How we support forums in England

We are the delivery partner of the Department for Education in supporting parent carer participation in England. 

In this article

Contact’s core offer for 2020-21 to parent carer forums 

Contact offers the support below to parent carer forums. 

(Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some things may be subject to change – some face to face regional network meetings, planned face to face training or even the annual conference may need to be modified. Nobody is sure just yet how long the virus will affect us all. Contact and forums will need to diversify this year, move to virtual support, be flexible and to keep assessing what is possible through the year. If any forum is experiencing difficulties or would like support with anything that might have been impacted by the pandemic, please get in touch with your adviser.) 

Contact’s enhanced offer of support to forums experiencing challenges: 

Additional paid options: 

Learning and development 

Please go to the learning and events for forums page or email

The Contact and NNPCF parent carer participation newsletter (England) 

Contact and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) produce a joint parent carer participation newsletter.  

This newsletter contains key information about the development of parent carer participation, information about important changes across health services, special education and social care in England, news for local forums, the latest news from the NNPCF and opportunities for forums to participate. Sign up for the parent carer participation joint newsletter. 

Download past versions of the newsletter: 

Our impact

Read our latest annual review (2019-20) to find out how Contact supported parent carer forums last year, and about the impact that forums have on services in their areas. 

Read our last annual report (2018-19) to find out how Contact have supported parent carer forums this year, and about the impact forums make to local services.