The Link SEND Newsletter

Department of Education

The UK government department with responsibility for children's services, families and schools. They also have many publications on offer to schools and parents.

Trafford Council website

Trafford's Local Offer

Trafford's Local Offer is an online directory that provides information about organisations and services in Trafford for children, young people and families.

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network


Minimum Standards for SEND Information, Advice, and Support Services


The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) supports and promotes the work of Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England. They are based at the Council for Disabled Children.

IAS Services have a duty to provide information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.


Information Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN): Children and Young People’s Website Launch

Since the 1st September 2014 every local authority in England has been expected to provide an Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) with a duty to provide impartial information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents.

Disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, have a right to receive direct and impartial information, advice and support on a wide range of matters relating to their SEN/Disability covering education, health and social care.

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN) provide training and support to local IAS Services across England. As part of this role the IASSN have developed a new website aimed specifically at children and young people.

This website aims to help children and young people better understand what rights they have for accessing information, advice and support. It also explains how young people can get help, and contains full contact details for all IAS Services across England.


Get Your Rights

A website and advice page for children and young people using the NHS.

SEND Tribunal Service

The Ministry of Justice website Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunals guidance.


Trafford Parents' Forum

The Trafford Parents’ Forum is a group of parents in Trafford who keep in contact about news, issues and events in Trafford. There are also regular meetings and training for parents.


Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691). IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Special Needs Jungle


Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people 0-25.

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children is  the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations. They work to bring together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice. 

They have a wide variety of leaflets and other resources available here, and also a Youtube based video resource page here.

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.

Ace Advice and Information Service

Ace offer a comprehensive range of advice and information on education issues. Their information is based on current education law and guidance and covers state funded education for children aged 5-16 years in England only.

National Autistic Society 

The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.


Manchester Travel Training Partnership

A city wide resource teaching young people with additional needs how to get about using public transport. Their service is run out of Lancasterian School in Didsbury.

Trafford Centre for Independent Living

Trafford CIL (Centre for Independent Living) is a disabled people’s user-led organisation set up to enable people with impairments to live full, enjoyable and independent lives in Trafford. They work with disabled people, parents, carers and partner organisations.


Autism Links

Dedicated website with a range of links to services, support and advice for those with an autistic child or young person.

The Family and Childcare Trust

The Family and Childcare Trust have launched a set of free online Childcare resources aimed at Parents who have children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). These resources have been commissioned by the Department for Education.

blueSCI Trafford

blueSCI support people in Trafford to recover their Mental Health and wellbeing through psychological interventions and providing creative and social opportunities.  

Trafford Carers Centre

Trafford Carers Centre is a non-profit organisation that supports unpaid carers looking after someone who lives in the Trafford area.  


Healthwatch Trafford

Healthwatch Trafford actively seeks views from all sections of the community. It is commissioned by and accountable to Trafford Council, but operates independently.

Connexions Trafford

Connexions give advice and information to children and young people, and their parents and carers, about a range of subjects.

Trafford Family Information Service

Trafford Family Information Service is a free and impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 25.


Cerebra is a national charity that works to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support.  They also provide guides, precendent letters and legal advice for families who are experiencing problems with their local health, social care or education services.  More information here.

Autism Links

An autism information page for parents, carers and professionals.


Nasen is the UK’s leading organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.

They support all staff including SENCO's, leaders, teachers, governors and teaching assistants in meeting the needs of the pupils in schools and settings through promoting education, training, development and support.


Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.


Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.