Useful Information

Parent Carer Forums

The parent carer forums are facilitated by Child and Family Support Liaison Officers (Liaison Officers), contacts at the end of this email. Any parent carer whom has a child/young person aged 0-25 years is able to attend for information, signposting and support. Questions can be raised at these forums that the Liaison Officers will either answer or find out the information. Forums are set up in a way that allows virtual attendance via emails to assist those who cannot attend in person to receive information and forum notes which are distributed to all who attend or request them. Central emails include information that is relevant in between these forums and are sent to parents registered on the FIND Service Database (see below). Liaison Officers arrange for guest speakers to attend local forums to speak directly to parents to give information on their service and answer questions. Liaison Officers also arrange evening family events to allow working parents to attend and find out information.

More information can be found at

Pendle Parent carer Forums 2017:





Pendle View Primary School, Gibfield Road, Colne, BB8 8JT

Thursday 26th January

1.30pm -3.00 pm

CWD re Direct payments and Contact a Family

Pendle View Primary School, Gibfield Road, Colne, BB8 8JT

Thursday 23rd February

1.30pm -3.00 pm

NEST Lancashire

Pendle View Primary School, Gibfield Road, Colne BB8 8JT 

Thursday 30th March

1.30pm -3.00 pm

Carers' Link Lancashire

Pendle View Primary School, Gibfield Road, Colne BB8 8JT 

Thursday 27th April

1.30pm -3.00 pm


Pendle View Primary School, Gibfield Road, Colne BB8 8JT

Thursday 29th June

1.30pm -3.00 pm



Local Offer This is the first point of contact for all families and professionals. This is a work in progress and we would like feedback on what is there and what is missing to enable this to meet the needs of visitors.

Professionals have their own area in the 'About our local offer' link. The direct web address is This includes information and all forms that are used for Statements and EHC Plans.

We have a Facebook page, please like our page to receive updates on local forum and event dates, information on activities/groups, SEND information and much more.

FIND Service

This service offers a free quarterly newsletter for families in Lancashire to help keep them informed about services and support which may be relevant, this can also be sent electronically to professionals. If you wish to receive the newsletter please see- to be included in the distribution list.

The FIND Newsletter goes direct to over 2500 families in Lancashire. Families need to sign up for their own copy to be delivered direct to them by completing a Record of Entry form. This can be completed in hard copy or submitted electronically. The downloadable, printable copy of the record of entry and the online version can be found at Families are invited to submit details about their child to the database, which is used to develop an overview of the needs of SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) children across the county to assist with planning services. The FIND service is strictly confidential - no individual information about any children or their families is shared with anyone.

Find Spring 2017 Newletter

FIND Directory

This is a directory of services similar to the FIND newsletter. The Directory has a searchable list of organisations and groups that deliver a service to children and young people with SEND, details of the service and how to contact.

Lancashire Break Time

A non-assessed group activity that children and young people with SEND can attend to give them a positive experience and the main carer a break from their caring role. Parents contact the provider direct to book a place. This is not linked to any statutory assessments. More details can be found on the Local Offer. The direct link is

Liaison officers

Burnley, Pendle and South Ribble - please contact any liaison officer

Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre - Rachel Shatford  

Tel: 07557 030 836


Preston and Chorley - Norma O'Hagan  

Tel: 07557 030 837


West Lancashire - Susan Gaskell  

Tel: 07584 217 661


Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale - Lauren Till

Tel: 07557 030 839


Pendle Community High School & College

Pendle Vale Campus, Oxford Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8LF

Tel – 01282 682260 Fax – 01282 682289 E-mail –

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