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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: Contact privacy notice

    Department for Education privacy notice covering the parent participation grant process

    273kb

  • 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

    2mb

  • Parent carer participation: Annual Review 2018-2019

    A year in the life of parent carer forums, looking at the impact forums have made over the year.

    935kb

  • Parent guide: Aids, equipment and adaptations

    Information on how to get equipment, mobility aids and adaptations to your home for your child, plus where to go for grants, specialist support and advice.

    894kb

  • Parent guide: Holidays, play and leisure

    Play and leisure for disabled children, how to get help with funds and where to find more information about taking a holiday. Plus information about arranging holidays and organisations which give grants for them.

    1,016kb

  • Parent carer participation: Grant application form guidance 2019-20

    Parent carer participation grant application 2019-20 – guidance notes. Applications for the 2019-20 parent carer participation grant are now being accepted and must be submitted by Monday 10th June 2019.

    661kb

  • Parent carer participation: Using the media to reach more parent carers Webinar presentation

    Presentation to support Webinar recording 'Using the media to reach more parent carers and amplify your forum’s message' delivered by Elaine Bennett – Press & Comms Manager at Contact and Richard Hobbs Communications lead at NNPCF and Steering group member at Somerset Parent Carer Forum.

    4mb

  • Parent carer participation: Managing your parent carer participation grant 2019-20 final

    Managing your Parent Carer Participation Grant and other useful tips to help you manage the day to day running of your forum

    718kb

  • Research and reports: appendices for report following consultation with parent carer forums at DfE, 8th July 2013 and written submissions from parent carer forums.

    Appendices to support report following consultation with parent carer forums at Department for Education, 8 July 2013 and written submissions from parent carer forums.

    1mb

  • 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.

    194kb