Where to get more information: Special needs and disability

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations. The CDC campaigns and lobbies on issues affecting disabled children and their families. They can be contacted online, by phone or post, or in person:

  • Address: 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE
  • Telephone: 020 7843 1900
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Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA) is a national charity providing free legally based advice, by telephone or email, to families who have children with special educational needs. All advice is given by trained volunteers.

  • General advice: call 0800 018 4016 10am-4pm Mon-Fri and 7-9pm Mon-Thurs, or use the website to arrange an appointment for a call.
  • Tribunal Help Line: call 0845 602 9579 10am-1pm Mon-Thurs plus additional hours (check website for details), or use the website to arrange an appointment for a call.
  • Details of all advice services and links to webpages with information.

National Parent Partnership Network supports and promotes the work of Parent Partnership Services (PPS) across England. Parent Partnership Services offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). You can find your local PPS using the NPPN website.


Parents for Inclusion (PI) is a network of parents of disabled children and/or children with 'special needs' which offers a free telephone and email advice service. They aim to work with parents to increase the equal participation and inclusion of disabled children and all those children who are threatened by exclusion.

  • Helpline: 0800 652 3145
  • Email advice: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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