Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill has announced funding to support Parent Carer Forums for the next two years. The £4.6 million has been confirmed for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 and will be used to bring parents together with local decision makers, help to provide them with a voice and put families at the heart of the system.
The package of funding announced today also includes:
- £29 million to support councils and their local partners to continue pressing ahead with implementation of the reforms to the SEND system
- £9.7 million to establish local supported internship forums, which will create work placements for young people with SEND to provide them with the skills and confidence they need to move into paid work. The funding could also be used to train job coaches, who are vital to the success of supporting those with learning difficulties into paid work.
The reforms which began in 2014 introduced Education, Health and Care Plans which are tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.
Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said:
‘Councils are making encouraging progress, but there is still work to be done to fully embed this improved system across education, health and care sectors.
That’s why I am pleased to announce this additional investment for councils and other groups who have been instrumental in getting us to this positive stage. Their hard work is raising the aspirations of these young people and giving them access to the same opportunities as their peers, helping them fulfill their full potential as adults.’
Leah Swain, Chief Executive of Community First Yorkshire, who administer the North Yorkshire Parent and Carer Forum (NYPACT) said:
‘Two years of funding gives us and our partners greater security and the ability to plan longer-term. This is good news for our work supporting parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs across North Yorkshire.’
NYPACT is the forum for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire. As well as engaging parents and helping them support each other through a range of workshops, forums and conferences, NYPACT also influences the development of policies and services delivered by public bodies. Parents and carers are invited to become members and benefits also include discounts at venues and attractions through the free MAX card scheme. NYPACT is funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the Department for Education.
Find out more about NYPACT by contacting Pauline Wardman firstname.lastname@example.org | 01904 704177