Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide or commission a Parent Partnership Service for their area. In Nottinghamshire, the service is jointly funded by both Nottinghamshire County Council and the City of Nottingham Council, to provide support around education issues to parents and carers of children with special educational needs living across both these areas. Local authorities are encouraged to ensure that their parent partnership service is run at 'arms length’ to increase parental confidence in the service’s impartiality, and in Nottinghamshire this is provided via line-management from Family Action, an independent voluntary organisation.
The service’s main responsibilities towards parents/carers of children with special educational needs are to:
- provide information, advice and support
- promote partnerships between all those involved in the education of their children - parents, schools, the Local Authority and voluntary organisations
- assist them in getting their views heard and valued by professionals.
In order to provide this, the Parent Partnership Service offers:
- telephone helpline for parents and professionals
- individual support from trained volunteers or staff for parents eg at meetings in school or with LA officers
- advice/support around exclusions
- local drop-in sessions for parents
- dedicated Asian support worker
- Cool Kids Project to involve children in giving their views
- information for parents, e.g. leaflets, some in alternative languages/formats, and a regular newsletter
- website ( www.ppsnotts.org.uk)
- training on SEND issues for parents and professionals
- conferences on SEND issues, aimed primarily at parents
- information and contacts with other organisations who may be able to offer support.
Contact us for further information:
The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Parent Partnership Service
32 Clarendon Street
Tel: 0115 948 2888
Fax: 0115 948 2888