Support for families
School is a large part of your child's educational and social life where they learn vital skills they take through into adulthood. Sometimes things don't run smoothly at school. If your child is having problems at school, it's a good idea to first talk to the school about your concerns.
ACE Education offers independent advice and information for parents on education issues. Their advice covers school admissions and appeals, exclusions, special educational needs, attendance and bullying – Advice Line 0300 011 5142.
Child Law Advice provides legal advice and information on child, family and education law. They have loads of how-to guides and factsheets on a range of issues around education – Education Law Telephone Line 0300 330 5485.
Early Help is a service for families to help them to do well, stay safe and resolve problems at the earliest possible opportunity, before they become more serious. They can support you if, for example, you're worried about your child's behaviour, your child refuses to go to school or is being bullied, or if you're struggling to cope or have problems with family finances or relationships. You can ask someone you trust about Early Help. This might be a teacher at your child's school, your health visitor, midwife or someone at your local Children's Centre.
Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) support families of children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities. They aim to empower parents to make informed choices about their children's education and communicate confidently – Helpline 0300 041 3000.
Beams support disabled children, young people and their families through family advice, short breaks, the Dragon's Retreat short break unit and advice on Direct Payments – 01322 668501.
Kent Young Carers enables young carers under the age of 18 to receive some respite from their caring responsibilities, socialise with their peers and receive tailored support and information. They provide social groups for young carers called Chill Clubs – 0300 111 1110.