Support groups are an ideal way to meet other parents and carers in a similar situation, for friendship, for opportunities to socialise and to share information. Some groups are open to parents and carers of children with any disability, whilst others are for those whose children have the same condition.
Every group is different according to the needs and interests of their members in the area they live.
Search the Norfolk Community Directory to find a local support group. Or visit Contact who are in touch with hundreds of groups across the UK. Call their freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 or send them an email.
Search for your child's condition on the Contact website.
If you find that there is no national support group for your child's condition or local support group in your area, you might decide to set one up yourself. You can download a guide to setting up a group from the Contact website, or search for Group Action Pack in their resource library. You can also download the resource pack for advice on planning and reviewing the information you give to other parents.
The following organisations offer help to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. They give information, advice and support.
Carers Trust is a registered charity who work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. Together with their network partners they provide:
Norfolk Carers Support is a registered charity providing specialist support to unpaid carers in Norfolk. With services for young people (ages 6-16), young adults (16-24 years old) and adults. They offer:
Carers UK is a national charity for carers, both supporting carers and raising the awareness of carers. They:
Norfolk SEND Partnership, Advice, Information and Support Service is an impartial service providing information and support for young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities and parents and carers of children with special educational needs. They offer:
Helpline: 01603 704070 Monday to Friday 9am-5 pm
Norfolk SEN Network can help parents:
Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA) is a registered charity offering:
Helpline: 0800 018 4016 or 01799 526771 for reduced charges if using a mobile phone (check website for opening hours as these vary)
Contact - For families with disabled children supports families with disabled children across the UK. They provide:
The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) also supply a list of SEND Information and Advice Providers.
Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) within the Ministry of Defence, provides advice and guidance to service parents, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to service children with SEN.
The most effective way to contact the CEAS team is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline: 01980 618244 or 94344 8244
NHS Choices the official website of the National Health Service in England. Providing information on:
Mind is a registered charity supporting people experiencing a mental health problem. They offer:
Infoline: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional body responsible for education, training raising standards in psychiatry. They offer:
Telephone: 020 7235 2351
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and impartial advice on: