Training for SEND parents and carers

As a parent or a carer of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) you may need additional support and advice through online training or workshops.

By taking part and joining in, you will be able to learn more about your child or young person's needs and understand the wider world of SEND.

Training is often free and provided through charities and support services, however there are some opportunities where you will need to pay.

Specific special educational needs and disability training

Course titlePriceDates Format of training Course provider
Understanding ADHD £54

Free for 4 weeks
Ongoing Web based Future Learn
A parents' guide to supporting children and young people: ADHD and autism Free Ongoing YouTube videos NHS
British Sign Language (BSL) Various Ongoing Zoom Hi Kent
Family Sign Free Ongoing YouTube videos National Deaf Children's Society
Discovery group, where parents and carers learn together

(email swanleyyouthub@kent.gov.uk for more information)
Free2 February 11 to 2pm

23 March 10am to 2pm
Swanley Youth HubSwanley Youth Hub 
Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia £62

Free for 4 weeks
Ongoing Web based Future Learn
Parents Course Lego Bricks Based Therapy Approach at Home £49.99 Ongoing Postal Lego®
Helping babies and young children learn skills for talking Free Ongoing Booklet I Can
Learn MakatonVariousOngoingOnline Makaton

Autism training

Course titlePriceDatesFormat of trainingCourse provider
A parents' guide to supporting children and young people: ADHD and autismFreeOngoingYouTube videosNHS
General autism training

Find autism training providers via the NHS website.
VariousOngoingVariousVarious
Parents Course Lego Bricks Based Therapy Approach at Home£49.99OngoingPostalLego®
Understanding Autism£54

Free for 4 weeks.
OngoingWeb based accreditedFuture Learn

General training

Course titlePriceDatesFormat of trainingCourse provider

Anti-bullying training (PDF, 566.7 KB)

FreeOngoingDownloadable  bookletKYCC
Empowering Parents - Empowering Communities (EPEC)FreeOngoingIn person NHS

General parenting courses

Free

Use access code Invicta
OngoingWeb basedIn Our Place
General parenting coursesVariousOngoingIn person and onlineKent Adult Education
Information sessions for parentsFreeOngoingIn person and onlineInformation Support and Advice Kent (IASK)

Laws and regulations of SEND children and young people

Various

Including a subsidised training fund
OngoingIn person and ZoomIPSEA