We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
If you live in Lancashire you can get information, advice and support around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from the Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Team.
Special Needs Jungle
Many families do not get the help they need because they do not know where to look or how to cut their way through the increasingly complicated system. We aim to highlight resources and inspire and empower families to do this successfully by providing resources, tips, facts and examples.
We help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities across England get the appropriate education, training and support which they are entitled to under the law.
POWAR is the name of Lancashire County Council's Participation group for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Barnardo's helps organise POWAR.
Lancashire Parent Carer Forum
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Condition
Behavioural, Emotional and Social Development –This term is no longer used, but may appear on historical documentation.
British Sign Language
Common Assessment Framework
Code of Practice
Designated Clinical Officer
Department for Education (Government)
Education, Health and Care Plan
Ear, Nose and Throat
Education Other Than At School
Educational Welfare Officer
General Practitioner – Doctor
Information Advice Support Service
Individual Education Plan
Independent Parental Supporter
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice
Lancashire County Council
Moderate Learning Difficulties
National Autistic Society
National Health Service
National Network Parent Carer Forums
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
Personal Social and Health Education
Speech and Language Therapist
Social Communication Disorder
Special Educational Needs Disabilities
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
Special Education Needs Disability Officer
Severe Learning Difficulties
Specific Learning Difficulties
Is the LPCF just another support group?
No, we are a participation group but we will try our very best to signpost you to a local organisation or support group who can help with any additional support you may require.
No, but we acknowledge the important role that campaign groups have in helping to get the parent voice heard. At the forum we are able to work with campaign groups by providing them information and feeding back the issues they raise.
Is the LPCF a campaign group?
Can professionals join?
Yes, professionals can become associate members and receive relevant information and work alongside the forum.
If your organisation plan or provides services for families in Lancashire, we encourage all to get in touch. We encourage all to join with us, so that we can work effectively together and help improve the quality of life for our families across Lancashire.
We are all volunteers and work for no one! We represent parent carers but are entirely independent of any statutory organisations.
Who do the LPCF work for?
How do I become a member?
Simply get in touch by clicking the link on our ‘Join Us’ page. All we ask is for you to fill in the requirement details and your membership is then agreed through the forum. LPCF members are parent/ carers or grandparents of children living in Lancashire with SEND.
Membership is free!
How much does membership cost?
Is this the LPCF paid by Lancashire County Council?
No, we receive a grant from the DfE (Department for Education) to support the forum in its work for parent/carers participation.
Yes; most of our families join our membership to receive up to date information that may affect their families. However, some parents feel that they can contribute a little time to volunteer and help out with certain things such as coming along to chat and sharing their experience at one of our coffee mornings.
Can I become a member without being actively involved?
My child does not have a formal diagnosis; can I still be a member?
If your child is currently undergoing an assessment or has additional needs which have not been formally diagnosed you can still become members – please contact us to discuss.