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Surrey County Council Services For Parents and Those Working With Young People

Parents might be advised, or might find, that they need the support of specialist services to help their child's development, services such as speech therapy, child and adolescent mental health support or behaviour support sessionsYour child's school can help with access, but below are some contacts which you may also find of help.

Child and Adolescent

Mental Health

Service (CAMHS)



CAMHS exists to promote emotional well-being and to deliver preventative mental health services and treatment to children and young people with mental health problems.  CAMHS is a partnership between Surrey County Council, Surrey’s Primary Care Trusts, three NHS delivery trusts for mental health and voluntary organisations. 

CAMHS supports teachers, youth workers and people working with young people

  • By giving training and advice around how to spot mental health difficulties
  • By offering advice about how to create an environment that helps prevent emotional difficulties developing

CAMHS employs specialist mental health workers

  • To work with children and young people with mild or moderate mental health difficulties
  • And to support their parents and carers

CAMHS works with psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and community nurses to provide specialist services

  • To support children and young people with complex mental health difficulties
  • And to support their family and carers

Click HERE to link to the CAMHS pages on the SurreyCC website or click on the following to go to www.surrey-camhs.org.uk

The Telephone number for the South West Surrey Helpine is 01483 783344

Surrey County

Council Partnership

Services for


HERE you can find all sorts of information about the services available in Surrey to help parents and families, including

  • information about how you can help support your children
  • upcoming events such as courses, workshops and conferences for parents, carers and practitioners
  • the Children’s Information Service which provides information, advice and assistance to parents, child protection services.

Partnership withParents

Operating at arm's length from the Local Authority, PwP:

  • aims to ensure that parents are able to play an informed part in any decisions about the educational provision made to meet their child's special educational needs
  • aims to build partnerships between parents, the LEA and schools
  • provides information, advice and support to parents of children with SEN at all stages of their child's school life, from pre-school early diagnosis through to school-leaving at 16 or 19 and for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to 25.

The PwP Service offers:

  • a confidential Helpline for parents
  • verbal and written information
  • help to complete forms and to understand complex documents and reports
  • information sessions and conferences for parents' groups
  • advocacy and mediation
  • training
  • advice on rights and responsibilities
  • company at meetings or when visiting new schools
  • support through the statutory assessment process (statementing)
  • volunteers to support parents as required (Independent Parental Supporters)
  • regular surgery sessions at different venues in the county
  • information about Surrey County Council's procedures for the identification and assessment of SEN
  • support through exclusion for parents of children with SEN
  • where appropriate referral on to statutory or voluntary organisations working with relevant agencies to support parents who have difficulty accessing services, perhaps because English is an additional language, because of their culture, or because they have learning difficulties themselves

For more information, click on the web address below, or contact PwP on 01737 737300


Surrey County





Provides information about what special educational needs and disabiblities (SEND) are and how the Surrey Children's Service helps children of all ages with these special needs.

Visit the Surrey County Council website for more information.

Work is going on at the moment to see how those with SEND can be better supported. You can find out more about Surrey's progress on our SEND changes webpage.

The latest SEND legislation requires all local authorities to publish details of all the services available to support children and young people with SEND. This is called the local offer. Read more about Surrey's SEND local offer.

Traveller Education Support

Traveller Education Support (TES) is a county-wide team of teachers and field officers.

TES covers all 11 borough and districts in Surrey.  If you would like support, please contact TES on 01737 737783 or 01483 519230. You can email TES at [email protected]

The aims of TES are:

  • To promote and support the achievement and development of all children and young people from Traveller families
  • To ensure that children and young people from Traveller families have equal and unhindered access to education
  • To improve the attainment of children and young people from Traveller families, in line with the strategies of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • To provide opportunities for lifelong learning for families and children from Traveller communities
  • To provide resources to schools and other agencies to enable them to welcome and support children and families from Traveller communities
  • To eliminate all forms of discrimination, including race discrimination and prejudice against children and families from Traveller communities
  • To ensure that the culture and lifestyle of the Traveller communities is recognised and valued

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Services For Parents of Children with Special Needs

As many as one in five children may at some time need extra help with their education and they are said to have 'Special Educational Needs'

Links for the following are shown above:

  • Surrey Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Surrey County Council Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Other links which may be useful/informative are:



at Loseley Fields Primary School

The Solar Centre is one of eight Specialist Centres attached to a mainstream school opened in Surrey in September 2004 catering for the education of Key Stage 2 children with learning difficulties.  Key Stage 2 entry into Surrey’s learning difficulty special schools is gradually being phased out allowing for the development of specialisms within those schools.

There are places for up to 18 Key Stage 2 pupils, ie four pupils in each year group plus two others. Pupils will have a Statement of Special Educational Needs and have already received a high level of learning support within their Key Stage 1 settings.

At Loseley Fields Primary School we see the Solar Centre as a centre for the inclusion of pupils with moderate learning difficulties within a thriving mainstream primary school. Pupils who attend the Solar Centre come from a wider local area than most of the mainstream school children and those eligible are entitled to school transport provided by Surrey County Council. For admissions there is an annual countywide panel process to ensure that  pupils selected would benefit from the specialist support provided by the Centre and who meet the criteria for admission.

The Solar Centre staff work as part of the Loseley Fields Primary School team and provide specialist teaching support for the pupils within the Centre as well as learning support within the mainstream school setting. The Centre pupils all belong to a year group class and access the National Curriculum as fully as possible.

Overall, we want our Solar Centre pupils to fulfil their otential, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially, to be independent and enthusiastic learners and to develop a love of learning, regardless of the barriers that stand in their way.

See the Solar Centre page on the Loseley Fields Primary School website for more information or contact the school on: 01483 416477

Disability Challengers Logo

It's all about play!

Disability Challengers is a registered charity, established in 1979, dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities to disabled children and young people, through play and youth centres in Guilford and Farnham and through a range of community based projects across the county.

Another significant benefit of their service: it provides families with short-breaks during high pressure times e.g. at the weekend or during the school holidays, enabling them to do ‘ordinary’ activities such as shopping or spending time with their other children.

Who do they support?

...any child or young person with any impairment through their Play (age 3 - 13), Youth (age 13 - 18) and Young Adult schemes (age 18-25). There are no geographical boundaries and young people do not have to be on a ‘disability register’ to access our service – if they can’t access mainstream leisure then they can come to a Challengers scheme.

Their facilities are also open to families, special schools, hospitals, children's homes and other organisations.

What do they do?

They offer a wide range of fun activities for children and young people to take part in. The breadth of activities they provide means that they can offer disabled young people something to do and somewhere to go from the age of 4 to 25. Their Play Schemes are typically based around ‘free play’ where they encourage and support children to make free choices about the activities they take part in. Their Youth Schemes are caring, relaxed and friendly places where disabled young people can make friends, try new activities or just hang out.

To find out more visit www.disability-challengers.org

Surrey County Council:

The Short Break Scheme for Carers


Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled children

Short breaks for carers of and for children with disabilities

The Short Break Scheme provides practical support for Surrey families who have a child or young person with a disability. Looking after a child or young person with a disability takes a great deal of energy. There are many ways that the scheme can help you with caring for your child. All parents need a break once in a while and the Short Break Scheme is one of the ways that makes this possible.

Click HERE for more information, or contact the team on 0300 200 1006, email [email protected]

Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children (previously known as Aiming High for Disabled Children Surrey) funds voluntary organisations and SEN Schools to provide short break services to families of disabled children. Organisations across Surrey including Disability Challengers, Barnardos and Redhill and Reigate YMCA provide services ranging from afterschool clubs to holiday schemes, domiciliary care and more. These services can either be accessed directly by families or in some cases, through a social worker.

Click HERE for more information, or contact the team on 01372 833 073 / 01372 833 09, email [email protected]

For families with disabled children           

Although some disabled children need hospital care, most live at home with a parent or other family member who may not have expected to be in this position but who has quickly had to become an expert.

When parents find out that their child is disabled they feel isolated and alone because usually they don't know anyone else facing the same problems. They want contact with another family who've been through a similar experience; and they want information about their child's disability and information about benefits and services that may be available to them.

Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children and enabling parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis.

Click below or on the logo (left) to link to their website.


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Services For Parents of Gifted and Talented Children

There are in Surrey special support services for Gifted and Talented children, which are accessed through your child's school.  Please contact your child's school so that they can help you (the school websites can be found by clicking on the link in the schools box on the Home Page).

Below are links to the 'Young Gifted & Talented' website run on behalf of the DfCSFand to The National Association of Gifted Children, which may be of interest.

The National Association of  Gifted Children

NAGC is the UK's foremost membership charity that deals with all aspects of giftedness in children. Individuals, parents and organisations are welcome as members.

NAGC strive to support those who are directly involved with gifted children - parents, teachers, schools and medical professionals - as well as advising policy makers at national and local levels.

Click on the link below to find out more


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Services to Help Young People and Children

There are times when young people and children need support from others, maybe someone to talk to.  Sometimes the help they need is from others outside the home and family.  The links below show some of the places you/ they can contact to find impartial information, advice and guidance, when and where you/they want it. 

Surrey Connexions



Connexions Surrey offers a service for every young person aged 13-19:

  • It provides impartial information, advice and guidance when and where you want it by bringing together all the services that help young people.
  • It gives every young person access to a Personal Adviser – someone you can trust and who really will help.
  • It encourages all young people to stay in learning from 13-19 so they achieve their FULL potential.

No matter what your situation, it can provide private and confidential help and support to every young person who needs it. Here are some of the services offered, but if an issue you want help with isn't on this list, don't worry. Whatever it is, we'll find a way to support and guide you:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Information on employment, education and training opportunities
  • Support with applications for jobs, training, Further Education and Higher Education courses
  • Bullying
  • Problems at home or work
  • Health, personal relationships and sexual health
  • Drugs, smoking and alcohol
  • Housing
  • Transport and getting around Surrey
  • Money management
  • Personal development opportunities, leisure & hobbies and advice on voluntary work opportunities

For adults, there are pages for parents & carers, and links for Connexions Personal Advisers and other professionals.

Click on the link below to get to access this website.



ChildLine - 0800 1111


ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem – counsellors are always there to help you sort it out.

Or click on the link below for more information.


Help for adults - NSPCC child protection helpline 0808 800 5000

HELP FOR ADULTS  -  Worried about a child?

If you're worried about a child's safety or welfare or if you need help or advice, ring the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000

This is a free 24 hour service which provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of abuse.

Help by email, with response within 24 hours: email [email protected]



Young People's


Provided by


West Surrey

For when young people want to talk to someone about things that are really upsetting them and just want someone to listen, take them seriously and try to help. That’s what relate's young people’s counselling service does. Their counsellors can support young people with problems like family breakdown; moving in with a second family; bullying at school; friendship groups, pregnancy, new relationships, conflict and a whole range of other issues.

So if a young person wants to talk, they won’t argue or put pressure on you. They won’t tell you what to do, or talk to your parents about what you’ve been saying. What you tell them is confidential, unless the counsellor is worried for your safety.

There is no charge for this service (although donations are welcome and a contribution is asked from anyone over the age of 18 and in full-time employment.)




Skillway aims to work with pupils identified by their schools who find it difficult to work successfully in the traditional school environment. By teaching students manual skills and crafts in small groups Skillway sets out to boost confidence and self-esteem for these young adults.

Students, aged between 14 and 16, come to workshops where tutors work with them to develop at least two different skills and establish a genuine record of success and achievement. Accreditation is offered in a number of different activities with the Open College Network.

Skillway has the support of its eight feeder schools and referral centres and has received national praise and attention from the press and government.

Visit www.skillway.org.uk for more information,or contact:

Humphrey Davis, Director on 07780 029486

Skillway Office,Skillway Workshops,
The Old Chapels, Deanery Road,
Godalming, Surrey GU7 2PG

or Greg Bleach, Manager on 01483 414081
              The Old Chapels, Deanery Road
              Godalming, Surrey GU7 2PG


A website to help make using the internet, mobiles and other new technology, safer.

Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.

There are areas for children from 5-16. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. We hope you like it!

Click on the logo to the left to link to this site.




childnet international logo


Childnet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Taking a balanced approach, they seek to promote the positive and highlight the creative and inspiring ways children and young people are using the medium for good, whilst also responding to the negative aspects and dangers for children.

Childnet works in 3 main areas:

  • Access and Promoting Quality Content
  • Awareness and Advice
  • Protection & Policy

Click on the Childnet International 'Button' on the left to link to this site.



Beat Bullying - shaping attitudes, changing behaviours

Providing children, young people, parents and professionals those all important opportunities to make positive and lasting changes to their lives and outlook, in particular, those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning.


CyberMentors - is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.

If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where you can go for help.  It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is, or whether you're being targeted online or offline, CyberMentors are here to listen and support you.

The best thing about it is that CyberMentors are young people too.  It's never easy talking about bullying, and many young people have told us that they would prefer to speak to another young person if they could. That's why CyberMentors are young people like you, who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help you. It's still important however, that you talk to your parents or teachers if you can.

If you want to talk about a problem you've got with bullying, just drop a CyberMentor a message, or talk to them in the chat room.  The site is secure, and you can keep all your chats private, but there are also counsellors available for anything really serious.


The Anti-Bullying Alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance was founded by NSPCC and National Children's Bureau (NCB) in 2002.  It is hosted and supported by NCB.  The Alliance brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

The page headed Children provides many useful links to services which might help if a child is being bullied.  The page headed Links also provides lots of useful links for children, parents, carers and teachers.

Click below for the Anti-Bullying Alliance website:



One in ten teenagers find that those feelings get so bad that they want extra help from someone.

Sad, cross or worried?

Sometimes children feel all those things, but can feel better by helping themselves or talking to someone.

Young minds is a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people, giving advice, training, campaigning and distributing publications.

Click on the link below to link to this website


Pages for Young People covering all sorts of topics, including:

  • Health and Relationships
  • Money
  • Learning
  • Work and Careers
  • Leisure
  • Travel
  • Crime and Justice
  • Young Disabled People
  • and more...

Click on the link to the left for more information.

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This site is regularly updated so new contacts may be added at any time.


If you have any ideas about contacts/areas you would like to see covered, please let us know. The more people who tell us what they want, the better we will be at providing the services you need!