An online directory for disabled children and their families
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Department for Education
The Department for Education was formed on 12th May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services.
Department of Health
Helps people live better for longer. Lead and fund health care in England, ensure people have the support and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.
The Council for Disabled Children
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England.
Contact a Family
Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.
National network of parent carer forums
Parents and carers of disabled children. Work with local authorities, education and health services to ensure the services they deliver meet needs of disabled children and families.
Aims to improve delivery of services for disabled children, young people and their families. Enables services and practitioners to work in partnership with those they support.
National parent partnership network
Offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. They are statutory services so there has to be one in every local authority.
Preparing for Adulthood
A 2 year programme. Part of the delivery support for 'Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability' green paper.
I CAN is a children’s communication charity. I CAN’s mission is to ensure that no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind.
BOND (Better Outcomes, New Delivery) is a two year sector led programme that will help to deliver early intervention mental health support to children and young people.
Young minds in schools aim to improve outcomes for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
Achievement for all
Supports schools to improve access and achievement of learners and young people.
The Community Children’s Health Partnership provides the community health services in Bristol including children’s therapists, and leads to other North Bristol NHS Trust sites
The Child and Family Consultation Services (CAMHS) has useful websites for children’s mental health and emotional well-being.
Bristol’s Royal Children’s Hospital’s site, which also leads to all other hospital sites.
The NHS have produced a child-friendly leaflet to help children to understand and cope with going in to hospital.
They also have a guide for patients, parents and carers called My Hospital Passport. The aim of this 'passport' is to provide hospital staff with information about disabled children during their visits to hospital.
Parents’ Caring Role
The NHS has help and advice for Parent Carers here.
The Care Forum’s Well Aware directory lists useful organisations for specific conditions A-Z, and much more.
School Finder allows parents to search for schools in Bristol – both special schools and mainstream ones.
Disability Sport lists a range of organisations providing disabled sports activities and clubs.
Transitions (from 14+ to adulthood)
Bristol’s Transitions Information Service has downloadable pdfs of booklets that help young people and parent carers to plan for different aspects of the transitions.
www.ncb.org.uk will be hosting a number of providers of support to early years disability programmes.
As the delivery partner for short breaks, Impact is working with all 152 local authorities in England to embed and sustain short breaks for disabled children and their parents and carers.
Preparing for Adulthood
Preparing for Adulthood is a programme that aims to to support young people into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living and community inclusion.
The mission of Bristol Black Carers is to improve the status, support provision and advocacy available to Black and minority ethnic carers in the Bristol area.
Local SEN advice
Supportive Parents is a charity providing information and support to families of children with any type of special educational need (SEN) from 0-19 years in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The Carers’ Support Centre provides support, information and advice to carers of any age living in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas.
National website Transitions
The Transition Information Network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who come together with one common aim; to improve disabled young people's experience of transition to adulthood.
NCB is the leading national charity which supports children, young people and families and those who work with them.
Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is the campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child.
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations.
Counselling for Carers
Download this helpful leaflet from The Carers' Support Centre, containing helpful info on 'talking therapy' for carers.