Participation and empowerment for parents

The Just Say Parents’ Forum is the main parent and carer forum in Barking and Dagenham. It’s for parents and carers of disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEN).

The forum supports you to have a say in deciding how services are provided, to make sure that resources are directed to the services parents and families value. The aim is to work towards improving the support and advice offered to, and confidence of, parents and carers in the borough, and to make recommendations to the council and its partner agencies on what is needed to improve children’s wellbeing.

The forum is part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF).

Our recent Just Say annual conference


We had some great feedback from the conference, and you can read our analysis:

Here are some highlights:

“We absolutely need this conference.
It’s informative and a chance for social gathering. Amanda Hind was the BEST today”

“Another amazing forum with lots of new information.
I love getting together with other parents and hearing and sharing our experiences and challenges.
I look forward to the next meeting. Enjoyed hearing Amanda and Viv’s experiences and knowledge”

“The conference has helped a lot of parents to come together to understand their child’s needs”

Join the forum

If you would like to become a member of the forum or would like further information, please contact the chair of the forum:

Chair, Just Say Parents' Forum

Trinity School Parents’ Forum

Available to parents and carers who have a child at Trinity School.

Trinity School
Heathway, Dagenham RM10 7SJ

0203 435 5955

Information, Advice and Support Service

Information, Advice and Support Service provides support, advice and information for parents and carers of children who are disabled, may have SEN or have already been identified with SEN.

Joint inspections of local area special educational needs or disabilities (or both) provision

In May 2016, the two inspectorates, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), started a new type of joint inspection. The aim is to hold local areas to account and champion the rights of children and young people.