About Us



Engage Enable Empower

Member of the

National Network of

Parents Carer Forums



Funded by the Department of Education





Harrow Parents 4 Disabled Children(HP4DC) is a parent forum made up of a group of parents of disabled children. We represent the voices of families of disabled children from birth to 25 years living in the London Borough of Harrow.


HP4DC came as a direct result of partnership working of Harrow Council and Harrow Mencap through the Aiming High Programme in 2008. We were originally supported by Harrow Mencap to become independently parent-led in Oct 2010. We are funded by the Department of Education with huge support from Contact A Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums.


Our main aim is to encourage and increase parent participation, provide a wide range of information, encourage information sharing between parents and professionals (health, education and social care) and helping parent/carers to get together and support eachother.


Our activities include:


  • Representing parents on strategy boards and taking part in consultations
  • Establishing working relationships with the local authority and other local organisations
  • Helping parents to be informed about current SEND law through training and workshops.
  • Developing a database of parent carers, and outreach to hard to reach community groups.
  • We also run information drop/ins and Advisory Board meetings to discuss local issues.


We welcome all parents and professionals who would to find more about us or to join us.


What Have We Been Doing?



  • Drop-ins/Coffee Mornings
  • Parents Information Days
  • Benefits Workshop
  • Transition Workshos
  • SEND Reforms



  • SEN Transport (Travel Assistance)
  • Short Breaks
  • SEN School Placement
  • SEND Reforms Parent Advisory Group
  • Local Offer
  • 'Fututure in Mind'


Strategy Board Membership

  • Early Years Strategy Board
  • Short Breaks Partnership Board
  • SEN Transport Partnership Board
  • SEND Reforms Working Groups
  • Carers Champions


Strategic Alliances (others we work with)

  • Harrow Council
  • Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Contact A Family
  • Centre for ADHD and Autism
  • Harrow SENDIAS Service
  • Family Liaison Advisers at all the Special Schools



HP4DC will managed by Special Needs Community CIC from 1st April 2018



Parent Carer Forum Co-ordinator


Email: olivia@harrowparents4disabledchildren.org


Olivia is a Harrow parent of a child with Down Syndrome and Autism. Her son now attends a special needs high school.


She is the former chair of HP4DC.