The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV) brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth.
PPCV is Plymouth’s official parent carer forum. We are a group of volunteer parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Together we work in partnership with our local authority, to help shape and improve the range of services in education, health and social care for families in the Plymouth area.
Parent Carer Forums like PPCV are run by volunteers and funded with a grant from the Department for Education (DfE). We receive this and other forms of support from ‘Contact’, who work in partnership with the DfE. We are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) from whom we receive regular guidance and support.
We believe that having parents involved in this process gives them a voice and helps create an environment that leads to better understanding, equity and cooperation between SEND families and professionals. SEND families know what works for them and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t. This is a valuable resource for professionals, offering them a better understanding of the needs of SEND families and increasing their awareness of just how much the choices they make, affects the lives of vulnerable young people and their families.