Support for parents and carers

As a parent or carer of a disabled child, there will be times when you need extra help. You may feel isolated, exhausted from the physical demands of parenting, or struggling to cope with a range of challenging emotions.

Getting the right help at the right time is important. That help can be from professionals or specialist services. It can be from family or friends, which is often the most practical support you can get in a crisis.

Our glossary explains the terms and abbreviations used in the Local Offer, see: PDFGlossary of terms [PDF 95KB] .

For details on getting help, advice and independent support, see: Advice and support .

Message from Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Children and Families

The new Minister of State for Children and Families has been confirmed as Robert Goodwill MP. His portfolio will cover Children’s Social Care, Early Years and Childcare, Opportunity Areas and Social Mobility, and SEND. He will also cover safeguarding in schools, the Pupil Premium, school sport and cadets. Mr Goodwill said of his new role:

“I am delighted to be appointed Minister of State for Children and Families. It is vitally important that all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, get a good start in life, have an education experience that allows them to reach their full potential, and lead a productive and fulfilling adult life. I am looking forward to hearing from families about their experiences, and to listening to partners who have expertise in this area. I want to continue to work with them to ensure we have an education system that provides the best possible support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.”

Early Intervention Single Assessment (EISA)

The Early Intervention Single Assessment (or EISA) is an assessment to identify the needs of children, young people and their families. It involves listening to you and your child/ren to find out your child/ren’s needs, and what is working well for your child/ren and the family unit. For more information about EISA, see: PDFEarly Intervention Single Assessment Leaflet [PDF 411KB]

Disabled Children's Charter

The PDFCalderdale Disabled Children's Charter [PDF 281KB] , sets out the Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board's aims for improving the quality of life and outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Local Offer - Living Our Lives

This booklet is a practical guide for parents and carers: PDFCalderdale Local Offer: living our lives [PDF 2224KB]

Topics covered in the booklet include:

  • Education;
  • Healthcare;
  • Social care;
  • leisure;
  • support for parents;
  • transition to school;
  • transition to adult services;
  • advice and support; and
  • a list of useful local and national contacts.

If you would like this booklet in a different format, such as a paper copy, contact: SEND support.

For a brief description of what the Local Offer is, see: PDFCalderdale Local Offer leaflet [PDF 245KB]

Family Services Directory

For a wide range of services for children and young people and their families, search our online database: Family services directory .

The Max Card

This is a discount card for families of children with disabilities and additional needs. It can be used at over 300 locations nationally. Just show the card when you enter to get free or discounted admission for up to 4 people. Local attractions include:

  • Eureka!, National Coal Mining museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For full details, visit: Max Card

There are two ways to get a Max card:

INclusive Calderdale

INclusive Calderdale is a magazine full of information, advice and guidance for families with disabled children. It is produced twice a year by Calderdale Council and Unique Ways.

Computer access points

If you do not have access to a computer, or you need support navigating the Local Offer website, computers are available at:

Use this free service to find out more about the information and support available to you and your family. Staff are available to help if you need assistance.

Family Voice Calderdale - get involved, have your say and help shape services in Calderdale

Family Voice Calderdale gathers views from parent carers through surveys, focus groups and meetings. They work closely with local service providers to help improve services delivered to make sure they meet the needs of children and parent carers in Calderdale. For more information, visit: Family Voice Calderdale , or email: lucy.armour@uniqueways.org.uk .

All age Disability Strategy

Calderdale Council is developing an All Age Disability Strategy. We want to be The Best Borough in The North for everybody and an important part of this is being a place where we all work together so disabled children, young people and adults can access all areas and all parts of Calderdale life. We want the views of as many people and organisations as possible and we particularly want to know what disabled people think and want.  Please follow the link to our online survey and alternative formats and language versions.

Adult and Children's Services - All Age Disability Strategy survey