past webinars on our Resources page.

They include topics such as:

  • Building active members
  • Safeguarding for parent carer forums
  • Using social media responsibly
  • SEND Decision making and the law

News from the National Event 2018

On the 22 November, 200 attendees representing 87 parent carer forums from across England attended Contact's and the NNPCF's annual Parent Participation conference in Coventry.

See the highlights film where you might recognise yourselves or some of your colleagues. To read more about the conference, please see our dedicated National Event page.