Happy Parents

What we have been doing

Want to know more about how we work?

As a group we try to gather parents' points of view, influence change and keep parents informed.  We do this in several different ways:

Consultations – We published a Questionnaire for parents in 2011 to obtain their views and concerns. In 2013 we asked parents and carers for their experiences and suggestions for information and support about bullying (you can download our report or the summary from the Have Your Say page). In 2014 we have asked parents and carers what they want Parents' Voice to do in the future and passed on feedback to Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board. We also pass on details to our members of any consultations we know about which may be relevant to them.

Worcestershire Children's Trust – As a group we have a seat on the Worcestershire Children's Trust Executive Board. This is a group of professionals who are working to improve Worcestershire and safeguarding for children, young people and their families.  Our representative shares parents' views and influences the decisions made.

National Consultations – we have taken part in national consultations giving Worcestershire parents an opportunity to influence national decisions. We also include details of some national consultations on our Have Your Say page.

Information - we pass on varied information to our supporters of anything which may be relevant to them or their families. For example, we have sent out details of the County Council's Reviewed Short Breaks Statement, a Youth Question Time event, Life Beyond School events, updates of the Council's Early Help Strategy and details of free workshops.

Publicity – we produce newsletters and flyers. We also have postcards and business cards to promote Parents' Voice; please contact us if you would like some for a parents' group or to distribute at a venue.

To find out more about our most recent activities follow the links to either our What Have We Done section below or future and upcoming events page.

See our annual report

 

The annual Chair and Secretary's report for 2013 to 2014 is available to read or download as a pdf here.

 

What Have We Done?

Examples of our achievements

  • Kept our supporters informed about local and national consultations, surveys and reports.
  • Carried out a survey during summer 2013 about parents' experiences of bullying and finding information and support. Our report was published during anti-bullying week in November 2013 - you can find it on our Have Your Say page.
 
 
 
  • Contributed to various consultations, including Early Help Strategy, School Transport Review, Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board and Worcestershire's Children and Young People's Plan.
 
 
  • Represented parents' and carers' views in shortlisting of bids for short breaks for children and young people with disabilities
 
  • Commented on a draft Social Care document.
  • Hosted a focus group about proposed changes to Children's Urgent Care for NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • Conducted a survey in 2014 to determine what Worcestershire parents and carers would like us to do in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Coming soon

 

The results from our summer 2014 survey will be out soon; we have been asking Worcestershire parents and carers what they would like us to do in the future.

Please see our Future and Upcoming Events page for details of what's happening this month and in the near future.

If you have any suggestions for what you would like us to do, please contact us.