introduction to the steering group
The role involves helping to decide PaCC’s plans and priorities and ensure our continued success as a strong forum for the SEND community in Brighton and Hove.
With over 500 parent carer members and strong relationships with services and strategic leaders in the city (and increasingly across Sussex), we’re proud of what we’ve achieved. But we want to grow and do more.
If you are passionate about making a difference to families, and have some time to devote to the role, we’d love to hear from you. We want to increase the diversity of our steering group to make sure we represent as broadly as possible, and particularly welcome interest from parent carers from Black and Minoritised Ethnic Communities, and Male parent carers, since these are under-represented on our steering group. All diverse applications are extremely welcome.
We have identified the following areas as gaps on our steering group, so we are especially keen to hear from you if your child fits into, or has accessed, any of the following categories/services:
- Early years and primary age children
- Mental health difficulties where this is the primary area of need
- Physical disability and/or wheelchair user
- Severe Learning Disability/Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (not T21)
- Transition to adulthood
- Central Hub/Homewood College and PRUs
- Hospice care/continuing care
- Residential short-breaks
what does the steering group role involve?
Firstly, don’t be put off by this list. It is a teamwork role, sharing workload and responsibilities.
You won’t be asked to do more than you can manage and you would be offered remuneration for your time and refund of expenses. It involves:
- Training on what being a Rep means will be provided
- Payment for your hours of work as a PaCC Rep
- Connecting with parent carers
- Helping to decide PaCC’s priorities by feeding in issues and experiences of parent carers
- Co-production work as a PaCC rep, working with service providers to design, review and monitor services relevant to your expertise and experience
- Attending steering group meetings four times per year
- Being part of a team responsible for setting PaCC’s strategic direction and associated workplans and policies
- Monitoring and evaluating the impact of PaCC’s work
- Ensuring PaCC’s membership is pan disability, age group and education type, by sharing information and reaching and engaging with a diverse range of parent carers
- Ensuring that practices are in line with the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and keeping up to date with the national picture
- Participating in learning and development opportunities as appropriate to the role
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or need clarification on anything. We will contact you once we have received your expression of interest form. If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know.