Hi PCAN parents and carers, the closed PCAN Facebook group is here to offer peer support, friendship and information. Please remember before you post:
a. The rules of the group – see below.
b. If you would not want what you say to be repeated anywhere or would not say it in person, be mindful that once something is posted you have placed it in the public arena. Even though this is a closed group this information could be potentially shared elsewhere, either by mouth or in print.
As admins we monitor as much as possible, but it is difficult to ensure that your information is not passed on by other users in this group. We try to maintain this closed group as a confidential site, and breaches are investigated but it is by its nature a social media outlet and the spread of information is very hard to control. So it is up to you to make a judgement as to what you post. PCAN cannot accept any responsibility for what is posted on a public platform despite the measures we have put in place.
Our admins are: Tracey Smith-McQuillan, Joanne Jackson, Johanna Hull and can be private messaged through the Facebook group if you have any concerns.
What’s shared in the group, stays in the group. Please do not share what you see on these pages with those who are not in this PCAN Facebook group – it’s a closed group for that reason.
Only people who have joined PCAN can join the closed PCAN Facebook group. (If you request to join, we need to check our database to verify that someone is a member before they can be added to the group for everyone’s confidentiality and safety). So, a person must make the request themselves to be added to the group. You cannot just “add” them. If you want to “add” a friend who is not a PCAN member then that person needs to join PCAN first (and naturally be eligible to join). That person can apply through the website via this link and then request themselves to join the group.
It is up to you how much personal information you post but if someone chooses not to use their name or their child’s name and you happen to know that person then don’t reveal that information in your post.
Please think carefully about how much you say about your children and don’t post photographs / videos. Be respectful of your child’s age and wishes.
If being critical don’t name individual school staff or medical professionals, social workers etc.
But please post details of activities suitable for disabled/SEN children, and recommendations of activities/venues that you’ve visited which have been good – or bad (and why) we all find them useful.
Any unsuitable posts will be deleted by Admins.
The views expressed are those of the person posting, it is not to be taken as medical or legal advice, you should take professional advice if you need to.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The link to join our Facebook Group can be seen on the right hand side of this page. If you are a Professional working with children with SEND (teacher, learning support assistant, social worker, therapist etc) but are also a parent carer, you cannot join our parents group; our alternative group for professionals is the one for you.