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Advice for parents and carers

Confidential support and advice for parents and carers

We can provide impartial help on a range of topics, including:

Communicating with school

Tips and ideas to help you have open, honest and positive relationships with your child’s school.

Refusing to go to school

Advice to help you feel more able to deal with school refusal and help to feel more in control and informed.

Choosing the right school

Ideas and advice to help you feel more confident in choosing the right mainstream or specialist school for your child.

What schools should do

Understand what schools have to do to support children and young people who have identified SEND needs.

Assessing needs

If you have concerns about your child’s development, it’s important to understand who to talk to.

Health and care

Some children who have additional needs will benefit from extra help and support from health and social care services.

Mental health

Tips, advice and support to help you have good mental health which will help you relax and enjoy your life more.

Moving to adult services

Disabled people over 18 years old have their learning, care and support needs met by adult services.

School transport

Learn about who is eligible for school transport and the range of options available to all children and young people.

Excluded from school

Children with SEND are much more likely to be excluded from school than their classmates – see what your rights are.

The law

Understanding the law will help you in your journey through special educational needs and disabilities system.

Videos

Information, advice and support provided in video format to help you understand key parts of the world of SEND.

We are impartial which means we can meet you in private and won’t take sides –
no-one will be told about the things we talk about unless you give us permission.