Stockton Parent Carer Forum

We are parents and carers of children and young people with Special educational Needs and/or Disabilities aged 0-25. 

Coronavirus Updates

Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives


Stockton Parent Carer Forum is wishing all of the families of Stockton on Tees well, we are thinking of you all in these unprecedented times. We are all working remotely now and may not be able to answer queries as quickly as usual. We will update you all with any information that we get from the local authority here.


March 31st: Open letter from Martin Gray, Director of Children's Services, Stockton on Tees Borough Council available here.

The SEN & Engagement Team at Stockton Borough Council have asked us to remind all parents and carers that they are working remotely. Any communication will need to be electronic via sensection@stockton.gov.uk 

Are you, or someone you know sturggling as a result of self isolation measures. If so, Catalyst may be able to help with a variety of support available. 

You can talk to one of the team, they will be available 7 days a week, 8am – 6pm.
Please call 01642 524500 or email covidcommunitysupport@catalyststockton.org

Together, we can achieve

We work in partnership with service providers, commissioners and VCSE’s. By sharing our knowledge, and the experiences of families we help in the planning, development and monitoring of services to create better outcomes for children, young people and their families in Stockton On Tees.

Short Breaks Grant

Following consultation and considering the feedback, SBC are pleased to offer children, young people and their families who meet the eligibility criteria the following: A combination of any of the following categories can be used up to a maximum of £600 (or £75 if the child or young person in your care is already in receipt of an assessed Short Break Service from the Council).  

MAX Cards Available 

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.

We’ve Got You Covered


We have SPCF representatives on strategic and working groups within education, health and care


Find out about organisations in Stockton on Tees that can support you and your family 


Developed by parent carers for parent carers to help them navigate the SEND system


Knowing that someone else has walked a path similar to you before provides a light in the dark

Coffee Mornings & Events

Being a parent/carer can be isolating, and sometimes having a chat with someone else in the same boat can make your whole week better.

Occasionally we have guests in to talk about the services they offer, one to one sessions with agencies, but there is always sweet treats!


Knowledge is Power

Being a parent carer of a child or young person with SEND, may mean that you require different tools, knowledge and strategies to help support them achieve their goals and aspirations. Find out about what is available for you and how to get involved

Catch Up

We have lots going on

Read more in our blog to find out what SPCF has been up to

Out of Area

We work regionally and nationally

We provide regular updates from the work going on regionally and nationally here


Just over three years ago I sat in a waiting area, watching on monitors a group sensory therapy session that my nephew was attending. There were other parents and carers in the little waiting area and made polite conversation as you normally would and whilst I...

The Coronavirus Bill

Please take action We hope that you and your family are keeping safe and well. We know that this is a very difficult time for all, but especially, to our children and young people with SEND. That is why we are asking you to take action. The Coronavirus Bill sets out...

February Catch Up

This year, we committed to being better at communicating with you. Letting you know what is going on through various different methods rather than just social media. We have a brand new website, a termly newsletter and we are now...

New Ventures

Welcome to the brand new website for Stockton Parent Carer Forum. We have been working really hard behind the scenes to get you better informed about what we as a forum are doing for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND in Stockton on Tees. We are...

TCP: Peer Network

Once a quarter, as part of the Transforming Care Project there are children and young people peer network events where professionals from across the North East are able to come together with parents and carers and find out about the project, best practice across the...

Short Breaks Grant

In 2018 there was a consultation on the short breaks grant in Stockton. Lots of parents and carers fed back their views and the forum had lots of discussions with the service to develop this. After providing the evidence that children and young people wanted to be...

A Journey of Co-Production

If you aren't aware, Stockton, up until very recently, had some very lengthy waiting times for an assessment of Autism by the Multi Agency Assessment Team (MAAT). At one point the numbers on the waiting list were so high that it was several years between agreement to...

Meet the team

Hi I’m Becky, I’m a mum of two boys, Zachary my eldest and Nathaniel. Zachary is diagnosed with Asperger’s and sensory processing difficulties and attends a specialist school. Nathaniel is neurotypical. I joined the forum in October 2017 after coming out of work to support my child when his placement at school broke down. After a period of home-schooling Zachary, I found myself having to research and work tirelessly to get him into a school setting that could meet his needs.

I believe that if you can find a role that helps your personal development, helps your family and helps the community then you’re really fortunate. That is what the forum does for me, I wanted to be able to give back to other parent carers to ensure that they have a voice and that services that are delivered are meeting the needs of children and young people within Stockton On Tees. When I’m not volunteering at the forum or doing stuff for the children, I love photography, travelling and scrapbooking.

Becky Adamson


Hello, I’m Emma, many may know me through my involvements with the Voluntary sector over the last 5 years. I am also a SEND mum.

SEND has been an incredible journey for our family- right from the very start SPCF has been hugely influential and in the beginning, introduced us to some of the wonderful VCSE organisations in Stockton supporting parent/carers of children with additional needs. Our SEND journey has always been my inspiration for change and empowerment. 

Taking on the role of Co-Chair came as a huge surprise, I was honoured to be given the opportunity following the footsteps of those who have been before, those that have given their heart and souls to make a difference within Stockton on Tees. For me, this feels like a natural progression and the next stage of an already exciting journey. 

I’m looking forward to using my knowledge, experience and the voice of parents and carers to influence and make changes, building on the wonderful achievements that have already been made, for our children and families- within a sector I am so passionate about.

Emma Zenaj


My name is Amanda, I have 5 children. It is my 10 year old son who has multiple SEN needs. We have had to move mainstream schools until we found one willing to listen to our concerns. We have since gone through the EHCP process & he now attends a specialist provision.

I understand how lonely this journey can be, if I hadn’t plucked up the courage to go along to a SPCF coffee morning or one of the other community activities with my children I wouldn’t be strong enough today to get the right provision to meet my children’s needs.

I joined the Forum as I love to help people. I’d like to help other families in the Stockton area on their journey to getting everything their children and young people are entitled to and make sure that those services are good enough to ensure that our children and young people have the best starts in life to enable them to achieve their own goals and aspirations in the future and be all that they can be

Amanda Jameson

SPCF Representative

Hi, I’m Lyndsey and I am the events co-ordinator here. I have two boys who both have SEND.  In my other work, I meet lots of families who have children and young people with SEND and was shocked to find out that they were in the dark about all of the services available to them. I joint SPCF to try and reach as many people as possible to stop them feeling isolated and alone.

Lyndsey Bevan

Events Co-Ordinator

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Stockton on Tees

County Durham

TS19 0DE

Tel No: 07985 245 668

E-Mail: info@stocktonparentcarerforum.co.uk