Welcome to Trafford Parents Forum

We are so glad you have found us here in the world of SEND in Trafford!  We support and work with parent carers and families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) with or without a diagnosis across all areas of disability across Trafford.

Trafford Parents Forum is currently the Department for Education (DfE) funded parent carer forum in Trafford, established as an independent parent carer led forum in 2013 and became a limited company by guarantee, not for profit in 2014.  We are led by a strong team of 10 with 8 of us being parent carers ourselves and at various stages of the SEND journey in Trafford as we believe that such 'lived experience' is invaluable to other parent carers.

Happy Easter

Easter is here, as you may breath a sigh of relief for the long weekend coming up. We
have rounded up some essential information for you below: -

Term time drop in’s will restart Tuesday 9th April at St Matthew’s Church Hall in Stretford from 10am - 12pm.  Please do not arrive earlier than the drop in start time of 10am. If you do arrive earlier than 10am, please wait in the foyer area.  Thank you.

We have our new Dad’s Drop In starting on Wednesday 17th April at 7pm running until 9pm. You can get more info and book your place here.

Please keep an eye on our email and social media updates for our evening drop in’s in
the next half term. 

We will be announcing our Wellbeing Programme soon also.


Support Sessions for Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independent Payments Application Forms

If you are registered with the STEP service, please keep an eye out for an email with
dates for DLA/PIP workshops. 

The sessions are only for those who are registered with STEP. To self-refer to STEP, please click on the link at the bottom of the website here.

EBSNA – Emotionally Based School Non-Avoidance

If your family is currently being affected by EBSNA, you can find help and support within the toolkit.  Trafford also have a great page here, which has more information on EBSNA and links to contact their Educational Psychologist's.

EBSNA Parent Toolkit

Mental Health

If you need us at TPF, please don't hesitate to contact us but also know that Trafford
Council has their own support page with lots of help and links where you can get support.

You can also find help and support at here at the Place2Be the children’s mental health charity. They have a wealth of experience in supporting and promoting mental health services for our children and young people.

During holiday periods for urgent support, please contact Trafford Children’s First Response on 0161 912 5125 during office hours Mon-Fri 8.30-4.30pm or 0161 912 2020 out of hours – Emergency Duty Team.

Trafford Directory and the Local Offer

If you need any general help, Trafford Directory offers free, impartial advice and guidance service connecting Trafford families, young people and caregivers with local support services. Under this service, you will find the SEND Local Offer– if you haven’t visited yet, it’s a tool to keep always as it’s Trafford offer of support for families with children with SEND.

The TPF Team

Trafford SEND Community Drop In

Trafford Council and Trafford Parents Forum are excited to let you know, we are hosting Forest School sessions at The Nebula Centre, over the Easter Holidays.  

The booking link will go live on Wednesday, 20th March 2024 at 19:00 and you can access it, here

The sessions will run on Thursday, 4th April 2024 and Friday, 5th April 2024, in the mornings 10:00 – 12:00 and afternoons,  12.30 – 14:30. Please just book one session for your family. If you book more than one session, we reserve the right to cancel any second tickets.

The sessions consist of forest school activities such as den building, fire lighting, whittling and nature crafts, finishing off with marshmallow roasting. There is loose structure to the sessions and families are free to explore the Nebula or take part in the activities. 

Activities at the sessions are very much led by the group on the day. There will be some Easter treats, to take home too!

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

23.11.23 Newsletter by Sonia McDonagh

Our Vision

Our vision is to work together with the local authority, key stakeholders and other local community organisations across Trafford and Greater Manchester to share best practice and promote positive collaboration to deliver effective engagement and participation with parent carers.  By increasing participation of parent carers 'lived experiences' across Trafford we aim to help improve services and outcomes for our SEND children and young people and their families.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, empower and inform parent carers and families of children and young people with SEND so they can develop their skills and knowledge to become the best advocate for their children and young people.  To help and enable our parent carers and families achieve this we mentor, support and provide information and training to develop and build their confidence and resilience.


TPF Dad's Evening Group

17 Apr 2024 7:00pm



EBSNA - EP's Slides and Parental Resource Kit

The Educational Psychologist's Slides from their You Said, We Did presentation
22 Nov 2023
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