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: Challenging cuts to short breaks services - England

    Guide for parents highlighting opportunities for families with disabled children to challenge cuts to short breaks services, with template letters for families to use.

    318kb

  • Factsheet: Disability Living Allowance when your child is in hospital

    The government have scrapped the rules which previously stopped Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence payments when a child is in hospital. Our factsheet explains what this means for families

    321kb

  • Factsheet: Carers' assessments - help for parent carers in England

    Parents of disabled children may be able to get help from their local authority to make looking after their child easier for them. This factsheet explains how parents may access this help.

    295kb

  • Factsheet: Short breaks - help for you and your child to take a break

    This factsheet explains how parents of disabled children can take a break from their caring responsibilities through 'short breaks services'. Short breaks can also allow disabled children to have a change of scene and try different experiences.

    220kb

  • Parent carer participation: Local authority responsibilities to provide short breaks

    This factsheet is for parent carer forums and explains the legal responsibility local authorities have to provide short breaks services in the area.

    127kb

  • Parent carer participation: The role of co-production in short breaks services

    This factsheet is for parent carer forums and contains advice on working with service providers to plan short breaks for families with disabled children.

    114kb

  • Factsheet: Introduction to the Care Act 2014 - England

    An overview of the rights of families with a child who may need support to prepare for the transition to adult services, young carers who are approaching 18 and disabled adults aged 18 and above.

    293kb

  • Factsheet: Help in the early years when your child has additional needs

    Explains the key parts of the education system in England that affect children from birth to age five, as well as some general information about finding suitable childcare.

    217kb

  • 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

  • Factsheet: Personal Budgets in England

    A personal budget sets out the amount of money that is available to spend on support for your child, to meet their assessed needs in health, education and social care. This factsheet explains how you can have more say in how the money is spent, including direct payments.

    208kb