The helpful podcast for families with disabled children

The helpful podcast for families with disabled children

By Contact
Advice and information podcasts from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. Covering everything from disability benefits, special education, health and diagnosis, and accessing social care.
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Close the Loophole: An interview with Una Summerson about our school transport campaign
School transport is  an integral part of a child's education. If a child can't get to school  or has a stressful experience getting to school, they are not able to  learn and take part in the school day like other children. That's why we're campaigning to Close the Loophole in school transport law for over 16s. In this podcast, we talk to Contact's Head of Campaigns Una Summerson about what the loophole means, how we're trying to change it, and how you can get involved. Find our more at contact.org.uk/close-the-loophole
06:22
February 19, 2020
Dealing with Bullying: If the school have informed me my child is bullying
In this podcast we discuss practical tips and advice on what to do if  you are informed your child has been exhibiting bullying behaviour. For  further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
03:48
November 8, 2019
Dealing with Bullying : Helping schools recognise the cause of bullying incidents
In this podcast we discuss practical tips on how to help schools  recognise and understand the root causes of bullying incidents if they  aren't already being addressed. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
04:40
November 8, 2019
Dealing with Bullying: Moving forward and resolving bullying if things aren't working
We discuss practical tips on what you can do if steps have been taken by  the school, but the bullying is continuing. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
04:39
November 8, 2019
Dealing with Bullying: Tips on how parents & schools can keep in touch with eachother
In this podcast we give practical tips on how schools and families can  keep in touch to see if the actions taken by the school and support for  their child is working. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
04:23
November 7, 2019
Dealing with Bullying: Positive things schools can do to help children being bullied
In this podcast, we discuss positive actions and strategies that schools  can put into place to help children who are being bullied and some that  parents can also use at home. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
04:57
November 7, 2019
Dealing with Bullying: Supporting your child and how the school can help
In this podcast we discuss practical tips and advice on supporting your  child whilst bullying issues are being resolved. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
03:49
November 7, 2019
Dealing with Bullying: Meeting with the school
In this podcast we discuss useful tips and advice on meeting with the school to discuss bullying issues to get the best outcomes for your child. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
05:41
November 7, 2019
Dealing with Bullying : Raising your concerns with the school
In this podcast we look at practical advice on how to approach the  school if you have concerns that your child is being bullied. For further advice, visit our website www.contact.org.uk/bullying
05:20
November 7, 2019
Dealing with bullying: Spotting the signs
In this podcast we discuss how to spot the signs of bullying. If you  have concerns that your child is being bullied, you visit our website at www.contact.org.uk/bullying
04:29
November 7, 2019
What is Personal Independence Payment?
Our helpline adviser Lesley explains what happens when a child on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) turns 16. Once they reach this age your son or daughter will be invited to claim a benefit called Personal Independence Payment.
04:35
September 12, 2019
Council Tax bill discount for carers
Our helpline adviser Jill explains the rules that allow some carers to qualify for a discount on their council tax bill if they are looking after a child aged 18 or over. Read more about help paying Council Tax bills at contact.org.uk/help-with-council-tax
03:47
August 15, 2019
Universal Credit: A claimant commitment
In this podcast, our parent adviser Nicos explains the document called  'a claimant commitment', which sets out what you need to do to get  Universal Credit. This is the third part of our Universal Credit podcast  series. For more advice on Universal Credit, visit  contact.org.uk/universal-credit 
03:51
August 15, 2019
Changes to the Blue Badge rules in England in 2019
Our parent adviser Mia explains the changes to the Blue Badge rules coming into effect in England in Summer 2019. For more information, visit contact.org.uk/blue-badge
02:23
August 15, 2019
How to claim Universal Credit
In part two of our Universal Credit podcast series, our parent adviser Nicos explains how to claim Universal Credit, the new benefit being rolled out across the country. Read more information about Universal Credit at contact.org.uk/universal-credit
03:10
August 15, 2019
What is Universal Credit?
In this podcast, parent adviser Mia talks about Universal Credit, the new benefit replacing existing means-tested benefits. This is part one of our Universal Credit podcast series. To find out more, visit contact.org.uk/universal-credit
03:16
August 15, 2019
Education complaints & appeals
Our education adviser Jill explains what you can do if you're not happy with your child's education. * Links * School complaints - contact.org.uk/school-college-complaints EHC annual reviews - contact.org.uk/ehc-plan-reviews Tribunal appeals - contact.org.uk/tribunal-appeals Education - contact.org.uk/education
04:40
August 15, 2019
Applying for a secondary school place
Listen to our education specialist Jill, from the Contact helpline, talk about applying for a secondary school place through the school  admissions process. For more admission on school applications, visit contact.org.uk/admissions
04:19
August 15, 2019
Applying for a primary school place
In this episode in our education podcasts series, education adviser Jill gives her advice on applying for a primary school place for a child with special educational needs. For more advice on school admissions, visit contact.org.uk/admissions
05:10
August 15, 2019
Top tips for starting school
In this podcast, our parent adviser Michaela shares her top tips for parents whose children are about to start a new school. For more advice and support on starting school, visit contact.org.uk/admissions
05:03
August 15, 2019
Will I be better off claiming Carer's Allowance?
Our welfare rights advisers respond to some frequently asked questions about claiming Carers Allowance, including when it's worth claiming it alongside other benefits. This is part three of our Carer's Allowance series. For more advice and support, visit contact.org.uk/carers-allowance 
01:51
August 15, 2019
Do earnings, savings or partner's savings affect Carer's Allowance?
Carer’s Allowance is not affected by savings or most types of income, but there is a limit on how much you can earn and still keep your Carer’s Allowance. Listen to our podcast where our benefits expert Derek Sinclair explains how earnings affect Carer's Allowance. This is part two of our Carer's Allowance series. For more advice and information, visit contact.org.uk/carers-allowance
02:04
August 15, 2019
Who qualifies for Carer's Allowance?
Our welfare rights advisers respond to some frequently asked questions about claiming Carer's Allowance, including who is entitled to the benefit. This is part one of our Carer's Allowance series. For further advice and information on this subject, visit contact.org.uk/carers-allowance
02:08
August 15, 2019
Diagnosis - Then & now
Donna, a parent of two children with autism, describes her journey since receiving their diagnosis. You can find information and support around getting a diagnosis, or living without a diagnosis, on our website at contact.org.uk/diagnosis
03:04
August 15, 2019
Diagnosis - In the beginning
Listen to some parents sharing how they felt at the time they received their child's diagnosis. For more information and advice around diagnosis, visit our website at contact.org.uk/diagnosis 
01:36
August 15, 2019
Seven reasons to claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Our parent adviser Mia explains why claiming Disability Living Allowance can be a gateway onto more financial help.
03:06
August 14, 2019
Challenging the myths around Disability Living Allowance eligibility
Listen to Derek, welfare rights expert from Contact's helpline, explains Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and dispels common myths on eligibility. To find out more about DLA, visit contact.org.uk/dla
05:37
August 6, 2019