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Forum offers help for parents with disabled children

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Parents and carers from across Dudley borough who have children with disabilities and special needs are being invited to join the Working together for Change - Dudley Parent Carer Forum.

The independent organisation brings together people who look after a child or young person with special educational needs or disability (SEND) and helps them to have their voices to be heard by relevant organisations and partners.

It enables parents and carers to share their knowledge with services and decision makers, who make decisions that can affect their families and gives service providers and commissioners the chance to focus their efforts on effective, high quality support.

The group also signposts parents to advice and information.

Catherine Knowles, Director for children’s service at Dudley Council, said:

This is a fantastic forum that gives parents and carers the chance to come together, make new friends and to talk and share with others who understand the demands that come with having a child with additional needs.
Listening and working with parents and carers is crucial to us in making improvements for our service and we will be keen to hear comments, recommendations and feedback from parents and carers.

Steering group member Jessica Tinsley said:

Being a parent carer of a special needs child can be lonely, you can feel isolated, scared and misunderstood.
The forum is all about saying, let’s work together to change this.

For more information on the forum people can visit

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