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Family Services Directory Your guide to services for children, young people, parents and carers

Local SEN and disability advice and support services

The services below offer advice, guidance, support and information for Merton families.

Merton Special Educational Needs Information and Advice and Support Service
Offers impartial advice and guidance to parents, carers and young poeple, supporting families around identification of SEN, support required and intervention in the form of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Core Assets Independent Support Service
Impartial information and support for parents and young people regarding requests for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or transfers from a Statement of Special Educational Needs to an EHCP. 

Kids First
Merton's forum for for parents of children and young people with disabilities or Special Educational Needs. Provides workshops, support activities, newsletters and the opportunity for parents to meet others in similar situations.

Carers Support Merton
Provides independent information, advice, support, advocacy and respite to the many carers in Merton, including help with concerns with health, money, work and finding extra support.

Home-Start Merton
Parent-to-parent support for Merton families with children aged up to 11 years of age who are in need of support at a critical period in their parenting. This includes emotional support, help to access medical appointments and signposting to services

Family Information, advice and support hubs
Drop-in sessions for all parents of Merton children aged under 5 offering advice around child development, finding childcare, relationships, money, work and more. Sessions run at
Acacia Children's Centre, Abbey Children's Centre, Church Road Children's Centre and Ivy Gardens Children's Centre    

Healthwatch Merton
Acts as a champion for the people of Merton to help shape and improve their local health and social care services. Register to be kept up-to-date with the latest news, advice, information and events. 

Citizen's Advice Bureaux Merton and Lambeth (CAB)
Advice and information for the general public on a range of issues, including housing, benefits, debt, employment rights, immigration and disability. Telephone advice service based in Mitcham and Morden.

Adults First
Merton's Forum for carers of adults with a learning disability. Offers an environment of mutual support and education for carers, providing workshops and other support activities

There are also many other advice and support services detailed in each of the main areas of the Merton SEN Local Offer website: Education and childcare, Health, Social care, Preparing for adulthood, Activities and leisure, Employment and training.

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