Parents and Carers - Training and Information Programmes

Is your child due to start Secondary School in September 2025?  If so, come along to our virtual information session for parent and carers.

This session is delivered by SIAS and relates to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities who are presently in year 5 and will transition to Secondary School in September 2025. 

There will be a short talk covering:

  • Points to consider when selecting schools
  • The application process - with or without an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan)
  • Your statutory rights
  • Key dates   
  • How to access advice and support

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Date: Wednedsay 10th July 2024

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Where:  Virtual on Microsoft Teams.  Click here to register on Eventbrite  

Further information: Please email sias@southwark.gov.uk call 0207 525 3104 or download a flyer (pdf, 282kb)

Is your child due to start Primary School in September 2025?  If so, come along to our virtual information session for parents and carers.

This session is delivered by SIAS and relates to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities born between 01/09/2020 and 31/08/2021.   

There will be a short talk covering:

  • Points to consider when selecting schools
  • The application process - with or without an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan)
  • Your statutory rights
  • Key dates   
  • How to access advice and support

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Date: Wednedsay 10th July 2024

Time: 10am-11:30am

Where:  Virtual on Microsoft Teams.  Click here to register on Eventbrite  

Further information: Please email sias@southwark.gov.uk call 0207 525 3104 or download a flyer (pdf, 281kb)

Resources for Autism is a charity working across London and the West Midlands.  They have funding for five years to work with 16-25 year old autistic young people and their families. To qualify, families must be either Southwark or Lewisham residents.

Parents and carers of individuals with autism can attend workshops throughout the year.  These are safe places where you can learn and share experiences with others.

Online Parent workshops

Tuesday 18th June

10.30am-12.30pm

 

Sleep and autism

This workshop will help you understand what can promote good sleep and give you strategies to help your autistic children, young people and parents sleep better.

Delivered by Kelly Reed. Behaviour Manager.

Tuesday 2nd July

10.30am-12.30pm

 

 

Autism and eating disorders

This workshop will help you understand  autism individuals are more vulnerable to eating disorders (ED), the effects it has, how to best support someone with an eating disorders

Delivered by Emma Marriot

Thursday 11th July

10.30am-12.30pm

 

Communication and behaviour

This workshop will explore communication and the  impact on behaviour’s and strategies to help with behaviour of concern.

Delivered by Kelly Reed - Behaviour Manager & Sadia Shafiq - Play Coordinator

Wednesday 25th September

6.00pm -8.00pm

The Role of Mediation in EHCP Appeals

Prime Resolution, one of the leading SEND Mediation providers in the West Midlands, will be joining us to "take the mystery out of mediation" in this workshop, by addressing the following questions:

What is SEND Mediation?

When can it be used?
Who is it for?
How is it accessed?
How does it work?

Delivered by Hugo Besterman (Director & Mediator) & 
Katie Jolly (Senior Consultant) from Prime Resolution

Thursday 26th September

10.30am -12.30pm

PDA (Pathlogical demand avoidance)

This workshop will help understand what is PDA and how it presents itself in individuals.

Delivered by Davina Federer Senior behaviour manager

Friday 18th October

10.30am-12.30 pm

NVC (non violent communication)

Applying the principles of NVC within the family dynamics.

Delivered by Vesna and Mathilde therapist

Tuesday 26th November

10.30am-12.30 pm

Autism and mental health

The final workshop will help understand the link between autism and mental health conditions.

Delivered by Emily Rhodes behaviour manager

Registration

For further information or to book your place at an online session, please email nazia@resourcesforautism.org.uk or complete a  complete a referral form at www.resourcesforautism.org.uk

For additional details, download a flyer (pdf, 523kb) 

We are facilitating a series of one-hour online lunch and learn training to capacity build professionals in Lewisham and Southwark.

By coming to any of our trainings we hope to improve your understanding of autism and neurodiversity whilst equipping you with skills and strategies to better support autistic members in the community.

Dates of next Lunch and Learns coming up:

If you are interested in other lunch and learns we are providing, please register interest with Nazia nazia@resourcesforautism.org.uk

Click here for details of training available to professionals in Southwark 

Autism 'Next Steps' is a course for parents of children with a diagnosis of Autism under the age of 5. 'Next Steps' is delivered by the Autism Support Team in Southwark.

What could you achieve through 'Next Steps':

  • Be empowered.

  • Increase your knowledge of how to support your child in the very important days of early years development.

  • Meet other parents.

  • Be supported in the time between diagnosis and school placement

What will 'Next Steps'  group sessions focus on?

  • Autism and sensory differences

  • Social interaction and play

  • Social communication- understanding and communicating with others

  • Emotions and behaviour

  • Routines

  • Independence skills

  • Resources and support network

Who is the course for?

Parents of children under five who have had a diagnosis of autism and live in Southwark

Cost

Free

Course Length

8 weeks. This includes seven 2 hour group sessions and 1 home visit.

When and where

Confirmed by the Autism Support Team following booking

Contact

Click here to register your interest in the course and for further information please email the Autism Support Team

Useful information 

Each Family is offered 2 places on the course so you can bring anyone who is important in your child's life to learn with you 

Do you have a child on the autistic spectrum aged 5-18 years old?

Are you interested in attending a parenting support programme to gain a greater understanding of your child’s condition?

Cygnet is a six week course run by Southwark's Autism Support Team and is designed to:

  • increase parents understanding of autistic spectrum conditions

  • help parents develop their knowledge on how a child on the autistic spectrum experiences the world and what drives their behaviour

  • guide parents through practical strategies they can use with children

  • direct parents to relevant ASC resources

  • give parents the opportunity to meet with other parents who have had similar experiences and to gain support and learn from each other

 

Who is the course for? 

Southwark parents and carers 

Cost 

Free

Course Length

The course runs for six weeks (one day per week) and each session lasts for 2.5 hours.

What the course covers

  • What is Autism?

  • Communication

  • Sensory Issues

  • Understanding Behaviour

  • Managing Behaviour

When and where

The course runs every term

Contact

Click here to register your interest in the course and for further information please email the Autism Support Team 

For parents of a child on the autistic spectrum, coping with the onset of puberty and their child’s emerging sexuality can be challenging. Knowing what to teach, how/when to teach it and what to expect can be daunting.

These three sessions have a different delivery style to the Cygnet core programme. Because of the nature of the subject matter it was felt that a far more activity-based approach would put parents at ease more quickly and therefore enhance learning and mutual support.  The course is delivered by Southwark's Autism Support Team

Who is the course for?

Parents/Carers of children over the age of nine years  – your children do not need to attend

Location

160 Tooley St, London, SE1 2QH

Dates

  • 10/07/24
  • 15/08/24

Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Book your place here

Southwark's Family Early Help Team (FEH) works with parents/carers, our children and family centre and school communities, colleagues from children’s services, health and other key partners to provide the best possible parenting support at times of need to help keep families strong.

The Southwark Council website has full details of parenting support programmes available in the borough.  

If someone with a learning disability has an inheritance left directly to them, it could lead to the loss of their means-tested benefits and support package.  Setting up a discretionary trust can give them financial security and help them to do the things they love.

Mencap's Planning for the Future online seminars will provide you with:

  • support and information from Mencap’s Wills & Trusts Service

  • the opportunity to hear from a solicitor who specialises in this complex area of law

  • the chance to meet other families who are in a similar situation via Zoom.

For further information and to book a free seminar place, please visit the Mencap website

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Our workshops and information sessions cover a range of topics around caring for your child.

Thanks to a range of funding sources, we are able to offer our suite of workshops as free virtual one-off sessions.   However, we do look forward to being able to offer in-person workshops again in the future, once it is appropriate to do so.  

Workshop topics include:

  • Anxiety

  • Toilet training

  • Money matters

  • Handling meetings

  • Encouraging positive behaviour

  • Education workshops

  • Speech, language and communication

  • Sleep workshops

  • Siblings workshops

  • Growing up workshops

  • Wellbeing workshops

Dates and times  
Various - visit the Contact website for further details.

Cost
Free

Location
Zoom

Contact

Website
Telephone helpline: 0808 808 3555

Ensure your knowledge of ADHD is up to date by exploring the latest research.

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What are the symptoms of ADHD? How is ADHD diagnosed? Get answers with this course that features fundamental information about ADHD, as well as the latest ADHD research.

Through the course you will learn about ADHD as a developmental disorder, considering controversies related to the condition. You will learn about the diagnosis and best practice treatment of ADHD as you build your empathy towards people with ADHD. You will also learn practical strategies to help the educational and personal development of people with ADHD.

Dates
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll find future dates on the Kings College website

Who is the course for?

This course is for people with ADHD and anyone working with children and adults with ADHD. This includes parents and close family members, teachers, and educational (learning disability) assessors in schools and higher education and occupational therapists.

Cost:  Free

For further information and to join the course please visit the Kings College website 

Free weekly online sessions for parents and children aged from 15 months-4 years who live in Lambeth or Southwark.  Run by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

During the session, we will share advice and support on the development of early speech and language skills. Download further information and registration details here. (pdf, 349kb)

Free online advice sessions for parents of babies aged 0-15 months who live in Lambeth or Southwark.  Run by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

During sessions, we will share advice and support on the development of early speech and language skills.  Download further information and registration details here. (pdf, 272kb)

Beyond Autism are offering a free course for parents, families and carers. 

Why this course?

Receiving a diagnosis of autism for a child, sibling or family member can be a confusing time. You may be seeking more information about what this means for the individual and their future. Or you may simply want to know how you can help.

This free course is designed to introduce what autism is, and provide information on key topics.

What will I learn?

Our course covers the journey from diagnosis, through transitions and onto adulthood. You will learn about communication, sensory needs and behaviour, amongst other topics.  

Is it the right course for me?

This course is an introduction to autism. It is designed for parents, families and carers of individuals with autism. It should take you about 2-4 hours to complete.

 Please visit the Beyond Autism website for further information and to enroll.

 EvelinaNHS

Evelina London offer a range of training courses for parents and any professionals working with children and young people in Lambeth and Southwark.

Training for parents

Courses for parents and carers include:

  • how to support school aged children with speech, language and communication at home

  • picture exchange communication system (PECS) awareness

  • total communication training

  • talking mats training

  • LEGO® therapy training

  • Makaton signing training

  • autism spectrum disorder and related disorders support group.

For further details, please visit the Evelina London website.


Training for professionals

Training courses for nursery staff, teachers, teaching assistants and other professionals. The courses include:

  • identifying and supporting speech and language communication needs in EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3

  • supporting children with autism spectrum disorder in EYFS and primary school

  • how to run targeted groups in schools in order to develop speech, language and communication skills

  • how to maximise learning through questions

  • communications commitment follow up sessions (schools only)

  • Elklan training (children's centre staff).

For further details, please visit the Evelina London website.

You can register for a variety of free online courses with the OU (Open University).  Please click on the links below for further information and to register:

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Duration 1.5 hours

As a parent, discovering that your child or young person is experiencing bullying, or is involved in bullying, can be daunting. As parents how we choose to react and how we respond to bullying behaviour is vital to reaching a successful outcome for everyone involved.

Our Bullying Awareness Training for Parents and Carers course is specifically designed to develop awareness of bullying and cyberbullying. The session explores recent guidance, news articles, updates in law and offers a myriad of practical solutions for parents to effectively support their children at a time of need. We empower parents to work collaboratively with the organisation involved.
 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what behaviours constitute bullying

  • Have an awareness of the prevalence of bullying

  • Define bullying, banter and conflict

  • Explore the impact and effects of bullying on your child

  • Learn signs and indicators that your child may be experiencing a bullying situation

  • Understand the differences and similarities of cyberbullying

  • Know how to appropriately support your child

  • Learn more about reporting

  • Work with your child's school

Suitable for

This vital parent workshop is delivered as a group session and is ideal for parents, carers, grandparents, community groups and more.

Booking

To register your interest please complete our training enquiry form or visit the Kidscape website for further information.

Duration: 1.5hrs

Our Online Safety and Cyberbullying Awareness for Parents and Carers course will help parents and carers to understand the benefits and the exciting potential of the online world. The session will also highlight potential risks associated with keeping children and young people safe online.

Learning outcomes

The workshop will cover subjects including:

  • How children use the internet and technology

  • The potential risks children face online

  • Harmful content online

  • Online radicalisation and extremism

  • Sexting

  • Sexual offending against children online

  • Cyberbullying

  • Gaming

  • Live streaming

  • Support and information for parents and carers to support their children

  • How to set up parent controls making things safer at home

Suitable for

This training is delivered as a group session and ideal for parent and carer groups, PTAs, community groups and workplaces.

Booking

To register your interest please complete our training enquiry form or visit the Kidscape website for further information.

The Council for Disabled Children has developed a suite of online training for CDC members and affiliated organisations and services. The courses have been developed to improve knowledge, understanding and practical skills and support in range of key areas that impact children and young people, particularly those with special educational needs and disability. 

eLearning courses include: 

  • Expert Parent Programme

  • Introduction to Mental Health

  • Introduction to Children’s Social Care

  • Information, Advice and Support

  • Holistic Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans

  • Delivering Quality Annual Reviews  

  • Focus on Health Advice  

  • CETRs and DSRs 

  • Supporting Children and Young People with SEND and their families: SEND Basic Awareness Training Levels 1 and 2


Each module takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. The training is free to complete online from any computer/tablet. You can complete it at your own pace. 

For further information, please visit our e-learning platform

New users can register for the e-learning platform.

Existing users can log in here

The Neurodiversity Family Hub provides services to Children and Young People with neurodiversity and their families, including Speaker Sessions:

What: Each Quarter we will host an evening of knowledge, community and power. Leading experts in the field will deliver talks on a variety of topics, ensuring we keep you in the know and find the opportunity to seek solace in our chosen family!

Where: Mint Street Adventure Playground, Community Centre (Upstairs)

When: Visit the Neurodiversity Family Hub website for details of forthcoming sessions

For further information:

Visit the Neurodiversity Family Hub website

FREE training offer for Southwark organisations and parents/ carers related to Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). PBS is an approach to working with children and adults who engage in behaviours that challenge, that focuses on improving quality of life whilst reducing behaviours of concern. Training is being made available FREE OF CHARGE to those that provide support to Southwark children and/or adults with a learning disability and/ or Autism, that exhibit behaviours that challenge.

A 2-day training course for staff and parents/ carers is available to book now (worth over £150!). Staff or parents/ carers must provide support to children or adults with a learning disability and/ or Autism that live in the London Borough of Southwark. Please see attached flyer for details and booking link (pdf, 320kb).

If you are interested in doing a more advanced qualification in PBS, please review the other courses available in the PBS training overview (pdf, 136kb) and complete an expression of interest form  (EOI) by Friday 7th June 2024.