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National support for SEND

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity 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.

Visit the IPSEA website for more information.


Contact can provide support for every shape and size of family, whatever they need and whatever their child’s disability. Contact will give you the best possible guidance and information.

Telephone: 0808 808 3555

Opening hours: 9:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday


NSPCC provide support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.


Sense Information and Advice can help you find the right support for you and your family. In partnership with RNIB, they offer free and impartial information about living with complex disabilities, including deafblindness.

Council for Disabled Children

Being a parent to a disabled child or child with special educational needs can become a stressful experience when you can’t find the information, advice or support you need.

The Council for Disabled Children have an online library of resources that you can access to find out more about disability policy and practice which includes a selection of materials specifically written with parents in mind.