Join the ESPCF steering group

Can you help shape ESPCF to achieve positive change for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex?

We’re looking for parent carers who are passionate about making a difference and might be interested in joining our steering group. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and be part of trying to make a positive change for SEND families in East Sussex.

The role involves helping to shape ESPCF’s future plans and priorities and ensure our continued success as a strong forum for the SEND community in East Sussex.

What does the steering group role involve?

Firstly, don’t be put off by this list. It is a teamwork role, sharing workload and responsibilities. You won’t be asked to do more than you can manage.

It involves:

  • Connecting with parent carers and being part of deciding what we do, when, and how, to ensure we make the greatest difference
  • Helping to shape the forum’s priorities by feeding in issues and experiences of parent carers
  • Attending steering group meetings four to six times per year (you will be offered remuneration and expenses for your time, and meetings usually take place online to allow flexibility)
  • Being part of a team responsible for setting the forum’s strategic direction and associated workplans
  • Helping steer the coproduction workstreams, forum projects and development activities, helping to define desired scope, objectives and outcomes
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the forum
  • Ensuring the forum’s membership is pan disability, age group and geographical location within East Sussex by sharing information and reaching and engaging with a diverse range of parent carers
  • Ratifying and adhering to all policy and governance documents
  • Ensuring that practices are in line with the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and keeping up to date with the national picture
  • Participating in learning and development opportunities as appropriate to the role

If you are passionate about making a difference, we’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch at or call 0300 770 1367. We’ll email or call you back for an informal chat where we can discuss your areas of interest and you can ask any questions.