Each month the Steering group from Wirral’s Parent Carer Forum (PCPW) meet with the SEND and Inclusion Lead and SEND Participation Manager to openly and transparently discuss issues and seek solutions. During COVID 19, these meetings are online and follow a structured agenda to maximise the time together. Guest speakers are sometimes invited to talk about their roles and responsibilities, their current priorities as well as things going well and those in need of some improvement. Recently the forum have invited the senior manager for SEND Transport and a senior manager from Adult Social care with more guests in the pipeline.
Prior to each meeting, the forum survey their members and the emerging common themes are raised. During the pandemic these included topics such as issues with laptop provision, deteriorating mental health, SEND transport and the Designated School Grant. The questions are collated and responded to by the most appropriate service lead.
It has been agreed with PCPW that the questions raised and responses given (albeit some are work in progress) will be added to the Local Offer website for all Parent/Carers to have sight of.
Look out for the positive outcomes as the months unfold.