Amaze releases Haringey report
Amaze’s report, published today is essential reading for leaders, decision-makers and families with disabled children in the London borough of Haringey – setting out a clear way forward to bring together and harness the expertise of parent carers. In Haringey, we found many barriers still exist to supporting parent participation, including a defensive culture and lack of staff capacity. Covid-19 has also had a huge impact on the SEND community and families’ experiences during the pandemic underlines the absolute necessity and pressing need for greater parent participation in the borough. We were encouraged by the commitment of both professionals and parents to implement change to deliver better outcomes for children and young people with SEND in the borough.
Amaze is a charity working to support children and young people with SEND and their families in Sussex, but we were commissioned by Contact and Haringey Council, to provide consultancy as an independent organisation recognised nationally for our work in supporting parent carer engagement. We want to assure families in Sussex that this work was undertaken using additional resources and did not affect capacity available within the Amaze staff and volunteer team for providing our usual local services. We welcomed the opportunity to share our learning in Haringey from supporting Brighton & Hove Parent Carers’ Council and East Sussex Parent Carer Forum, and showcase how these two parent carer forums have strengthened parent participation in the review report.