Parent Partnership

North Lincolnshire Parent Partnership Service

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A free confidential and impartial support service for the parents and carers of children or young people aged 0-19 with additional or Special Educational Needs.

Who are we?

We are a team who exist to inform and empower parents and carers whose children have, or may have, special educational or additional needs.

We recognised that all parents have a unique understanding of their children and have a crucial role to play in their education and development. Our aim is to support you in becoming fully involved.

We operate at 'arms length' of the Council but in practice work closely with them, as well as with schools and other services, in order to prevent problems, resolve concerns and promote effective partnerships.

What are our aims?

To provide accessible and impartial information and support.

To help you explore your options so that you can make informed decisions about your child's education.

To promote positive relationships between you, your child's school or pre-school, North Lincolnshire Council and other agencies.

To encourage parental participation in the planning and delivery of services.

To ensure equality of opportunity and equality of access.

What do we do?

Listen to your views and concerns about your child's education.

Explain your rights and responsibilities.

Give impartial information and honest advice.

Support you in preparing for, or attending, meetings or school visits.

Provide practical help with form-filling, letter writing, reports and paperwork.

Support you in encouraging your child to express their views and be involved in decisions that effect them.

Facilitate local mediation helping disagreements to be resolved informally, quickly and amicably.

Provide a signposting service helping you to make contact with other sources of support which are relevant to you and your child's needs.

Maintain and provide access to a resource base of books, videos and DVDs which are available for loan to parents and professionals.

Provide access to a trained volunteer Independent Parental Supporter (IPS).

Raise awareness of SEN providing a forum where parents views are heard, valued and contribute to policy and practice.

Offer training opportunities for parents and professionals.

Support schools and other services in continuing to develop positive working relationships with parents.

What can we provide support and information about?

Additional and Special Educational Needs (SEN) for pupils at all ages and stages; not only those with statements.

Individual Education Plans (IEPs), assessments, statements and reviews.

Mediation, appeals and tribunals.

Disability discrimination.

School admissions, transitions and exclusions.

Other issues such as bullying or transport.

How you can contact us?

Parent Partnership Service 48 Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7PQ

Telephone 01724 277665

Fax 01724 855536

Helpline: 07989409322 (Wednesday and Friday 10am to 1pm)