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Family Support Services

Our Family Services department provides a range of information, advice and support services for disabled children and young people, those with special educational needs (aged 0-25 years) and their families.


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We run the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) for Southampton, West Berkshire and Portsmouth for disabled children and young people (and those with special educational needs) aged 0-25, and their families.

Their contact details can be found through the links above, or as follows:

Local Offer Websites

Local Authorities also publish information about services locally which support disabled children and young people (aged 0-25) and those with SEN. This is known as the Local Offer and you can find their websites below:

Parent Carer Support Forums

In Southampton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole there are Parent Carer Forums to enable parent carers of children and young people (aged 0-25) with a disability or special educational need to have a voice and impact on the services that matter to them.

Parent Carers Together (covering Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole)

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Email: info@parentcarerstogether.org.uk
Website: http://www.parentcarerstogether.org.uk/

Hampshire Parent Carer Network (covering Hampshire)

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Email: partcipation@hpcn.org.uk
Website: http://www.hpcn.org.uk/

Southampton Parent Carer Forum

Email: Chair@sotonpcf.org.uk
Website: http://www.sotonpcf.org.uk/

Other Useful Resources

Rose Road Activity Directory

The Rose Road Activity Directory has been produced by the Rose Road Association for parents and carers of disabled/special needs children and young people. It contains information on accessible facilities and activities in and around Southampton and Southern Hampshire.

Carers in Southampton

Carers in Southampton is a new service for anyone who gives up their time, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who needs additional support. Please phone on 023 8058 2387 or enquiries@carersinsouthampton.co.uk

Autism Hampshire

Autism Hampshire is an independent regional charity providing a range of services and information within Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire, as well as wider afield. The community access team can be reached on 023 8076 6162, by email info@autismhampshire.org.uk, or via their website.

Southampton Buzz Network

The Buzz Network is the service which offers short-breaks in Southampton. These are self-referral. To see if your child/ren or young person/s meet the criteria, for more information and for contact details please see: Buzz Network. Short breaks offered under the service include One2One support in the form of a voucher for hours, discounted special needs playschemes and support accessing Universal (open to all) activities.