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On this page you can find details of organisations in Sandwell that support young people with SEND and their families.
Autism (Support Organisations) - a link to a number of organisations (local and national) that support children with autism and their families.
Barnardo's - Barnardo's is a national organisation that manages services in Sandwell's children's centres across all 6 towns. For more information about the services available in your area you can also ring the appropriate number below to speak to the town service co-ordinator
- West Bromwich - 0121 500 4011 - Rachel Jesson
- Wednesbury - 0121 556 5405 - Ruth Ellis
- Smethwick - 0121 555 6756 - Sophie Perkins
- Oldbury - 0121 557 0740 - Ruth Ellis
- Tipton - 0121 552 5150 - Stacey Taylor
- Rowley - 0121 559 9916 - Stacey Taylor
If you have concerns regarding your child or young person’s development you can call your local Children’s Centre for further advice on how it can support you. It is also able to send you a pack with further information on support available when you have concerns.
BEAM Sandwell is a new emotional health service run by The Children's Society in partnership with a number of other agencies for young people aged up to 18 (or up to 25 for care leavers) living in the Sandwell area. The service offers advice, signposting and support with any low level concerns relating to emotional health and wellbeing. It provides advice and guidance particularly in the areas of anxiety, anger, family difficulties, mood management and self-esteem. However, clinical assessments, structured therapy, counselling sessions and family therapy will not be available.
There are a number of drop-in sessions across the borough (no need to book - just turn up):
- Monday 1pm - 4.30pm, Community Link, Cradley Heath, B64 5AH
- Tuesday 2.30pm - 5pm, Langley Park Lodge, Oldbury, B69 4SL, and 3.30pm - 7pm, The Cafe (ground floor), Sandwell College Central Sixth campus, New Square, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG
Becoming an adult - Find out here what choices your child has when they leave school
Benefits and financial support - Information about the benefits you could be entitled to including housing benefit, council tax benefit, education benefits as well as where to get advice and support. As well as the GOV.UK and Money Advice Service websites there are also a number of voluntary organisations that can give advice about benefits including:
BUZZ - BUZZ is the only website for deaf children and young people aged 8-18. It has been developed jointly by The Council for Disabled Children and The National Deaf Children's Society
Changing Places Toilets - Toilets that have been specially adapted to meet the needs of people with significant disabilities. In Sandwell there are Changing Places toilets at:
- Sandwell College (Central Sixth campus)
- Sandwell Park Farm Pavilion
- Forge Mill Farm
- Oldbury Library
- Tipton Leisure Centre
- Portway Lifestyle Centre
Childcare - Find out about the different types of childcare, how to find local childcare, free childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and working in childcare
Children's centres - Find out where your local children centre is and what they have to offer
Children's Education Advisory Service - This is part of the Ministry of Defence and gives advice regarding the education of children in service families. This includes advice regarding SEND.
Children with Disabilities Team - Are a social care team that supports children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 18, and their families.
Connexions - Provides information, advice and guidance on making choices about learning jobs and careers
Contact - (previously known as Contact a Family) is a national organisation for families with disabled children. It has a wealth of information, advice and support that families can draw on.
Diagnosis - Find here information and useful websites that can help you and your family through the process of diagnosis
Family Information Service (FIS) - The new FIS information hub has a wealth of information about services to support families (including those with SEND)
The Family Fund - The Family Fund is a charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, it provided 88,407 grants and services worth over £33 million to families across the UK. It aims to make a difference to outcomes for disabled or seriously ill children and young people and the lives of the families raising them across the UK. It supports this aim by providing grants for essential items such as kitchen appliances, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets/computers, furniture and clothing. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and the grants can help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures. It also provides a range of programmes and services, as well as information and advice to families that apply, in order to help them access more of the support that may be of help to them in raising their child or young person.
Find out more at www.familyfund.org.uk, call us on 01904 550055, email us at email@example.com or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
There are animated videos on how to apply and should I apply? for a snapshot of what is needed from the application form and their criteria.
Family support - All sorts of children and families can have problems. This could be because of disability or family breakdown or from difficulties that many parents face in responding to their child's changing needs. It could be from domestic violence, or issues of drug and alcohol misuse.
4 Community Trust - Organisation, based in Oldbury, that provides a variety of short break opportunities for disabled and non-disabled children. These include breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and holiday clubs. Some of these form part of Sandwell's short break offer.
Getting around - Find out about public transport, concessionary travel passes, school travel passes, where to find timetable information for all local buses, trains and the Metro and other schemes in Sandwell and nationally that can help you and your child get around.
Healthy Sandwell, healthy you - Find out about quitting smoking, alcohol and drugs support, getting active, mental health and wellbeing, local health services and healthy eating.
Housing - Find out about getting a council house, paying your rent, reporting a repair, housing associations, benefits and help for the homeless or at risk
Inclusion support - Works across Sandwell to improve the education, learning, development and mental health and wellbeing of all children and young people (ages 0 - 25) with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable and / or have special educational needs.
KIDS - National organisation that supports disabled children, young people and their families. It provides information, advice and support as well as short break opportunities. It has been commissioned by Sandwell to provide part of its short break offer.
Leisure, parks and events - Find out about your local leisure centre, parks, libraries, museums, community centres, markets and allotments.
Road safety - Find out about staying safe and keeping your children safe on Sandwell's roads
Sandwell Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) - A local independent service, delivered by Action for Children, offering advice, information and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-19 with special educational needs. The service feeds information about the issues raised by parents into Sandwell Parent Voice. They can be contacted at Action for Children, Birmingham Community Children's Centre, 61 Bacchus Road, B18 4QY. Telephone: 0121 828 1172, email:firstname.lastname@example.org. This video from the Council for Disabled Children gives more information about the role of SENDIASS
Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC) - Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children's (SPDC) core function is to provide play, leisure and social opportunities for disabled children with the inclusion of siblings and parents/carers and to work with other service providers to ensure that disabled children are included. See the video below for more information about what SPDC does.
Sandwell Parents Voices United - every Local Authority has a parent forum which encourages the participation of parents in the development of services for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities. Sandwell Parents Voices United is the parent forum in Sandwell. If you would like to be part of the group it can be contacted on email@example.com or by phone on 07306 364106. You can follow them on Twitter (@VoicesParents) or on Instagram . The forum has also produced a short video which gives more details.
Sandwell Special Educational Needs Service - Find out how the Special Educational Needs service can help you if you are worried that your child is having difficulties learning at school
Sandwell Young Carers - Provides a range of support to young people who have caring responsibilities for a disabled sibling or parent
Schools and learning - Find out about the special schools, primary and secondary schools, pupil referral units and colleges in Sandwell, school admissions, term dates, school closures, adult learning, teaching, school meals and milk, special educational needs and school holiday activities
School holiday activities and events - Find out about the fun activities to do in Sandwell during the school holidays
SENSE - SENSE provides support to the families of children and young people with multi-sensory impairments as well as other complex disabilities. It provides short break activities as part of Sandwell's short breaks offer.