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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
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
Bud Club is a completely FREE fortnightly, family-friendly activity club set up to help the whole family, where a child is affected by mental health or neurodevelopmental difficulties. Families can spend time doing art, games, sporting, and outdoor activities in a low-key, non-judgmental way. For more information view the Facebook page or email giveachildachance@sky.com.
If you live in Cornwall or you use services there, you may wish to visit the Cornwall Parent Carer Voice Group.
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.

Auditory Processing Disorder
FREE information about Auditory Processing Disorder/APD and links to support for living with this disabling condition.

The UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. They provide support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.
ICAN help children communicate. This group run regular TALK (Talking Activities for Little Kids) webinars for parents who are concerned about their child's language development.
Time to Talk Next Steps (link)
Time to Talk Next Steps is free support for young people aged 16-25 years in England with additional needs. It is for young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future. This program currently has various start dates up until June 2022.

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

Active Consultations

You are warmly invited to share your views and lived experiences in the consultations listed below.

PIAS (Plymouth Information Advice  & Support for SEND) website consultation (link)
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support (PIAS) service provides information, advice and support for children, young people and families on SEND issues. They are currently reviewing the content of their website to ensure that this information is meeting your needs and is accessible. Follow the link above to take part in the short survey.

Consultation on developing accessible assessment (link)
Ofqual is seeking your views in this consultation. It will be of particular interest to awarding organisations and groups/individuals interested in how awarding organisations comply with rules. This could include bodies representing the interests of groups of Learners (for example those with particular disabilities or special educational needs) and their teachers.

Consultation closes: 11:45 on 24th January 2022.

The Parent Carer Wellbeing Study (link)
The University of Exeter is conducting research into parent carer wellbeing for inclusion in academic journals and will be used to support carers in the future.

Consultation closes: TBC

Accessing mental health services within Plymouth: 16-25 year-olds (link)
Livewell Southwest is due to embark on developing a service for 16–25-year-olds that will help ensure that this group gets the right support. Livewell Southwest understands that to do so, young people’s voices and experience are key to making this a successful service. Please share this survey with your 16-25-year-old.

Consultation closes: TBC

Past Consultations

The consultations below are no longer active but can be viewed for your reference.

Bringing Us Together Advocacy Project (link for Parents and Carers)
Consultation closed: November 2021

Bringing Us Together Advocacy Project (link for Children and Young People)
Consultation closed: November 2021

Consultation closed: 24th August 2021

Consultation closed: 10th August 2021

Consultation closed 26th February 2021.

Consultation closed 29th January 2021.

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