Coronavirus (COVID-19) support
For information about help and support for families, children, and young people with SEND and the current government restrictions, visit the Council for Disabled Children.
Local information and support services
There are many local and national organisations and services to help and support families with children and young people with SEND.
- Medway Parents & Carers Forum
- Medway SEND Information Advice and Support service (SENDIAS)
- Medway Family Information Service
- Citizens Advice Medway
- Healthwatch Medway
National information and support services
- Council for Disabled Children
- Special Needs Today
- Action for Children
- Disability Rights UK
- Family Fund
- Disabled Living Foundation
- SEND GOV.UK
- The Mobility and Support Information Service
Search our directory to find childcare providers such as childminders, nurseries and pre-schools in Medway.
When making contact with a provider, parents and carers should check that staff are qualified to deliver specific services.
Settings should also have a recruitment policy which shows that they follow safe recruitment practice, including taking up references and staff having a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place where appropriate.
Parenting support programmes
The support programmes available for parents or carers to help with behaviour management are:
- The Incredible Years - general behavioural concerns for a child 5 to 11 years old. The family can be at EHA, CHiN or CP level to be eligible
- Triple P (ADHD only) - behavioural conduct and pro-social skills for a child 5 to 11 years old. For those already diagnosed or being assessed for ADHD
- P Teen Programme - behaviour conduct and pro-social skills for a child aged 11 to 17 years old. The family can be at EHA, CHiN or CP level to be eligible
Parents and carers must be referred for the programmes by a professional working in Health, Social Care or Education.
Download the Parenting Support Referral Form.
Find out more information about Parenting programmes.
If you are a Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) patient you may be able to access MCH's behaviour clinic and promoting positive behaviour sessions.
Download the behaviour clinic parent information leaflet.
NELFT have shared recent talks they gave in Kent. The talks by Dr. Rachel Hussey are for families and children waiting for an autism assessment.
You can watch the following talks on YouTube: