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Many parent carers caring for a child/young person with additional needs are juggling lots of things at once and dealing with complex issues. Getting appropriate support and information for your child becomes your priority and in many cases your own wants and needs get lost and forgotten about – as individuals, couples and families.

On this page you'll find information on and links to local support services who can support you in your role as a parent carer.

Our adult / young carers e-learning courses are currently unavailable, but a new course that takes a ‘whole family’ approach to the role of both adult and young carers should be available from July 2018.

The Buzz Network - Short Breaks for families with disabled children

The Buzz Network is a service for parent carers of children with additional needs. Through signing up to the buzz network you can have access to:

- Short Breaks from caring for your child/young person (subject to eligibility)

- Specialist playschemes for your child/young person

- After school clubs / stay and play sessions

- Regular newsletters including information on events and activities in the City for families with disabled children/young people

- A personal liaison coordinator for support and advice.

Visit the Buzz Network page for eligibility criteria or phone them on 023 8083 3014.

Carers in Southampton - Support for parent carers

Carers in Southampton supports parent carers to look after their own health and wellbeing. The support from the service includes:

  • Help for carers to get in touch with the support and services they need
  • An opportunity for carers to get together
  • Keeping carers informed about relevant local events
  • Letting carers know what their rights and entitlements are
  • Enabling carers to have their say
  • Offering support when concerned about changes in the life of the person they care for
  • Helping carers draw up an 'emergency plan'
  • Offering support through a dedicated telephone helpline

Visit the Carers in Southampton website for further information or call them on 023 8058 2387.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a contracted service with the Local Authority and is based at Rose Road. This offers a free and impartial service to parents or carers living in Southampton whose children have special educational needs and disability.

Following the recent Southampton Advice Information and Guidance (AIG) procurement, there will be a new provider for SEND Information Advice and Support from 1st February, provided by The Rose Road Association (Rose Road).
Rose Road is a Southampton Charity established in 1952.  We have been providing information and advice services to families since 2009.  We pride ourselves on providing the information families need, via factsheets on our comprehensive website, telephone support and face to face support where it is needed.
Families can reach us on our local rate helpline number 0300 303 2677 or by email at .  Our website will be available at 1st February.

Southampton Parent Carer Forum

We are a friendly group of parent carers who have children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25 years.  We support and train parent carers to enable them to have input and be involved with shaping services alongside the professionals who provide health, education, adult and social services. Our shared mission is to improve and enhance the experiences and opportunities of children and young people with additional needs by enabling parents and carers to be heard and be at the heart of decisions about development and delivery of services in Southampton.  The forum will represent the views of the collective community and not an individual voice.  The role of the forum is not to advocate for individual families and will signpost to specialist services.

Southampton Parent Carer Forum

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