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Parent Carer Voice

Please see below for all updates and opportunities around parent carer involvement in BaNES


Help shape a new parent carer forum for Bath and North East Somerset.

Are you the parent carer of a child or young person? Do they have additional needs?


Bath & North East Somerset (BATHNES) needs a new forum to represent the views of parent carers and improve services for children and young people with additional needs. You can help to shape it!

What is a Parent Carer Forum?

Parent carer forums are independent groups run by parent carers. They work with the local authority and health as equal partners to help improve services for children and young people with additional needs and their families.

Every local authority area in England needs a parent carer forum. But at the moment there is no forum for Bath & North East Somerset (BATHNES).

Contact is offering support to help parent carers access the Department of Education £17,500 grant to establish a forum for BATHNES (these grants are available in every local area).

Watch Contact's video to find out why having a parent carer forum is so important 

Making a difference together

A lively local forum empowers you to help improve the services you need, introduces you to new friends, and provides training to boost your skills and knowledge. Parent carer forums welcome all parent carers of children and young people with disabilities, special educational needs, health needs, and other additional needs aged 0-25 years, whether diagnosed or not.

Interested in being part of a new Forum for BaNES?

If you'd like more information around what's involved in being a member of a parent carer forum, please contact


Announcement of BaNES Parent Carer Forum closing

Following the release of Ex-Chair Gayna Griffin's statement explaining she is stepping down, we are sorry to hear that BaNES Parent Carer Voice (BPCV) has made the decision to close. 

It has been a privilege to work closely with BPCV over many years, providing ongoing coaching to the core group behind the forum, including support to recruit parent carers and promote ongoing participation and co-production opportunities.

We completely understand and respect Gayna's decision to step down and wish her all the best for any future endeavours, including continuing her passion to advocate for parent carers across BaNES as a parent-carer representative.