Sheffield parents to be given their say

Coun Jackie Drayton, for Sheffield Lord Mayor.
Coun Jackie Drayton, for Sheffield Lord Mayor.
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Sheffield parents are to be put in the driving seat when it comes to changing their children’s lives for the better.

Regular surveys are to be carried out to help shape changes to city council policy and councillors want to encourage parents and carers to take part.

Last year’s survey, which was filled in by 1,200 parents, revealed over 90 per cent of parents thought Sheffield was a good place to bring up children. Mums and dads talked openly about everything from parenting and family life, health and childcare and safety, to crime and anti-social behaviour.

It asked for their thoughts on how well schools communicated and what could be done to improve things, what they worried about as parents, and what the top three factors were when they were choosing a school.

Now council leaders are urging parents to read last year’s report findings and take part in the next survey at

It is hoped the results, coupled with a number of other initiatives, will help shape future policy.

The survey will build on work carried out by the Parents’ Assembly which has over 670 members who meet in a relaxed and informal setting.

It brings together mothers, fathers and carers to be part of the decision-making process affecting services for children, young people and families.

Topics raised have included school exclusions, the academies process, and safety issues including e-safety, road safety and gangs.

Cabinet member for children and families, Coun Jackie Drayton, said: “I believe parents and carers are experts on their own children. We want to know what is working for them and what is not, and what worries or concerns them.”