Setting up and running a forum

Parent Carer Participation Handbook

The parent carer participation handbook [PDF] is useful for anyone involved in running a forum.

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The handbook includes information on all aspects of running a forum including:

  • getting started, policies, governance
  • finances including paying parents
  • working as a team, managing conflict
  • reaching and consulting with parents
  • working with local authorities & health to improve  services.

Templates for forums

Forums developing policies might find it it helpful to adapt these templates.

Governance documents

Other policies and procedures

Financial management

Examples  of forum policies

East Sussex Parent & Carer council - financial policy [PDF]

Sheffield Parent carer Forum - financial policy [PDF]

Salford Family Forum - financial policy [PDF]

Learning on YouTube

Summary versions of training sessions held across the country are available on YouTube. Some of the sessions also have supporting documentation.

  • Videos on law and disabled children - Barrister Steve Broach gives the legal context on school transport, school funding, short breaks, personal budgets and direct payments, recent health developments, welfare reform, housing benefit and council tax benefit, the children and families bill for parent forums.