Family Support and Resources

Family Support and Resources

Kent SEND Newsletter

Read the latest (June 2021) KCC SEND Newsletter here. You can read previous newsletters and sign up to new ones here.


Schools Reconnect Program Update

We are pleased to inform you of some exciting opportunities being made available to
children and young people in Kent by businesses and community organisations who are
working with us to make Reconnect a success. These include:

  • Free travel on buses
  • Free learning opportunities
  • Discounted leisure centre offer
  • Locality events

Find more information here


Includes Us 2 “Zoom Time” Groups

For parents/carers of children with a disability or SEN living in Ashford, Shepway & Dover.

Due to the current need for increased social distancing measures, Includes Us 2 will be offering a series of “Zoom Time” support groups over the next few months instead of our usual face to face meetings.

For more information, please click here.


Kent Educational Psychology Service

From 2nd November 2020, Kent Educational Psychology Service will be offering free consultations via video/phone call 30 minutes, where parents/carers can talk to an educational psychologist.

Click here to read the letter.


Online Safety

A Guide on How Not to Be a Screen ZombieFake News Online Safety Guide for ParentsSupporting Childrens Mental Health- 10 Conversation Starters for Parents Online Safety GuideTikTok Online Safety Guide


An open letter

An open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

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Includes Us 2 “My Time” Groups (Jan – March 2020)

Includes Us 2 “My Time” support groups provide a relaxed and informal space for parents/carers of children with a disability or a special educational need to meet up.

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Revision Planning Sessions

The Learning Support Department are offering revision planning sessions for students taking exams this year.

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Parent Support Sessions

Your space to discuss and learn from an experienced family and behaviour worker Group sessions to support your understanding of your child and to chat to other parents.

Click here for more information.IASK New website launch events 2019 – NORTH KENT


Discovery College Prospectus 2019-20

What is Discovery College?
Discovery College is a place for children and young people in East Sussex and their supporters (relatives, friends and carers) to have new experiences and learn more about emotional wellbeing and particular mental health challenges.

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Employability Conference Poster

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Ashford Parenting Support – September-December 2019

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Ashford Parent – Course Dates – 2019

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Research Request: Animal Therapy for SEN

Are you passionate about animals? And are you also the parent/guardian of a young person (aged 13 to 24) with a diagnosed SEN (i.e. ASD, Aspergers, Learning Disability, Global Delay, or Down’s Syndrome)? If so, you can make a difference by participating in my MSc research on the effect animal therapy has on young people with SEN. But to make this research really valuable, I need as many parents as I can get!

What am I asking? I need 10/15 minutes of your time on three occasions to complete a simple online survey. You can do it in your own home, on your phone, Chromebook or laptop, and I’ll even email you to let you know when to complete it! All responses will be completely anonymous. Questions are a 1-5 scale answer (i.e. Always — Never) to statements like “My child has trouble sleeping”.

If you can help us make animal therapy work better for teens with SEND, please visit this link for more information and to sign-up:

bit.ly/senaaa


Revision Planning Sessions

The Learning Support Department are offering revision planning sessions for students taking exams this year.

Click here for more information.


Includes Us 2 – New Family Support Service

Includes us 2 has launched a new support service.

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Includes Us 2 “My Time” Groups

Ashford, Shepway & Dover September – December 2018

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Includes Us

Free information workshops.

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Ashford Support Group

The group is for parents and carers of children and young people with Asperger syndrome or Autism. An opportunity for parents/carers to talk and listen to others with similar experiences. To exchange ideas and information and discuss concerns. All welcome, just come along.

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Parenting Drop in

The weekly Parenting Drop in session is aimed at all parents with children aged 0-25 years. If you have any concerns about your child/children’s behaviour or have found yourself in a challenging situation, please come along for advice, guidance and support. *No appointment necessary*

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Relaxed Prom

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e5zn3d


Den Day

https://denday.savethechildren.org.uk/how-you-are-helping/