Working Towards a brighter future for Suffolk's children and young people


SPCF’s (Suffolk Parent Carer Forum's) aim is to ensure that every parent carer in Suffolk's voice, views and experiences matter and that they contribute towards developing and improving services. We do this by reaching out to parent carers to be involved by representing parent carers experience and expertise to decision-makers and making recommendations for service improvements.

We participate in a wide range of local projects and events

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Hello, I just wanted to say thank you. I commented on a post 5 weeks ago about personal budgets having previously been told by someone my son wouldn’t be entitled to it because it wasn’t a specialist school. An administrator from SPCF, replied and said to question this. I finally sent a letter yesterday and have heard back already. They have said he is entitled to a personal budget. Thank you so much if it wasn’t for you guys, I would still be struggling to pay for his fuel to get him to school. Thank you.

Thank you for organising the Open Forum Event, it was very helpful and I'm grateful for everyone taking the time to help parents like myself.

The Open Forum Event was super and everyone was so kind. Thank you.

"Based on the PCF’s report and my observations on how members of the PCF represented the interest of families of children with SEND at the meeting today, it is clear that the PCF is doing some great work on behalf of parents in Suffolk"

Brian Gale - SEN and Disability Professional Adviser - Department for Education

I just wanted to send over some feedback for SPCF. Just to say thank you! Every meeting I’ve been in which SPCF, no matter who it is, you always so such passion and dedication for young peoples and carers support and mental health and are not afraid to challenge. Its such a refreshing atmosphere when you are there - I’m sure you are all aware that being in a lived experience role can be extremely difficult at times, and I’m not sure that’s always recognised, but our young peoples group, and myself, always speak about the support we feel from you all and how inspiring you are. Thank you all for being you!

Our Aims & Objectives

  • To be the strategic consultative body within Suffolk representing families of children and young people with special/additional needs and/or disabilities, providing a liaison point for Statutory and Voluntary Agencies within Suffolk. This will be achieved by providing Parent Carer Representatives to work in co-production with local services.
  • To consult with and inform our membership with a view to ensuring that all children and young people in Suffolk with special/additional needs and/or disabilities meet their full potential and achieve the best possible outcomes. 

Some photos of our latest Open Forum Event in Bury St Edmunds:

Meet our team

(Find out more about our team by clicking here)

Main SPCF Contact Email:

Claire Smith - Chair of Operations

Brian Devine - Chair of Trustees & Safeguarding


Faye Churchill - Trustee

Sue Willgoss –
Claire Davidson –