Information and Advice (SEND)
Bringing up a disabled child can be more expensive than bringing up a child without disabilities and here are various sources of funding that can help you.
An overview of the different benefits available including: Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Carers Allowance.
Direct Payments - As a parent or carer of a disabled child, if you have been assessed as eligible for services from Bucks County Council you can receive Direct Payments. These are a sum of money given to you to buy your own care services.
Blue Badge - This scheme offers national on-street parking concessions for severely disabled people. Blue badge holders don't need to be the driver of the vehicle to use the badge.
- Contact a Family - Money matters leaflet for when your child has additional needs in England, Scotland and Wales
The Bucks SEND IAS Service is a great place to find impartial information, advice and support on special educational needs and disabilities. They have a friendly, confidential telephone helpline, a wide range of informative booklets which can be downloaded and can also provide face to face support.
The National Charities Contact and IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) have SEND helplines and great websites. Other useful websites include The Advisory Centre for Education and the Corum Children's Legal Centre.
Chicks Respite Breaks - Respite breaks for children with SEN and their young carers
Carers Bucks - Carers Bucks is an independent charity established in 2004 to support unpaid, family carers in Buckinghamshire.
The needs of children and young people with SEND whose parents/carers are in the armed forces can be specific. Bucks County Council has produced guidance on SEND with respect to service families. Go to the Bucks SEND IAS Service website.
Youth Justice SEND Project
Free to access online training programme available to Young Offending Teams, youth secure estate professionals, health, education and care professionals, Local Authority SEN teams and any other interested professionals who work with young people who are part of the youth justice system.
The online programme, called the Youth Justice SEND Bubble, provides essential support to the many young people with SEND who are in custody and also those at risk of offending, helping them achieve better outcomes (well-being, education and employment) and substantially reduce their risk of offending or reoffending. Please sign up to the newsletter to receive your log in details here, and for more information on the project please visit Youth Justice SEND.
The Better Communication Research Programme is a review of services for children with speech, language & communication needs.
Special Needs Jungle contains parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people with SEND.
Contact for families with disabled children.
Unlocking Opportunities is a new e-learning resource for education professionals on the Equality Act and disabled children and young people. The resource aims to get teachers and other education professionals to start thinking about what reasonable adjustments are and offers a range of practical tips and ideas.
Cerebral Palsy guidance - Learn about the different types, symptoms, and causes of cerebral palsy, financial assistance and how to make life easier for parents and children with cerebral palsy.
The Fragile X Society - a genetic condition which is the most common known cause of inherited learning disabilities.
Managing money for someone else who cannot manage their own affairs because they are physically or mentally incapable of doing so themselves at that time.
New Life - the charity for disabled children, has nurses who support families, does research work to improve children’s health, and campaigns for a fairer deal and for equipment to change a child’s life.
Breaking the silence on violent, challenging behaviour or VCG - Yvonne Newbold is doing whatever it takes to make life easier for special needs families and the staff who work with them.