Resource library

We produce a wide range of publications for families with disabled children and the professionals who work with them.

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 parent guides or newsletters), nation and language.

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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@cafamily.org.uk.

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  • Factsheet: Claiming Disability Living Allowance for children

    A two-page summary about claiming Disability Living Allowance, the main benefit for disabled children, which is there to meet any extra costs of being disabled.

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  • Group Action Pack: Writing a press release and speaking to the media

    Tips on writing a press release and speaking to journalists for local and national parent support groups in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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  • Support for parent carer forums: Parent carer forums handbook

    Includes information on all aspects of running a forum including getting started, policies, governance, reaching parents, finances including paying parents, managing conflict and working with local authorities & health to improve services

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  • Factsheet: Preparing for adulthood

    This factsheet explains the key parts of the system of support in education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities from 14-25 years of age.

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  • Factsheet: Changing from the old system to the new - how will it happen?

    The Children and Families Act 2014 changed the way children and young people with special educational needs and disability are supported in education. This factsheet has information about how the old system will transfer to the new one.

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  • Factsheet: The local offer explained

    The Children and Families Act 2014 requires all local authorities to publish and maintain a 'local offer' in England. A local offer is a wide range of information about all the support and facilities which families can expect to find in their are for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This factsheet explains more about what to expect.

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  • Factsheet: Extra support in mainstream school - SEN support

    This factsheet explains how to get extra support in mainstream school if your child has special educational needs.

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  • Factsheet: Education, Health and Care needs assessments

    Since 1 September 2014, Education, Health and Care plans started to replace statements of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments for children and young people aged 0-25. This factsheet explains the first step to getting an Education, Health and Care plan.

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  • Factsheet: Education, Health and Care plans

    Since 1 September 2014 statements of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments started to be replaced by Education, Health and Care plans for children and young people aged 0-25. This factsheet explains the new system.

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  • Factsheet: Introduction to the Children and Families Act 2014 - England

    This factsheet is an introduction to part three of the Children and Families Act 2014, where the law for children and young people with special educational needs is set out.

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