The following organisations offer information, advice and support for families of children and young people with SEND
Independent advice for parent carers of 5-16s in state schools in England, including SEND advice
- Autism Sussex
Information and resources for families living in Sussex who have a family member on the autistic spectrum. Online parent carer forum
- Brighton & Hove City Council
Information on services provided by the council including children’s services, education, housing, social services and carers
- Brighton and Hove Carers Centre
Emotional support and information for carers
- Carers Direct
NHS website offering information, advice and support for carers
- Contact a Family
Support and information to parents of disabled children
- Child Law Advice
Specialist advice and information on child, family and education law for parents and carers
- Counselling directory
Online searchable database for accredited therapists and counsellors in your area
- Disability Matters
E-learning resource for UK professionals focused on promoting inclusion
Financial advice and advocacy for people with learning disabilities
- Family Information Service
Directory of services for families in Brighton and Hove inc. childminders, nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, out of school clubs and playschemes
- Fostering and Adoption in Brighton and Hove
Information on services available and activities for local adopters and foster carers
- GOV UK
Information on all government departments (replaces old Directgov)
- Insurance with
Commercial insurance website with lots of useful information and links for travellers who have a disability or medical condition
- IPSEA, the Independent Panel for Special Education Advice
Excellent source of advice on laws regarding SEN and disability including EHCP assessments and appeals, exclusions and discrimination
- Law Stuff
Online legal advice resource for children and young people
Materials for parents and carers of children and teens struggling with mental health issues.
- Money Advice Service
Government website with lots of information on finances and dedicated section for people living with disabilities
- MyLife Brighton and Hove
Online directory of local and national organisations that provide health and social care information or services
- National Autistic Society
Specialist advice, support and care for children and young people with autism and their families
- National Deaf Children’s Society
Helpline, online resources, groups and events for families of children with hearing impairments
- NCB (National Children’s Bureau)
Includes Council for Disabled Children, Every Disabled Child Matters and National Parent Partnership Network. Forum for issues concerning disabled children. Publications for parents and professionals
- NHS Choices
Comprehensive health advice centre online.
Online and digital safety information, as well as more general information for parent carers on young people’s wellbeing and resilience.
- Parent Line Plus
National Advice Helpline.
- Possability People
Disability advice centre for adults with disabilities and their carers. Accessible City Guides and PA noticeboard that helps disabled people find personal assistants.
- Scope online community (inc. Netbuddy)
Interactive online community for families with disabled children and hundreds of practical tips and suggestions for supporting people with learning disabilities.
Advice and support for children and young people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs
Independent and confidential advice on SEND matters, including helpline and events
- Sullivan’s Heroes
Local charity that helps with fundraising for home adaptations for disabled children in Surrey and Sussex
- Talking Point
Website resource for parents of children with communication difficulties
- Therapy Directory
Find a local accredited complimentary or alternative therapist or read information about therapies.
Online service for siblings of disabled children.