Useful Links

Useful Links and Contacts

The following websites will give you the very latest information, advice and support in their fields. They range from national to local societies and charities across a variety of areas. Please let us know if you find additional links that would be valuable to other parents and carers. 



Portsmouth SEND Local Offer

Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have Special Educational Needs or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care plans.

The Portsmouth Local Offer details the special education provision and training provision that Portsmouth City Council expects to be available in Portsmouth for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or a disability.

It also includes special educational provision and training provision that the local authority expects to be available outside of Portsmouth for childrena nd young people aged 0-25 with special education and or a disability. The term 'expects to be available' is determined by the provision that Portsmouth City council commisions directly or through its partnership arrangements.


In addition to the Local Offer also includes universal provision such as leisure services that may cater for children, young people and their families with SEND where there may be a charge. It also provides information and advice that parent and young people have requested through feedback.


For more information please visit their website.


Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board:



Portsmouth Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS): Portsmouth IASS

Families Moving Forward:

An organisation that works with families to develop their strengths and design a plan that will help them deal with the issues they are facing.  If you’re a family with an eldest child between 5-10 years who attends a Portsmouth school then you can be considered for the service.

The Harbour School:

The Harbour School is a community where children and young people feel they matter and belong, enabling them to improve their social, emotional and academic skills to be successful now and in the future.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service:

Support and advice for the Southampton and Portsmouth area for anyone with concerns around mental health, Autism or ADHD 

The National Autistic Society:

National organisation providing information, support and pioneering services in the field of autism.

National Handwriting Association:

The National Handwriting Association is a charity whose aims are to raise awareness of the importance of handwriting as a vital component of literacy, to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to support those who work with children with handwriting difficulties.

 Portsmouth Young Carers:

Local support service for anyone caring for another person within the family.

Portsmouth Disability Forum:

A local site which has been constructed to publicise and promote the work of Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF) which is a user led local lobbying and campaigning group on disability issues. They listen to your concerns to work with and for you in creating a voice for disabled people in and around Portsmouth.