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We plan to open for face-to-face services at the Crossway Centre after the Easter holidays on 20th April. We are currently offering outdoor activities in the Easter holidays. We will continue to offer a wide range of services online.


February 9, 2021


Did you know: every Local Authority has to provide a Local Offer, a database of everything that is available locally for children and young people with additional needs.  

Richmond and Kingston’s Local Offer website is available at:

Hounslow’s is available at:

Have you joined your local Parent Carer Forum yet?

Kingston Parent Carer Forum


Richmond Parent Carer Forum 
For more information contact



All parent carers of children with disabilities are invited to our monthly Forum meeting.  This is a chance to be involved and kept up-to-date with all the services provided for our children and is an opportunity to have your say.
All parent carers welcome.   This is an informal, social get together to meet up with other Parent Carers who are going through all the same things as you and can often offer encouragement and good advice.  Please also come with your issues as the more we know about what is happening in Hounslow the better the Forum can represent parent carers.

Meeting dates:

February 23rd
March 23rd
April 20th
May 18th
June 15th
July 13th

For more information, please visit:


email Aldona or Joy at
or telephone 020 8750 4671 
or email Aldona or Joy at

What is a Parent Carer Needs Assessment (PCNA)?


Parents and carers have a stand-alone right to assessments and services under the Children and Families Act 2014.  This is called a Parent Carer Needs Assessment (PCNA). A PCNA is about parents and carer's needs - assessing what parents and carers need to enable them to carry on caring. It is your chance to consider your role as a carer and what help you may need to support you, to maintain your own health, as well as balancing your caring role with other aspects of your life, such as work and family. 
The law recognises that parents and carers needs are just as important as a child or young person’s.   If a parent or carer’s needs are not met – how can they continue to care for their child or young person?

Find out more here:

Do you help a friend or family member who has a disability, illness, mental health problem, or who needs extra help as they grow older? Then you're a carer. Support is available, visit

Information from Achieving for Children

National lockdown - Education and SEND Services
In response to the recent announcements AfC has updated pages on the COVID 19 section on the Local Offer website.



Dysart School is a provision for pupils who have a range of severe and complex learning disabilities, from within the Royal Borough of Kingston and beyond.  The school is part of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust.

The school is consulting on a proposal to expand its permanent capacity from 125 to 150 places across both its current sites and a new site, the former North Kingston Children's centre.

Chat and Play online sessions

Achieving for Children is offering opportunities for families to talk to specialists online.

More information and book here:

Information on Preparing for Adulthood from Achieving for Children

The Next Steps Pack is aimed at young people in years 10 and 11, including information if you need extra support with your learning. The aim is to help you understand education and employment options.

Our Barn Carers Project, Hounslow
Our Barn offers support to Hounslow families to deal with the emotional impact of being a carer.
They also offer support with form-filling such as DLA and PIP and practical advice from a team of experienced volunteers.

You can contact them by email to
or telephone 030 0777 2800.