External Family Support
Please find links to some extra support agencies, societies and charities that can offer you and your child additional support.
If you have a concern about the welfare of any child up to the age of 18 living in Staffordshire, or you would like additional support for your own child through social care, you can call Staffordshire Childrens Advice Service on 0300 111 8007 or in Stoke you can call 01782 235100
Family Hub Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies
Stoke and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Strategies - https://www.sendiass-stoke.co.uk
SENDIASS provide confidential, impartial information from education law on disability, health and social care to help parents/carers, children and young people in making informed choices enabling them to play an active role in relation to educational decisions.
MindEd for Families - https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk
MindEd is a free learning resource for the mental health of children, young people and older adults.
The National Autistic Society - http://www.autism.org.uk/
They are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
ADHD Foundation - https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk
The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improve emotional well being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Irlen’s Syndrome, dyscalculia and Tourette’s Syndrome.
Down's Syndrome Association - https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk
Children and adults with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals with their own personalities, family backgrounds and preferences that make them who they are. Here you will find answers to questions that we are often asked about Down’s syndrome.
British Dyslexia Association -http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
This organisation offers information, help and support for parents, children and adults with dyslexia.
Royal National Institue of Blind People (RNIB) - http://www.rnib.org.uk/
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the UK’s leading charity supporting blind and partially sighted people. They offer practical and emotional support to those that need support, so they can continue living life to the full.
National Deaf Children's Society - http://www.ndcs.org.uk
The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
Change4Life - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Change4Life aims to help families to make small, sustainable yet significant improvements to their diet, activity levels and alcohol consumption.
CAMHS and Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is the name for NHS-provided services in the United Kingdom for children, generally until school-leaving age, who are having difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being.
Child Line - https://www.childline.org.uk
Whether it's something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us: by calling 0800 1111.
Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year they help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.
Organisations which support children and young people with visual and hearing impairment and their families:
National Deaf Children’s Society
Stoke and North Staffordshire Deaf Children’s Society
The Stoke & North Staffordshire Deaf Children's Society is a local group run by parents and carers of deaf children, working together with local health and education professionals. We support families with children or young people who are affected by hearing impairments, ranging from mild to profound deafness.
VICTA organises activities designed to improve the emotional, social and living skills of the children and young people with visual impairments.
VICTA support children and young people who are blind or partially sighted by providing equipment to aid their visual impairment.
Action for Blind
Action for Blind People is a dynamic national charity supporting blind and partially sighted people in all aspects of their lives. This means getting them into a job, sorting out their housing problems, helping them to go on holiday, enabling blind kids to do sports and have fun, or providing information in the heart of communities
Custom Eyes large print books for children
Produces tailor made books to suit the needs of children with visual impairment.