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Support For Parents and Carers


At Banks Road

Here in school we provide a great wealth of information for parents and carers such as coffee mornings, regular meetings with each child’s class teacher and the school SENCO, a wide engagement with a number of professionals in helping families access the support they need, amongst others….

The next virtual coffee afternoon for parents and carers is:

  • To Be Confirmed in Spring 2021

The next virtual parent-teacher-SENCO meetings will take place on:

  • week beginning Monday 22nd March 2021

Liverpool Local Offer

Every local authority must publish a Local Offer that describes what provision it expects to be available for children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities. It must include information about education, health and social care provision and services. The Local Offer should make information easy to understand, up to date and clear. The Local Offer includes information on:





  • how an EHC assessment can be requested
  • how a child or young person’s needs are identified and assessed
  • post-16 education and training provision
  • arrangements for transport and travel
  • preparing for adulthood
  • leisure activities
  • where to find information, advice and support
  • resolving disagreements

You can find the Local Offer for Liverpool on the Early Help Directory at

If parents feel that they would like external advice or support, there are many services on offer including SENDIASSLivPaC and ADDvanced Solutions.

In addition, families can also access this wide range of organisations who can offer advice and support for a number of issues including:

  • Debt & Benefits Advice
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Asylum Support Services
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
  • Health & Well-being
  • LGBT Services
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Children and Young People
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Adoption and Special Guardianship.

The ADDvanced Solutions offer in Liverpool

Through our community-based groups, programmes, and opportunities that raise awareness; develop skills; share learning experiences; and build confidence, we support children, young people, and families living with neurodevelopmental conditions, learning difficulties and associated mental health needs. 

Open Access Community Network Groups

If you have concerns about your child’s behaviour or progress at school, our community network groups offer support to help you learn, understand and meet the needs of your child and family. Find out more.

Family Learning Programmes and Workshops

Structured programmes and workshops that give parents, carers, and supporters the skills, knowledge and confidence to enable you to better recognise, understand and meet the needs of your family living with neurodevelopmental conditions, learning difficulties and associated mental health needs. Find out more.

Family Activity Days

Join us and other families on our family activity days. Taking place during school holidays they include trips to the park, fun days, walks with the ranger, cookery activity days and days out.

Supporting children & young people

For children and young people with a neurodevelopment condition finding it difficult to engage in activities, our learning workshops, groups and activities will help them overcome these challenges and learn how to manage individual situations. Find out more. 

ADDvanced Solutions provide a wealth of downloadable information leaflets for parents:

What is LivPac?

LivPaC is a voluntary group of enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced parents and carers of children and young people 0-25 with all disabilities and additional needs.


Empower parents/carers to have a voice and enable them to navigate the special education needs and /or disabilities (SEND) processes through awareness, information and confidence training.


  • A listening ear
  • A collective voice
  • Friendly, relaxing atmosphere.
  • Fully accessible building.
  • Coffee evenings and evenings across the city.
  • Patience and loyalty

Information / Training

  • Guest speakers.
  • Confidence.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Professional advice from outside agencies and many more.
  • First aid.
  • Bespoke training.

Further information can be found at


The Isabella Trust – Short courses and workshops

The Isabella Trust provide short courses and workshops to parents and carers of children with autistic spectrum disorder and sensory processing difficulties.

The courses and workshops currently provided are on the following:

  • NAS Understanding Autism
  • NAS Sensory Needs
  • Combined Sensory Difficulties and Sensory Strategies
  • Eating difficulties
  • Elklan Let’s Talk Together Communication course
  • Tears, pain & tantrums in everyday activities (Sensory defensiveness)
  • Toileting issues
  • Praxis
  • Makaton
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Autism & Anxiety
  • Women & Girls on the Autism Spectrum
  • ICAN Early Talk 0-5 – Working with under 3’s
  • ICAN Early Talk 0-5 – Working with Parents
  • ICAN Early Talk 0-5 – Supporting Communication
  • ICAN Early Talk Accreditation Programme

Further information can be found at

OSSME Autism Initiatives and Autism in Motion

OSSME Autism Initiatives and Autism in Motion have grouped together to provide free workshops to parents and carers.

These will run at St George’s Community Hub, Waresley Crescent, L9 6BW Liverpool.

To book on to any of their please call 0151 525 2225 or email


The ASD Training Team

The ASD Training Team offer advice, support and training to families of children or young people aged 0-19 years in Liverpool who are waiting for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment or already have a diagnosis.

Dates are put on monthly and shared in our SEND Newsletters.

SEND Newsletters



Tel: 0151 427 4360 | Email: | Office Manager: Mrs N McGee
Twitter: @BanksRoadSch | Headteacher: Mrs L Gibson

Banks Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 8JZ