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Support for Parents and Carers

Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) Support

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West Sussex Local Offer   The West Sussex Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). You can also find childcare via the West Sussex Family Information Services website.

SENDIAS West Sussex SENDIAS (SEND Information, Advice and Support) Service provides information, advice and support to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and to their parent-carers

Reaching Families  A parent-carer led charity, which aims to support parents and families of young people with special educational needs and disabilities in their daily live, through the delivery of information, training and peer support

Aspens Provide care and support over the South East of England to help people living with disabilities, complex needs and autism

Kangaroos Registered disability charity based in Mid Sussex providing a range of fun, inclusive social and leisure activities in our local community all year round for children and young adults with learning disabilities and additional needs

Amaze a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex

West Sussex Educational Psychologist Consultation West Sussex Educational Psychology Service is offering the opportunity for parents to speak with an Educational Psychologist about a child or young person.  Educational Psychologists are professionals concerned with the development, learning and social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Calls can be requested where there is a question or concern about learning or behaviour as well as worries about wellbeing and emotions

SEND courses and training

Further support 

Support for our community

Community Hub Support for Families in Need

All children and families who need support during lockdown and the upcoming winter can contact the Council’s Community Hub, which is there to provide help during the COVID pandemic.

The Community Hub, which was set up in March 2020, gives practical support and information to anyone adversely affected by COVID-19, which could include the provision of food and essential household supplies.

Contact is totally confidential and is available seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm when staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries.

To speak to someone call: 033 022 27980.

Bereavement

The Lullaby Trust Offers emotional support for bereaved families

Winston's Wish Support children and young people after the death of a family member

Mental health and wellbeing

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing Government advice for parents and carers looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus outbreak

West Sussex Mind Offer help with mental well-being

MindEd for Families Advice about young people’s mental health

Beacon House Working with individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma and loss

Young Minds UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health

Courses and training

Your Space Therapies Counselling and play therapy service

Please see further information on training and courses below