CEN’s Parents Empowering Parents PEP

CEN’s Parents (NOT) Included Programme (PIP) has completed its first year!

Whether you have attended any of our PIP Forums, Coffee Mornings or just followed us via social media, we appreciate your company on this incredible journey. 

We have been asking parents who attend our sessions to help us decide on our name, and in response to some of the suggestions we received, we have changed our name to Parents Empowering Parents PEP which is exactly the aim of the programme, to empower parents to empower each other.

CEN’s Parents Empowering Parents PEP was created specifically to address the fact that parents are too often not included in conversations about their children early enough to assist in addressing a problem before it escalates; to the point of the child either being on the brink of school exclusion or already being excluded.

At CEN, we have unfortunately become used to hearing from parents only once a school exclusion has already taken place. During the initial conversation with parents, we often hear their bewilderment when recounting the fact that this was the first time that they had been contacted by the school, at which point they were presented with a catalogue of prior incidents about which they had not previously been informed.

PEP provides parents with the support tools to ensure that they are able to be more proactive in approaching schools and work more effectively to support their children remaining in mainstream education.

Advocacy is often regarded as some sort of emergency service with parents contacting us only after a school exclusion has occurred, but at CEN, we want to ensure that parents know that we also focus on early intervention and are able to be involved before exclusion is an option.

PEP encourages parents to understand why it is important for parents to be involved in their children’s education and provides parents with the following:

  • PEP Forum group sessions
  • PEP Parents Toolkit
  • A directory of services which offer specialist support
  • A bespoke referral and signposting service for parents and young people
  • Assistance for parents to create PEP Forums in their own communities

The PEP Forum sessions cover the following topics:

  1. Tips on How to advocate on behalf of your child

  2. Mutual Expectations - What parents should expect from schools, what schools should expect from parents

  3. Understanding Neuro Diversity

  4. Understanding the exclusion process and how to prevent it 

  5. Parents: Looking after our needs

  6. Challenging behaviour - How to address it 

  7. Neuro Diversity and the child's voice

  8. How to respond to perceived racism 

  9. Ensuring that children's voices are heard

  10. Transitions - What to look for in a school

  11. Mental health and inclusion 

  12. Father's voices

  13. Empowered parents

  14. Understanding the triggers of challenging behaviour

  15. Recognising parental expertise

If you would like to know more about joining a PEP group or want help in getting a PEP group started in your school/local community, contact CEN’s Parent Coordinator using the details below:

E: lori@cenlive.org 

T: 020 7733 0297

M: 07849 830512