Parents - Where to turn to for help

Being a parent is a tough job and with the added pressure of your child's additional needs it can at times seem overwhelming. If you need someone to talk to, below are some local and national places to go to when you need a helping hand.

We also hold a directory of local and national organisations and charities. If your child has been diagnosed or you are currently waiting for a diagnosis and would like to contact someone for information and advice you can use our search facility at the bottom of this page. If you can't find what you are looking for then please get in touch with Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS) and we will try and help you further.

Local support for parents: 



National support for parents:

  • KIDS is a national charity who specialise in working with families of disabled children and young people in England.

  • Mencap provides information and advice to families who have children with a learning disability.

  • My Family Our Needs offers information for families, carers and practitioners supporting children and young adults with additional needs, from birth to 25. 

  • Parents 4 Parents exists to give parents peace of mind and support. They are a befriending service for when you are going through a difficult time at any stage of your child's development.

  • Parents of Disabled Child Forum is on online place parents can go to, to share, talk and build friendships. All members of the forum have concerns regarding their child's upbringing in society, from education to services, respite and other issues.

  • Scope is a disability charity that supports disabled individuals and their families. Scope run a Face 2 Face befriending service that is designed for parents of disabled children. Parents can talk to one another, offering emotional and practical support.

  • Special Kids in the UK is a member-based charity that brings people together by offering contact, friendship, information and support for families of young people with physical, learning and behavioural difficulties.

  • The Communication Trust brings together information about national organisations who aim to support children who have speech, language and communication difficulties.

  • National Autistic Society  The UK's largest provider of specialist autism services.  Information and services for autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.







York Family Information Service

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