It was from a group of parents that met together in 1992 that Parents in Partnership (PIP) first began. Their aim was to find out about the services available to families of children with additional needs and disabilities and share their knowledge among other parent carers, ensuring that information was more easily available. They also aspired to use their knowledge to influence decision makers within the local authority as to the services that would be most beneficial to families like themselves.
As this group of parents grew, they became regarded as experts in their field and so the responsibilities of PIP evolved to what it is today but the same mission of the organisation remained unchanged. PIP took on charity status and became a limited company in 2002 in order to have a wider access to grants to fund the on-going and growing offer of support for local SEND community.
We treat our position of being trusted by parent/carers with utmost respect. Our independence is key to this, so we are independent of both public and private sectors and not take on projects that compromise our integrity as an independent organisation.
- Parent-Carer Specialist.
We believe that issues of families with children and young people with disabilities and special needs are complex and require specialised expertise. We focus exclusively in this area and strive to develop and promote best practice in all aspects of what we do.
We maintain the highest possible standards of operation, employ staff with the appropriate skills and experience and provide quality and reliable and inclusive services.
We believe caring problems should not be a barrier to a fulfilled life and full involvement in the community. We empower and motivate parent/carers to speak up for themselves, realise their potential and take advantage of all available opportunities.
- Outcomes focused.
We believe the only way to judge services is the changes that users of the service report in their own lives. We measure success by focusing on personalised outcomes jointly agreed with parent/carers. We find positive and creative ways to help them achieve these outcomes.
We represent wishes and opinions of parent/carers in a non-judgemental way, respectful of peoples’ needs, views and experiences.
Through the means of the Parent Forum we take a group representation approach to challenge poor practice and stigma and influence positive change in Croydon.
- Respectful / fair.
We treat everyone who comes into contact with the organisation (including parent-carers, staff and other stakeholders) with respect. We do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or for any other reason.
- Good communication.
We listen to parent/carers carefully and engage with empathy. Progress, change and agreed plans will be documented. We will fully consult and communicate with all stakeholders on decisions and change.
We have a clear policy on confidentiality and data protection that ensures that information shared with us remains confidential within the organisation and explains circumstances under which confidentiality might be breached.