Essex Family Forum is part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and the Eastern Region Regional Parent Carer Forum (ERPCF)

The NNPCF’s membership is made up of (up to) 152 local parent carer forums, currently comprising 80,000 parent carers. These member forums are arranged into 9 regions, these follow the same regional breakdown as the Department for Education. Each of the regions appoints a regional representative to act as their regional steering group member within the NNPCF national steering group. Our NNPCF Rep for the East of England is Mrunal Sisodia, OBE. The ERPCF is one of the 9 regions of the NNPCF and consists of 11 Parent Carer Forums (PCFs) who represent parent and carers across the East of England and who are in receipt of the DfE Grant for parent participation for their Local / Unitary Authority.

You can read more about our regional voice here:


Jo Harrison our Strategic Development Coordinator (Health and Regional Lead) sits on the ERPCF steering group as Vice Chair and is also an East of England National Representative with the NNPCF. Jo is part of the NNPCF health team and works closely with NHS England and the NHS East of England team on key projects for children and young people with learning disabilities and Autism as identified through NHS Long term Plan.  Jo is also co-chair of the East of England Neurodevelopment Disorders Network. You can read about some of the projects she has been involved in through the NNPCF here

You can read about the work of NNPCF here:

This means your views not only contribute to the work we do in Essex but also to regional and national discussions and developments relating to SEND.

Click on the image opposite to see highlights from the 2024 National Parent Carer Forum Conference.