Position Statement: SEND families data collection

Bristol Parent Carer Forum is a volunteer-led charity here to serve the SEND communities in Bristol and help bridge the gap between SEND systems, such as Health Services and Local Authorities processes and the families accessing them.

Our objective is for all services to work together effectively, to ensure families in Bristol get the support they need.

We are aware of the recent posts and stories in the media and understand the concern and distress this may be causing families. We would like to clarify that the parent carer forum has not asked Bristol City Council to collect data about parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.

In January 2022 new forum officers were elected and over the last 6 months, we have been working to strengthen our relationship with strategic partners and the wider SEND community groups in Bristol.

Our aim as an organisation is to focus on working with our strategic partners and wider SEND community groups in Bristol to amplify and represent the voices of some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we will continue to this commitment.

Many Thanks

Bristol Parent Carer Forum