Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

KIDS have launched a new suite of resources to support families and carers of disabled children and young people to help them navigate the reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disability provision.

KIDS works with disabled children, young people and their families. As part of the ‘Making it Personal:2’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has worked with a number of partners to develop a new suite of resources to explore how personal budgets and the local offer will benefit families.

You can find more information about the ’Making it Personal:2’ project, here: http://www.kids.org.uk/mip2 

Council for Disabled Children

CDC are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector with a membership of over 300 voluntary and community organisations and an active network of practitioners that spans education, health and social care.

As a membership body they provide a collective voice that champions the rights of children, young people and their families and challenges barriers to inclusion.

As a collective they believe that the views of disabled children and young people are vital to the development of an inclusive society and that they have the right to be heard and actively participate in decisions that affect them.

CDC believe that every child and young person should enjoy the same rights and opportunities and that every aspect of society should be fully inclusive to disabled children and young people.


Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. 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 and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

Information, advice and support services (IASS)

Information, Advice & Support Services were created in order to provide advice, information and support services to children and young people with special educational needs and their parents. There is a branch located in every local authority, and they are statutorily required to provide free, confidential, accessible and impartially accurate services to those who need them.

Find my local IASS

IASS link for your child to access

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (30/4/20)

Guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Learning Disability Matters

It is primarily for parents and carers of children and young people:

• Who have been identified as having a learning disability
• Who have concerns that their child or young person MIGHT have a learning disability.

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