Welcome to your Harrow Parent Carer Forum

Your Local Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

Parent Carer Forum

What is a Parent Carer Forum?

A group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education, health social care and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families.


Watch the Local Offer Video HERE.







Vicky Ford MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families



Information from IPSEA

Please click on the link https: //www.ipsea.org.uk/news/ipsea-update-on-covid-19-school-closures-and-sen-provision



At this difficult time, the representatives at the National Network of PCFs have been talking directly to the DfE and other government ministers and officials to make sure that the needs of families who have children with SEND are considered. 

We will continue to keep you informed of developments whenever we can, as the situation and guidance changes rapidly.

The government has now issued guidance for parents around the closure of schools which is very useful in clarifying the position – please see here. Vulnerable children including those with EHCPs are specifically covered in section 3, and special schools in 1.10.

You can also see the guidance issued to schools here. This includes an outline of which jobs are classed as critical (for the purposes of determining which children will continue to be allowed to attend school).

Wellbeing tips and useful links from the

Harrow Educational Psychology Service

Coronavirus; supporting children’s wellbeing, visit the NEWS page to the read the following:
Read the ‘Wellbeing Tips for Families’ and useful links. Click Here
Read the ‘Wellbeing Tips for Schools’ and useful links. Click Here

Harrow Parent Forum (HPF), has been managed by Special Needs Community (SNC), for the last 2 years. It has been decided that HPF become an independent forum. SNC will cease to manage HPF’s grant funds in the coming financial year. The two groups will continue to dedicate themselves to serving the local SEND community in their different but purposeful and effective ways. Please read the joint statement from HPF and SNC for future arrangements of the forum. Please click here

What happens after you receive a diagnosis for your child/young person?



Did you miss the CAMHS led Post Diagnostic Information and Support Workshop? 

Find out more about how this informative sessions can help you understand what to do, where to go and how to manage after receiving a diagnosis for your child.


See our NEWS page for more information for the date of the next session.




Between 1 July 2019 and 5 July 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Harrow to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty‟s Inspectors from Ofsted, with a team of inspectors including an Ofsted Inspector and a Children‟s Services Inspector from the CQC.

Inspectors spoke with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), parents and carers, local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they are implementing the SEND reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area‟s self-evaluation. Inspectors met with leaders from the local area for
health, social care and education. They reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.

The letter outlines their findings from the inspection, including some areas of strength and areas for further improvement.

This is what they said about the Harrow Parent Forum:

‘Co-production is underdeveloped. Two years of close working with Harrow Parents Forum has led to some interesting examples of co-production. Some of these are already proving influential such as the development of the revised short-breaks programme and a video promoting the local offer. However, parental involvement remains an underused and rich resource that could be helping more in wider promotion and communication, particularly relating to the local offer’.

To read the entire letter please click on this link:

The direct link is: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50115669

The Max Card

The Max Card scheme is a national discount card that only families with children with SEN/disability can apply for. There are over 3,000 attractions nationwide. We have become the sole distributors for Harrow to help families living in Harrow.

How do I apply for a card?

As a distributor, we have a responsibility to ensure the cards are to be issued to the right families. Therefore it is important you are registered with us – Harrow Parent Forum and Special Needs Community. If you are not known to us, we will need to see proof that the child or young person has a special educational need or disability, (proof can include EHC plan, DLA, a doctor’s or CAMHS’ letter. Any parent or carer/guardian of a child or young person (up to the age 25 years old) can apply for the card on their behalf. The card is registered in the child or young person name. The family must be a resident in Harrow (even if the child attends an out-of-borough school). If your child attends a Harrow school but you do not live in the borough, we cannot issue you a card. If you have paid online we will refund you £3.00 but charge you £1.49 for processing the refund. We do not profit from distributing the cards but incurred costs ourselves for processing payment.

Alternatively for those who do not want to use the online payment system, email the scanned copy of both sides of the application form to us and we will send you a quick payment link to enter your debit/credit details and process the card.

We can only take cash if you attend one of our events. Please do not send cash in the post and we do not accept cheques.

To apply online for the Max Card, click here. To download the application form, click here

For enquiries, please call us on 07928 577689 (leave us a message) or send enquiries to discountcard@specialneedscommunity.org.uk

Cedars Inclusive & All-Ability Adventure Playground

Project Update

We have been awarded some funding to start the first phase of installation of the playground!

Read about how far we have come with our vision for inclusive and accessible parks and open spaces for families with disabled children & young people in Harrow on our NEWS page. It will be the first of its kind in Harrow and we need your support to finish building the dream. 


Click here to read about our new project to reach out to more parents in mainstream schools: https://www.harrowparentforum.org/parent-champions/



Parents said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I found the IPSEA training on Friday extremely informative and interesting. I picked up lots of useful information and I was very pleased to have attended”.

and another said:

 “thank you once again for organising this INVALUABLE training! I feel empowered, enlightened and raring to go! I feel so lucky to have found you guys!”

Visit the IPSEA website for ongoing events and information on available resources: 


DISCOVER THE NEW SHORT BREAKS PROVIDERS, visit www.harrow.gov.uk/shortbreaks or See our CARE page

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