Resource library

Browsing our library

You can search for a keyword or use filters to browse our library. Resources are organised by:

  • Subject (for example education or benefits)
  • Type (for example reports or newsletters)
  • Nation and language

Our parent guides and factsheets

We produce a series of guides and factsheets on all aspects of raising a disabled child.

You can browse and download the parent guides in our library or download a publications list [PDF].

Ordering and buying print copies of our guides

If you are a parent and want a free print version of any of our parent guides, please contact our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 or helpline@contact.org.uk.

If you are a professional then we ask that you make a small payment of £1 for each of our guides. Select 'order print version' next to any parent guide that is on sale. Your basket will appear at the top of the page above the menu bar.

  • Parent guide: Personal independence payment (PIP) and other benefits at 16

    Advice and information for parents about the personal independence payment (PIP), benefits and rights entitlements when their child reaches 16 years of age.

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  • Parent guide: Help with council tax bills

    A guide to council tax discounts, support schemes and help available.

    328kb

  • Parent guide: Disability living allowance - claiming the higher rate mobility component for children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders

    How children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders may qualify for the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility component at the highest rate - one of our benefits guides.

    228kb

  • Parent guide: Developmental delay

    This guide is written for parents and carers whose child has, or might have developmental delay. It explains what is meant by the terms ‘developmental delay’ and ‘global developmental delay’ and includes top tips from parents. The printed version contains a pull-out poster showing important milestones in a child’s development. You can download the poster from our resource library.

    475kb

  • Parent guide: Dealing with bullying

    Spotting the signs of bullying, the action you can take, your child’s rights and tips from other parents.

    648kb

  • Parent guide: Moving into work

    This guide aims to answer questions you may have about returning to work, and what support is available at work so you can manage working and caring for your disabled child.

    920kb

  • Parent carer participation: Payments to Parent Carers

    Payments to Parent Carers – a guide for forums to the issues that parent carer forums need to consider when reimbursing Parent Carers’ expenses, remunerating parent carers for their time including offering honorariums or gifts as a thank you. The guide was kindly produced by the Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG) specifically for parent carer forums.

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  • Parent guide: Siblings

    How the siblings of a child who has a disability or long-term condition can be supported.

    497kb

  • Parent guide: Potty/toilet training

    Why disabled children may have problems with toilet training and practical tips and advice to help.

    613kb

  • Parent guide: Money Matters - a checklist when your child has additional needs

    A checklist of the entitlements to benefits and other financial help you may be able to get if you are the parent of a disabled child in England, Scotland and Wales.

    699kb