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We have listed below some useful on-line resources

SEND Mentor - help is available from our qualified SEND Mentors in all aspects such as how the system works, info about different services, preparing for meetings and understanding the paperwork. For more information contact Elizabeth Richardson on 07729 192909.

Some usefuls contacts:

Northumberland SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
01670 623555 or alison.bravey@northumberland.gov.uk

In It Together - Parent Participation Network for Northumberland
07729192909 or www.in-it-together.org.uk

Contact a Family – information and national advice line
0808 808 3555 or www.cafamily.org.uk

Coram Children's Legal Centre
0808 802 0008 or www.childrenslegalcentre.com

IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice)

0800 018 4016 or www.ipsea.org.uk


SEND Strategic Group Update.

May Newsletter

November Newsletter



Consultation feedback on the SEND reforms.

Link to PDF of Q&A from Meetings



A guide to local and national services for parents and carers living
in Northumberland has been published.

Link to PDF guide



Some other useful links.

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids

Discipline Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

20 Tips for Keeping Your Child with Special Needs Safe in Your Home

Disability Accommodation Cost Guides

6 Tax Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Behavior Management Techniques for Teachers: Inclusive Classrooms

The Best Activities for Special Needs

Autism in the Teen Years: What to Expect, How to Help

Sensory overload and how to make living with it a little easier.




Calmer Therapy Information about Calmer Therapy community organisation.

Link to Facebook page



Infolink Northumberland County Council are required to maintain a register of children with disabilities living in Northumberland in order to help plan and monitor services. This is known as Infolink. Registration on the database is voluntary and parents are entitled to see what has been recorded about their child. Registering with Infolink enables parents to receive information that may be of interest to them, including events that their child may be able to access.

Link to PDF form to complete for Infolink

Link to PDF letter explaining the purpose of Infolink



Listening Books Listening Books, a national charity that provides an audiobook library service to children and adults who struggle to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability or learning difficulty. We have recently received funding that means we are able to offer a number of FREE memberships to people living in the North East who would struggle to pay our membership fee (ranging from £20 to £45 per year).

Link to Listening Books website


SEN Reforms Northumberland County Council Transitional Plan has been published.

Click here for a copy of the Plan in Word document format


SEN Reforms Information published on the official Government website YouGov.

Click here for info

For info on changes information for young people click here

For information on managing changes to legislation click the link here


SEN Reforms KIDS launches free information to support everyone affected by the new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.

Click here to find out more info


There is also info about the SEN reforms in the latest Challenge newsletter. Click here to download as a PDF. SEN Reforms Click the link to download info re what parent carers need to know and what they need to do

SEN Reforms

There is also info about the SEN reforms in the latest Challenge newsletter. Click here to download as a PDF.

SEN data available from National Network of Parent Carer Forums can be found here

SEN data available from In Control can be found here

Support for parents on the new SEN and disability system - info from the Council for Disabled Childred here



Therapy Directory

We promote the benefits of complementary therapy and aim to give visitors all the information they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them. The website has an FAQ's section, a number of useful articles written by our members and the facility to search for a practitioner in your area.

To ensure the professionalism of our website, all listed therapists have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

Website link



Coping With Anxiety

Informational site with details that will help with coping with anxiety in your child.

Website link


Children's Legal Centre Factsheets

CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children’s rights.

Website link


Personal Independence Payment (PIP) toolkit

This toolkit provides information to individuals and organisations that support PIP and DLA claimants. It equips you to offer up-to-date information about PIP or direct claimants to other sources of help. The toolkit could also be adapted into training for your people.

Website link


INDEPENDENT SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES IN NORTHUMBERLAND

We can offer a range of information and support, assist in the completion of Part A of an EHC plan in preparation for referral evidence and / or during full EHC needs assessment.

We can support the families, children, young people with S19 duties (Part 3 of the Children's and Families Act) taking into consideration all the person centred approaches to identify long term aspirations and outcomes, we can offer support through in the 14 wk & 20 wk periods.

Website link


Information about the Sure Start Children's Centres in Nortumberland
Click the link to download info

Information Sheet



Getting to know your health visiting and school nursing service
Click the link to download info

Parents Fact Sheet


An offer of personal budgets by September 2014
Click the link to download more info

Personal Budgets


Benefit Matters Information Click the link to download info re recent benefit changes and monthly information newsletters

The Big Changes to Benefit - what you need to know


National Network of Parent Carer Forums The aim of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is to ensure that good practice, knowledge and shared expertise about parent participation continues to grow and strengthen, and to develop a cohesive and coherent structure to sustain and develop the effectiveness of parent carer forums across England, individually and as a collective voice.
There website is here.The latest bulletin can be downloaded here.


Locality Inclusion Support Teams Created by Northumberland County Council to enable the service delivery ambitions of NCC to support the delivery of a service to clients that is coordinated, consistent, local complete and absolutely client focused and complement the operation of other FACT teams, partners and stakeholder organisations


The Council For Disabled Children The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations.


IPSEA’s Advice Line Call-Back Booking Service Using feedback from parents, IPSEA has developed a brand new Service. Their Advice Line Call-Back Service uses appointment booking software to let parents book a 45 minute telephone advice session - at a time that suits them.


Parent Partnership Services The Northumberland Parent Partnership Service is a free and confidential service which provides impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs. The service has a team of trained volunteers called Independent Parental Supporters who work directly with parents. Voluntary organisations and parent support groups can also offer advice and support.


Parental Support Northumberland County Council website info page with links to find information on parental support, education grants and home schooling.


Contact a Family Website with lots of useful informaton and links from a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.

Click link for the latest Quarterly Newsletter.


Cerebra Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers


National Autistic Society The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. Provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism


Northumberland Parents Participation Network Facebook page for Northumberland's Parent Participation Network. This group is an opportunity for parents and carers in Northumberland to comment on services they receive from the Local Authority Health Service and Social Care


Northumberland County Council Care Management Info sheets On this page you can find an introduction to the way NCC arrange support, and a series of information sheets explaining further details. There are also links to useful information materials produced elsewhere.


Council for Disabled Children The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations.


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. With over 30 years of experience, our vision is that families with disabled children are empowered to live the lives they want and achieve their full potential, for themselves, for the communities they live in, and for society.


Every Disabled Child Matters Our vision is of a society in which children and young people contribute, are valued, and their rights respected. Our mission is to improve children and young people's experiences and life chances, reducing the impact of inequalities.


ACT (Supporting families with children with life threatening or life limiting conditions) Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. We support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices.


The Communication Trust The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. We harness our collective expertise to support the children's workforce and commissioners to meet the speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) of all children and young people, particularly those with SLCN.


Transition Information Network The aim of this website is to provide information about the transition process that is useful to professionals and parents/carers. There is also a young people's section with information, news and events. The Transition Information Network (TIN) is hosted by the Council for Disabled Children. The Council for Disabled Children is part of a partnership that is running the government’s new transition programme; Preparing for Adulthood.


IPSEA - Independent Parental Special Education Advice IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All our advice is given by trained volunteers.


Kids – Working with disabled children and their families KIDS is the national charity working with disabled children, young people and their families across England. KIDS' vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.


National Parent Partnership Network Parent Partnership Services (PPS) offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.They are free, impartial and confidential services.


Department for Education Our vision is for a highly educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people no matter what their background or family circumstances.


Parents Participation Network

Contact Us Link    Parents Participation Network