There are some websites that you find yourself going to time after time because they always seem to have exactly what you need. There are also not enough hours in the day to keep on top of the best websites and their uses.
In this section, we have listed our top ‘lifesaver’ websites (in no particular order).
These are the sites we have found provided us with the most valuable information and support.
The home of therapeutic parenting, the National Association of Therapeutic Parenting provides support, education and resources for Therapeutic Parents and supporting professionals relating to therapeutic parenting, effective interventions, compassion fatigue and the effects of early life trauma.
Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, community and advocacy for all those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents. They connect adoptive families, provide information and signposting on a range of adoption-related issues and campaign for improvements to adoption policy and legislation at the highest levels. With over 8,000 members, they provide a strong, supportive community and are the largest voice of adopters in the UK.
Witherslack are the UK’s leading provider of specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs) and complex learning needs.
They also provide some amazing free training that we highly recommend.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving 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.
They also provide training for GP’s, Teachers, Social Care agencies and other professionals, raising awareness to bring about positive change and inclusion in mental health, education and employment.
The Local Offer champions education, health & social care services
from across the sectors, transforming the landscape of specialist provision.
The Centre for Adoption Support offers a wide range of support and training services for adoption and permanency. Their experience shows that by providing families with access to broad training and support from the early stages, we enable them to develop their own strategies for managing the family situation and build their confidence and resilience. They will work with you in identifying and addressing the support requirements of your children and family – not just what’s right now, but what you could need in the future.
They offer training on supporting babies, toddlers to teens. Most of their services fall within the remit of the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) and they will assist your local authority in their submission if required.