With YOU, WE can make a difference

We are all parent/carers of children or young people with additional needs (0-25 years) who are passionate about improving our children/young people’s lives.


This morning we received official confirmation from the lead Inspector that the local area SEND inspection has been deferred due to the current uncertain climate around COVID-19.

“The main reason being so that health colleagues can concentrate on the pandemic at this time”

Though this may be frustrating. We support this decision. We are all parent carers some with very vulnerable young people so it’s imperative we follow all advice and guidance at present.

We appreciate the effort of everybody who shared the information, promoted and completed the webinar, shared and encouraged attendance at the public meeting with inspectors and had planned to come and also those who had arranged to meet with inspectors in schools.

For now the inspection has been deferred until further notice at which point we will do it all again!

What is Darlington Parent Carer Forum?

A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers

of children with additional needs and/ or disabilities who work with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of children and families.

Get involved!

Parent carers can make a real difference by sharing their ideas and thoughts. It is always up to you how you want to participate in your forum- it may be just be by being a member, or you may want to get more actively involved and make sure those who are making decisions know what parent carers think.

The Forum is looking to engage with parents of young people (0-25 years) who can offer opinions and experiences of services

If you would like to become a member of the DPCF

or are interested in receiving information or sharing your opinions get in touch

Darlington Parent Carer Forum

what do we provide?

Tell us your story

We need to know about your experiences

Your Views

Current consultation information for you to have your say

Strategic Groups

We currently have parent reps across many strategic groups

Useful Links

Appropriate organisations you may find useful


What does being a member look like?

FAQ's / Mythbusters

We represent parent carers and are entirely independent