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.
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'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