The information, advice & support service for SEND

National organisations

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.


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

Autism Links

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


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. 

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.

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. 

You can also visit their Youtube based video resource page

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.

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.

Get Your Rights

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

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.

Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network)

The 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.


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


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.

National Autistic Society 

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


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people.

SEND Tribunal Service

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

Special Needs Jungle

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

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