Forum resources

This page contains recorded online learning and webinars, training videos and the latest reports on parent carer participation.

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Recorded online learning and webinars

All recorded online learning sessions have now been organised in to Playlists by topic on the YouTube Parent carer forum online learning from Contact.

Please see the below list of recent and topical recorded online learning sessions;

Recent recorded online learning sessions

Grants online learning session 2021 guides you through the grant application and monitoring process providing helpful hints on how best to complete your application and monitoring forms and outlining any changes that have been made to the process this year. See a recording of the session on YouTube. The Grant’s teams Rachel King also shared a number of notes during the session which attendees found useful, you can also download these notes.

The Children’s Social Care Review – “The Case for Change”
Online learning session recording. This session is presented by NNPCF Co-chair Mrunal Sisodia and Josh McAllister the independent chair of the review. Download the presentation from the learning session along with the survey results taken as part of the session.

Integrated Care Systems – what they mean for SEND and parent carer forums
Online learning session recording. This session explores the Integrated Care System and the wide ranging impact on the way in which services for children with SEND are commissioned and delivered. NNPCF co-chair Mrunal Sisodia and Contact Strategic Health Lead Amanda Elliot step through the planned changes and what they might mean for SEND services and parent carer forums. Download the presentation from the learning session along with the survey results taken as part of the session.


Families in Partnership (FIP)Our Coproduction Journey in Worcestershire. As part of Coproduction Week 2020, we hear from Sally Keane, Chair of Families in Partnership about how the parent carer forum has developed since they were set up in 2017. We hear how working together with partners they have developed a coproduction culture in Worcestershire  and the difference this has made to families of disabled children. Download the associated presentation.

How associate support helped embed coproduction in Herefordshire.   As part of Coproduction Week 2020, in this short webinar we hear from Max Bassett (Vice Chair of Parent Carer Voice Herefordshire) ;Kate Rowe (Contact Associate) and Sue Mennear (Regional Parent Participation Adviser) about how associate support helped embed coproduction and a new way of working in Herefordshire.  Download the associated presentation.

Co-production, Campaigning & the Independence of Parent Carer Forums presented by Mrunal Sisodia NNPCF Co-Chair, Kate Hurn and Sue Mennear, Contact, with contribution from Carol Kelsey (Co-ordinator at Herts Parent Carer Involvement.) The webinar includes; How parent carer forums can work with campaign groups for better outcomes for families, What parent carer forums can and can’t do to support campaigns, A good practice case study from Herts Parent Carer Involvement about the Nascot Lawn Campaign… and much more. Download the associated presentation.  Other related documents include the recently updated Co-production and Campaigning Guidance , along with overview of HPCI for professionalsHPCI statement on campaigning, a short case study about Nascot Lawn.

Contact is a member of the National Alliance for Partnership Working which has developed a co-production framework based on Genuine Partnerships’ Quality Indictors of Co-production and Inclusive Practice. The Quality Indicators draw on the four principles of co-production which measure how Local Areas are working and help identify next steps on the journey to embedding a culture of co-production in working with families of children and young people with SEND.

Watch this co-production video or watch the subtitled version, where forums, local authorities, health providers and commissioners share their experiences of working in co-production and how it helped them improve services.

Useful information for forums

Cyber Security

Information and tips for forums on cyber security

This is not intended to be exhaustive but we hope you find it a useful starting point.

Resources from special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) decision making and the law workshops

In January/February 2017, workshops were held across the nine regions to assist local authorities in interpreting and applying the legal requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 to some of the key decision points

The workshops were led by the Department for Education SEND Adviser team and IPSEA, facilitated by Mott MacDonald. All resources that were either used or referred to across these workshops are now available to download on the Mott MacDonald website.

If you have any queries about the SEND decision making and the law workshops, please direct these to or call the helpline on 0207 651 0308


Parent Carer Participation Annual Reports

Other Reports

Learning on YouTube

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

Subscribe to the Contact and NNPCF parent carer participation newsletter

Case studies and more support

You might also find these web pages useful: