Who are we?
Wigan Parent Carer Forum (WPCF) is a voluntary organisation based in Wigan, we became a constituted group in 2015.
WPCF is run by a team of dedicated volunteer parent carers.
Parent Carer Forum
We are the designated Parent Carer Forum (PCF) for the Wigan area. This means that we receive an annual grant from the Department for Education to ensure parent participation in our area. Parent participation is the phrase used to describe parents and carers of children and young people with SEND being actively involved at various levels in their local area. This is across education, health, social care and other providers.
Where we represent Wigan parents and carers
How we do things..
Over time we have evolved. Traditionally PCF’s focus on being representative of parents and carers at a strategic level. A PCF’s aim being to develop relationships with the local authority, healthcare and other professionals where by working in partnership a level called co-production is reached. This would mean that a PCF is working as an equal with professional departments to co-produce policies and services. The idea being that a PCF brings with them the views and opinions of the local population of parent carers.
Whilst being one of our aims, we also focus on activities with local parents and carers. We are well respected across the local authority and healthcare in Wigan, meaning that our positions at strategic level meetings are welcomed as far more than tokenism.
Our main focus is you, Wigan's parents and carers. Because, if we aren’t spending our time focusing on you, then how do we know your experiences, your views and your opinions?
We focus on offering opportunities for parents and carers, from workshops to social activities as well as attending those occurring elsewhere. We don’t need a formal setting or consultation to listen to you, however we do also provide this. As a PCF we don’t take on individual cases, we hear your stories and your experiences and when there are themes, we make sure professionals hear them.
We hope that by focusing on parent carers, your needs and your experiences, we can continue growing and ensuring parent carer voice is effective in ensuring services delivered in Wigan for Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) meet the needs of those using them.