Supporting Students

Useful information for Parents

The SEND gateway offers easy access to high quality information and resources for meeting the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities:

Contact a Family is the national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal:

Literacy difficulties

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Blind or Visually Impaired

Deaf or Hearing Impaired

The British Deaf Association (Website)

National Deaf Children’s Society (Website)

Action on Hearing Loss (Website)

UK Deaf Sport (Website)

Down syndrome

Downs Syndrome Association (Website)

Mencap (Website)


British Dyslexia Association (Website)

Dyscalculia Me (Website)


Dyspraxia (or Developmental Coordination Disorder)

The Dyspraxia Foundation (Website)

Dyspraxia UK (Website)

Mental health and emotional wellbeing

YoungMinds (Website)

Mental Health Foundation (Website)

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Talking Point (Website)

 Afasic (Website)

I Can (Website)


Whizz-Kidz (Website)

Young Carers

Carers Trust (Website)

Action for Children (Website)

Safeguarding Information for Parents

Advice and support for parents.

If you have a concern regarding a young person and their safety, please call the Children’s Advice Duty Service (CADS) on 0344 800 8021

Leaflets on these topics can be found outside the safeguarding office and in the meetings room opposite main reception if required or visit the linked websites.

The Stop It Now campaign Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse.

Online safety

Our top 10 online safeguarding tips –

1.       Have conversations re internet safety from a young age.

2.       Lead by example.

3.       As your child about the apps and websites that they use.

4.       Set boundaries but be realistic.

5.       Reassure your child that they can always talk to you.

6.       Talk about their disclosure of personal information.

7.       Talk about social media.

8.       Talk about their use of gaming.

9.       Talk about cyber bullying.

10.   If your child has been a victim or is the perpetrator of online grooming, sexting, online bullying or sending, receiving and distributing sexual images don’t panic! Keep all messages sent and received, report this to the police on 101, then report to the school safeguarding team on 01553 773606 ext 255 or ext 292

You may also find these websites useful for advice for bullying and online peer on peer abuse…

Parental support –

If you are looking for support with your child’s behaviour, attendance, boundary setting and working on positive family relationships. We have a Parent support Advisor who works with KESA. Further information can be obtained by calling Diana Shermon (PSA) on 01553 761001 option 2.

You may also like to take a look at the following websites for advice and support, (family support process) (support for families) (support for families) (support for families) (child on parent violent behaviour support course)

Sexting/ Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)/ drugs/ County Lines

If you have concerns re a child who may be sexting, is at risk of sexual exploitation or is involved in county lines, please look at the following websites for advice and support (sexting)  (sexting) (CSE) (CSE) (drugs) (county lines hotline)

National Crime Agency – County Lines

Healthy relationships and victim support (abusive relationships) (advice for adults and children re abusive relationships) (advice and support) (support for those who have been raped) (support for male and female victims of rape) (advice for teenagers on sexual pressure, rape and sexual assault)   advice and support for LGBT domestic violence) – National domestic abuse and refuge helpline

Health (youth mental health)

07480 635060 – NHS children and young people’s health service text line.

0300 300 0123 – children’s health advice line (bereavement support) (educational health and social care support)

01760 720302 – family action, positive behaviour support course aimed at parents or carers of a child who they believe may have ASD or ADHD and are awaiting assessment. (ADHD parenting programme) (ASD new family support programme) (support for young carers)