How do we work in South Glos ?

Our voices matter and together we are stronger!

Parent participation is parents and carers having the opportunity to give their views and voice their opinions on key issues to influence service delivery through a varity of ways.

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What is particpation & why does it matter?

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Your views. Give your feedback now! 

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Current participation projects 

We work in particpation and co-productively with services such as Education, Health and Social care to improve access to services and the experience of services for SEND families.

What is particpation and why does it matter?

With true co-production services can better meet the needs of families with children & young people with disabilities and additional needs.

Effective parent participation happens when parents work alongside professionals to co design, develop and improve services.

Working with parents and carers helps professionals to understand what needs to happen to develop or plan for services that their needs, it also helps parents and carers understand the complexity involved and the challenges faced by the professionals who have to bring about that change. Working together and sharing knowledge enables parents and professionals to find solutions that work through working in a solutions focused way.

South Glos Parents and Carers strongly believe along with other forums across England that in order to have effective partnership working with the best outcomes you need the following:

Good Information, Honest Consultation, Effective Participation and Co-production.

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We Collect Parents Carers views in lots of different ways:

  • Running engagement sessions

  • Discussion groups

  • Focus groups

  • Surveys

  • Visiting other parent groups

  • Listening to what parents tell us

  • Social media, Facebook and Twitter.

  • Feedback from our support groups

We have a team of Parent Carers who Represent families.

Our Parent Reps sit on numerous boards, and service provider meetings to make sure that what is being discussed reflects what we’ve identified through working with and listening to you and Parents Carers in our SGPC community. We give the parent carer perspective on issues that services might not have thought about or considered. 

We identify service issues and work to correct them.

We listen to what you tell us, we really do, and we gather this information and identify the key concerns of comments we hear from our community. We pass on our findings and suggestions to service providers, who welcome and respond to our input.  There is real value to feedback from parents who have real day to day experience of accessing services.  We celebrate the good as well as feedback the change we want to see. You can help us by feeding back on your experiences and opinions.  

Keeping our families informed.

We work hard for you.  We are truly committed to keeping in touch with our families that make up our community.  You will hear updates about what we have been doing and how we are representing our community on Social Media and through e-newsletters. Be sure to sign up on our database and Like us on Facebook pages.

We share any new consultations that we have been made aware of this way for parents to comment on so we can give representation to as many views in our community as possible.

What we are unable to do.

We focus on co-production and providing spaces to enable parents and carers to support one another. We are unable to undertake individual issues that parents and carers have about their own child and are unable to offer a 1-1 advocacy service. We can sign-post to services that may be able to help in this regard.

Do South Glos Parents and Carers campaign?

We are not affiliated with any political party. We are also not a campaign group, that is to say, we don’t campaign to raise awareness on issues to influence those who make decisions, and we aim to be involved in the decision making and planning processes themselves. We work in a solution focused way with service providers towards the best possible outcomes for our community.

Often we want to see the same improvements as local campaign groups and believe there is room for all of our voices and approaches while we all work towards positive change. We are happy to work with campaign groups by providing them with information and feeding back the issues that they raise.

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Are South Glos Parents and Carers a Statutory Service?

No. Parent Carer Forums are INDEPENDENT & represent the views of our community. Whilst we receive a small grant from the Department for Education to enable & strengthen participation in decision making and strategic planning, we have to find other funding to continue to be sustainable.

More information about our supporters can be found here.