There are a number of websites that offer support and information to parents of children with Special Needs. These are a selection from local and national organisations that our parents have found useful. If you can recommend other sites we will be happy to add these to this page.
Childline: www.childline.org.uk Free phone number: 0800 1111 National organisation offering online support and telephone support to young people in distress. Top Tip: If you do not get along with the person you speak to over the phone, hang up and re-dial – they don’t mind.
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org.uk call free any time, from any phone on 116 123. National organisation which offers 24 hour telephone and face to face emotional support to people in distress. Website offers useful information pages about different mental health difficulties.
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk Young Minds promotes mental health issues within young people. A wealth of information about different mental health issues which affect young people. A range of information and leaflets can be downloaded.
Parent Zone and CEOP (expert information to help children and young people stay safe online) www.parentinfo.org
National Children’s Bureau (Fit for the Future Residential child care in UK) www.ncb.org.uk
NCYPE (National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy) www.ncype.org.uk
Disability Rights Handbook (Guide to benefits and services) www.disabilityalliance.org
The National Autistic Society www.nas.org.uk
LDA Learning (education resources for children with learning disabilities) www.ldalearning.com
I Can (children’s communication charity) www.ican.org.uk
West Sussex SEND IAS – The West Sussex SEND Information, Advice and Support Service provides impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
West Sussex Parent Carer Forum – The West Sussex Parent Carer Forum helps parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities to improve and make positive changes to the lives of their families and others. They do this by providing information, support and training to enable them to take part in helping to shape local services and make a difference in West Sussex.
Sussex Police – Sussex Police provide advice and information for children and young people. This includes:
* Advice for parents for safe and responsible use of technology and social media
* Personal safety advice for children
Language for Life – Nottinghamshire’s Language for Life website has been developed by NHS, council, education and charity partners,and is designed to support parents to enhance children’s language and communication skills. It includes information, milestones and advice, including this tip: ‘Switch Off and Talk’
Talking Point – Talking Point is the first stop for information on children’s communication – it is a charity that is developed for parents/carers and practitioners. It includes information, milestones and advice, including frequently asked questions factsheets.