Get involved

We need you to help to make Parent/Carer voices heard. We will be working with variety of boards and decision-making groups. Our aim is to actively involve parents and carers in planning and making decisions about services for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25.

Benefits of getting involved

Essex is a large diverse county and we have a responsibility to ensure that we can reach a cross representation of the SEND population throughout the geographical spread of the county.

In addition to the county wide Essex Family Forum there will be local area based meetings established for members to share their views.

We would like to keep you updated about important local and national developments.

Offer you opportunities to help influence the services available to our families.

Connect and be empowered as parents & carers.  Become a voice for all families on issues that affect us.

Have your views & lived experiences not just listened to but heard.

Be supported when involved in parent carer participation and co-production to actively influence change.

Get involved, have your say and together we will make a difference!

Application form for new members

The more members we have the louder our voice!

Joining is FREE and you can participate as much or little as you like.

Please use our online form to request to join the Essex Family Forum or contact us via email/Tel: where we will be happy to help.

All together, better and stronger.

Family Champions

In addition to the county wide Essex Family Forum there will be local area based meetings established for members to share there views and ensure their views are heard and considered.

Essex Family Forum are asking groups, networks and support systems to nominate a person to who they feel will represent the lived experiences of the families in their group to be their Family Champion.  We want to make sure that Essex Family Forum connects with as many families as possible, and given the diverse and large geographical area of Essex, we feel the Family Champion role is the most effective way to do this. Essex Family Forum are part of the parent champion network, and through this network we will provide training and support to prospective Family champions to enable them to carry out their role.

For more information please visit our Family Champions page.