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Important information for parents during COVID-19 lockdown

Parents please read !!

For autumn 2020 childcare settings should be operating as normal in most cases. For advice and guidance related to Covid19 please see:

Information and support for 16-19 years

These pages have information, advice and guidance to help 16-19 year olds with special educational needs.

Where can I get information or advice about special educational needs processes or independent support?

See the SENDIASS - Staffordshire Family Partnership website to find out more about the support available.

Where can I find information on support groups and organisations?

Parent support groups

Parent support groups are often set up and run by parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities.  Some professionals and voluntary organisations may also run groups.   Parent support groups can be a great way to meet other parents for emotional or practical support.  Search our directory below for local parent support groups who have registered with us. 

Grandparents

Are you a grandparent of a child with a special need or disability?  Did you know there is support group especially for you?

Support groups and organisations

If you or someone you know are looking for support groups and organisations that could help you, there are many organisations and groups listed here on Staffordshire Connects. Take a look at our directory below for support on:

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Autism/PDA
  • Bullying
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia, specific learning difficulties
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Grandparents
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Legal rights advice
  • LGBTQ+
  • Medical Conditions
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Family support/support at home
  • Military families
  • Money advice
  • OCD
  • Physical impairment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Speech, language and communication
  • Visual impairment.

If you are looking for activities, visit our Places to go, things to do page for a wide range of activities and events in your area.

Sibling support

Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings.

Carers and young carers

Carers Hub Update

The Carer's Hub is a service that supports carers and will continue to operate as normal up until the 6th April 2021.  

From the 6th April 2021, any Carers Assessments will be carried out by Staffordshire County Council. This will allow Carers to have a key point of contact and provide a clear and easily accessible framework for information, advice and guidance and also assessments.

N-Compass will lead the delivery of preventative support for carers of all ages, including young carers. The new service will be called ‘Staffordshire Together for Carers Service’ and will continue to offer emotional and practical support, befriending, peer support, training and skills development for Carers of all ages, as well as a Carers 24/7 chatline.

North Staffs Carers Association

Offering information, training & ongoing emotional support to informal carers of all ages.

Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS)

CASS is a registered charity which provides confidential advice, information and emotional support and a range of other services to Carers living across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. 

What is advocacy?

Advocates help you to say what you are feeling and to be involved in discussions and decisions.

You can find organisations offering advocacy support by selecting the advocacy support button below.

How can I have a say in shaping services within Staffordshire?

Are there any training or information events?

Why not look on our calendar to see what is available?

Any organisations or groups that contact us with training or event information will be put here. Have a look through and if there is anything you are interested in please contact the organiser directly.

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