• Welcome to the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum

    • We are an independent group of parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities. Our main aim is to ensure the needs of our children are met. We bring together parent carers from across Sheffield to provide mutual support, exchange information, and influence policy and practice. We have over 2,000 members.

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    • 14th October 2019
    • Parenting a child with additional needs can be very stressful. It’s important (but far from easy) to take time out to look after yourself and recharge your batteries. We currently have a grant from the Big Lottery Community Fund to offer taster sessions for a range of stress-busting activities.

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    • 14th October 2019
    • We continue to work on a commission from Sheffield City Council to develop, update and improve the local offer website. The local offer is intended to be the central “go-to” website for information about support and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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    • 14th October 2019
    • We are working with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a strategy which will set the priorities for identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) over the next five years.

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  • Taster session: choir singing

    • This is part of a series of taster sessions for stress-busting activities for parent carers, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

      Singing is a lovely way of connecting with other people, and can help to relieve stress – but joining an existing choir can seem daunting. This session is aimed at parents who would like to give singing a go but lack confidence. You’ll meet Liz Nicholas, who runs the Council and Carers Choir, and hopefully also some of its members.

      It helps if you can book to let us know you’re coming – but you can also just turn up!

      • WHEN
      • 10:00am - 12:00pm Friday 25th Oct 2019
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        • WHERE
        St Mary's Church and Community Centre,
        Bramall Lane,
        Sheffield,
        S2 4QZ
  • Information session about applying for an EHC plan (full)

    • This session is now fully booked. You can use the link below to go on a waiting list.

      This FREE session will be delivered by SSENDIAS. It will cover:

      • How to request an assessment for an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan
      • How and when to appeal a decision from the local authority, including refusal to assess, refusal to issue a plan, decisions to cease to maintain (stop) a plan, and appeals against the contents of a plan (description of needs, provision and named placement)
      • What happens at a tribunal

      Places are limited and booking is essential. Please book via this link.

      • WHEN
      • 10:00am - 12:00pm Wednesday 6th Nov 2019
        • WHERE
        St Mary's Church and Community Centre,
        Bramall Lane,
        Sheffield,
        S2 4QZ
  • Transition subgroup meeting

    • This group is for parents of young people aged 14-25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Officers from Adult Social Care will come along to talk to parents about the services that might be available to their young person once they turn 18. We are a friendly group and there will be time to swap experiences and information with other parents over tea, coffee and cake!

      No need to book, just turn up.

      • WHEN
      • 10:00am - 12:00pm Thursday 7th Nov 2019
        • WHERE
        St Mary's Church and Community Centre,
        Bramall Lane,
        Sheffield,
        S2 4QZ