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Developing independence is a subject that most of us focus on as our young person moves towards Adulthood. Part of that independence may be about Independent Travel and would involve some Independence Travel Training (ITT), so that they can learn to use public transport safely through 1:1 training. Our Steering Group are working with Sutton Council, who are currently reviewing the ITT service in Sutton, to provide parent carer engagement and feedback to help design the updated service. 


We would like to hear from you to understand how you would want the new Independent Travel Training service to provide support to learn to travel independently. Are you  interested in your young person taking part in travel training in the future and what age should this start?

We are also keen to hear from parent carers and young people who have already used the current ITT service. It would be really interesting to understand if it enabled them/you  to be successful independent travellers. If not, why not and what could help?


Has Covid impacted on their ability to travel independently? Would you like some support to help rebuild their confidence? We are setting up a small focus group and would love to hear from parent carers who would like to join us to be part of shaping the new service in Sutton. Please email us at if you would be interested in helping.




What is a Parent Carer Forum?

A Parent Carer Forum is a group of parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They are recognised by the Department for Education, OfSted and CQC as the “go to” local source of independent information on the parent carer experience. In England there are Parent Carer Forums in almost all local authority areas including the London Borough of Sutton where the Forum has been established for nearly 20 years. Sutton Parent Carer Forum is a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)to ensure that our voices are heard at a local, regional and national level. Forums have a Steering Group of parent carers who lead this work and listen to the views and experiences of other parents in the local area to make sure they know what is important to them; they are keen to hear from as many parent carers as possible and are all pan disability groups. 


About the Sutton Parent Carer Forum (SPCF)

This is run by the Steering Group who are all parent/carers themselves of children and young people with SEND who live in Sutton.  We are passionate about, and committed to, improving services including health, leisure, social care and education for children and young people with SEND. We do this by arranging events, focus groups, workshops and surgeries as well as by conducting surveys and meeting with parents and carers on individual issues. Sutton Parent Carer Forum do not have a joining system as such, all parent carers of children and young people with additional needs are welcome to engage in all events and feedback their views and experiences. We work actively with other stakeholders including Sutton Mencap, Playwise and local support groups. The Steering Group promote all events and workshops via social media and partner organisations  to try to reach as many parent/carers as possible. We have seats on the local area decision making Boards across health, education and social care to ensure we are able to represent the families we have engaged with to highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made. 

The Boards we attend include the All Age Disability Partnership, CAMHS Partnership Board, Safeguarding Board and Sutton Continuous Improvement Programme Board.

We work with the local area to arrange exclusive disability sessions including in local leisure centres and we run Play and Stay in the school holidays.


Planned events and workshops for early 2021

These include an update and Q and A session on the High Needs Block Review , NHS session on Covid 19 vaccination, Universal Credit update with Steve Triner CEO from Citizens Advice Sutton, workshop on applying for a Blue Badge, short breaks and commissioning plans and a workshop on Violent and Challenging Behaviour.



Trust for London funded parental support


 The Steering Group members are always happy to provide support to other parent/carers.


We provide independent help, support , information and advice on an individual basis including:completing Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit forms. We can support you at meetings including Annual Reviews and school visits and act as a named contact working with different services to help you navigate the system


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