What advice is available to support parents and carers of children and young people who have, or may have, special educational needs and disabilities
SEND AND YOU - SENDIASS
(previously Supportive Parents)
SEND And You (SAY) provides independent advice and support on things that relate to a child or young person's special educational needs or disabilities. It's free, confidential and impartial, and is for:
They're open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Please have a look at their new animation to promote the service. This can be found on the website or on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3rUkCdy_cU
Families, Local Offer, Resources and Advice (FLORA)
The FLORA team provide information and advice for children and young people with additional needs and their parents and carers.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number. The team will contact you within 2 working days.
You can also call FLORA on 0117 352 6020. They're open:
The Council for Disabled Children
Their introduction to the information advice and support service (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54R4cDbX6L8) has more detail about the different types of support on offer.
Children and young people with SEND can use the service independently to ensure their views are shared, they understand educational processes and can contribute to decisions about their future.
Parents and carers with parental responsibility can use the service to understand the rights, processes and policies in place for children and young people with SEND and for support in voicing their views.
Information, advice and support may include:
A participation group for families with children and young people with disabilities and special needs to help influence how services are run.
Carers Support Centre offers a range of services for parent carers with a child age 18 or younger. These include practical and emotional support, advice and information.
HappyMaps is for parents to find useful resources on behaviour and mental health for their children, from babies to young adults. There is general national information and also local information on counselling, charities, local CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and parenting groups for the South West.
Helps families have their voice heard in decisions about health and social care services.
A not-for-profit social enterprise providing information, support and training for parents and carers of autistic children in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Mental health support. Find a downloadable parents' pack, local parent carer support group and helpline.
A collection of resources created by a local mother of an autistic child.
Supports families with a deaf child or a deaf parent. They run a range of activities, including family sessions, a kids club, a youth club, family sign language tuition.
Local charity that deals with the health and education of children and young people who have Down Syndrome. They offer support to children and young people, their parents/carers and all linked professionals.