HIP is Hackney’s independent forum for parents and carers of disabled children in Hackney. We help families get their voices heard to influence and improve services used by our children.

We run events and workshops on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)  law and on other useful topics that can help you navigate the SEND ‘maze’. HIP also represents SEND families on local boards and committee responsible for local services for our children.

Parents and carers

      • Use this site to:
  • Have your say on services for children with disabilities in Hackney
  • Participate in making decisions about services
  • Find and share information
  • Meet other local parents and carers at HIP events
  • Get involved and get your voice heard

Professionals who work with children
with disabilities and/or special needs

    Use this site to:
  • Consult and engage with parents/carers of children with disabilities and special needs
  • Learn first-hand about concerns and issues affecting families
  • Find parents and carers to address training sessions or participate on committees
  • Target parents/carers of children with disabilities and special needs
  • Publicise events and services

Want to Help?

HIP is always on the lookout for new parents in Hackney to act as a parent representative on the Borough’s Steering Groups, Committees and Boards. This is a chance to learn new skills and represent the voice of parents, often at important levels where decisions are made about a key service for children with disabilities. 

Meetings can take place every month or two months and there is help, training and mentoring available from HIP to help you take on the new role. The post is voluntary but HIP can pay childcare and expenses to help you to attend.