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We are a group of Parents and Carers who have children and young people with various disabilities. We have joined together so that we can provide a united voice that local services are encouraged to listen to when making decisions regarding our children’s education, learning and future needs. We were formed in January 2010 and we encourage any parent to engage with the Forum regarding their child or young person regardless of their disabilities, these may range from complex medical needs to challenging behaviour, learning or physical difficulties.

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Our steering group meets four times a year and consists of Parents, Carers and Professionals, so together we have a stronger voice that can work towards improving the lives of families, children and young people with disabilities. We can achieve this by putting forward your concerns and issues to relevant key policy makers and service providers.


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Excited to announce AFC Bournemouth are hosting another 'Celebrating Diversity' Conference for disabled young people aged 11+. Free tickets and stadium tours can be booked via this link:
Come and join us on Thursday 26th July, 2-5pm at Vitality Stadium to celebrate!
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With the summer holidays approaching, children and young people want to get out and about. For those with SEND, that is easier said than done when public transport isn’t accessible.
“Public transport can be quite problematic for me and many people in my family. It creates a lot of anxiety and is sometimes ridiculously packed. For instance, we went on a train and it had about 10 or 12 people just all stood in the entrance bit, which causes panic attacks. Also, mobility scooters and wheelchairs cannot easily use public transport without it being foldable, which is not always an option. It seems that the only way disabled people can use transport is to take their independence away, as they have to use equipment that requires a helper and also creates stress and anxiety.
I feel as we have got a long way to go with transport.”
- Hannah, member of the FLARE children and young people’s group
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"We're waiting on diagnosis and suspect ASD/ADHD": insights for separated parents.

While some disabilities and conditions can be diagnosed early on in a child’s life (perhaps even during the pregnancy), others can take a lot more time, which can be difficult for parents who are waiting to find out. Sometimes parents have this wait for several months or even years after the baby is born – this is particularly common for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This time of limbo can also be a time of friction for divorced or separated parents, as they might argue about what issue the child has or how to cope in the meantime.

Using academic research, this article from One Plus One, offers relationship insights and tips to help you and your ex partner:
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Did you know that 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16 have an identifiable mental health condition?

The role primary school staff play in a young person's life is incredibly important, but teachers are already stretched, and with so many resources available, it can be difficult to know where to start.

That's why we created Mentally Healthy Schools with Place2Be Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and YoungMinds - to give primary school staff free access to +600 quality assured mental health resources to use in their classrooms.

Visit Mentally Healthy Schools this #InternationalChildrensDay >
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Bpcf workshop booking is essential due to limited spaces.

Very excited that @AFCBCommunity are hosting another ‘Celebrating Diversity’ Conference for disabled young people aged 11+. Free tickets and stadium tours can be booked here:
Join us on Thursday 26th July, 2-5pm at Vitality Stadium to #celebrate

Apologies if you are seeing this again, We just wanted to make sure people are aware.

National SEND inquiry: it's time to have your say.

You have until,Thursday.

Use the handy template ⁦@Claire_Ryan12⁩ and myself developed to help.

Please RT & share.

#Carers are vital - giving unpaid care & support to people who couldn't do without them #CarersWeek #CarersWeek2018
#Healthwatch #Dorset #ItStartsWithYou

Do you know what is supported employment?
How do you ensure that your young person voice is heard and how it can be evidenced in the assessment process.
What should a care plan look like.
What is Access to work?
Details are attached for booking.

“Having the speakers who have ASD diagnosis is really an eyeopener to what could be achieved by our young people.”

Christine and Jack

Thank you to Bournemouth Parent/Carer Forum for all their help and information
they gave me in signposting me to the school nurse and Speech therapist
to get my son the help he needed at school.”



Want to speak to someone face to face at the forum?

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum welcomes the chance to meet with anyone who feels that they need help, support or just advice on caring for children and young people, 0-25 years old, who have additional needs, disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).