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HIP (Hackney Independent Parents) - Forum for Parents and Carers of children with SEND


COVID organisation update

HIP, like other organisations, are following Government and Public Health guidelines on social restrictions.

This means face to face events have postponed or moved online for the time being.

The latest information from HIP for parents and carers is available on HiP's FaceBook and Twitter social media channels (HiP - Facebook and HiP twitter ) and via HiP's regular newsletters.

Email us if you would like to be added to the Newsletter email distribution list. 

HIP continue to run sessions via Zoom please check our social media for the latest information. 

Fran Cox (Hackney's Head of High Needs and School Placements) and Joe Wilson (Hackney's Head of SEND) have responded to questions asked by parents and carers at HIP's 'Meet the SEND Decision Makers' sessions which took place on the July 5 and 6 2021. The Questions and Answers from the session can be found in this document (PDF 85KB). 

Who are HIP? 

HIP is run by parents and carers for anyone whose child (0-25) has any kind of disability, SEN or additional needs.

HiP are the official forum for Hackney parents and carers. 

HiP is part of a wider network of parent carer forums know as The National Network of Parents Carer Forums (NNPCF). A network of local forums who meet in local and regional settings and who work together to effect local and national service improvement through participation and co-production with parent carers.

How HIP work in Hackney?  

HiP work with education, health and social care professionals and service providers to try and get families’ voices heard wherever decisions are being made.

Forum activities include:

  • Passing on information to parents and carers about services their child/young person might use
  • Organising activities to find out what families think about current services
  • Taking parents’ concerns forward to service managers
  • Representing parents on the various committees set up to help with the SEN reforms (like the one which planned the Local Offer)
  • Training and mentoring parents interested in becoming representatives
  • Helping to improve communication between families and services
  • Organising events and training days
  • Helping families find the right services
  • Linking with forums in other parts of the UK to share ideas

HiP is run by a steering committee elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.

Contact HiP on the e-mail and phone contact details above to find out more about:

  • being on the steering committee
  • representing HiP at meetings or
  • to share information and experiences about using disability services for a child or young person

HIP's information events and workshops for parents and carers. 

HIP run information events and workshops throughout the year. 

For the most up to date information about events and opportunities run by HIP please check or follow us on social media. 

HiP - Facebook

HiP twitter 

HIP's Drop-in parent-carer advice sessions

(NOTE: HIP's drop in sessions are on hold due to COVID restrictions). 

HiP hold regular drop in sessions at Hackney Ark - Resource Centre

Hackney Ark, Downs Park Road, Hackney, London, E8 2FP

HIP's drop in sessions are on Thursdays during school term time from 9:30am - 12:30pm. 

  • A representative for HiP will be available to meet with parents and carers and listen to concerns.
  • Where appropriate they will signpost for further information or advice.
  • Issues identified by parents and carers may be raised with SEND managers and service leads or with SEND relevant commissioners where appropriate. 
  • Themes identified may feed into HIP's information events or workshops for parent-carers. 


Parent Carer Forums include parent carers with a range of experiences in Health, Education and Social Care as their children have a wide range of conditions.

Parents in the wider network of parent carer forums know as The NNPCF (National Network of Parents Carer Forums) total over 77,000. That's a lot of experience to contribute to local, regional and national developemnts and consultations.

Parent carer forums continue to develop closer working relationships with local authorities and health authorities at all levels, including working with local stautory and non-stautory providers. Parent-carer forums do this work for wider benefit to all parents and carers. You can find out more about NNPCF's here

Record Last Updated on: 06/08/2021

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Phone between 10am & 3pm or leave a message and someone will call back as soon as possible
Contact HiP by email anytime

Other Details


Sessions are free but as there may be a cost to booking speakers booking is required

What to do if you have a complaint

Please contact HiP by email marked for the attention of the Co-Chair.

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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