Southwark Local Offer - Strategy for Young People 0-25 Years with SEN and Disabilities

Southwark Council published a strategy for young people aged 0 to 25 years with special educational needs and disabilities in September 2022.

You can join the Southwark Strategy in Action online event and see a range of videos and presentations which will provide you with a snapshot of some of the work being done across a range of services and organisations

Visit Southwark Council's []Local Offer pages to watch the videos each day this week.

Hospital Passports

This month we also hosted a parent session with Shevon Dalena, the Learning Disability Nurse at Kings College Hospital.  She spoke with families about the benefits of a hospital passport and how they are used to ensure people with autism get the communication support they need.  You can download a copy here.

Cost of Living Crisis

Southwark have published helpful advice and information on the cost of living crisis - more details can be found here. The latest 'cost of Living Support' newsletter can be found here.

Heart N Soul

Heart N Soul run activities for children and young people with autism and other disabilities.  Find out about their latest activites here:

One Hub

Southwark Council have a new ‘digital’ hub. The hub can be accessed at  (the website has been designed with smart phones in mind so the best user experience is when accessing it from a phone).

The aim of the website is to enable young people and families to find comprehensive, easy to navigate and up to date information about what youth related activities and services are available in the local area. More information can be found here.

A helping Hand

For advice and organisations to help you, and your family save money, and listings of cheap or free activities - click here 

Autism Voice

Autism Voice is a registered charity working to enhance the health and wellbeing of people (children and adults) with autism and/or learning disabilities and their families from mainly the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities. They work to ensure autistic people from minority communities are recognised, accepted, included and valued as equal members of society. You can find out more about their work and read their latest newsletters here: 

LGBTQ+ Services That Offer Support for Parents and Carers

Gendered Intelligence:

Support group:  Gendered Intelligence offers support for parents and carers of young trans, non-binary, gender diverse and questioning young people and children. Their groups for parents and carers take place twice a month. Coming to a group is a great opportunity to meet other parents and carers who understand your situation, share stories and advice and make friends. The parents and carers group are facilitated by an experienced member of the GI team. - Link

Parents and carers sessions:  GI provide half day (3 hour) trans awareness sessions enabling parents and carers to broaden their understanding of young trans people’s experiences. The session is based around interactive exercises, encouraging participants to get involved in thinking through what gender means to us all and how you can better support your child / young person. GI will create a structured, but informal space for you to explore the topics and to ask questions. - Link

Resources for families:

A Guide for Parents and Family Members of Trans People in the UK

Report on the Issues

Trans Youth Resources

Gendered Intelligence Reports

Resources for Professionals

Trans Community Conference Reports

Further resources for families  

Free2Be: website

1:1 Support for Parents of LGBTQ+ Children: Free2Be work with parents and family members at all different stages of their journey - whether your child has just come out and you’re feeling confused or shocked, or whether your child is now an adult and has been out for years and you’d just like to meet other rainbow families

Proud Parents - Supporting Parents of Trans and Gender Variant Children: Free2B delivers a monthly support group for parents of trans and gender variant children. The group aims to support common parenting themes and concerns, as well as trans specific issues.

Online sessions: Free2Be are currently running 1 hour online sessions every Wednesday fortnight in response to covid lockdown - dates can be found on their website

Resources for families: Parent guide

FFLAG: Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Dedicated to supporting parents and their LGBTQ+ children - Link

Support: tans support, family, religion and many more - Link

Parent’s groups - Link 

Belief and faith parent support groups - Link

Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources.

KeshetUK is a registered charity that aims to ensure that Jewish LGBT+ people and their families are included throughout Jewish life in the UK.


Books for teachers and parents:

Books for parents:

My Child’s Gay

My Child’s Transgender

Families Together London

Families Together London is a London-based support group and listening ear for the parents, families and friends of LGBTQ+ people. Some parents, families and friends may not find it easy that a child, family member or friend is LGBTQ+, and may find it hard to support them. Families Together London hold two meetings every month in London. Meetings are confidential, and offer a friendly and relaxed place in which to talk. 

Covid update: face-to-face monthly meetings are temporarily suspended , in the meantime, FTL are providing the same level of support via telephone, email, and three virtual Zoom meetings every month. Two of these replace the previous face-to-face London meetings, for all parents. The third, newly added, is specifically aimed at parents of transgender children in response to increased demand.

Helpline: 01189403160, 07951104745,


Library with books for parents and to give to children - Link

Family lives

Offers advice and support on a wide range of issues for all families including parents of LGBT children, such as supporting your child coming out - Parent Line Plus


Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families involved in their care. They have online forums and hold residentials annually for trans children / young people and their families to come together.

In the link above you will find advice for common questions regarding having an LGBTQ+ child.

Local groups

Resources for Parents

Helpline 0808 801 0400 Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm


National organisation campaigning for LGBT equality. Good source of information on a range of subjects from bullying, education rights and equality law -  Visit website.

Resources: Autistic and Trans Zine

Bullying UK

Good source of information should your child be a victim of bullying. Includes advice and guidance on how to challenge your child's school if you are unhappy with their response - Link


PFLAG is the United States' first and largest organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

Despite being based in the US there are still amazing resources on their website that can help families understand and support their LGBTQ+ child better - Family Support

Extra Resources:

Being a Parent of a Trans Child - All Sorts Youth project

Mental health

Urgent mental health support - 24/7 crisis lines

LGBTQ youth support in Southwark  

METRO provides services to all people experiencing issues related to sexuality, identity, gender and diversity. Southwark Council is one of METRO’s funders. METRO’s LGBTQ Youth Lead for Southwark is Nicola Jones (07980 633 945,

The Spark LGBTQ youth group is now back in person every Wednesday evening in Camberwell. See the flyer here:

METRO also offers 12 weeks of free counselling for 8-18 year olds based at their office in New Cross. Please contact Nicola for further information and discussion.

7 Top Tips To Support Reading At Home

Reading together at home is important for all pupils at Spa Bermondsey. Follow the links below for Seven Top Tips. 

7 Top Tips (English)

7 Top Tips (Bengali)

7 Top Tip (Lithuanian)

7 Top Tips (Polish)

7 Top Tips (Punjabi)

7 Top Tips (Urdu)

Online Safety

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

COVID19: support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Child Mental Health

Tips for Parents and Carers

Parentzone -Lockdown Advice and Resources

Articles to help you navigate parenting during a pandemic. 22 great online learning resources. Click here  

Activities for Home

This page has some helpful activities for you to do with your child at home.

Home Learning Challenges 

Home Learning Challenges

Computing Home learning links 

Teaching London Computing  

Unplugged at home try something different away from the screen  

Computing in BBC bitesize   

Coding – free coding programs for all levels and abilities

Communication: - Makaton website with lots of useful materials about signing  - free resources to download to help learn a range of Makaton signs - videos with lots of popular songs that are signed, a great way to learn new signs at home and - sign up for a free trial to make your own symbols at home - use information about a range of communication and support devices with links to free resources that can be used at home – use your free license provided by Spa, to download Clicker 7 and gain access to lots of pre-made resources and activities - there are lots of short videos to show you how to use Clicker 7 for word processing

Functional Skills

The websites below have lots of practice for students in Key Stage 5 preparing for their functional skills assessment at E2 and E3  

Other activities - fun coding program which pupils have used in Computing lessons.  You can code your own game or run code designed by others - First News is a newspaper for young people with news based activities and resources - The Day offers current affairs and news to older teenagers

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