Actually Peter isn’t really new, he has been involved with SNAP Cymru for almost 20 years, firstly as a parent who received advice and support to ensure his daughters special educational needs were met and then he came on board as a as a trained Independent Parent Support volunteer and was one of the first to participate in our accredited IPS training. When a vacancy occurred we were thrilled that Peter was appointed as a Development Officer for SNAP covering a large part of Mid Wales and later became the our All Wales Training Manager.
Peter lives near Swansea and has four, now adult, children. A fifth child, Bethan, was born with a life limiting condition and has passed away. Previously he worked for many years in education, both in secondary schools and universities in Wales as well as in the Middle East.
We were delighted when Peter left SNAP in 2001 to become the first Policy Officer with the newly established Children’s Commissioner for Wales. However, his contact with SNAP continued as the Children’s Commissioners office signposted callers to SNAP.
The reform of SEN/ALN policy is one of Peter’s major interests, particularly the introduction of the children’s right of appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales.
Peter says that:
“Being a parent of a child with special educational needs can be confusing and frustrating without the proper support. The great value of SNAP is not just that they help to arrange the support a child needs but they challenge the preconceptions of parents and encourage them to consider those who control resources as partners – rather than adversaries – in getting the right provision. This relieves a great deal of stress for both parents and local authority staff.
The current financial situation means that resources in local authorities are at an even greater premium – a situation that is likely to worsen over the coming years. The role of SNAP Cymru in providing mediation between parents and local authority staff is even more necessary – while becoming even more difficult.”
Peter decided to re-join SNAP Cymru as a member of our NEC following his retirement from the Commissioner’s office.
We couldn’t be more pleased to have Peter back on board!