Bristol Parent Carers Seek Changes at AGM

New changes are planned at Bristol’s parent carer forum in the wake of criticism in last year’s Ofsted and CQC Send inspection.

The forum is aiming to restructure in a bid to improve co-production and collaboration between the city’s parent carers and Bristol City Council services.

Last year, Ofsted and the CQC found that there were five areas of weakness which the council must tackle through its Written Statement of Action (WSoA).

The fifth area of weakness was stated as: ‘the fractured relationships with parents and carers, lack of co-production and variable engagement and collaboration.’

Bristol City Council is tackling co-production issues in its WSoA Improvement Priority 5. This states that the outcomes it is ‘aiming’ to achieve include parents and carers having a positive experience of the SEND system in Bristol which will work through a ‘whole system’ approach to co-production and better understanding of Bristol’s communities.

Now, Bristol Parent Carers – currently headed by an interim chair – is looking towards improving its co-production process by restructuring its present format and structure and will include a new permanent chair and a new constitution.

The forum is planning to present the new changes at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this month, with proposed changes going to membership votes.

The AGM will take place online on Friday 27 November 2020 at 10.30am.

The forum is also looking for nominations from parent carers who would like to stand for election for the post of Treasurer of Vice-Chair.

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