Useful Links

Useful Links

We want to make sure parents have access to as much information as possible, so we hope you will find the links on this page useful. 

Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 can be found with this link as well as on the step by step guide on the SEND SYSTEM page on our website:

Guidance on What happens in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment (the education, health care and social care needs of the child or young person) can be found here:



It’s important to make sure that you get all the help that you’re entitled to. Go to this link for advice:



Strategies for independence:

The TiLT parenting podcast

Drama therapists – British Association of Art therapists:

Specialist drama group:


SOS!SEN offers a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs.

SOS!SEN offers advice on:

  • getting the right help for your child
  • dealing with the school or local authority
  • interpreting official letters
  • getting a statement for your child
  • finding independent expert professional advice
  • appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

You can call their term time helpline on 0208 538 3731


Offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

IPSEA gives advice and support on:

  • Local Authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs
  • Exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities
  • Action/inaction by Local Authorities and/or schools that discriminate against children and young people with disabilities.


Their Autism Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice and support for autistic people and their families and carers.


A non-profit organisation run by parents which provides support and information about all aspects of Special Educational Needs and disability in the UK.

The site is a great source of information and support for parents and carers – in particular for issues around EHC planning and SEND reforms in general.

Special Needs Jungle also provides face-to-face training for parent groups, charities and professionals.



SEND Tutoring is a subscription service providing specialised tuition for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Its network of professionals, including SENCOs, Speech & Language Therapists, and Educational Psychologists, offers a wrap-around service designed specifically for SEN children.


Sophie’s Moonbeams Trust has been set up to promote the health and education of families of adopted and/or special needs children and young people, by offering grants to enable them to access appropriate help.
Their objectives are:
  • To enable access to therapeutic care and education, when appropriate services are not otherwise available or affordable
  • To aid the child, children or young person(s)’ development and improve their health and/or wellbeing
  • To improve the life chances of young people by developing their skills to increase independence
  • To provide support for parents/caregivers to improve family life generally including but not limited to funding appropriate training
  • To fund therapies that are calming and support behaviour, social and emotional development


Assessment and therapy services for children and adults, delivered in schools, clinics and homes.


Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children. They provide information, advice and support and bring families together so they can support each other. They campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.


Learning that your baby or child has cerebral palsy can be devastating news. Yet, by educating yourself, including learning about treatment options and how to help manage the disorder, your child can still live a productive life.


Crossroads can supply a carer for three hours a week. Only available in some parts of the UK and with a likelihood of a long waiting list, they are worth the wait.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people (up to 25 years). The type and range of support offered includes:

  • Information regarding the local offer, local policy and SEN/disability law from independently trained staff
  • Advice for parent/carers, children and young people on gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to their own situation
  • Personalisation of personal budgets
  • Information on the local authority’s processes for resolving disagreements, its complaints procedures and means of redress
  • Signposting children, young people and parents to alternative and additional sources of local and national information, advice and support
  • Individual casework and representation where needed including support in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews and participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person.
  • Support for parents and young people in managing mediation and appeals to the SEND Tribunal.


SENDIASS services located:


Our host of the Christmas Bash, Jim Carter, is an Ambassador of the Special Olympics – Special Olympics GB is the largest provider of a year-round, all ability, sports programme in Great Britain and supports over 10,000 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities.


Core Assets Children’s Services has been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to deliver Independent Support to young people and their families in partnership with local Information, advice and Support services (IASS), previously known as Parent Partnership Services (PPS), Local Authorities, and Parent Carer Forums (PCF)

For a referral to the support service email: [email protected] or call 0800 028 8455.


Education Advocacy is a specialist legal consultancy, which provides legal support and guidance to parents of children with special educational needs, taking them through the education legal jungle. They provide a professional, affordable legal service. Their experienced case workers understand the responsibility, stress and anguish that having a child with special educational needs places on parents.


A Surrey based parent-led charity for families who have a child on the autism spectrum, or a child with a similar communication difficulty. They help local children and their families to access support and leisure opportunities through activity events, family fun days, an ASD specialist play-scheme in the Easter and summer holidays and member coffee mornings.


PIP – Parents in Partnership – services are available free of charge to parents of children and young people with a special need or disability living in Croydon. They can help you if your child or young person is between 0–25 years old.


Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.

Volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

Across all four nations of the UK 16,000 volunteers support 30,000 families and 60,000 children to transform their lives.

There are 269 local, independent Home-Starts. At the heart of each Home-Start’s work is home visiting volunteer support.

Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.

Home-Starts across the UK also support families in groups, hold day trips and Christmas parties and help access local services, as well as lots of other support.


Carers Support Provides Free, Confidential And Impartial Information And Support to Carers in different parts of the UK.

An unpaid carer may be family, a friend, parent or partner caring for someone with additional needs, an illness, frailty, disability or drug or alcohol problem. If you are looking after a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help, then you are a carer.


Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need.


The aim of Autism Forward is to enable autistic adults to break free of the barriers they face in the workplace and beyond, to reach their full potential in life.


Skylarks is an independent Richmond upon Thames-based charity that provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs. They also support and provide therapies, courses and information for whole families.


21&Co is a parent run support group based around South West London and Surrey dedicated to giving support to families who have children and young people with Down’s Syndrome.