Essex Family Forum

We are an independent group of parents and carers for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs aged 0-25 who are passionate about empowering parents and influencing the decisions that affect our families.

The Forum’s purpose is to work with the Local Authority, education settings, health commissioners and other providers to ensure that our lived experiences bring about positive change.

Joining the Forum does not mean you have to commit lots of time, you can choose to take a more active part, which may include attendance at meetings to provide the views and opinions of parents, providing feedback, taking part in consultations – to get our voices heard; or you may choose to simply stay informed about our work through our website and newsletter. The choice is yours.

Family Champion Model PCFMembership is open to anyone who is a parent or carer of a child(ren) or young person with any type of additional need or disability.

We are also introducing a Family Champion initiative, as we want to make sure that Essex Family Forum connects with as many families as possible, given the diverse and large geographical area of Essex. We will be hosting local area meetings for our Family Champions to share the main issues and challenges the families they represent are facing, as well as communicating what’s working well in their area. The Forum will ensure that the issues raised are fed up through the system to the decision makers so that they can be dealt with effectively and will act as a conduit for information to be passed on to families from the Local Authority, health commissioners and other providers.

The more members we have, the louder our voice!!


Who the service provides for

Parents and carers of children and young people with any type of additional need and/or disability aged 0-25.


Hours of operation

Monday – Friday
7days a week online presence


Phone number

07742 958003 / 07707 110592

Operational locations

  • Essex