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Parenting Support and Groups

There are many organisations that offer information, support and advice to parents and carers in families with children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Some of them are local and offer services to people in a specific area, others are national and offer support to all. Some organisations offer support about specific conditions or subjects. Others offer general advice and support across a wide range of subjects that affect all families, children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities

Independent support for Wandsworth families having assessments for Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans, personal budgets, direct payments and all related matters is available from Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service (WIASS).

Benefits and grants, for Wandsworth families Contact -Wandsworth, DASCAS and the Carers' Centres Wandsworth, can all help you to find out what you are entitled to and assist you in claiming it.

Parenting groups and programmes offering advice are available across the borough.

Support can be for general parenting advice, or for more specific issues such as domestic abuse.

Some groups are run by the Council, whilst others are run by other organisations whose aim is to support parents. These include:

Cygnet and CATS, for parents of children on the autism spectrum, run by Contact-Wandsworth.