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Parent Carer Voice

Parent Carer Voice Herefordshire (PCVH) is the local parent carer forum which promotes the participation of parent carers in the planning and delivery of services for children and young people (0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Herefordshire.

Being the parent carer of a child with a disability or additional need can be a life changing experience. It can involve a total change in expectations and the ability to do what others take for granted. It also brings new experiences, knowledge and understanding.

PCVH offers an opportunity for families of children and young people with SEND to come together, to share information and to provide support to each other, whilst helping to create services that meet the needs of their families.

You can download our brochure for families to find out more about our work.


Local Authorities are actively encouraged to work in partnership with Parent Carer Forums to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families (SEN Code of Practice, paragraph 1.13).

In Herefordshire, partners including PCV Herefordshire, Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire Integrated Care System (ICS), Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust and SENDIASS have developed a Co-production Charter that sets out our working agreement and commitment to co-production of SEND services.

Wherever you see our Co-production tree logo, it means that the event, training or documentation was created in a co-productive way with PCVH, Herefordshire Council and the ICS.

You can find out more about our Co-production journey on the PCV Co-production page or watch this video to see how Contact Associate support helped us to shape and embed co-production in Herefordshire.

By working in a co-productive way, we are able to influence and shape how services are delivered. Find out how Herefordshire Council has responded when we have shared parent carer views in this You Said, We Did document.

Find out how to become a member by completing our online membership form.

Our priorities* for the financial year 2022/23:

  • SEND Training
  • Short Breaks
  • SEND in Mainstream Schools
  • EHCPs - from needs assessment to a plan
  • Continence Service & Complex Health Needs
  • Early Help (Social Care)
  • ASD Pathways to Diagnosis
  • Preparing for Adulthood (PfA

*voted for by members in an online poll