Below are links to current information on working with children and young people with disabilities:-

We want to hear from parents, carers and their young adults and children – SEND survey extended

Dorset SEND Newsletter April 2021

New £37.5m plan to provide the best education for Dorset children with SEND

All Age Autism Project - important invitation to participate in the next stage

Dorset Council want to hear from young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their parents and carers

Dorset SEND Newsletter

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust - funding available

Tes SEN - Access on-demand learning

Are you looking for support for a child with a disability?

Workforce Development Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting Autistic People

Autistic children facing mental health crisis in lockdown, warns charities

Are you a Chatterbox?  Young people 11-18 in Dorset wanted

Dorset SEND Newsletter February 2021

Artz Plus February Half Term Activities 2021

Arts Xtra 2021

Dorset SEND Newsletter January 2021

Reconnecting the SEN Community - 14th to 16th January 2021

Recommended Watch!  Wouldn't Change a Thing video

Coronavirus - disabled children's return to school findings

Dorset SEND Newsletter - November 2020

Dorset SEND Newsletter 23.10.2020

Informal childcare rules for disabled children and young people during COVID-19 pandemic

YMCA Chatterbox Project are recruiting young people with SEND to join their free sessions 

Dorset SEND Newsletter 08.10.2020

The last six months in the lives of families raising disabled children

Dorset SENDIASS and Dorset Parent Carer Council - new drop-in sessions every Friday

Calling families and young people with SEND

Supporting children with SEND return to school

Dorset SEND Newsletter - 01.09.2020

Resources - Back to School in the 'New Normal'

Children with SEN and disabilities Report

Bring Learning Alive for children with SEN

SEN Show Series - this weeks free webinars

Schools and Councils must update Risk Assessment for children with SEND before they return to school

Helping Young Minds

Parents of SEND suffering high levels of stress during COVID-19

Changes to SEND tribunals and EHC plans could be made permanent

Supporting young people with SEND online

Children with SEND worst affected by school funding cuts

Money Matters: A guide for parents of children with SEND

SEND feedback on Dorset's new Education Health Care Plan documents

March's edition of The Xchange

Resources for young people with learning disabilities

Saturday Club in Dorchester on Saturdays for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The Dorothy Hay-Bolton Charitable Trust funding to support children and young people with disabilities

Feedback from Dorset Council Short Breaks for Children with a disability event, feedback form, discussion notes, presentation, response to feedback

Protecting disabled children from sexual abuse

Parents & Carers views on preventing sexual abuse of disabled children

Dorset residential home rated 'Good'

Sector reacts to SEND campaign court defeat

Disabilities Rights UK Report - Special or Unique

Safeguarding children and young people with disabilities podcast

Autistic Teenager creates app to help people on the Spectrum

The Chatterbox Project in Wimborne

Association of Directors of Children's Services urging support for mainstream SEN inclusion

Charity Drill Report "Special or Unique" on tackling bullying of SEND pupils

Short Break Activities for Children with Disabilities summary

Webinar discussing the transition for young people to adulthood

Mental Health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities report

Children with learning disabilities and mental health problems 'ping ponged' around system

46% of unpaid carers unable to take a break in the last 5 years

The Chatterbox - invitation to new members and new programme

Podcast on 'Is Support Planning working?'

'SEND Crisis' sparks day of protest

Vulnerable children with learning disabilities being kept in mental health hospitals


SEND Newsletter with update from Sarah Parker, new Dorset Council Executive Director for Children

The Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired Grants

Government failing deaf children as they fall behind their classmates

Report on 'What do people with learning disability and their families think about the Self-Assessment Framework'

A Life without Fear Report

Children and Young People with Learning Disability Report

December Xchange Enews

We Need An Education campaign update from Ambitious about Autism

Toolkit to make music accessible to children and adults with complex disabilities

Autistic traits in 5-8 year olds

Gatwick first UK airport to open sensory room for passengers

October Xchange Enews 

Mental health issues in young people up sixfold in England since 1995

Guide for young people 16 - 25 on resolving SEND disagreements

Mental Capacity Amendment Bill draft amendment

Roadblock to Recovery - CAB report on links between mental health & practical problems

Secret life of Us Campaign - highlighting real life stories of young people with disabilities

Parents guide to improving the wellbeing of young children with Learning Disabilities

Schools found to be excluding more autistic children

Councils poised to cut support for deaf children

DfE £27m SEND boost

Why shouldn't I be autistic and a student

A guide to support for families of children with complex needs

SEND cuts 'put children at greater risk of exclusion'

New measures to support children with SEND

Personal budgets to be extended to young people with mental health needs

SEND Reforms - update on transferring to EHCP

DCC Sufficiency of SEND Provision Cabinet Report

A Parents 7 Steps to achieve an EHCP

Government unveils plans to improve education for children with additional needs

The Bendrigg Trust Funding

Do you need funding for supported housing?

Learning Disability Helpline available

Sports activities for young people with disabilities in West Dorset

Valuing the Views of Children with learning disabilities

The Chatterbox Newsletter

National Board for children with high-level SEND to come

Families and the new SEN system

Ferndown Youth Club for young people with SEN or disabilities

The Chatterbox Youth Provision newsletter

A quick guide for those supporting through transition

DfE launches school transport review

Life Paths: work and caring for your disabled child

UN criticises treatment of disabled children in the UK

Chatterboxes Youth Club for young people with SEN or Disabilities flyer and information

Sainsbury's Inclusive Community Training Programme

Building Independence through Planning Guide

Stopping the Over Medication of People with disabilities report

Finding Work guides

Variety Club Equipment Fund

Decision making toolkit for young people with disabilities

Free training from Disability Rights UK

Navigating the Transition to Adult Service

Into Apprenticeships Guide

Disabled Children Partnership

Happy Days Children's Charity -  Grants Available

Services struggling with rise in complex disability cases

Dorset County Council Local offer  - information available here