SEND Local Area Inspection Outcome letter published.

You can read the full version on the OfSTED website  HERE

We would like to thank all our parent carers for responding to the survey, speaking to the inspectors, and contacting us both before and during the inspection. We welcome the publication of the report, and that it recognised many of the strengths, and areas for improvement that the Forum have identified when talking with Parent Carers and we had previously raised with our partners. We very much look forward to continue working with Together for Children, Sunderland CCG and Sunderland City Council in addressing these areas for improvement for the benefit of all our children and young people with SEND in Sunderland.

The inspectors noted that

“The parent carer forum is active and influential. Parents and carers who access the group and the forum’s services are highly appreciative of its work.  The forum has worked proactively with the area during the pandemic.  Surveys led by the forum were used to develop services and support at that time.”

A Written Statement of Action (WSOA) is now required to address two significant areas of weakness – this is the joint responsibilty of the Local authority and CCG.
The Forum will also be involved in the WSOA, more news on that as it moves forward.

We are a parent led, voluntary group of parents, carers and grandparents of children and young people (CYP) aged 0-25 with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities);  our CYP have a variety of SEND.

Our aim is to give parent carers a voice in how services for CYP with SEND are shaped and delivered in the City of Sunderland, as well as an opportunity to come together and talk in a relaxed atmosphere.


We do this by organising events, coffee mornings, information sessions and training events.  Our parent reps attend meetings with various organisations in health, education and social care, as well as local charity groups.


SPCF are one of 152 parent carer forums in England who are members of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums; the NNPCF has 9 regions, and we are part of the North East & Cumbria Region PCFs.


Our parent reps attend regular regional meetings; the regional chair person regularly attends meetings in London, currently virtually!.  Parent reps also get the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences.



This means that the voice of parent carers in Sunderland help influence services for children and young people with SEND locally, regionally and nationally!

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