Talk to others about what support is available to you.
Speak to your school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The SENCO manages support for children with additional needs and liaises with parents, teachers and other professionals responsible for their support. They will be able to advise you about what’s available and how you can get it.
Local parent advice services
Your local authority has a duty to support your child to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes. For advice about how the school is meeting your child’s educational needs, contact your local parent advice service.
The service may have a different name depending on your area. They’re sometimes called:
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
If your child receives Disability Living Allowance, you will need to make a special request to social services to ask for a referral for short breaks. These can be anything from soft play sessions, trips to the cinema or play schemes for your child.
If your child has complex needs or you require respite care, ask social services about whether a care package is available. If care packages are offered by your local authority, a social worker would carry out an assessment to find out what help you might need.
If you have a named social worker, include them in discussions as they can refer you to services and support.
Talk to other parents or carers of children or young people about what support is available.
Look for local online groups or pages for parents of children with special educational needs.
Many local authorities have parent carer forums that work with the council to make sure that local services meet the needs of disabled children and their families. Ask your local authority if there is a parent carer forum in your area.