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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What did we learn from the Disabled Children's Partnership lockdown survey?
In May, over 4,000 of you shared your experience of lockdown, in response to the Disabled Children's Partnership survey. In this podcast, we talk to Contact's Campaign Manager Una Summerson about what we learnt from the survey and how the results are driving our campaign work. Una also tells us about some new services Contact is running to help families through the pandemic.
06:29
August 12, 2020
Working Tax Credits & Coronavirus
Our family finances adviser Derek explains temporary changes to the rules around working hours and Working Tax Credit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
02:40
August 4, 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Our Family Finances Adviser Derek explains the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government's initiative to financially support people unable to do their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak.
03:15
July 29, 2020
The Coronavirus Self Employment Income Support Scheme
Listen to our Family Finances Adviser Derek explain the government's scheme to help self-employed workers through the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
03:27
April 22, 2020
Money Matters - Webinar recording
Presented by Derek Sinclair, who leads Contact's Family Finance team,  this webinar recording introduces you to the main benefits relevant to you and  your disabled child.  The episode assumes no previous knowledge of the  subject and will help you improve your finances and understand what you  may be entitled to as a family and where to get additional information,  advice and support. This episode was originally presented as a webinar with slides. To watch the webinar in full, visit https://youtu.be/7Ad5cxOgAmw 
1:20:21
March 30, 2020
Tax credits & Child Benefit payments when your child has a temporary break in education
Contact parent adviser Derek explains the rules that allow tax credits and Child Benefit payments to continue if a young person's temporarily unable to attend their course of education. Find out more at contact.org.uk/benefits-at-16
03:03
March 12, 2020
What is Carer's Allowance?
In this podcast, our helpline adviser Derek talks about the main benefit for carers: who can claim Carer's Allowance, and what are the common misconceptions about eligibility? What deductions can be made from your gross earnings? And can you study and get Carer's Allowance? To find out more, visit contact.org.uk/carers-allowance
03:00
March 12, 2020
Disability Living Allowance payments when your child goes into residential accommodation
Listen to our family finances adviser Derek explain what the rules are around payment of Disability Living Allowance when your child goes into residential accommodation. Find out more: contact.org.uk/benefits-changes-in-circumstances
03:52
March 11, 2020
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
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