Who to talk to and what support is available for young people in the SEND community.
Wiltshire has a wide range of great independent bodies and council funded programmes designed to help in a range of life situations. If you are not finding the guidance you require from the below services we would love to hear about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, we may be able to help signpost you or your feedback might help us develop improvements for everyone.
Advocacy services are designed to give you impartial support in a range of situations. This may be to help formalise a child or young persons voice in a discussion or decision making process. They are also a key aspect of mediation and legal proceedings when required.
For further details please visit: Advocacy services.
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities, for example consumer rights or applying for benefits.
For further details please visit: Citizens Advice.
The WPCC provides a specialist consultation and participation service that enables parents and carers to voice their opinions about the services and support that their families receive. They also run a service called SENDIS which helps signpost users to the right information.
For further details please visit: WPCC.
The following document is a summary of WPCC in leaflet form:
Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living (CIL) provide a range of services to support disabled people who live or work in the county. They also provide disability advice, information and training to interested organisations, professionals or individuals.
They are based in centrally-placed, accessible premises in Devizes but are also happy to visit you in your home, at your convenience.
For further details please visit: Wiltshire CIL Homepage.
SENDIASS provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support.
They support parents, carers, children and young people in a number of ways, from EHCP advice to help with letter writing and form filling and much more.
For further details please visit: Wiltshire SENDIASS.
Wiltshire Council provides a range of sessions on parenting across various ages and specialities, for example the SWAPP courses for autism and parenting.
SWAPP is a partnership programme between parents and their child's setting or school that aims to build an understanding of autism and the challenges and delights it can present.
The programme aims to empower families and staff who are closely involved in supporting a child or young person with autism.
Sessions cover all aspects of autism including communication, sensory issues and behaviour.
Visit SWAPP Parenting Courses for more information and booking details.
For further parenting programme details please visit: Parenting Programmes
Worried about a child or young person?
If you believe a child or young person is at risk, go to Child Protection for information about what to do.
Direct Payments and other money advice
Information about Using direct payment (what is it, how to get it and support available).
More Money advice.