There are several ways to access help, advice and independent support for parents, carers and young people:
Breaks for carers
Having a break from looking after your child is not an admission of failure or a way of saying you don’t care. Without an occasional break you may become completely exhausted or even unwell.
You may just need to get a full night's sleep or would like to have a night out with a friend or partner. For further information on the support available, see Breaks for carers .
Crisis and emergency support
Within office hours it may be most helpful to talk to a professional who already knows your child and family. For contact details of the services available see Contact SEND support
In the event of an out of hours emergency, contact the Council's Emergency Duty Team (EDT) or the child's GP's out of hours service. Council Out of hours support
If you have a child under the age of five, or a disabled child up to the age of 11, your local Home-Start may be able to offer you a volunteer helper. A helper can accompany you to appointments and medical visits and offer additional support.
For more information contact Home- Start Calderdale
Alternatively, you can volunteer to be a helper to other families. Home-Start run regular volunteer preparation courses all over Calderdale. Contact Home-Start Calderdale for more information.
Other useful contacts can also be found in: Directory of useful contacts [PDF 109KB] .
Department for Education guide for parents and carers
The Department for Education has created a guide for parents and carers on the support system for children and young people with SEND, see: SEND: guide for parents and carers .
It covers the law and statutory guidance on which the system is based, plus the changes that have occurred since 1 September 2014. The guide also provides advice on the places to go for help and information.
The full SEND Code of Practice is also available at: SEND: code of practice: 0 to 25 years .
Ofsted SEND Video’s
Ofsted have produced four short films featuring their two national leads for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) - Lesley Cox and Mary Rayner. The videos cover SEND and the Local Area Inspection Framework introduced May 2016: