Support for Families
The Family Services Team has a broad understanding of the needs of families with children with special needs. The team offers a range of support; gives parents information, a voice and an understanding of legislation so that they can best support their child.
Support with education and care
Our Family Link Worker can often provide support during Annual Reviews or external meetings
The team also:
•Support links between Seashell Trust staff, parents and carers
•Support parents at multi-agency meetings
•Signpost parents to internal and external support.
•Support parents to develop their understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) legislation
•Organise a programme of informal family events to bring Seashell families together.
•Provide training to Seashell staff to support their work with families
For information on other organisations providing support around special educational needs and disabilities please see our Links to Other Organisations
Parent to Parent
Seashell Family Services Team use different ways to bring families together to offer each other support. Parents meet at our annual family days and have various opportunities to share experiences and knowledge through our social media and workshops.
The Family Services Team also supports Royal School Manchester to run the Stay and Play sessions for pre-school children with very complex special needs, giving parents the chance to meet others and learn how to support their child’s development.
Membership of PIPS (Parents in Partnership Stockport) Parent Carer Forum is open to all parents with a child at Seashell Trust. Parent Carer Forums are a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education settings, health providers and others to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families. You can join PIPS and receive information, and then decide if you want to get more involved. You can find a list of parent carer forums around the UK here.
Stockport SAYS offers a place for young people, with ANY additional needs or disabilities, to have their voice heard in a safe, friendly place and to shape services for future generations
Both Royal School Manchester and Royal College Manchester have parent governors sitting on their board who welcome ideas for improving Seashell Trust services. They can be contacted through the school or college office.