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Update on The Thurrock Parent Carer Forum (CaPa)

The Thurrock Parent Carer Forum (CaPa) took a decision to close and formally cease to operate as the Parent Carer Forum from the 30th June 2020 CaPa has provided an excellent service over the past six years in ensuring that Parents and Carers have been engaged across all areas of SEND development in Thurrock and our thanks go to them for all their hard work over this time.

In these circumstances where a new Parent Carer Forum needs to be established, Local Authorities work with Contact, the National Organisation funded by the DfE to support Parent Carer Forums within local areas. Thurrock Council have met with Julie Singleton the Regional Area representative from Contact and they are in the process of putting in place a Contact Associate who will work to develop a new group who can establish a Parent Carer Forum for Thurrock. This work will include widespread consultation with parents/carers and agencies to ensure that there is engagement from a broad range of parents and carers to form the new Parent Carer Forum. Further details on the arrangements for this process and timescales for this work will be published on the Thurrock SEND Local Offer website. During this time, Contact will be available to respond to any enquiries in relation the new Parent Carer Forum and will work closely with the council and Health organisations to ensure Parents and Carers continue to be engaged in the work on SEND. Julie Singleton from Contact can be contacted via email at Julie.Singleton@contact.org.uk

Thurrock Council is keen to seek your views and work together with parents and carers to develop this Local Offer; this survey is intended to assist this process of engagement and your answers will help to inform the development of the site. The information we gather will be fed back to Thurrock Council and will assist us to develop the Local Offer further. We would therefore be very grateful if you could spend a few moments to complete this short survey: https://consult.thurrock.gov.uk/local-offer-survey

You can find information on how your feedback has shaped the Local Offer in the Local Offer Annual Report which is published every October

Further Thurrock Council Special Education Needs Services & support can be found at https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/special-education-needs

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