Parent Champions for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
How does it work?
Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other parents about childcare and other local services available to families. Parent Champions for SEND focus on what specialist support is available locally and nationally, understand the barriers families often face in accessing services, and are able to offer practical solutions. Parent Champions can also act as a vital bridge between local services and families, feedback relevant issues, and work to influence change where it matters to parents.
Why Parent Champions?
Parent Champions receive specialist resources and training to give them the knowledge, confidence and skills to share vital messages with other parents. For parents of children with SEND, barriers to services and support often relate to trust and inclusion, as well as information. As parents themselves, some of whom may also have experience of the local services and of caring for a child with SEND, Parent Champions volunteers are ideally suited to build on their experiences and local expertise to engage with families from their own communities in an informal, relatable and meaningful way.
What are the benefits of Parent Champions for SEND?
Parent Champions for Community Connections focusses on reducing isolation and loneliness among parents of children under 5.
Parent Champions for Home Learning support parents to find out more about the benefits of home learning, how they can learn at home with their child and how to engage with local services that can support them.
Parent Champions for the two-year-old free childcare offer supports parents eligible for free childcare to find out about, engage with and access this service to improve outcomes for themselves and their children.
Parent Champions for Resilient Families focuses on supporting families less likely to access early education and local services due to complex and multiple needs.