Parents and carers of children with SEND have had to come to terms with what these changes mean for them and their families. Many have expressed concerns about how these changes will affect their individual child.
North Yorkshire has a local parent forum that provides a collective voice for parents and carers of children with SEND.
NYPACT (North Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum) provides parents and carers with a voice and the mechanism for being able to feed back their views to education, health and social care service providers such as the county council and health partners.
As the NYPACT co-ordinator, my work is to reach out to families whose children have SEND to provide information and to progress any issues they may have.
NYPACT is very much a parent-led organisation and our members have identified eight key issues which North Yorkshire County Council has included in their SEND strategy for 2015-18.
I have been working at NYPACT since April. My role is to support the management committee of parent carers who act as the collective voice for parents of SEND children. Membership has increased from around d 250 to over 780 parent carers.
If you know someone who has a child with a special educational need or a disability please encourage them to join.
Each family receive a free Max card which they can use for family fun days out across the country. Using the card, families can gain concessionary access to over 480 UK attractions.
Through NYPACT parents and carers do have a voice in North Yorkshire and together they really can influence the services delivered to them and their children.
[The North Yorkshire & York Forum employs Pauline through funding from North Yorkshire County Council]