Welcome to Somerset Parent Carers Forum’s Website

Somerset Parent Carer Forum is an independent not for profit Community Interest Company formed by parent carers in 2016.  The forum feels passionately about ensuring all our children have the best chance in life and receive the correct support and services in order to achieve their full potential.

The forum steering group consists of parents who have children and grandchildren with special educational needs and disabilities who attend an early years setting, main stream school, special school, independent provision or home educate. Our steering group meets once each half term, so together we have a stronger voice that can work towards improving the lives of families, children and young people with disabilities. We can achieve this by putting forward your concerns and issues to relevant key policy makers and service providers.

To make this happen, we work alongside Somerset County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning group to have a better understanding of SEND needs in Somerset. We attend meetings, forums and workshops to make sure parent carers’ voices and children’s needs are being heard at all levels within health, education and social care services.

We would be delighted to welcome any parent, grandparent or foster parent to engage with the Forum about their child or young persons experiences regardless of their disabilities, these may range from complex medical needs to challenging behaviour, learning or physical difficulties. We not need a diagnosis to be in place to join us.

Please take a look around our website which contains details about the work we do, useful resources and information for parent carers and local service providers. For details of our training offer please visit out training site by clicking here.