Working together to influence change

Swansea Parent Carer Forum

Who is Swansea Parent Carer Forum?

We are a voluntary group of parent carers all with children with additional needs. We work with but are independent of the City & County of Swansea, our aim being, to make sure that services meet the needs of disabled children, young people, adults and their families.

We believe passionately that working co-productively with Swansea Council and other service providers will put the voice of disabled children of all ages and their families at the centre of decisions and deliver services that work for our community.

Our vision is for Swansea to be a place where the voices of families are valued and effectively used to achieve an equitable and inclusive quality of life for our children of all ages.

WHAT IS OUR AIM?

Growing, developing and empowering our membership to have a strong collective voice is a key aim of ours. With this voice we aim to provide a constructive channel of communication between parent carers and strategic partners to influence positive change.

Co-production means that people are truly involved in planning and designing services from the very beginning. Professionals and citizens are equal partners and share power to design, plan, assess and deliver support together. Our aim is to do this in Swansea and co-produce and co-design services that meet the needs of disabled children of all ages and their families.

What is our purpose?

To influence the strategic development of services and direct change by co-producing and co-designing services. We want to ensure our collective voice has a platform at a strategic level and the rights of children of all ages and their families are at the centre of decision making.

We can only do this by making sure our voice reflects the diversity of our communities through effective communication. Our voice needs to be informed by parents’ and carers’ views and lived experience.

Our Vision:
“Swansea is a place where voices of families are valued and effectively used to achieve an equitable and inclusive quality of life for our children of all ages.”