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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.

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Lancashire IAS

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.

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NNPCF

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is the independent national voice of parent carer forums.

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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.

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IPSEA

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.

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Local Offer

The local offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

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POWAR

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.

 

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LPCF 

Lancashire Parent Carer Forum

 

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

 

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

ASD/C

Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Condition

 

BESD

Behavioural, Emotional and Social Development –This term is no longer used, but may appear on historical documentation.

 

BSL

British Sign Language

 

CAF

Common Assessment Framework

 

CoP

Code of Practice

 

DCO

Designated Clinical Officer

 

DfE

Department for Education (Government)

 

EA

Equality Act

 

EHCP

Education, Health and Care Plan

 

ENT

Ear, Nose and Throat

 

EO

Education Officer

 

EOTAS

Education Other Than At School

 

EP

Educational Psychologist

 

EWO

Educational Welfare Officer

 

EY

Early Years

 

FE

Further Education

 

GP

General Practitioner – Doctor

 

HI

Hearing Impairment

 

IASS

Information Advice Support Service

 

IEP

Individual Education Plan

IPS

Independent Parental Supporter

 

IPSEA

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice

LA

Local Authority

 

LCC

Lancashire County Council

 

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulties

 

NAS

National Autistic Society

 

NC

National Curriculum

 

NHS

National Health Service

 

NNPCF

National Network Parent Carer Forums

 

OT

Occupational Therapist

 

PMLD

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

 

PSHE

Personal Social and Health Education

 

SALT

Speech and Language Therapist

 

SCD

Social Communication Disorder

 

SEND

Special Educational Needs Disabilities

 

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

 

SENDIST

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

 

SENDO

Special Education Needs Disability Officer

 

SLD

Severe Learning Difficulties

 

SpLD

Specific Learning Difficulties

 

TA

Teaching Assistant

 

TR

Transition Review

 

VI

Visual Impairment

FAQs

 
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.