What is a parent carer forum?


A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families.

In England there are parent carer forums in almost all local authority areas.

View contact details of local parent carer forums across England.

Forums usually have a steering group of parents who lead this work and listen to the views of other parents in the local area to make sure they know what is important to them. Forums are keen to hear from as many parent carers as possible.


Who can join a parent carer forum?

Parents or carers of a child with any type of additional need or disability are welcome to join. Joining your forum does not mean you have to commit lots of time. In most forums you can join and receive information, and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace.

Read parent participation stories, where parents explain why they got involved and what it involved.

The forum represents the views of parents in the local area but does not advocate for individual families.


National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is made up of all of the parent carer forums from across England. The NNPCF ensures that local parent carer forums are aware of national developments. It promotes opportunities for the voice of parent carers to influence at a national level.

The NNPCF works closely with the Department for Education, the Department of Health, and other partner organisations to improve outcomes for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs and their families.


The Contact a Family and NNPCF parent carer participation bulletin (England)

Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) produce a joint parent carer participation bulletin. This bulletin contains key information about the development of parent carer participation, information about important changes across health services, special education and social care in England, news for local forums, the latest news from the NNPCF and opportunities for forums to participate. You can subscribe to the joint parent carer participation e-bulletin.