Parents and Carers - Training and Information Programmes


SIAS (Southwark Information, Advice and Support) are holding information events for parents/carers of children with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) who are due to start Primary School in September 2023 (born 01/09/18 -31/08/2019).


There will be a short talk about what to expect, what you need to do and an opportunity to ask questions.


Time and location


Download flyer (pdf, 322kb)

The Southwark Information, Advice and Support (SIAS) Team will be holding information sessions for parents/carers of children with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) due to start Secondary School in September 2023. 


There will be a short talk about what to expect, what you need to do and an opportunity to ask questions.


Time and location


Download flyer (pdf, 367kb)

These live talks on Zoom give you a chance to ask questions, share ideas, or just relax and watch.

Helen also offer school twilight and staff training sessions... find out more.

If your group or charity would like a private online talk, please contact me.

Family mentoring is available to help support you and your family communicate better and grow together.


Autism & Anxiety - 7:00pm Monday 13th June 2022

This talk is for families, schools, professionals and autistic people

  • Understand anxiety

  • Recognise causes and reactions

  • Reduce impact

  • Coping strategies


Autism - Before & After Diagnosis - What does it mean to be autistic? - 7:00pm - 8.30pm  Monday 20th June 2022

This relaxed and enjoyable talk is helpful if you or  someone you care for, live with or support may be Autistic. Suitable whether or not you're waiting for an appointment or have recently been diagnosed. Suitable for children aged 10+,  teens and adults

  • Understand the diagnosis

  • Recognise the impact on day to day life 

  • Celebrate the strengths

  • Develop support strategies

7:00pm - 8.30pm  Monday 20th June 2022


FREE -  Autism in the Classroom (60 minutes) - 7:00pm Wednesday 15th June 2022

This super popular session is for families, schools and professionals. Explore ideas to help support Autistic children in the classroom.

An enjoyable, relaxed and easy to watch free 60 minute Zoom workshop,

With Helen Eaton - for families, schools & professionals. Autistic children are welcome age 12+



Zoom -  login and information will be emailed to you



£0 - £10



Please visit the Helen Eaton website to book and for further information.

A programme of Free Parent workshops held at our Mitcham primary school and also available live streamed virtually via Zoom, offering expert advice, guidance and support to families and carers of young children with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.


The seven interactive workshops not only look into the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ of autism, but also give you practical advice and ideas on how to support your child in developing those all important life skills – especially if they are about to start, or have already started nursery or primary school.


The workshops are delivered by Eagle House experts, who have many years’ experience in working with young children. The multidisciplinary team of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Specialists share their experience and expertise to provide practical and fun strategies for families to use at home.


Each stand-alone workshop uses demonstration and video footage, looking at how to help you in the areas that you find most challenging. They will give you the confidence you need to not only support your child, but also to have fun together in your own home.  It is also a great opportunity to meet other parents/carers to share experience and advice.


Dates and times

Sessions are Friday mornings 10.00 am- 12.00 pm on the following dates:




Our self-help session led by our Occupational Therapy team will look at the nitty-gritty areas of toileting, personal hygiene, tolerating tooth brushing to nail cutting. Offering practical solutions to increase our children’s independence at home.


  • NAVIGATING THE SPECIAL NEEDS MAZE  - Wednesday 10th June 2022

Led by our Parent Liaison Officer and Family Support Officer, this session will look at the steps to getting the help and support you need for you and your child.There will be a discussion around EHCPs and school application, and information on what support services may be available for you.



All workshops are free and aimed at families with children in Early Years and Primary school.



They will be held on Friday Mornings 10.00 am- 12.00 pm at Eagle House School, Mitcham; the workshops will also be live streamed via Zoom for those that cannot attend in person.



If you are interested in these workshops and want to book a place, or even just want some further information please contact our Parent Liaison Officer, Adele either by phone; 0208 770 7788 or email


You can download our flyer here (docx, 335kb)

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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.










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) and how do you diagnose it? Find out the answers on this 4-week online course from King’s College London.


This course features fundamental information about ADHD, as well as the latest research in the field. Each week, we provide links to key research papers, information about ongoing research here at KCL, and some practical tips and advice.


We’ll also be joined by Katharine, a mother with ADHD, with a husband and child, both formally diagnosed with ADHD. Each week, she’ll offer insight into her own experiences with the disorder.



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)

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





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



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 





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



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

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.


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.



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.



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