*** Last updated 20 January 2012 ***

Below are a number of links to other websites together with a brief description of the purpose of the organisation.



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Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) - a national helpline that provides advice and information to parents and carers on a wide range of school based issues - 0808 800 5793

ACE Exclusions Advice Helpline - 0808 800 0327

Alliance for Inclusive Education - Campaigns for all disabled learners to have the right to access and be supported in mainstream education. 020 7737 6030

Coram Children's Legal Centre (formerly the Children's Legal Centre) - Provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals - 08088 020 008

IPSEA - Provides free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All advice is given by trained volunteers. General Advice Line: 0800 018 4016  // Tribunal Help Line: 0845 602 9579 

Rathbone Special Education Advice Line - National helpline offering advice and support to parents with children with special educational needs. Areas of help: school admissions, school stages, statementing (and statement analysis), tribunals and appeals, bullying. 0161 236 5358

Surrey School Admissions - Surrey County Council web page


Disability - general

Social Information on Disability (SID)- Free and independent advice for disabled people, carers, relatives and friends who live or work in Surrey - covers leisure and holidays, benefits issues, clubs/support groups, legislation, community services, homecare services, housing, education and employment, special aids and equipment . . . etc. SID also runs a second hand disability equipment service. Enquiries: 0800 04 39 39 5 //  Admin: 01372 372 888

Caring for a disabled child - DirectGov web page

Contact A Family - Information for parents from the only the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children. Helpline: 0808 808 3555

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) - Information for parents from the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England. 0207 843 1900

Equality and Human Rights Commission Helpline - 0845 604 6610

Special Educational Needs in Under FIves - Direct Gov web page

Stevenage One Stop Shop - Website from Hertfordshire with many useful links for parents and young people

Surrey Children's Disability Register - Registration is voluntary and helps Surrey CC to plan services. The register also forms the basis of a mailing list to inform and consult children/young people and parents/ carers about services, changes to welfare benefits, playgroups, holiday schemes, etc. 03456 009 009


Disability - specific conditions

ABAPSTAS - The Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Teachers and Students.

AFASIC - provides information, help and advice to families of children with speech and language impairments and is a membership organisation.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation - Support for families caring for children and adults with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. General Enquiries: 01634 838739 //  Family Support Line: 0845 602 7885

Dyspraxia Foundation Surrey - Supporting children, families and adults with dyspraxia. 01372 702984

Epilepsy Action - helpline; local suport groups; Epilepsy Today magazine; insurance schemes . . . etc. Helpline: 0808 800 5050

Mencap Supports parents, carers and people with a learning disability to lead a full and valued life.  Their website has information sheets and other resources. 020 7454 0454

National Autistic Society - Surrey Branch - Supports families involved in the care of children and adults with ASDs in Surrey. 07423 435413

National Autistic Society - Helpline: 0808-800-4104 email: [email protected]

Scope - A national disability organisation whose focus is people with cerebral palsy.

South East Surrey Dyslexia Association - Aims to increase dyslexia awareness with practical advice for parents, teachers and classroom assistants

Surrey Association for Visual Impairment - Provides a full range of services, aids and equipment for blind and partially sighted people resident in Surrey - Aims to promote awareness of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and to provide information and as much free practical help as possible to sufferers, both adults and children, and their families.

The Contact a Family website gives comprehensive links to voluntary organisations by type of condition

DELTA - Deaf Education through Listening and Talking - A national charity supporting deaf children, their families and practitioners who wish to follow and auditory oral route, from birth, through education and beyond.

NDCS - National Deaf Children's Service  

SENSE  - Provides advice and information as well as specialist services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them . . .

Action on Hearing Loss - The new name for RNID - Advice on a range of issues including equipment, British SIgn Language, employment, specialist care and support . . . etc


Health and Wellbeing

Bullying links - Surrrey County Council web page

Carers UK - Information and advice on all aspects of caring. CarersLine is a free advice line for carers staffed by welfare rights, community care and benefits experts.

Childline - Free and confidential helpline for children and young adults in the UK - 0800 1111

How to exercise if you are in a wheelchair - US web page

Surrey Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - web page for parents and carers

Surrey Young Carers Project - Offers free impartial information and support to young carers.

Drug and alcohol misuse - Surrey County Council web page



Disability Challengers - Provides essential leisure, play and learning experiences for young people with any kind of physical, learning or emotional impairment.

English Federation for Disability Sport - The national body responsible for
developing sport for disabled people in England.

Family Activities and Breaks for Surrey (run by SID) - Information for families / carers / professionals of children with disabilities

Freewheelers Theatre Company - Brings together disabled and non-disabled actors and supporters, production teams and the local community to create innovative work (Leatherhead)  

Link Leisure - A Woking-based charity providing sports, social and recreational activities for children and adults with a broad range of learning disabilities which range from mild developmental delay to profound or more complex needs.


Money matters

Benefit Enquiry Line - Government helpline which provides advice and information for disabled people and carers on the range of benefits available.

Citizens Advice Bureaux - Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

Family Fund Trust - The UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people - 08449 744 099 - [email protected]

Financial advice and benefits  - Surrey County Council web page covering the range of benefits available




Parent Voice

Family Voice Surrey - The local forum for parents and carers of children with SEN and disabilities in Surrey - part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums


Parenting / Family Support

Face 2 Face - A one-to-one befriending service for parents of disabled children -  volunteer befrienders are all parents of disabled children who can offer emotional and practical support . . .

FamilyLine Surrey (formerly ParentLine) - Provides help and emotional support by listening to all your family problems - 0808 800 5678 - [email protected]

Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus) - Free professional, non-judgmental support and advice for all the family. 24 hour helpline, website, message boards, email service, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups – 365 days a year.

Home Start Surrey - Matches families with volunteers, who have parenting experience themselves, and who visit for a couple of hours a week to give emotional and practical help.

Surrey Care Trust (Parenting Circles) - This project runs groups for parents to help with parenting skills - all age ranges

Surrey Family Information Service (Part of Surrey County Council) - Information, advice and assistance to parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years, who are disabled or have special needs - from information on choosing school and early education, to advice about work life balance and support available to families.  

Surrey Family Link - Aims to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and families in Surrey through the provision of parenting courses and training for professionals.

Guildford Action for Families -  Supports families which have become isolated, to increase self esteem and confidence.

Surrey Young Carers - Part of Action for Carers


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