Useful Contacts

ACE Education

Provides independent advice for parents/carers of children aged 5-16 in state schools in England. We aim to help parents and carers understand an increasingly complex education system so that they can help their children to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Phoneline: 0300 0115 142 – email: –



IPSEA is a registered charity providing free and independent legally based advice for parents whose children have SEN / disability. IPSEA advises families whose children have all types of SEN / disability, including behavioural problems, communication difficulties, learning disabilities and autism. IPSEA’s legally based advice gives parents the confidence to exercise their rights and provide lots of information about SEND Law and case law.


Corams Legal Centre

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) specialises in law and policy affecting children and young people. CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children’s rights. A staff of lawyers and professionals with experience in child law and funded by grants from central government and charitable trusts, help thousands of children, parents/carers every year.


National Autistic Society

The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services.

National Autistic Society – Parent to Parent Service

For information of this service click here

SEN Jungle

Special Needs Jungle is a non-profit organisation run by parents which provides support and information about all aspects of Special Educational Needs and disability in the UK.

The site is a great source of information and support for parents and carers – in particular for issues around EHC planning and SEND reforms in general. Special Needs Jungle also provide face-to-face training for parent groups, charities and professionals.

Down’s Syndrome Association

The aim of the DSA is to help people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives.


Tel: 0333 1212 300 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

Contact a Family

Supports families with disabled children across the UK, providing up to date medical information on over 400 health conditions and disabilities, including rare conditions.



Tel: 0808 808 3555 -Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5pm

National Deaf Children’s Society

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.



Tel: 0800 800 8880 Monday – Thursday 9:30am -9:30pm and Friday 9:30am – 5pm

SENSE for deafblind people

Sense is a national charity supporting and campaigning for people who are deafblind and those with sensory impairments.



Tel: 0300 330 9250

Council for Disabled Children

The Council for Disabled Children are an umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.  They work collaboratively, from policy into practice, to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.



Tel: 020 7843 1900


They offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN).

We concentrate on helping people to find their way through the legal and procedural maze which is so daunting to so many who try to obtain satisfactory provision for a child’s special needs.

Tel: 020 8538 3731 – Monday to Friday – 09:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm and a Wednesday Evening Helpline 8:30pm to 10:30pm.