Useful Links - Local (see below for National)

Information for Families

Stoke-on-Trent Family Information Service provides information and advice to families with children aged 0 – 19 years, in the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

Safeguarding Children Board

The family Information service  will help you when looking for advice/support for a child, young person or family. It has access to a wide range of information regarding services to support families and much more family related information.


Mid Staffs MENCAP has changed its name to BEAM. The charity was formed in 1968 as a group that lobbied against the closure of day and residential services. It went on to become a support group which offered help to people with learning disabilities.

CAMHS Website

In Stoke-on-Trent we offer a range of services to provide help, support and treatment for children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. This website aims to provide information on the kinds of services and support that can help young people to deal with these issues.

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. We also run our Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and our Destination Dreams holiday for children fighting life threatening conditions.


This website is for those who wish to learn more about Changes user-led organisation and unique recovery service for those in mental distress.

Connect - CAMHS and First Steps​

The Connect Service are multi-disciplinary teams  staffed by Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.  They work with parents and children to promote the development of children and young people so they can flourish at home and when they get to school.

Cross Roads Care

Crossroads Care Staffordshire is a leading provider of support for home carers and the people they care for in the region.


Social networking site for mums. Discuss a range of different topics and share useful information with other mums just like you!

North Staffs Carers

We offer information, training and ongoing support, in the most appropriate way, to Carers of all ages, ensuring that each case is treated in a confidential manner.

SEN and Disability - Local Offer

The Special Educatioal Needs (SEN) Monitoring and Assessment Service is responsible for the administration of the statutory assessment process and for the annual review of statements / new Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCs).

Special Need's UK

informing parents and professionals

This site contains comprehensive information on an extensive range of schools and support groups for children of all ages with special needs.

Sport Across Staffordshire

Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (SASSOT) is a countywide partnership that offers a one-stop shop of information by linking together local providers of sport and physical activity. Key partners that work with SASSOT include Local Authorities, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Stafordshire Public Health, universities, schools, sports clubs and volunteers. 

Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society

SAAS was founded by Kevin Healey in May 2007 following an approach from a group of individuals who felt isolated due to the lack of services for adults on the Autistic spectrum in the Stoke-on-Trent area.

Staffs ASD Support Group (Facebook)

We are a group of parents/carers who all have children of various ages with Autism, some of our children have other conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD.

Useful Links - National

Action for Children

We support the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people throughout the UK.

Action for Kids

Action For Kids exists to support disabled children and young people to live the life they want - just like everyone else.


Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).


Support people with autism to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home.

Appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) if you disagree with your local authority’s decisions about your child’s special educational needs.


Autistica is a charity which both funds and campaigns for medical research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, and develop new treatments and interventions.


BILD is the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. We want people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect.

Children & Young People Now​

Children & Young People Now is the only dedicated magazine for professionals working with children, young people and families. This essential read for the sector covers childcare and early years, education, health, social care, youth justice, and youth work.

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory understand how important it is to find the right counsellor, which is why we have developed a service that brings together all of the information needed to help you do just that.

Contact a family​

Contact a Family is the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children. Contact a Family have a free monthly e-newsletters available for families with disabled children, sign up via their website.

Council for disabled children​

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations.

Department for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.


Dimensions is a specialist provider of a wide range of services for people with learning disabilities and people who experience autism.

Down's Syndrome Association

We are the only organisation in this country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome.

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Action is the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation and exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition.

Every Disabled Child Matters

Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is the national campaign fighting for rights and justice for disabled children.

Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.

Face 2 Face - Befriending parents of disabled children

Connecting parents with disabled children for emotional and practical support.

Get your Rights

You have rights when making decisions and choices about your helthcare.

Children and Young People IASS Network

The advisers at Information, Advice and Support Services are friendly ans will always do their best to help.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice

IPSEA provides free and independent online resources to help resolve common issues with getting the right educational support for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities.

Information, Advice & Support Services Network​

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) supports and promotes the work of Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England.


We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose.


We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

National Children Bureau

We work with children and for children, to influence government policy, be a strong voice for young people and practitioners, and provide creative solutions on a range of social issues.

National Network of Parent Carer Forums

The function of the NNPCF is to develop cohesive good practice and effective participation and a solution focused approach at all levels, locally, regionally and nationally.


Whatever you need2know about, this is the site for you. From information about your health and relationships, to finding out the facts about law, this is where you can find out what you want, when you want it.

National ​Portage Association

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

Options Group

Options Group is a leading provider of specialist services for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), learning disabilities and complex needs; and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD).


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Stop Bullying provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

Scope About disability

Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here. We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year.


SWAN UK (Syndromes Without A Name) is an initiative run by the charity Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions.

​​​Special Educational Needs

SEN Magazine is a glossy, full colour magazine published every two months and packed full of interesting and authoritative features, news and articles covering all issues to do with SEN and disability. It's essential reading for teachers, SENCOs, carers, parents, therapists and all practitioners in special needs.

Special Needs Jungle

Many families do not get the help they need because they do not know where to look or how to cut their way through the increasingly complicated system. We aim to highlight resources and inspire and empower families to do this successfully by providing resources, tips, facts and examples.

Total People

Total People is one of the largest suppliers of Apprenticeships and work-based training in the UK.

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school. Find out how a learning disability can affect someone, and where you can find support.

​​Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.