Support for Parents, Carers & Families
There is a wealth of support available for parents and carers from safeguarding information to targeted support groups. Though we endeavour to support families as much as possible there are times when a specialised agency is better placed to help like Families in Focus who aim to give caring, practical and confidential support whilst empowering families to consider the choices available to them and make the best use of available services.
If you are looking for information following a diagnosis there are some excellent websites available that offer advice, support and links to pioneering services:
- The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people with Autism and Asperger’s, they are working tirelessly to transform society’s understanding of autism.
- The Down's Syndrome Association provide information and support on all aspects of living with Down's syndrome.
- Dyslexia Action have a centre in Chelmsford and offer free half-hour consultations as well as assessments, screenings, tuition and consultancy.
- The Dyspraxia Foundation offer help and advice to adults, parents, carers and families on and about Dyspraxia and have recently launched a helpline to answer questions you may have.
- The Fragile X Society has an easy read guide for parents and carers and an interactive kids’ zone.
- The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is dedicated to supporting people affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders and their families; it promotes education for professionals and public awareness about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
CYPD (Children & Young People with Disabilitites) will help create an action plan when the time comes for your teenager to start thinking about further education and college and the inevitable transfer to adult services. CYPD will attend a review with you at school and explain the options available to your young person for the future.
We can support with referrals to agencies like Family Solutions who work with families to identify areas in your life that you would like to improve and support you to do this or EWMHS (Emotional & Mental Health Service) who help young people with a variety of mental health issues from sleep disturbances and anxiety to self-harm and eating disorders.
If you are unsure which service would best suit your requirements or would like support in accessing them please do not hesitate to contact our F.I.T team at Castledon on 01268 761252 Extn 222 or 224
You may also find the links below useful.