Useful Links

Useful Links


BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Programme


ISL Contacts


Partnership Group List 2020


Provision for SEND within DSPL7


The Collett School – Outreach leaflet and referral form for schools


Hertfordshire’s Professional Promise


Services, Organisations and Resource Information


Understanding childhood – downloadable leaflets


Parent/Carer Support Groups & Information:


ADD-vance – support and empower adults, children and families with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions in Hertfordshire

Angels – offers friendship, support, sharing of ideas and advice from professionals.

NAS Hertfordshire Branch – supporting families & people living with autism.  Harc is the Hertfordshire branch of the National Autistic Society

Up on Downs – Up on Downs is a parent run organisation which supports families of children with Down’s Syndrome

CommonSENse, Harpenden – a support group for parents or carers of Children with special needs offering practical advice and friendship

Phoenix – empowering young people up to the age of 25 who have a hearing impairment

Kids Hub – The KIDS East and West HUBs offer information and support for parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 0-19 in Hertfordshire

Down’s Syndrome Association – provides information, support and advice for those with Down’s Syndrome and their families

Down Syndrome Education International – a national resource for children, parents, carers, teachers and researchers. Devises programmes to encourage children to progress, provides parenting skills and undertakes research

The Communication Trust – we support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication

Afasic – supports parents with children who have difficulties talking and understanding language

Contact a Family – for families with disabled children

Herts Parent Carer Involvement – We are an independent parent carer led organisation with a network of parent carers from all over Hertfordshire. Our aim is to improve services for our families by working alongside those providing services for children and young people with SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities)

IPSEA – Independent Parental Special Education Advice

SOS!SEN – is a national charity aiming to empower parents and carers of children with SEN to tackle successfully themselves the difficulties they face when battling for their children’s rights

SENDIASS in Hertfordshire – provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and young people and children with SEND

Families in Focus – Families in Focus provides parenting courses that support parents in their local community to bring harmony, balance and enjoyment to family life. Free courses available across Hertfordshire

PALMS – are a family-led service working to understand and support the significant impact of challenges experienced by families of children and young people with learning disabilities and/or ASD

Carers in Hertfordshire – ensure all carers receive information, advice and support.  Enable carers to participate in service planning and decision making.  A platform for the voice of carers

Autism Education Trust – The purpose of the Autism Education Trust (AET) is to improve the education of children and young people with autism

National Autistic Society – Offers people with autism and Asperger Syndrome, their families and carers information, advice and support

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome) Society – a voice for PDA, running awareness campaigns and sharing information

Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database – News and information for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs

Space – a support group for parent/carers of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions

The Counselling Foundation – provides specialist counselling services including, bereavement, EMDR for trauma, couples counselling and counselling for Employees across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire from five easily accessible and BACP accredited centres.

Riding for the Disabled Association – provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement for disabled children and adults.


The Hertfordshire SEND Local Offer: 

For people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) age 0-25 and their parents, carers and families


The Hertfordshire SEND Toolkit


Other links:

The new Healthwatch Hertfordshire Youth website