Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Below are articles contributed to MPCF by fellow parent-carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) living in Manchester.

Some may highlight issues concerning SEND services across Education, Health and Social Care, while some may be more about the general public. Some may be more positive – celebrating the SEND-friendliness of our city.

We encourage everyone to comment on the articles, specially if you have experienced something similar yourself. If there is a pattern and a need for something to be done, to help make things better, we can try to change that by putting the issue forward at various board meetings or perhaps by directly contacting the relevant parties.

If you would like to write your own story in this blog, please let us know by sending us a message here or on Facebook.

Autism in Schools and Co-production

We are pleased to share this short article from fellow parent-carer Carla Scaife, who is also the Programme Delivery Lead for Autism in Schools and the Partnership for Inclusion of Neurodiversity in Schools (PINS) in Greater Manchester. Here, she talks about the role that

Manchester City Council SEND and AP Change Programme Partnership

Hi, my name is Kemi Omoboye and I'm a Project Manager at Manchester City Council currently leading on the Department for Education's Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Change Programme Partnership for the North West. This means I work with lots of

No Labels Here: A Day-to-Day Guide for Parenting Children with Neurodiverse Needs

The book's author, Eve Bent Fellow parent-carer, Eve Marie Bent, recently sent us this article that she wrote, introducing her book, "No Labels Here: A Day-to-Day Guide for Parenting Children with Neurodiverse Needs". She will be hosting a book launch event at

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My Introduction to the Movement for Inclusive Practices in the Early Years

A few months ago, I joined Manchester Parent Carer Forum as a parent representative for what I thought is an innovative and very worthwhile movement for inclusive practices for ALL CHILDREN, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), in the Early Years.

A Day in the Life of the Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)

Jennie Corkwood, our Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) here in Manchester, recently wrote us a journal entry showing how a particular working day looked like for her back in March. The DCO role is not something that many parents and carers are familiar with so

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Salford Autism Exercise Project

This was recently shared to us by a fellow Manchester parent-carer who works with the Salford Autism Exercise Project: We have our last set of swimming sessions starting in January and are currently looking for participants. Your child should be between 7-11 years with a

Research on Autistic Experiences of Covid Lockdown in 2020

A fellow Manchester parent-carer recently shared with us this invitation to get involved with a research study in her university: Hello, My name is Eve Bent and I am a PhD researcher at the University of Salford. I am currently running a study examining the