Local offer - social communication difficulties including autism

National support and networks

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
Contact them by email at nas@nas.org.uk or call 0808 800 4104

Ambitious About Autism

Ambitious about autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide information, training and support, run a range of high-quality services including the pioneering treehouse school, and campaign to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism.
Contact AAA by email at info@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or call 020 8815 5444

The Right from the Start toolkit has been createdby AAA and contains information to guide parents and carers through their child’s journey in the early years.

Autism Education Trust (AET)

AET are an organisation who help ensure that autistic children and young people receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens.
Contact AET by email at info@autismeducationtrust.org.uk or call 020 7903 3650


Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. Supporting families with the best possible guidance and information. They bring families together to support each other and we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
Contact by email at info@contact.org.uk or call 0808 808 3555

NHS choices 

NHS choices provides a wealth of information about SCD and autism including recognising the signs, getting a diagnosis and the support available to families.

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Contact IPSEA on call 01799 582030