Useful Links


All Age Travel Assistance Policy

Please click on the heading above to download the All Age Travel Assistance Policy from Trafford Council's website.

Department of Education

The UK government department with responsibility for children's services, families and schools. They also have many publications on offer to schools and parents.

 Trafford Council website

Trafford's Local Offer

Trafford's Local Offer is an online directory that provides information about organisations and services in Trafford for children, young people and families.

 National Autistic Society 

The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.

 Manchester Travel Training Partnership

A city wide resource teaching young people with additional needs how to get about using public transport. Their service is run out of Lancasterian School in Didsbury.

 The Information, Advice and Support Services Network

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) supports and promotes the work of Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England. They are based at the Council for Disabled Children.

IAS Services have a duty to provide information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.

SEND Tribunal Service

The Ministry of Justice website Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunals guidance.


 Trafford Independent Support Service

Independent Support Trafford's main aim is to support parents, children and young people up to 25 years old through the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms, and to provide information and support if the child or young person is transferring from a Statement of SEN to an EHC Plan.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691). IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children is  the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England, with links to other UK nations. They work to bring together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice. 

They have a wide variety of leaflets and other resources available here, and also a Youtube based video resource page here.

Contact A Family

Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.


Ace Advice and Information Service

Ace offer a comprehensive range of advice and information on education issues. Their information is based on current education law and guidance and covers state funded education for children aged 5-16 years in England only.


Trafford Centre for Independent Living

Trafford CIL (Centre for Independent Living) is a disabled people’s user-led organisation set up to enable people with impairments to live full, enjoyable and independent lives in Trafford. They work with disabled people, parents, carers and partner organisations.

The Family and Childcare Trust

The Family and Childcare Trust have launched a set of free online Childcare resources aimed at Parents who have children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). These resources have been commissioned by the Department for Education.

blueSCI Trafford

blueSCI support people in Trafford to recover their Mental Health and wellbeing through psychological interventions and providing creative and social opportunities.  

Trafford Carers Centre

Trafford Carers Centre is a non-profit organisation that supports unpaid carers looking after someone who lives in the Trafford area.  


Healthwatch Trafford

Healthwatch Trafford actively seeks views from all sections of the community. It is commissioned by and accountable to Trafford Council, but operates independently.

Connexions Trafford

Connexions give advice and information to children and young people, and their parents and carers, about a range of subjects.

Trafford Family Information Service

Trafford Family Information Service is a free and impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 25.


Cerebra is a national charity that works to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support.  They also provide guides, precendent letters and legal advice for families who are experiencing problems with their local health, social care or education services.  More information here.

Autism Links

An autism information page for parents, carers and professionals.


Nasen is the UK’s leading organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.

They support all staff including SENCO's, leaders, teachers, governors and teaching assistants in meeting the needs of the pupils in schools and settings through promoting education, training, development and support.


Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.


Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.