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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 carer participation: Annual Report 2016-17

    Strengthening the parent carer participation Annual Report 2016-17 Annual report about the experiences of parent carer forums in 2016/17

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  • Parent carer participation: Associate Profiles

    Profiles of the Associates supporting the Parent Carer Participation programme

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  • Research and reports: Parent carer participation - towards a more ordinary life. A report on the progress of parent carer participation and the development of short breaks 2008-2011

    Report commissioned by the Department for Education on the progress made in the development of parent carer participation and short breaks services across England 2008 to 2011.

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  • Research and reports: How parent participation and parent carer forums leads to better outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families 2011

    Outlines how the development of parent carer participation supports the government’s aims to move towards a ‘big society’, and helps local areas to meet their statutory duties to involve and consult with parents and carers of disabled children

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  • Parent carer participation: Grant monitoring guidance 2018-19

    Parent carer participation grant monitoring 2017/18 – guidance notes for recipients of the parent carer participation grant in 2017/18, to evidence about how the grant was spent.

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  • Parent carer participation: Grant application form guidance 2018-19

    Parent carer participation grant application 2018/19 – guidance notes for parent carer forums applying for the DfE grant.

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  • Parent carer participation: Annual Review 2017-18

    A year in the life of parent carer forums - and celebrating 10 years of supporting forums

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  • Parent carer participation: Terms and responsibilities of grant award - parent carer participation grant 2018-19

    Read the following information before submitting your parent carer participation grant application, as it details the terms on which the grant has been awarded. This includes your forum’s responsibilities in accepting the grant.

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  • Parent carer participation: Case study Peterborough Family Voice working with LINk

    How the parent carer forum in Peterborough improved the patient experience for disabled children while in hospital and worked with other community groups through their LINk to improve access to hydrotherapy for children and adults.

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  • Parent carer participation: Case study Addenbrooke hospital passport

    A case study on parent carer forum who worked with Addenbrooke hospital to improve the experience of visiting the hospital for disabled children.

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