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Parent Carer Forum

A parent carer forum is a representative local group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education, health and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families. They have been established in most local authority areas. For more information about Brent’s parent carer forum visit  

Personal Budget

Personal Budgets are designed to help families have more control over their lives. It is an amount of money that has been identified by the local authority that can be used flexibly to support a child or young person with their education, health and/or care needs, as set out in their EHC plan. This does not usually include universal (mainstream) services that all children and young people can access, but may include individual support that needs to be put in place for a child or young person with SEND. The personal budget (along with the EHC plan) enables a child or young person and their family to exercise greater choice and control over how their education, health and care needs are met.


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