Who is WPCV?
WPCV is a local parent carer forum, that provides opportunities for parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25 years, to use their experiences to influence local decision making and improve services. WPCV is run by a Steering Group who are all parent carers and have a wide range of experience. Further details about the Steering Group are available in the About section. We also have a number of parent carer representatives who work with us and increase our capacity to attend meetings and gather information.
What is / Am I a Parent Carer?
A parent carer is anyone who has the parental responsibility for a child or young person with special educational needs and or disability. Your child does not need to have an EHCP, be in a specialist school, receive DLA/PIP or even have a formal diagnosis for you to be a Parent Carer.
How is WPCV funded?
Each year WPCV is able to submit a grant application for the Department For Education Participation Grant (in 2021/2022 this was £17,500). The grant application process is manged by Contact a Family on behalf of the DFE. On occasions WPCV will receive other funding for example from local organisations or grant providers to support it’s work or for specific projects or it will receive payment for providing participation services to third parties.
Is WPCV impartial?
Yes. WPCV is managed purely by parent carers and is a stand-alone organisation. We have no political affiliations and do not provide any commissioned services. In our role as ‘critical friends’ we do work closely with decision makers in education, health and social care, to ensure that parent carers experiences and views influence service design and delivery.
How can I help?
WPCV is reliant on your support. By becoming a member you show your support for WPCV and help us to understand the needs of SEND families in Warwickshire. We also need to hear about your experiences of services, what worked or what didn’t work for your family. To influence decision making we need evidence about what should change and why, your voice is that evidence. We also want to hear what you think of the work that we do and how we can be better.
What do Parent Carer Reps do?
The main role of WPCV is to ensure that parent carers have a voice in local decision making. To do this we need to have representatives at meetings where SEND service provision is being discussed. Parent Carer Representatives attend meetings on our behalf to gather information about service development and to provide the parent carer perspective in any discussions. It is important that Parent Carer Representative share the general views and experiences of parent carers in Warwickshire and not just their own. Parent Carer Representatives also need to attend meetings with the Steering Group so that they are familiar with the issues being raised by the parent carer community and to report back on the meetings they attended.
How does my feedback make a difference?
The feedback from parent carers is crucial to our work. The issues that parent carers identify in service delivery inform our activity and priorities. It provides information about what works or what doesn’t work from a families’ perspective and means that we can identify where the way services are delivered could be improved. The Children and Families Act requires that local services are designed in partnership with families and so local decision makers must evidence that they are doing this.
How do I become a Member?
Go to the Join page on our website and complete the membership form. We ask for some basic information about your family to help us to build a picture of the needs of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs in Warwickshire and to ensure that we can stay in touch with you.
My child does not have a special educational need or disability can I still become a member?
Only parent carers of children or young people (aged 0-25) who have a disability or additional need can become members. We are however happy to share the information that we produce with anyone who is interested in the issues that we are trying to address. If you are not a parent carer you can sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with our work.
Can WPCV help me with my individual situation?
WPCV cannot provide individual advice or guidance to parent carers. On some occasions where there is an issue being experienced by a number of families we will work with individual families to develop case studies, to inform our discussions with local decision makers. WPCV is able to signpost families to other services that are specifically funded to provide advice and guidance for parent carers and to resources and information that parent carers might find useful in their individual circumstances.
What is the NNPCF?
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums represents local parent carer forums at a national level. All local parent carer forums, which are funded via a participation grant from the Department For Education, are members of the NNPCF. The NNPCF national steering group is made up of parent carer representatives from each of the English regions. The regional representatives meet regularly with local forums at regional meetings, providing a pathway for local issues to be considered on a national level. The NNPCF works closely with the DFE, the Department of Health and other Government departments to raise the profile of the issues impacting on parent carers and children and young people with SEND.
What is a Commissioner?
WPCV works with Commissioners for both Warwickshire County Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Commissioners lead on the development and procurement of services, based on local need. They oversee the tender process for services and play a key role in contract monitoring.
We are a voluntary group of parent carers, all experts by experience, with a lived understanding of how challenging life can be raising a child with additional needs and / or disabilities.
Our aim is to gather the voices of Warwickshire parent carers and let these be heard to ensure that services meet the needs of our children and our families.
You can become a Member of Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice if you have a child age 0-25 with any Special Educational Need or Disability (whether they have a diagnosis or not) and you live in or access services for your child in Warwickshire.
OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR NUMBERS
We run almost entirely on volunteers, our Steering Group, our Parent Reps and those who help out at events or coffee mornings or with admin. We need you to help us build Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice into an organisation that can make a difference in shaping co-produced services, taking into account the needs and preferences of parent carers of children and young people with SEND.
News & Events
Wishing all our families and supporters a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2022. We will be taking a break (as soon as the Written Statement of Action has been sent to Ofsted) and will be back in the New Year.
Do you have some feedback for us? Something making you ? Our new feedback survey is now open for you to let us know your current experiences as they happen. This will be open permanently and the responses will be reviewed monthly and will used to help us understand...
We are really pleased that Warwickshire is working together with Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull to be part of the Autism in Schools pilot. This project will work with two mainstream secondary schools in each Local Authority area. Our Autism in Schools Project aims...
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, you can read our full summary here. The survey of parent carers was carried out between 12th and 22nd October 2021 to find out parent carers views on the SEND inspection report. Parent Carers were asked what they thought...
Today we launched our new Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice (WPCV) Panel. This an online community of WPCV members that is used to help the Steering Group with wider coproduction / opinion gathering and for sharing opportunities for further involvement. Any member of...
Our very first co-produced document has finally been signed off by the representatives from Warwickshire County Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We started working on this back in the spring and held sessions with various members of...
The Local Area SEND inspection report is now published, you can view it here. The local area is now required to produce and submit a Written Statement of Action toOfsted that explains how the local area will tackle the following areas of significantweakness:...
As a new forum starting from scratch it’s a lot of relationship building and working out which meetings our partners want us to attend and where we think we should be involved to influence the decisions being taken. There is a lot to take in and we are...