Appeal To Parent Support Groups To Participate In Our Children’s Services Assessment Survey

12 August 2020

Do you run a parent support group? We would like to hear your opinion in our children’s services assessment survey.

Cerebra’s Legal Entitlement and Problem-solving Project (LEaP) is carrying out a research project with Professor Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Social Justice at Leeds University and the research team at the School of Law. This is the second phase of research concerning the process by which local authorities assess the needs of disabled children. You can read the first phase report here.

We have become increasingly concerned by the feedback we are getting from parent carers of disabled children when they ask for support (or an increased level of support) from their local authority. As highlighted in one of our recent articles, many report that they are being treated inappropriately and believe that their request is being treated as a potential child protection issue causing them unnecessary concern and stress.

We have decided to carry out a research project to determine the extent and scale of the reported problem and are asking ‘genuinely independent parent-carer led support groups’ to take part by completing a short survey which can be accessed here. Confidentiality is ensured and none of the participating organisations will be identified. All information in any future reports coming out of the survey will be anonymised.

You will find some more information in the introduction to the survey but if you would like to discuss any aspect of the project please feel free to contact us at the following email address: [email protected].

Thank you in advance for your help and participation. Please note that the survey will close on 31 August 2020.


2 thoughts on “Appeal To Parent Support Groups To Participate In Our Children’s Services Assessment Survey”

  1. Hello, I run a group in Northamptonshire called spectrum Club and we have 2000 members. I’m a little confused about the survey. Am I supposed to answer on behalf of our members, so therefore surveying them independently first and then taking the average answers?

    1. Leigh Mulvihill

      Hi Laura
      Thank you for your comment. We are looking for a general idea of how LAs act in relation to child in needs assessments so you shouldn’t need to survey all of your members – that would be a lot of work for you! If you email my colleague Derek at [email protected] he is more than happy to talk through the survey with you.

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