Who are the Birmingham Parent Carer Forum?

The Birmingham Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) is an independent group of parents and carers of children with additional needs. They work to make sure services meet the needs of children and young people with SEND, and their families.

They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education settings, and health providers to highlight where local services are working well, or challenge them when improvements are needed.

Who can join?

Any parent or carer of a child or young person with a disability or additional needs residing in Birmingham or accessing Birmingham services can join the Birmingham Parent Carer Forum. This includes grandparents and foster parents. The BPCF are committed to being inclusive of all families from diverse backgrounds.

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BPCF Representative Roles

A key part of there updated model of working is the new roles we have made available to Parent Carers and Professionals. These roles will enable the forum not only to increase its capacity which will help create a stronger collective voice and most importantly achieve its aim of creating better services for children and young people. Below is a break down of the three new roles.

Parent Rep Community Rep Committee Rep
A Parent Rep will be a parent carer who will attend meetings on behalf of the forum acting as the parent voice or an expert by experience. They complete feedback forms to keep the committee up to date with the work they are involved in whilst also sharing their experience with other Reps and linking in with Community Reps. A Community Rep will be a member of a charity, support group or third sector organisation who works with or supports children/young people and families with SEND in Birmingham. They will also be a member of the Birmingham SEND Community Round Table and will share information from the families within their local community in order to extend the reach of the parent voice. A Committee Rep will act as a lead rep within a group for example the Parent reps or the Community reps. They will attend Committee meetings to act as the link between their group and the Committee members. Committee Reps will not have the same responsibilities as Committee members and will not be expected to attend all meetings Committee members are expected to attend.
Parent Rep Community Rep Committee Rep
A Parent Rep will be a parent carer who will attend meetings on behalf of the forum acting as the parent voice or an expert by experience. They complete feedback forms to keep the committee up to date with the work they are involved in whilst also sharing their experience with other Reps and linking in with Community Reps. A Community Rep will be a member of a charity, support group or third sector organisation who works with or supports children/young people and families with SEND in Birmingham. They will also be a member of the Birmingham SEND Community Round Table and will share information from the families within their local community in order to extend the reach of the parent voice. A Committee Rep will act as a lead rep within a group for example the Parent reps or the Community reps. They will attend Committee meetings to act as the link between their group and the Committee members. Committee Reps will not have the same responsibilities as Committee members and will not be expected to attend all meetings Committee members are expected to attend.

Join the Birmingham Parent Carer Forum

If you are Compassionate and have a strong desire for change and have experience you can offer to strengthen the forum? Then you can join the BPCF as a voluntary Parent Representative. The main aim of a Parent Representative is to spread the BPCF’s vision for Birmingham and raise awareness of the forum. This can be done in a number of ways. Either by participating in projects within Education, Health or Social Care having a strategic input into services, or supporting other families at coffee mornings and support groups. The Parent Representative role can be shaped to meet your experiences and interests.

All Parent Representatives will be supported by a member of the Committee and will receive training to ensure they have all the skills and knowledge needed to fulfil their role. If you would like to become a Parent Complete the online form on the BPCF website 

Contact Information

Website: www.birminghampcf.org
Phone number: 07842706112
email: info@birminghampcf.org

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Contact Information

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Phone number: 07842706112
Email

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