I'm a Parent / Carer
Being a parent/carer to a child with disabilities or with special educational needs can become a stressful experience when you can't find the information, advice or support you need.
Our main aims are to give you the skills and knowledge to feel confident managing meetings and relationships, and to understand what you need to do and when. We do that by giving you clear, straightforward information about your options. We can also help you to stand back from a situation and think more broadly, or help you to focus on what’s important for you and your child.
Information and Resources
We have an online library of resources that you can access to find out more about disability policy and practice which includes a selection of materials specifically written with parents in mind. You may find the following resources a good starting point:
- Parent carer guide to the Code of Practice
- Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook
- Directory of national helplines and support services for parents
- Expert Parent Programme
- A family guide to the SEN system
- My Rights, Your Responsibility leaflets
- Requirements to provide Health Advice within six weeks
Where to go for advice and support
Navigating the often complex public services put in place to help your child can be confusing and stressful. Waltham Forest SENDIASS can offer support in a number of ways, including by telephone, email, face to face at our offices, in a school setting or in the community. Please visit the contact us page for more information.
Other organisations for Parents/Carers
Waltham Forest Parent Forum
Waltham Forest Parent Forum are a friendly, formal voluntary group of parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged from 0 to 25 in Waltham Forest.
Their aim is to provide feedback on the development and direction of services for disabled children and young people in the borough to key policy makers in the borough and to support families through sharing experiences and building networks.
For more information on events, opportunities and how to become a member, please visit their website.