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SEND Independent advice and support

If you are a parent, carer or young person that needs help or information about the system for assessing and planning for children and young people with special education needs and disability, there are two independent organisations that can help. They have a good level of local knowledge about how the process works in Trafford and can offer guidance and advice on the support available.

If you, your child or young person already has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or Statement of Special Educational Need, please contact one of these organisations directly.

If you, your child or young person does not have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or Statement of Special Educational Need then in the first instance, you should talk to your nursery, school, or college. If after this you still require independent advice and guidance, then you should contact one of these organisations.

Trafford Parents Forum

Trafford Parents Forum is a forum of Trafford parents supporting other Trafford parents who have children and young people with SEN and Disability. 

Other sources of advice

Family Information Service

The Family Information Service can provide you with information and advice about services which make up the local offer in Trafford. You can get details about the support which is available and what's on in the local area.

National organisations

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Organisations Group (SENDIOG) is a network of organisations who provide free and impartial advice to children, young people and their families.

View the National organisations subcategory to see other information and advice across a wide range of areas and across impairments, needs or disability. 

Local support

Local support lists both groups set up in the local area that are run by national organisations, as well as small charities or support groups set up to help parents and young people in Trafford and the surrounding areas.

Trafford Advice Partnership

Trafford Advice Partnership (TAP) is made up of a number of advice-giving organisations across Trafford including Citizen's Advice Bureau, Trafford Carers Centre and Trafford Centre for Independent Living who are the key disabled user led organisation (ULO) in Trafford. TAP has now developed and you can access handy webcam advice sessions with these organisations from both Old Trafford Library and Urmston Library.


The Link SEND Newsletter

View latest edition

This is Trafford's termly newsletter to keep parents up to date on all things SEND. This includes changes to local processes and services as well as linking you to our local offer where you can find lots of useful information, advice and support.

NW SEND Regional Network Newsletter

We welcome contributions to network activities, information about forthcoming events for future editions of this newsletter and new additions to the newsletter circulation list. For any of these, or to view previous editions, please email Dr Cathy Hamer, NW SEND Regional Network Lead:

National SEND Newsletter

Government publish a SEND Newsletter aimed at anyone working in this area and children, young people and parents who use the system.

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