Useful Links


Ambitious About Autism - national charity for children and young people with autism

Cerebra – charity which supports families with children with brain conditions.

The Children’s Trust - offer both residential and community-based rehabilitation services for children and young people with a brain injury.

The Communication Trust, Early years - resources and information to help support work in the Early Years, including around children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.

Contact – for families with disabled children. A charity supporting families by offering advice, guidance and information.

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) – an umbrella body for the disabled children's sector, CDC brings together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers. Information on resources, events and training.

Down’s Syndrome Association – news and information about Down’s Syndrome.

Family Fund – provide grants for families raising children and young people with disabilities or those with serious illness.

Family Fund Sleep Support Hub

Foundation Years – website providing information and support for those working in early years and childcare, delivering services for children and families.

ICAN – charity that helps and supports children to develop speech, language and communication skills.

IPSEA charity offering free and independent legally based information, advice and support.

KIDs – support disabled children, young people and their families by delivering services throughout the UK.

The Makaton Charity - exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to communicate.

Mencap – charity that provides support for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

National Autistic Society – charity providing support for people with Autism and their families.

National Deaf Children’s Society -  charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people and working in partnership with professionals to make sure deaf children and young people achieve their potential.

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums – a representative organisation for local parent carer forums.

nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) - a charity which supports practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet the needs of children and young people.

Scope - a charity that seeks to make the country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone, information and advice to disabled people and their families every year.

SENDirect (provided by Contact) - online service where families and professionals can find activities, support and information morefor children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

SEND Gateway – online resources for SEND

SENSE – an organisation that supports people with complex communication needs.

The Sensory Project Resources

Sibs – charity which aims to enhance the lives of siblings by providing them with information and support, and by influencing service provision throughout the UK.

Singing Hands – organisation that use Makaton to help develop a child's communication potential through music, songs, games and activities. Information about baby signing classes, toddler signing classes, resources, professional training and work in schools and nurseries.

Special Needs Jungle – parent led information and resources.

SWAN uk – supporting families affected by a syndrome without a name.

Together for Short Lives - charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. Support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices.

Tree of Hope - a crowdfunding charity supporting the families of children and young people with a disability or illness to raise funds for specialist care that is not freely available to them via the UK healthcare system.  or download their leaflet Tree of Hope Leaflet.pdf