About Parent Partnership Services
Parent Partnership Services (PPS) offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.
They are free, impartial and confidential services.
"The overall aim (of parent partnership services) is to provide a menu of flexible services for parents whose children have SEN in order to empower them to play an active and informed role in their child's education" (DfES, SEN Toolkit).
What are they?
- Statutory services that provide information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN.
- They are required to be impartial
- The minimum standards for PPS are set out in the SEN Code of Practice
- The standards are further developed in our exemplifications 'Increasing parental confidence'
- PPS differ greatly from authority to authority
- They are Benchmarked in our annual Benchmarking report
What kind of things do they do?
- Run a confidential helpline
- Offer support in preparing for and attending meetings
- Help in filling in forms and writing letters/reports
- Support parents/carers in resolving disagreements with school and the LEA
- Signpost to other statutory and voluntary services
- Link to local parent support groups and forums
- Ensure that parents/carers views help inform and influence local policy and practice
- Offer training opportunities for parents and professionals
- Work with families of excluded pupils
You can find out more about the work of parent partnership services by watching the video below.
The National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to:
- Promote the work of parent partnership services;
- Provide a national network for PPS to learn from each other, to share information and to promote best practice;
- Provide training for PPS;
- Work with PPS, Local Authorities and others to ensure parents have access to high quality PPS.
Our vision is ... that parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities have access to high quality parent partnership services, which are widely respected as an impartial source of information, advice and support.
NPPN provides support and information to parent partnership services. It does not provide support and advice to parents and carers. If you which to speak to your local parent partnership service you can find their details here.