Resources from the National Event 2018

Resources from the National Event 2018

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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.

At the event marking an incredible 10 years of Contact supporting parent carer forums, key note speaker, Children's Minister Nadhim Zahawi, addressed the conference, noting that the growth in parent Carer Forum membership in the last 10 years has been 'staggering'. See the video of Nadhim Zahawi's key note speech. To hear more about the difference parent carer forums have made in 10 years please see our video.  Also see the video of Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact, on ten years of parent carer forums and Lorraine Mulroney Senior Nurse Children and Young People on NHS England- Where we are now and next steps.

Over the last 10 years parent participation has grown from a seed of an idea in 2008 with only 465 parent carers known to be involved in planning local services in England, to the influential movement it is today of almost 95,000 parent carers. To find out more about the impact and growth of parent carer forums and how Contact support them please see our annual parent carer participation review.

We've been the Department for Education's delivery partner for these vital forums giving parent carers a much-needed voice - since 2008, helping to set up and run them, and distributing grants to them.

Through our work we help forums give parent carers across England a voice and the opportunity to work with local education, health and other bodies on services and policies that make a real difference to families' lives.

"Bringing parent carers together to learn from one another and share their experiences of strategic involvement is a vital part of what Contact and the NNPCF do. The collective noise and passion of so many parent carers in one place is very inspiring and everyone comes away with renewed energy for championing the changes they want to see for all families with disabled children."  Gail Walshe, Contact Head of Parent Participation.

To read more about the conference, please see a blog from one of the attendees.

See presentations from the day;