There are a wide selection of local and national organisations that may be able to offer support to families, children/young people and professionals. Some of these are listed below:
If you are a military family, you may find more information on our Military Families page.
National and Regional Organisations
ACE Education Advice & Training is a new organisation that provides independent advice and information for parents on education issues in England.
The Aiming High team provides support and specific activities for children/young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre is the UK’s leading children’s legal charity. The charity provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals.
Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.
The Council for Disabled Children are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.
Local Authorities are legally obliged to provide SEN mediation and disagreement resolution in relation to disputes with parents, carers and young people. Global Mediation offers this mediation.
IPSEA 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.
KIDS is a leading disabled children’s charity that has been in existence for over 40 years working to enable disabled children and young people and their families to enjoy their lives.
The SEND Local Offer offers information in a single place. The Local Offer helps children, young people and their parents to understand what services and support they can expect from a range of local agencies - including their statutory entitlements.
The NAS are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services. Their trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year.
The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) is delivered by the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi). The programme is funded by the Department for Education as part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium. The partnership brings together a wide range of expertise and experience of working with young people and families, at a local and national level and across government, to support young people into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living options and friends, relationships and community inclusion.
Rutland Disabled Youth Forum or ‘RDYF’ is a group of young people aged 14-25 with a variety of disabilities. They ensure disabled youth voices are heard about the services, facilities and accessibility in and around Rutland.
Rutland Healthcare Support service provide a hiring and sales service, in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. You can browse our products in our shop or order from our extensive catalogue and get your items delivered to our shop within forty eight hours.
The Rutland Parent Carer Voice are a group of dedicated parents and carers of children aged from 0-25 with a disability or special educational need who live in Rutland. They are committed to helping improve the quality of the lives of families dealing with all kinds of disabilities and additional needs. The forum is the official voice representing all of Rutland's parents and carers.
They work alongside Rutland County Council, health professionals and education organisations. This ensures that the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and their families. They aim to promote parent participation, providing the opportunity to talk about and make positive changes to the service our children receive in Rutland.
Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre (RRFSC) in Oakham, England aims to provide social, recreational, educational, and therapeutic support to children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), and their families.
Special Needs Jungle was started in 2008 by Tania Tirraoro, as a way of preserving the knowledge she had gained successfully navigating the 'jungle' of the statementing system for her first younger, then her older son. Over the years, it has expanded from a personal blog into a site that is packed with useful information about special educational needs and disability issues faced by children and their parents.
Visions Children's Centres are available to help local families with children 0-11 years old, by providing activities, information, advice and services in one place. They have access to a whole range of professionals including Health Visitors, Midwives, Early Help Workers and Early Years Practitioners, who can offer advice and support which is specific to you.