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Parents' Voice Activities

Parents’ Voice Steering Group (now known simply as Parents' Voice) was set up to represent parents and family carers across Worcestershire. We do this by passing on information to parents and carers and seeking feedback about things that are important to them, whether their children are babies or teenagers (or any age in between - or sometimes older).

The group has evolved and changed gradually and continues to do so; our activities have also evolved and we often take up supporters' suggestions.

Our small committee steers the group's activities and meets regularly. We usually invite our supporters to attend unless we have to limit numbers.

You'll find more details of meetings in the "Events and Meetings" section.

Here are a few details of some things we have done to give you an idea of what we do.

 

Consultations

We inform parents and carers about consultations, both local and national. We do this by sending emails to our supporters and also publicising consultations via social media.

You can find details of current consultations and surveys on our Have your Say page.

 

Information

We pass on information (from a number of sources) which we believe parents and family carers may find useful. We believe that informed parents are empowered parents - whatever age our children may be, we often need information.

 

Social media activity

Parents' Voice uses both Twitter and Facebook to reach parents and carers who have not given us their email address. For more information, see the "Social Media" section further down.

 

Feedback/strategic meetings

We give feedback to Worcestershire organisations when we are asked to (and when it is appropriate to do so).

In June 2017 we held discussion groups during the day and the evening; comments were collated to inform the updated Children and Young People's Plan.

We have provided a representative to attend various strategic meetings whenever possible. These have included regular Joint Commissioning Board and Children's Trust Executive Board meetings.

Since December 2015 we have provided a parent-representative for Worcestershire's Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Partnership Board.

 

Children's Urgent Care

In September 2013 we hosted a meeting about the proposed redesign of Children's Urgent Care. Amanda from NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group told us about the proposed redesign to be piloted in Worcester.

The NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group wanted to ensure that the service is what parents would like, and that they would feel comfortable with the process. They wanted to hear parents' experiences so that they could try to improve the service!

In 2015 we talked with NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group about a new web page they were designing.

 

Bullying Survey 2013

During the summer of 2013 we conducted a survey of Worcestershire parents' experiences of bullying, asking about the information and support they need.

You can download our full report or an executive summary.

 

Baby and Children's Fair

We attended Cheerful Cherubs' Worcester Baby and Children's Fair in both 2013 and 2014, talking to parents and attracting new supporters! Parents and carers wrote comments about what they liked about being a parent in Worcestershire and also what they thought could be improved.

 


 

Supporting Parents' Voice

It's easy to support us - you just need an email address.

You can complete our short form or email us to say that you would like to be added to our list of supporters. If you no longer want to receive information from us you can tell us at any time and we will remove you from our list.

Many thanks for all your support - we appreciate it.

 

Useful Information

Our Publications

Annual Report 2014 - 2015

Annual Report 2015 Appendix - Internet Engagement

Bullying Survey 2013 full report

Bullying Survey 2013 executive summary

 

Local (Worcestershire) Publications

Many of these documents are the result of local consultations or surveys which we have told our supporters about.

Worcestershire Children and Young People's Plan (Worcestershire County Council - 2014)

Proposed revised network of (bus) services receiving subsidy (Worcestershire County Council - 2014)

Worcestershire Urgent Care Strategy Consultation Report (NHS - 2014)

 

National Publications

Many of these documents are the result of national consultations or surveys which we have told our supporters about. You can also find links to some publications by charities and support organisations from our Links page.

We have used the following abbreviations:

DfE - Department for Education.

DoH - Department of Health.

Where is the most family Friendly area in England? A report from The Family and Childcare Trust (published 2015).

The Good Childhood Report 2015 published by the Children's Society. This reports on children's subjective wellbeing and indicates generally how happy children are.

Future in Mind - children and young people's mental health and wellbeing (DoH and NHS England, March 2015)

Standards for school food in England (DfE - updated August 2014)

Mental health and behaviour in schools (DfE - June 2014)

Child poverty strategy 2014 - 2017 (DfE - June 2014)

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (DfE - April 2014)

SEND code of practice 0 - 25 years (DfE and DoH - 2014)

Review of 10 years of childcare policy in England (Family and Childcare Trust - 2014)

 

 

Consultations and Surveys

    For links to current consultations and surveys relevant to parents, carers and families, both national and specific to Worcestershire, please check our Have Your Say page.

     

    Children's Urgent Care

    In September 2013 we hosted a meeting about the proposed redesign of Children's Urgent Care. Amanda from NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group told us about the proposed redesign to be piloted in Worcester.

    The NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group wanted to ensure that the service is what parents would like, and that they would feel comfortable with the process. They wanted to hear parents' experiences so that they could try to improve the service!

     

    Bullying Survey 2013

    During the summer of 2013 we conducted a survey of Worcestershire parents' experiences of bullying, asking about the information and support they need.

    You can download the full report from the survey or an executive summary.

     

    Other Previous Consultations

    Child and Adolescents Mental Health Services

    Mental health is everybody's business. Support for children and young people to develop good emotional and mental health is provided by families, early years settings, schools and colleges as well as a range of early intervention, targeted and specialist services.

    This survey ran in 2012 and is now closed.

    The survey responses contributed to a needs assessment which helped to plan improvements to the way children and young people in Worcestershire are supported to have good emotional wellbeing and mental health.

    More information about consultations like this can be found by accessing the Worcestershire consultation portal.

 

Events and meetings

 

Tips to keep your child safe online - talk, November 2017

We are very excited to host this information session, presented by two senior officers from West Mercia Police. It will cover a number of popular online "platforms" used by children and young people (a wide age range) and there should be time for questions.

Please book a place to join us at Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Club on 6th November at 7.30pm (prompt start).

This is an important subject for all parents - according to Ofcom 53% of children aged 3 to 4 years already use a tablet. The talk will be suitable for parents and family carers whatever age their children are.

Places are free but must be booked - you can book a place here or email <info@parentsvoice.co.uk>.

 

Discussion groups 2017

Worcestershire's Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) is being updated. The CYPP sets out priorities in Worcestershirer for children and young people aged 0-19 (or up to 25 if the young person has additional needs); these priorities influence services provided by the County Council and their partners (eg: Health Trusts).

Your views are needed. What's important to you and your family? What makes a difference and what would you like to see happening in the future?

We are holding two discussion groups on 7th June - they are both informal, friendly chats and we will collate the comments to pass on. All parents and family carers are welcome at either meeting. The daytime group is at the Pump House Environment Centre between 10am and 12 noon. The evening group will be held at Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Club; refreshments will be available from 7pm and the discussion will begin at 7.15pm. Even if you can't stay for the full time, you are welcome to drop in for as long as you can1

Places are free but if you can tell us you intend to come it will help us predict numbers: http://bit.ly/2svSKyA.

You can also take part in an online survey here: http://bit.ly/cypp2017.

 

Evening meetings 2017

On 26th April 2017 we held an Open Meeting to review last year's activities and discuss our plans for the future.

 

Coffee and Chat

Meeting up with other parents and carers to talk was a popular suggestion in our Summer 2014 survey (this survey closed in October 2014 and prizewinners were contacted). As a result of the survey we organised two daytime meetings at the end of 2014 and continued to hold occasional Coffee and Chat meetings during 2015 and 2016. In the future we hope to hold them regularly at different venues around Worcestershire.

Our next coffee and chat meeting will be on 7th June, when we will be discussing issues around the Children and Young People's Plan (please see section above).

 

Annual General Meetings

Each year we hold an Open Meeting which all our supporters can attend. The committee presents a report of our activities over the last year as well as a financial report.

We welcome comments about the annual reports and suggestions for the coming year.

If you are a supporter and would like to get involved with the committee, please email us.

April 26th 2017 is the date for this year's Open Meeting - see the section above for details.

 

Parents' Voice Committee Meetings

Our committee/core group meets regularly at Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Club in Worcester to steer the group's activities.

On 26th April 2017 we held an Open Meeting where we reviewed last year's activities and discussed our plans for the future. Our next evening meeting is 7th June.

Details of how to join our list of supporters can be found on the Contact us page.

Focus Group - 20th January 2016

We supported a Focus Group for parents' views about how the County Council's 0-19 prevention and intervention service in Worcestershire should look.

We also encouraged parents to take part in the online consultation about the changes to services.

 

Social Media

 

Parents' Voice Social Media Accounts

In 2010 we set up a Twitter account and a Facebook account followed in 2011. These started in a small way and initially most people who followed us on Twitter or liked us on Facebook were also supporters who received our newsletters. Using social media means we can keep in touch informally with parents, carers and organisations and also interract with them.

We use both Twitter and Facebook to inform parents and other family carers about relevant consultations, publications, initiatives and events.

You can find statistics for some of the internet links we have used to share information in our annual reports (in the "Useful Information" section above).

Twitter

You can find us on Twitter at ParentsVoiceWor. We take part in Twitter's regular local "hours" whenever we can and enjoy making contact with local parents and organisations, and having Twitter conversations with them.

Look out for our hashtag #nottheonlyone!

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Facebook

You can find us on Facebook by looking for Parents' Voice - Worcestershire. We often pass on details of events shared by other organisations (eg: what's happening at Worcestershire Children's Centres) and tips/information..

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