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Support groups for parents

Support groups are good places to get practical and emotional advice from other parents with disabled children.

There are groups which are for specific conditions. You may find that general support groups are also helpful.

Support groups for specific conditions

Disability charities that support people with a specific condition are usually the best places to find support groups of people with similar experiences.

Parent support groups (Contact charity)

People to ask about support groups

To find out what’s on offer in your area:

  • ask your health visitor 
  • visit children’s centres
  • check for portage services for children under 5

Portage services

Search for local services on Netmums

Finding support groups

Your local authority

Local authorities must publish information about the support that’s available in their area. This is called a Local Offer. The quality of information varies, but there should be support groups and contact information.

Find your local council (GOV.UK) and search for the Local Offer on their website.

Local support groups

Search for local groups on:

Find a local support group for children, young people and families (GOV.UK)

Online support groups

Explore online communities and forums:

Netmums has forums for parents with children with a variety of conditions including:

You can also look for Facebook parent support groups or pages on specific conditions.

You do not have to post or comment unless you want to. You can just read if that helps.

Last reviewed by Scope on: 06/10/2020

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