Evidence shows that, when local authorities and other statutory partners work with parent carers, services are better value and children and young people get more positive outcomes.   The Children and Families Act 2014 states that parents must be involved in decisions about provisions and services for their children with special educational needs and disabilities.   Hampshire Parent Carer Network represents the views of parent carers of children and young people with additional needs across the County.  Our Parent Carer Representatives work alongside the local authority, health and other providers, to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of children and young people aged 0-25 years.

If you are a Hampshire parent carer you are an expert and we want you!  If you would like to sit on a workstream, steering group or strategic board discussing education, health, social or leisure services and provisions email participation@hpcn.org.uk.  Let us know about your knowledge and interests around special educational needs and/or disability arising from your own lived experience.    

If you become a Parent Carer Representative you will be matched with the issues that you have interest or experience in.  You do not have to go to meetings alone.  Representatives usually attend in pairs.

Check out the list of workstreams below, and get in touch.  We can’t wait to meet you.


This is a list of the "workstreams" were are currently directly involved in:

Disabled Children’s Working Group/Safeguarding

CICG Board

CWD Transformation 2017 Board

IPC Board

SEN Reform Implementation Board (March 2016)

Short Breaks Consultation Spring 2018

County Advisory Group - SLCN

Working Party for EHC Assessments / Low Level SEN Funding


Thinking Differently

Short Breaks Advisory Group

Local Offer Steering Group

Local Offer Health

Local Offer Education

Local Offer Social Care

Down Syndrome Strategy Group

IPC Task Group

IPC Peer Leaders & Co-Production

IPC Early Intervention & Prevention of Hospital Admission Task Group

IPC Personal Budgets

IPC Families


Independent Support

CWD Managers Team Meetings (monthly)

Child Autism Strategy Implementation

Health Personal Budgets

OFSTED Pilot Inspection Planning

Winchester Volunteer Forum

Ready Steady Go & Health

County Advisory Physical Disability

Continuing Care

Mental Health and Well Being Implementation Group

Counselling and Parenting Tender Assessment Group

IPC Transition ‘Transforming to 2017’

Voluntary & Community Sector Development ‘Transforming to 2017’

Adult Services Offer ‘Transforming to 2017’

Direct Payments ‘Transforming to 2017’

Transport ‘Transforming to 2017’

Disabilities (enablement and reducing residential care) ‘Transforming to 2017’

External Residential and Nursing Care ‘Transforming to 2017’

Day Opportunities ‘Transforming to 2017’



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