Through BPV parents are better informed and therefore more empowered to get involved and influence decisions made for their son or daughter at both an individual and a strategic level.
BPV has been able to influence the Children & Families Act and the SEN & Disability Code of Practice through responding to the public consultations and being involved in the Bromley & Bexley Pathfinder and Pathfinder Champion work across London.
The Act responds to concerns parents carers have raised about the SEND system over the last few years. It includes some key principles to improve parent carers’ experiences. These include:
- More Participation: the Act includes new responsibilities on local authorities and others to make sure parent carers and young people are much more involved in decisions that affect their lives. It also makes clear that local authorities and health partners should work with parent carers and young people to improve services across their local area for example through the parent carer forums.
- Better Outcomes: the Act requires education, health and social care services to look at how they support children and young people in a way that improves progress and supports the outcomes they want and need in their lives.
- Better joint working: the Act requires services that families use, in particular education, health and social care to work more closely together and commission services together. This should improve the experiences of children, young people and their parent carers.
Our Parent Journey Project is an example of this and has been used in workforce development sessions to help practitioners, SENCOS and Local Authority Officers to under the Parent’s perspective and the journey that we are all on. Read our Parent Journey Book here. (link to the Parent Journey tab under Achievments).
Our parent workshops provide parent carers with invaluable information and peer support.
Through Bromley’s Partnership for the Future strategy, BPV are representing the voice of parent carers at key stakeholder events which help to shape the Local Authority’s strategy for Children, Young People and vulnerable adults.
BPV is to be represented on Children and Young People’s Sub-Group of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Bromley Parent Voice produced a response to the recent Build a Better Bromley Consultation meetings. Read here BPVs letter.
BPV contributed to the NNPCF response to the consultation on the Transitional Arrangements. Read the report here.
READ MORE of our Key Achievements by pressing the links under Achievements.