The forum forms part of support available to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities offered in Camden. The forum provides a meeting place for parents and carers of children with SEND (both with and without statements) to gather and discuss their views, and use their voice and experiences to help shape and influence local and national services and practice. The Forum is used frequently by Camden, health services and the parent partnership service for consultation purposes and contributes regularly to national consultations.
Camden Parent/Carer Forum
- Contact Name
- Natalie Baron
- Contact Position
- Chair of The Parent/Carer Forum
- 020 7974 6264
Highgate Newtown Community Centre
- N19 5DQ
- Highgate Ward
- Last checked date
- Record ID
- Local Offer Age Bands
Preparing for Adult Life 14-25
Children under 5
School Age Children & Young People 5-18
- Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?
The forum meets at the Highgate Newtown Community Centre, 25 Bertram Street, close to the border with Islington. The service is available to any parent/carer living in Camden.
- Who does your service provide for?
Parents/carers in Camden who wish to be involved in influencing local policy and practice within Camden.
- How can a child or young person start using the service?
This group is not available to children and young people (see Camden Children and Young People’s Forum) and is for parents and carers.
- How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?
Parents /carers can self-refer to the Forum.
- How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?
Decisions and planning are determined by the steering group and typically involves a variety of approaches to ensure a representative range of views.
- Is your service fully accessible?
The Community Centre is fully wheelchair accessible with a suitable lift and toilet facilities. In May 2015 the Centre is being rebuilt which will enhance the current facilities. There is flexibility within the Centre, and waiting areas are available.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?
The Chair is a parent of a child with Special Educational needs and has completed the Parent Partnership’s SEND training course.
- Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?
Natalie Baron, Chair then follow [Camden complaints](http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/council-and-democracy/having-your-say/complaints-and-suggestions/how-do-i-complain-about-a-council-service.en) policy.
- Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?
Natalie Baron or SENDIASS (previously known as the Parent Partnership Service). SENDIASS stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service.
The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.