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Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities (HiP)


Coronavirus update

HIP, like other organisations, are following Government and Public Health guidelines on social distancing. This means face to face events have postponed or moved online for the time being.

Information for parents and carers is still available on HiP's FaceBook and Twitter social media channels and via HiP's regular newsletter

HIP's SEND Newsletter May 2020 

Who we are... 

HiP is the official forum for Hackney parents/carers, run by parents and carers for anyone whose child (0-25) has any kind of disability, SEN or additional needs.

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.

What we do... 

HiP work with education, health and social care professionals and 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 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

e-mail and phone contact details above.

Information events and workshops

HIP run information events and workshops throughout the year. 

Please check social media for the latest information:

HiP - Facebook

HiP twitter 

Drop in parent/carer advice sessions

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

Hackney Ark,
Downs Park Road,
E8 2FP

HIP's drop in sessions are on Thursdays 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/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 parents/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: they contribute to local, regional and national consultations.

Parent carer forums continue to develop closer working relationships with local authorities and health authorities at all levels, including local working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for wider benefit to all parents and carers. 

See here for more information:

Record Last Updated on: 08/06/2020

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Contact HiP by email anytime
Phone between 10am & 3pm or leave a message and someone will call back as soon as possible
Drop in sessions Hackney Ark Resources Centre - Thurday mornings term time

Other Details



Who is eligible?

Open to all parents/carers living in Hackney who have a child aged 0-25 with any kind of disability, SEN, additional need, or impairment.

Referral 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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