Meet the Steering Group

Photos top row left to right (if viewing from a desktop)-

  • Louise Middleton, Nikki Jacques, Maureen Rolfe and Peter Phillips

 

Photos middle row left to right-

  • Beth Callis, Nicola Cummins, Renata Noyce and Sarah Murray

 

Photo bottom row-

  • Elaine Cotter and Louise Wildon

 

No current photo of Steering Group members Su Jeyapaul and Laura Freeman.

 


 

What do we do?

Parent Carers Together has a Steering Group of key parents and carers who participate in external meetings for the benefit of our members and their children/young people.

Every member of the Steering Group writes a summary report of the meeting or task group they attended on Parent Carers Together behalf.

Currently Louise Middleton and Nikki Jacques are the Co-chairs of the Steering Group.

Beth provides admin support to the Steering Group.


What are our motivations, interests and areas of expertise?

Louise M-is interested in development around Mental Health and Post 16 options for younger people.

Nikki - is interested in areas around Preparing for Adulthood (PFA), Educational Health Care Plans (ECHPs), Mental Health, Speech and Language, SEN Support and Behaviour and Development. Nikki J will shortly be supporting BCP council with their work on the SEND Panel.

Maureen- is interested in work around Post 16 and Post 19 Options and she is part of the local Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Peter- his specialisms are education specific; Home Education and Special Guardian Needs.   Peter will shortly be supporting BCP council with their work on the SEND Panel.

Nicola -is interested in the development around ECHP's, Mental Health and Post 16 Options.

Renata-is interested in how to consult parents and carers where English is not their first Language. Renata is Brazilian and also speaks Portuguese.

Sarah- is interested in discussions around School Phobia ('offrolling'), Autism, Visual Impairment, Specialist Health Needs and School Provision. She has experience of both mainstream and specialist schools, colleges, and boarding school.

Su-has a particular interest in Early Years ECHPs, School Provision and being part of the Tier 2 SEND Task Group. Su will shortly be supporting BCP with their work on the SEND Panel.

Elaine- is interested in SEND, ASD, ADHD, Tourettes, SPD, specific learning difficulties, behavioural management, school phobia, SEND provision, EHCP's, mental health and parent support.

Louise Wildon- has a 12 year old son with SEND needs and an EHCP. He has been in mainstream education, a special academy in the BCP area and is now starting at a small independent specialist school in Dorset.

Unfortunately, Louise has experienced the SEND tribunal and Local Government Ombudsman systems, but with some success, has also experience of carers assessments and direct payments.

Previously, Louise was a HR Manager and she currently volunteer for Autism and ADHD as a Support Worker.

Louise is conversant with the Equality and Disability Discrimination Acts, and has attended workshops on EHCPs and SEND Law.

 


How often do we meet?

Members of the Steering Group meet once a month (face to face or virtually) to provide meeting feedback, look at ways to increase parent involvement and to plan for the future of the forum.

Below are some photos of the Steering Group including photos of the Interim Steering Group on 14th May 2019 at our first Steering Group meeting.