Parent support groups and services

If your child has special needs, support groups and charities can help you.

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. Find resources to help your child grow up and understand their behaviour.
  • MASHs centres. A centre giving you the opportunity to see members from health, social care, education, and voluntary services.
  • Short breaks. A positive, fun activity for disabled children (0 to 18) to take part in. Short breaks can be anything from an after school activity or weekend club to an overnight stay.
  • Support for carers. Discover help and support if you regularly care for another person.

Independent impartial support

  • Kent Parent and Carer Together (PACT). A 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.