What to expect, when?
A parents’ guide to development and learning in the first five years, (4Children).
Memory aids, reminders and brain training
Video and text presentation by Dr Sallie Baxendale, (Epilepsy Society).
Free courses, including some related to children, health, care and education (Open University).
Aiding the Transition
An article by Kate Duggan describing the use of communication aids to help students who are moving beyond school, (SEN Magazine).
The National Careers Service publishes a variety of guides designed for children and their parents to think about their qualification choices and future careers. They include a new one for parents of girls aged 12-16, “Your daughter’s future”.
Pay Your Way
Information about sending and receiving payments, e.g. from bank accounts, possibly useful for young people learning independence skills, or for those who will continue to need other people to carry out transactions for them (Payments Council).
An effort to prevent and inform about bullying of young children, notably in nurseries and schools. Website section for parents and early years professionals and one for children, with background information at: http://www.immediate.co.uk/news/brand/children-almost-five-times-more-likely-to-be-bullied-in-school-than-online-finds-immediate-youth-childrens-study/ (Immediate Media Company Ltd.).
Preventing bullying: a guide for teaching assistants
A guide that includes strategies for stopping the bullying of children with special needs from occurring, (Anti-bullying Alliance). There is also a related free online training course at: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/onlinetraining.
The Care Act: assessment and eligibility
A collection of resources on eligibility for care and support and the duties of local authorities. Of interest to service users as well as practitioners (Social Care Institute for Excellence. The Care Act affects over-18s and parent-carers of under-18s. It applies to England and Wales mostly, although parts of it apply elsewhere).
Challenging cuts to short break services
A legal resource for parent-carers of disabled children (Every Disabled Child Matters).
Support services in Scotland
A summary of many of the services and advice / information websites available, with links, e.g. welfare rights, mental health, housing (Food Aid Scotland).
Retail website specialising in technology for independent living.
New “family life” section on Contact a Family’s website to help family members of children with disabilities to support each other and work together.
My CAMHS choices
A website designed for young people who have been referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Evidence Based Practice Unit and others).
“Internet of things”: guidance on the steps to take to guard against some of the possible crime risks presented by the growing use of smart devices, (Home Office).