A-Z of Support

Action for Children
Action for Children (formerly NCH) today run over 460 projects in the UK, supporting more than 89,000 children at risk, vulnerable young people and families in need of support.

Action for Sick Children
The UK's leading children healthcare charity, formed to ensure that sick children always receive the best possible care.

ADDIS
The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service, providing people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

AFASIC
Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Allkids
Parenting Tips, advice, problems and Information Pages Index.

ASBAH
The Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus aims to improve services for people, to work with them to extend their choices, and maximise opportunities for independence and achievement.

Asthma UK
Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.2 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.

BDA Sign Community
Up-to-date news and information for the Deaf and signing communities.

British Dyslexia Association
The British Dyslexia Association is the voice of dyslexic people. They offer advice, information and help to families, professionals and dyslexic individuals.

BEA
The British Epilepsy Association provides a wide range of services and information to support anybody with an interest in epilepsy.

Bullying UK
Advice for children, parents and schools on tackling the problems of bullying.

Childline
The UK's free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.

Counselling Directory
Search for a counsellor or psychotherapist near you. The site aims to be the leading service for counselling advice and information, connecting those in distress with the largest support network in the UK.

Deaf 24/7
Deaf 24/7 is an internet resource point for any one interested in deaf related information especially in United Kingdom.

DSA
The Down's Syndrome Association exists to support parents and carers of people with the condition.

Dyspraxia Foundation
A country Wide charity, supporting children, families and adults with dyspraxia.

Early Support
Early Support is for families with young disabled children. It is the Government’s recommended approach to co-ordinating services across England.

Family Fund
Gives information concerning grants for disabled children.

HemiHelp
Offering information and support to children and young people with Hemiplegia, to their families or carers and to the professionals who work with them. Also aiming to increase general awareness of the condition.

LOOK UK
The National federation of Families with Visually impaired children- linking families of children with a visual impairment across the country and providing support and advice.

MENCAP
Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

The National Autistic Society
Providing information on autism and Asperger syndrome, and information about support and services, volunteering, campaigning, lobbying and fundraising activities in England.

NCB
The National Children's Bureau promotes the interests and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives.

NDCS
The National Deaf Children's Society is exclusively dedicated to supporting all deaf children, young deaf people and their families in overcoming the challenges of childhood deafness.

NSPCC
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.

Parents for Inclusion
Parents helping parents so their disabled children can learn, make friends and have a voice in ordinary schools and throughout life.

RADAR
The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation is the UK's advisory disability body run by and for disabled people.

Resources for Autism
RFA are an organisation that provide practical autism specific resources to children and adults with ASC and their families; including holiday and youth clubs.

RNIB
The Royal National Institute for the Blind offers practical support and advice to anyone with a sight problem.

RNID
The Royal National Institute for the Deaf is the largest charity representing the deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK.

SCOPE
National organisation for people with Cerebral Palsy, whose aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued, and have the same human and civil rights, as everyone else.

SENSE
Sense is the UK's largest organisation for children and adults who are deafblind or have associated disabilities.

Useful Sites

Axistive.com
Axistive Assistive Technology News Portal offers free news, articles, product reviews and all product and vendor information of assistive technology devices.

Baby Dazzlers
Baby Shower Gifts and Children's Educational Toys at Baby Dazzlers.

BBC Parenting
Lots of good advice for parents of Primary School aged children.

Capstone Foster Care
Capstone Foster Care is a well established fostering organisation who provide safe and nurturing foster homes to children and young people.

CASE
The Campaign for State Education is an education campaign group, which campaigns for the right of all to the highest quality state education, regardless of race, gender, home circumstances, ability or disability.

Childcare.co.uk
A free to register, service designed to match parents with local childcare providers.

Childcarenow.co.uk
A service to help parents and families find childcare, babysitters and nannies.

DirectGov: Parents
Lots of information from the government on parenting issues, such as having a baby, money issues, family and the law, adoption issues, bullying, child care, health, and much more.

Emergency Childcare
The only organisation in the UK that gives parents the opportunity to book local nursery and child minder places or an emergency nanny on a flexible, ad hoc or daily basis.

Find A Babysitter
The UK's only childcare search site to offer background checks. Thousands of babysitters, nannies, au pairs, childminders, house keepers, childcare jobs and more.

Fostering Solutions
Fostering Solutions is an independent foster care agency who are passionate about ensuring positive outcomes for children and young people in foster care.

Healthopedia
A medical and health information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language on over 1,500 health topics.

Ice Breaker Games
Great ideas for ice breaker games for school children, students, employees or guests .

The Idea Box
Early childhood education and activity resources, with ideas for games, music, songs, recipes and crafts.

Immobilise
The UK national property register, where you can register personal items and enables polices to trace owners of lost and stolen property. As a direct result of Immobilise there are over 250 cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods.

Intelihealth
Information and advice on fitness, nutrition, diseases and conditions and the health of babies, children and other members of the family.

Internet Watch Foundation
The Internet Watch Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation established to address the problem of illegal material on the Net, with particular reference to child pornography.

JustParents
Parenting and Pregnancy advice for mums and dads. With baby names, gender predictor, forums, parents blogs and much more!.

Look4Nurseries
Making the search for childcare and day nurseries a little easier.

Making Spaces for Children
A guide to space planning and room layout. Valuable guidance resource on how to maximize any childcare space.

Maths and Reading Help for Kids
A collection of original articles and resources centred on the topic of children's education.

NannyShare
Helping parents find other families nearby that would like to share the increasing cost of childcare, especially nannies.

National Fostering Agency
One of the most experienced and long established independent fostering agencies in the United Kingdom.

Net Doctor
The UK's independent health web site with advice on all sorts of medical issues.

Netmums
The UK's fastest-growing online parenting organisation with over 840,000 members, mostly mums.

Oxford Owl
A free website built to help you with your child's reading. You'll find age-specific reading tips, book recommendations, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child's reading to life, including over 100 free eBooks.

Out of School Care
A simple search and booking service for parents looking for children's holiday club providers and summer camps in their area.

Parenting Answers
Various articles, advice and questions answered on a number of parenting topics.

Parents Place
Family resources for parents and care givers who want to help their children excel in school. Includes a home activity centre, homework help, publishing corner and links.

Parents Resources
Articles written by practicing teachers designed to help with the education of your child.

Show My Homework
A free resource that makes it easy for teachers to post homework questions, upload worksheets and set deadlines and helps parents keep track of their child's homework.

Storybud
Enjoy childrens stories from around the world. Especially designed with the accessible needs of visually impaired users, with stories in text, audio and combined text/audio versions.

Teaching Your Child
Advice and support for parents and carers on how to help their child progress at school. A range of activity ideas are provided to ensure you can improve your child's literacy and numeracy skills along with their social and emotional development.

Tinies
Find a nanny and other childcare in the UK. Tinies Childcare provides a wide range of services for parents and childcarers.

Education Links

Advisory Centre for Education
On the ACE web site, you will find news and information specifically for parents, school governors and teachers.

BBC Schools' Parents Page
An information resource from the BBC to help you support your children in all stages of the National Curriculum.

Becta
The British Educational Communications and Technology agency is the Government's lead agency on the use of ICT in education, playing a crucial role in maximising the benefits to all teachers and learners that using ICT can bring.

DfES
The Department for Children, Schools and Families: creating opportunity, releasing potential and achieving excellence.

DirectGov - Schools
Find information about schools, childcare and nurseries, including School Profiles.

Education Otherwise
A UK-based organisation which provides support for families whose children are being educated outside school.

Ofsted
The Office for Standards in Education, where you can read school inspection reports and find information about the organisation and the inspection process.

NCPTA
National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations is a registered charity promoting home school links and providing advice and support for PTAs.

Parenting Education And Support Forum
The national umbrella body bringing together those who work to provide parenting education and support for parents and families

Parent Governor Representatives
Guidance on the role of a Parent Governor Representative under new local authority structures.

Parent Link
Parentlink has been set up by a group of teachers to give parents practical tips on helping with children's school work.

SchoolsNet
The No. 1 schools guide for parents, and by parents.

Exam Boards

AQA
The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, formerly the Associated Examining Board (AEB) and the Northern Examinations and Assessment Board (NEAB).

Cambridge Assessment
Europe's largest assessment agency, incorporates three exam boards (OCR, CIE, ESOL) and it is a department of the University of Cambridge.

CCEA
The Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

CIE
Cambridge International Examinations.

Edexcel
Edexcel was formed by the merger of BTEC, the leading provider of vocational qualifications, and ULEAC, one of the major GCSE and GCE examining bodies.

International Baccalaureate Organisation
Internationally recognised qualifications, from this non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland.

OCR
Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations, formerly including the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

QCA
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

WJEC
The Welsh Joint Education Committee.

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