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For more sites that are relevant to families with disabled children and children with special educational needs follow the links below. If you know of a site that should be listed on this page please e-mail us.

Please note that a list of relevant links and resources relating to Coronavirus can be found on our news page here, information on wellbeing and anxiety here and information about supporting your children at home and homeschooling here, and guidance in a range of other languages is available here

Our Voice has produced a Glossary of SEND terms, setting out some of the terminology and acronyms that are commonly used. Versions are available in Turkish and Somalian

Our Voice has also produced a useful video Education Health Care Plans: Helping to plan your child's future together. This was produced in anticipation of the transfer from statements to EHCPs, and it still refers to Transfer Review meetings. However, the information it contains is still relevant if you replace the term Transfer Review meeting with Annual Review meeting.  See also the section on EHCPs below. 

Contact has produced this guide to Services and Support from your Local Authority. 

Our Local CAMHS service has produced this useful directory of local resources which gives information and contact details for a wide range of local and national organisations who can offer help and support. 

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for Enfield is run by Centre 404. It provides services including information, advice, individual advocacy and a confidential helpline, You can contact them on tel 07494 280063 or email sendiassenfield@centre404.org.uk and see the flyer for more details of services provided.

For guidance on the accessibility of a wide range of venues locally and across the UK, covering everything from sensory impairments to wheelchair access see the AccessAble website. 

[logo] www.enfieldparents.org.uk
Support for families via children’s activities, counselling, information and SEN legal advice via the borough’s Parent Partnership Scheme.

Healthwatch Enfield is an independent statutory organisation dedicated to improving health and social care services in Enfield. There is an easy read introduction to Healthwatch

www.ace-ed.org.uk [logo]
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is an independent national advice centre for parents. Provides telephone advice to parents on education law and practice as well as materials. Documents can be downloaded from the website.

www.IPSEA.org.uk [logo]
The Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice provides free legal advice through help lines, information downloads, advice, support and representation (when needed) in appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Information about autism and Asperger syndrome as well as the National Autistic Society’s services and activities. 

Information about the Enfield Branch of the National Autistic Society is on their website at www.enfieldnas.org.uk

www.scope.org.uk [logo]
Although its focus is people with cerebral palsy, its remit covers all disabilities. Has a free helpline: 0808 800 3333 and the web-site has downloads as well as providing a means for parents to discuss topics on-line.

Contact provides advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children. It enables parents to get in contact with other families including on-line discussions on topics of interest to parents.

www.specialkidsintheuk.org [logo]
Brings families of disabled children and children with SEN together via an on-line forum and fun days.

www.penniwellsrda.org.uk [logo]
Provides riding & stable management sessions for disabled adults

www.edcm.org.uk [logo]
Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is the campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child.
& children.

www.familyfund.org.uk [logo]
Provides grants to families with severely disabled children, based on families' views and needs.

www.direct.gov.uk [logo]
Easy access to public information about statutory services of interest to families with disabled children.

www.enfield.gov.uk [logo]
The Enfield Council website - for all information about Enfield.

A US–based organisation, BrainandSpinalCord.org’s aim is to provide the most reliable, timely and complete resource on the internet for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors.

Good practice guidance on EHCPs

Presentation on EHCPs from the Our Voice Parents' Conference workshop November 2019 and see our video on EHCPs 

The Council for Disabled Children good practice guidance on EHCPs: 


Video giving young people's perspective on contributing to their EHCPs

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