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Posted on behalf of Contact:

This CPD accredited workshop will give you practical ideas about how you can support disabled children and their families.

Do you work with parents and carers of children with additional needs and disabilities?
Early identification and access to networks of support make a crucial difference to parents of disabled children, and for parents struggling to come to terms with concerns about their child’s development.

We know that children fall into two distinct categories: those who have presenting disabilities, and those with slowly emerging disabilities. Services for children with evident disabilities tend to be easier to plan for in partnership with parents – concerns such as integration, bullying, and appropriate play materials can be addressed, and reasonable adjustments made to enable the child with their social and emotional development and learning. However, it is children with additional needs that slowly emerge as they grow that give workers the most cause for concern. While most care settings have policies and measures in place to share concerns, clear procedures are imperative when discussing emerging concerns and supporting distressed parents seeking ongoing support.

It is not unusual for most workers to feel out of their depth and unskilled when approaching parents, so we will address clear pathways of support for all concerned.

This CPD accredited course is jargon-free and gives practitioners practical ideas about how they can support disabled children and their families.

This workshop is developed for practitioners working in England as refers to English Legislation. The techniques and skills covered may also be useful to practitioners outside of England. Please get in touch if you would like any further information on this.


  • To have an understanding of the free support that Contact offers.
  • To increase understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
  • To increase understanding of legislation that impacts practice.
  • To increase awareness of the effect of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) on the family.
  • To increase understanding of the emotions families may go through and how to support them.
  • To enable a better start to a working relationship with parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
  • Enable more effective communication with families and what to do if communication breaks down.
  • To recognise examples of good practice and how to implement this.
  • To know where to direct families to get further support.

What’s included

  • Attendance at the live workshop (2 ½ hours).
  • Q&A session with the trainer.
  • Pdf copy of the presentation slides.
  • Useful handouts and resources.
  • CPD certificate.

Important information

You will be emailed a link to join the live workshop via zoom a few days before and again on the day of the workshop. If you don’t receive your booking email after registering, please check your junk mailbox first. If you still need assistance, please email [email protected]

If you are intending to use a workplace computer, please check that there are no firewalls in place that will prevent you from joining via Zoom.

We are committed to offering workshops that are accessible to the widest audience possible. If you have any accessibility needs regarding this workshop, please contact [email protected] as early as possible.


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