Help for parents and carers

Parents' involvement and communications

How we keep you informed, listen to your views and work together to shape services and resolve local issues.

Family Information Network Directory (FIND)

Directory of local and national service providers, sign up to the FIND service to receive newsletters and information.

Local parent carer forums

Find out local, regional and national information, have your voice heard, raise local concerns and get parent to parent support.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Service

Contact details for advice, support and information from specialist teachers, educational psychologists, the assessment team, specialist social workers and liaison officers.

Parent carer support groups

A list of local support groups for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

What you can do if you think your child has special educational needs

Who to speak to if you think your child needs extra help.

Courses for parents and carers

Free courses for parent carers of children and young people who have or may have special educational needs or disability (SEND).

SEND Information Advice and Support Service

Impartial and confidential information, advice and support service.

Carer's assessments

How to get help in your caring role.

Independent Support

Help for families going through an EHC assessment or developing an EHC plan.

Dispute resolution, mediation and appeals

What to do if you disagree with decisions made by professionals.

National organisations

Useful websites for further information.

Help coping with parenting

Help available if you are struggling to cope with parenting and general advice for parents and carers.

Young carers

You are a young carer if you are under 18 years and look after someone in your family. Find out what help you can get.

Preparing for adulthood

Claiming benefits, making decisions and support when someone you care for is approaching adulthood.

Social care

If you would like to talk to someone about your social care needs call us on 0300 123 6720.

Other services that offer advice and support

  • The NHS website has advice for parents of children with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support (complex needs). 
  • Contact a family a national charity that supports the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. They offer advice and resources on a range of topics.
  • Carers UK a charity set up to help people who care for family and friends in the UK.
  • Advocacy focus provide advocacy services in Lancashire and can help you be your own advocate.

You may also be interested in more services that can support your family for help and advice on topics like education, childcare, jobs, money, social services, divorce, the law and bereavement.

Can't find what you're looking for?

We are continuing to develop a range of information for this website. You can view our site map to see what's in the local offer or see the list of what we are working on.

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