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

Further information on the Grant Application and Monitoring process can be found on the ' Parent carer participation grant and monitoring' page.


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]

Webinars for parent carer forums

We produce and upload new webinars regularly on topics to help forums with their structure and governance, developing their reach and capacity and increasing their knowledge of laws and policies that affect families of disabled children.

Our webinar resources are free for you to explore any time.  Details of upcoming webinars are regularly updated on our Learning and Event Page and recordings of webinars can be found on our Resources page.