Are you the parent of a child or young person with Additional learning Needs (ALN)?  Do you want to influence changes in your local area?

Do you want to join a Parent Carer Forum to share your ideas and experiences to work towards better services for children and young people with ALN? 

The local authorities in Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Monmouthshire are committed to working in partnership with parents to provide the best support for children and young people with additional learning needs and have asked SNAP Cymru to support parents to develop parent carer forums in each area.

The aim of a parent carer forum

Our Parent carer Forum will aim to be a ‘parental voice’ to inform service providers of the needs of children with ALN and their families and to help improve services for children and young people

We will work together in partnership with education departments, health providers, social service departments, recognising each others skills experience and knowledge to highlight where services are working well and challenge when changes and improvements need to be made.  Forums will provide two way communication between parents carers and services in the area.  The forum will provide feedback on services, offer constructive challenge to current services and input into decision making and planning for future services.   

Co-production is an important principle in parent carer participation and can help ensure families play an integral and equal part in the decision-making process and are fully involved in shaping, developing, implementing and evaluating services and systems.

Who can join?

Any parent or carer of a child or young person with additional learning needs living in the area.  As a parent or carers you’ll bring your real-life perspective and experience to the planning and development of the services that families use.   

The forums will be informal. You can dip in and out as time permits at your own pace or become a regular active member and representative of the forum.

Please come and join us for coffee at one of our initial meetings.   We’d love to see you and:

  • >Listen and Share ideas with other parent carers.
  • >Make sure the LA hears what most concerns families like yours
  • >Help shape the Forum and its aims and objectives
  • >For Parent and Carers to submit ideas for agenda items
  • >To act as a consultative and advisory group

We are holding the first meetings over the next two months. If you can come, please email us at: or call/text on:  07508 968670 

Date Time LA Venue
10am-12pm Torfaen
Pontypool Active
Living Centre
Trosnant Street
10am-12pm Newport TBC
6.30-8.30pm Blaenau Gwent General Offices
Steel Works Road
Ebbw Vale
NP23 8UW
10am-12pm Caerphilly Brewers Lodge
Gordon Rd
NP12 1DS
6.30- 8.30pm Monmouthshire Leisure Centre
Welsh St
NP16 5LR