News for forums

Save the Dates! NNPCF & Contact Virtual Conference 2020

Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December

Join us for a week of events from Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December with information and learning opportunities, keynote speakers and workshops.

See the dedicated 2020 Contact & NNPCF Virtual National Parent Carer Forums' Conference page for further details.

Adapting to Covid-19

We are in the process of building a suite of support webinars and webchats for parent carer forums during Covid-19.  Keep an eye on our Learning Events for forums page along with our Resources page for details of when live events are coming up and when recordings are available.

See also Contact's Covid-19 pages with further Important information about Covid-19 coronavirus for families with disabled children

Contact's core offer for 2020-21 to parent carer forums

See the support we're offering forums for 2020-21.

DfE funding confirmed for 2020/21

We're delighted to announce that the Department for Education (DfE) has granted Contact and our consortium partners a one-year contract extension to continue supporting and developing Parent Carer Forums and the strategic participation of parent carers and children and young people.  

Grant funding for Parent Carer Forums is confirmed for the 2020/21 grant period which will enable forums to continue their valuable work locally working in co-production with partners to make improvements to services.  New grant application and monitoring forms will be ready so that Parent Carer Forums can apply for the DfE parent carer participation grant from 1st April.

The funding means we'll continue working with the National Network of Parent Carer Forums, KIDS and the Council for Disabled Children to continue our work with the 151 Parent Carer Forums in England who play such a vital role in influencing, designing and developing their local services.

Contact has been the DfE's delivery partner, supporting and developing Parent Carer Forums since 2008, helping forums set up and operate, as well as administering each forum's annual DfE grant.

News from the National Event 2019

Many thanks to all of those who joined us for the 2019 Conference. 

See the the highlights film from the event. To read more about the conference, please see our dedicated National Event page.

Quality Indicators for Co-production - a framework and self-evaluation tool.

Contact hosts the National Alliance for Partnership Working (NAPW), a consortium of delivery partners for the SEND reforms who have been working together to develop a common language around co-production.

Using the Quality Indicators of Co-production framework [.doc] should help develop a shared level of understanding and expectation to which all local area partners can aspire.

For more information or support to improve and develop co-production, please contact

Upcoming Webinars

See details of upcoming webinars on our Learning and events for forums page. Recordings of past webinars and relevant resources are available on our Resources page.

The Contact and NNPCF parent carer participation newsletter (England)

Contact and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) produce a joint parent carer participation newsletter.

Download past versions of the newsletter:

This newsletter contains key information about the development of parent carer participation, information about important changes across health services, special education and social care in England, news for local forums, the latest news from the NNPCF and opportunities for forums to participate. Sign up for the parent carer participation joint newsletter.

News on the contract to support parent carer and children and young people's participation

Contact and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) are delighted to announce that the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that Contact, as part of a newly formed consortium with KIDS, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and the NNPCF, is the preferred bidder for the contract to support the strategic participation of children, young people and parent carers and that they aim to sign a contract with us within a reasonable period.

All four organisations are delighted that our consortium bid has been successful, and we are looking forward to working together over the next two years to build on our current individual support offers, learning from each other's experiences and developing new synergised approaches that further enhance both children and young people's and parent carer participation.

We are really pleased to be able to continue working with parent carer forums and are also excited to be joining forces with KIDS and CDC to share learning and expertise between parent carer participation and participation with children and young people.

We still have some details to iron out with the DfE, so for now we're not able to share all the details, and until a contract is signed, we can't publish the new application and monitoring forms, but we hope to be able to do so very soon.