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Cumbria Parent Carer Forum

Parent Carer Forums

Parent Carer Forums are representative local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities who work alongside local authorities, education, health and other service providers to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families. Parent Carer Forums have been established in most local areas and local authorities are actively encouraged to work with them.

We are a constituted group of parents/carers/grandparents/foster carers in Cumbria who have children with disabilities and/or additional needs who are particularly keen that their views are heard, understood and acted upon.

We actively strive to work with, inform and influence the development of all services for all children and young adults with disabilities and/or additional needs in Cumbria - as first recommended by the previous government in "Aiming high for disabled children: better support for families" - May 2007. Parents/carers/grandparents/foster carers with a child/ren with disabilities and/or additional needs. Meeting and working together for support and change.

We cover the whole of Cumbria split down into six localities, Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle, Eden, South Lakes and Furness. In each locality we have a local forum and the forums elect representatives to the countywide steering group. We are currently funded by DFES 'Contact' (formally contact a family) and Cumbria County Council Children's Services.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Shirley Murphy or Cristina Bowman
Contact Position
Please visit our website

Other Details


Referral required

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood(16+)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Last updated: 18/11/2019
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