Parent support groups and services

In Kent there are a number of voluntary organisations, support groups and advice charities active that can help you, often for free if your child or young person has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Local charities

You can also find support groups on our community directory for:

Our support services

For early years

For children and young people

  • Kent Resilience Hub resources - a wide range of resources to support your child growing up into adulthood and understanding their behaviour.
  • MASHs centres - attend appointments with different services in the same place on the same day, including members from health, social care, education and voluntary services.
  • Short breaks - a positive, fun activity for disabled children (0-18) to take part in. They can be anything from an after school activity or weekend club to an overnight stay.
  • Support for carers - help and support for those who regularly care for another person in Kent.

Independent impartial support

  • Kent Parent and Carer Together (PACT) - is the parent carer forum for parents of children and young people with disabilities. Join their forum to help get your voice heard and meet other parents.
  • Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) - a free, confidential and impartial service based in Kent to support you and your family. IASK also offer parent workshops and local events.