Parent Participation Update, July 2024

Welcome from Nancy – Parent Participation Coordinator

If you would like to become part of parent participation, share ideas, or express an interest in any of the following events and projects please contact Nancy, the parent participation coordinator at Ivison Trust via email to or mobile 07960 235638.

Cuppa & Catch Up-

An online Ivison Trust facilitated peer connection space for parents and carers living with the aftermath of child exploitation to connect and share challenges and successes with people who understand.

Friday 5th July 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday 4th September 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday 15th November 6:30pm-7:30pm

Dear parents and carers, a very warm welcome to you all!

Here are some of the fabulous upcoming events and projects for 2024:-

Parent Open Group

This is a space for parents to join together and share their insights about changes needed to better safeguard children and support families affected by child exploitation as well as hearing about the activities being undertaken by Ivison Trust in response to parent and carer feedback.

Online parent open group meeting – 26th June 2024 7pm-8:30pm

Train the trainer

We are due to run a training programme for parents who wish to deliver Ivison Trust awareness raising on child exploitation in their local communities under the banner of Ivison Trust ambassadors.

If you would like to be part of this, please get in touch.

Lived Experience Training

We have launched parent led training for professionals and will be having ongoing development for parents who are interested in becoming involved. If you would like to express interest or know more about what this involves, please get in touch.

Parent to parent newsletter articles

If you would like to write an article for other parents or be supported in writing an article, please get in touch by September 2024.

Parent peer support regarding parenting support groups

Huge thanks to the parents who shared their experiences of setting up localised support groups. This will be an ongoing project.

Volunteer Befriender with Ivison Trust

If you would like to be supported in becoming a volunteer befriender, please get in touch.

From January 2024 to July 2024 a huge thanks, garland of flowers and confetti of hearts to the absolute legends who made the following possible-

  • The parent who has supported the parent webinars about child criminal exploitation
  • The parents who have been guest speakers in Ivison Trust’s training and continue to change minds and hearts of professionals
  • The 5 parents who delivered such impactful lived experience training for professionals at the Manchester Conference on 18th
  • The parents who took part in the consultation with Safer London to inform Ofsted about parent’s experiences.
  • The parents and young people who shared their experiences via video to support the training resources of the National County Lines Coordination Centre.
  • The parents who contributed articles for the parent newsletter
  • The parents who have created video resources for our funders, webinars and training.
  • A huge thanks to the parent who contributed to the video for the King’s Award application- Ivison Trust won it!

What an amazing, thought-provoking day today with Ivison Trust. It must have taken immense courage for the parents to share their experiences as they did today, I was moved just hearing snapshots of their experiences. What amazing people, turning their experiences into educating others and fighting to change the systems that failed them.”

“it takes a village to raise a child” may be an old proverb but it is still true today, we need to work together better to protect our children and ensuring that the right support is provided at the right times’- Attendee at ‘Lived Experience Training.”