PACC works to empower Shropshire parent carers of children with any special educational need or disability (SEND) aged 0-25, to enable them to actively contribute to the design and review of the services that they use. We do this by providing opportunities for parent carers to share their experience and knowledge of what works or doesn’t work in the everyday lives of families with children and young people with SEND.
PACC is a registered charity and has three main aims as outlined below
• The creation of a Shropshire parent carer community that reduces isolation and strengthens the capacity of parents to support their family
• The provision of information to inform and empower parents and carers about the issues that affect their families
• The provision of opportunities for parents and carers to influence the decisions that affect their families and to contribute to developing services that meet the needs of their families.
Our independence as a parent carer led organisation is important to us. It means that our work is firmly rooted in the understanding we have, based on personal experience, of the real life challenges faced by families of children and young people with SEND. PACC’s work has shown that while parent carers might be supporting children with a range of conditions, many of the challenges faced by all parent carers are similar. Families have told us that they struggle to find useful information, often feel different from other families in their local communities and don’t always feel included in the decisions about the support their family receives.
PACC works with families to improve services and to bring parent carers together to provide support to each other. We work in partnership with local organisations that commission and deliver services for children and young people with SEND, such as Shropshire Council. In doing this we aim to ensure that the decisions that impact on the Shropshire parent carer community are informed by real life experience and to give children and young people with SEND and their families, a real chance to live positive lives.