Southwark Parent Carers Council
speaking up for families with disabled children

Welcome to Southwark Parent Carer Council (PCC)

  • We are the parent carer forum for Southwark - and we want to achieve the best local services for children and young people aged 0-25 with disabilities/additional needs and their families. To find out more about the PCC, go to About Us

  • We are working with partners in education, health and social care to give families a say in the design and provision of services. Our parent reps are now involved in workstreams with Southwark Council on the new SEND Reforms - find out more here.


20 Mar Empower to Achieve

Thank you to all the parents/carers of children and young people with SEND who attended our free event: Empower to Achieve.

This Southwark Parent Carer Council event followed on from last year's event SEND: Inspire to Aspire, which looked at aspirations and outcomes for children and young people with SEND. 

Our Empower to Achieve event took place on Thursday 17 March at Inspire, Walworth Road.

The event focused on empowering parents/carers, children and young people and their families for the future, by finding out more about changing services and your legal rights. 

There was a panel of speakers and a chance to book a one-to-one consultation with representaives from Southwark Council and the Local Offer. 

We will be posting a report on the event soon.

For more information, contact:

Or telephone: 
Francesca (administrator): 07534 243045 Mondays – Thursdays 10AM – 12PM , Thursdays 4PM-6PM

Sandra (chair) : 077102 57475. Wednesdays 10AM – 1PM

Southwark Parent Carer Council (PCC) team

18 Dec Hospice Research Needed from Carers

Are you a parent or carer of a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness? Have you been so in the past? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Sean’s House Hospice Support, Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Goldsmiths, University of London are collaborating on a research project. They want to understand more about the experiences of families in the Lewisham and Southwark areas of London whose child has been diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.

They would particularly like to talk to families in the New Cross and Peckham areas; however all carers in the same boroughs and in the same situation are invited to participate. They encourage contributions from all ethnic backgrounds.

Your contribution will be confidential. The researchers want the research to help improve local support for families.

If you are interested in taking part, and would like to find out more, please email Maisie at:

23 Sep Contact a Family Southwark service changes

Contact a Family Southwark have had their funding cut and services reduced by Southwark Council. Please see the notice from them below about how to access information and advice from now on:

"Dear Parents

Due to the changes in funding, Contact a Family Southwark is no longer able to provide information and advice. This includes help in filling out DLA forms and other funding applications, and giving advice on all issues including housing, welfare, and benefits. This service will now be provided by Citizens Advice Bureau starting October 2015.

As we already have enough caseloads to finish during the transition, we are no longer taking new referrals.

Any family looking for help with DLA or PIP (both new and renewal claims) can be referred to the Citizens Advice Bureau, and parents can only go their drops ins in Peckham or Bermondsey (see CAB website for details). Parents can also ring the adviceline on 0344 499 4134.

If families need advice on education, including Education, Health and Care Plan, please contact the SEND Information and Advice Service (used to be Parents Partnership) tel 020 7525 2886 or go one of their drop-ins; or Family Lives – 020 3131 3150.

If families need to request a care package or a carers’ assessment, they should contact the Children with Disabilities Team (020 3049 8250) or the Transitions Teams at Southwark Council. 

Contact a Family will still be able to support families on specific and general SEND-related matters but details of this will be available ONLY in October 2015.  It is very likely that we will continue our training, workshops, information events and social events. In addition, parents can ring our Freephone on 0808 808 355.

Thank you very much.


Natalia Sali, Manager 

Contact a Family Southwark

Direct line:  020 7358 7799
Cambridge House

1 Addington Square





8 Jul Southwark PCC Steering Group meeting

Southwark PCC Steering Group meetings are for parent carers who are on our steering committee or are involved as parent representatives on Southwark Council workstreams, NHS boards or workstreams or other areas. 

These meetings are designed to discuss our activities as a parent carer forum but also to identify and act upon ongoing issues in services for our children and young people. Any parent carer who is interested in getting involved with our group is welcome, but please contact us beforehand. We also welcome any parent carers contacting us with issues affecting them.

Our next meeting is on: Friday 8 July

at Southwark Carers - Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, SE5 0EN

10.30pm to 2pm (including refreshments)

Future meetings in 2016 are:
Friday 23 September
Friday 14 October
Friday 4 November
Friday 16 December

If you'd like to join one of our meetings, or if you want to give us some feedback on any services your family receives, please contact us on:

  • Tel:
    Francesca (administrator): 07534 243045. Monday-Thursday 10am – 12pm , Thursday 4-6pm
    Sandra (chair): 077102 57475. Wednesday only, 10am-1pm.


15 Jul Parent/Carer Coffee Morning: all welcome

All parent carers of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs are welcome to the Southwark Parent Carer Council (PCC) coffee morning.
The coffee morning will be held on Friday 15 July at:
Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0EN from 10am-12pm.

We hope to see you there.

The next meetings are on:

Friday 9 Sseptember

Friday 21 October

Friday 18 November

Friday 9 December

Any questions, please contact us as below:

Look out for future dates for our coffee mornings, too.

  • For more info, contact us on:
    Or Tel
    Francesca (administrator): 07534 243045. Mon-Thurs 10am – 12pm , Thurs 4-6pm

    Sandra (chair): 077102 57475. Wed only, 10am-1pm