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Parents & Carers

Contacts, Consultations & Training

Local Contacts
National Contacts
Every local authority needs to have an IAS Service. They offer information, advice, signposting and support for families with children with SEND.
This is where you will find information on all of the SEND services that you should need eg local schools or activities.
For activities and support for families with children and young people with additional needs and their siblings.
Plymouth Autism Parent Support Group

Come along and share your experiences in this monthly support group run by parents for parents. It offers the opportunity to pick up and share new strategies in a private, safe and understanding environment.

For more information about this group please view the Facebook page or email

These lovely ladies do what we do in Plymouth, as some of you may use services or live in Cornwall you may need them.
Loads of information and advice for families with children and young people with SEND

An organisation that give grants to families with children and young people with SEND. This may be means tested.


This page has several different courses and information sheets about Autism.

Consultation extended until 30th September.

The School Attendance and Home Learning Survey (Link)

The University College London is investigating the experience of your child attending school or learning from home during May 2021 in the UK. You are invited to participate in this study if you have a child with a neurodevelopmental condition: either a learning (intellectual) disability or an autism spectrum condition, or both. Your child may also have other conditions. Your child should be school-aged: between 5 and 15 years old. You may be the child’s parent (biological, foster, adoptive, step, co-parent) or carer.

Consultation closes: TBA - Summer 2021

The National Autistic Society survey for the Criminal Justice System - Professionals (Link)  

You are invited to complete this survey if you are a criminal justice professional (e.g. police, judiciary, prison, probation, youth offending team, legal or para-legal) who has experience working with young autistic offenders aged 25 or under OR if you are a professional who has worked with autistic clients (e.g. social worker, support worker, teacher, psychologist, psychiatrist, community psychiatric nurse) who have been involved with the criminal justice system aged 25 or under. 
Consultation closes: TBC
Help us to share your views and experiences. Please complete this survey if you are a relative (e.g. parent, carer, sibling, spouse) of an autistic person who has been involved, or has had concerns about being involved, with the criminal justice system when aged 25 and under.
Consultation closes: TBC
Help us share your views and experiences. Please complete this survey if you are an autistic adult (aged 18+) AND were involved with the criminal justice system when aged 25 and under OR had/have concerns about being involved with the criminal justice system when aged 25 and under.
Consultation closes: TBC

We would like families to share with us their “lived experience” of the support they receive from any of the Plymouth City Council SEND Services. This includes: Early Years Inclusion Service, Advisory Support Team, LA Occupational Therapy Team, Children's Disability Social Work Team, 0-25 Statutory Assessment Team, Plymouth LA Educational Psychology Service and Short Breaks/SEND Early Help.

Consultation closed: 24th August 2021


Behaviour Management Strategies Consultation
The Department for Education is seeking views to understand how schools utilise their behaviour strategies to manage common behavioural challenges.

Consultation closed: 10th August 2021

Count the Costs: How has the pandemic affected your family's finances? (Link)
Tell Contact about it. As a thank-you for your time, you will be entered into a draw to win one of three £100 vouchers.
This year, Contact’s landmark #CountingTheCosts survey will provide a unique snapshot of how Covid-19 has affected the incomes of families with disabled children in the UK. Your answers will help Contact build a stronger case with government for better financial support for families.

Take the survey

Consultation closed: 7th July 2021.

Consultation closed 26th February 2021.

Consultation closed 29th January 2021.

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