South Tyneside Parent Carer Forum is a new independent forum led by parents, for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional support needs and disabilities.

The aim of the new forum is to enable parents and carers to share their knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work so well to help service providers and commissioners focus their efforts on effective, high quality support. They will do this by ensuring that family voices are heard by service planners and decision makers.

Organisers also aim to signpost parents to advice and information, to help them through their journey as carers of a disabled child or young person.

The forum will work in partnership with commissioners and service providers across health, social services and education.

You can find out more about the forum and what it does on a new Facebook page. Follow it for updates on what the forum is doing in the local area to improve SEND services:

Also remember to like and follow South Tyneside Local Offer Facebook page to keep updated of future events.