The helpful podcast for families with disabled children
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.
Listening Ear is our 1-1 telephone appointment service, where you can talk with one of our family support advisers for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support.
But what topics can you talk about and how long for? How did the service come about, and what do parents think of it? And most importantly, how can you book an appointment?
In this episode, we speak to Noreen, an adviser on the Listening Ear line, who tells us all of this and more.
You can find out more about Listening Ear on our website at www.contact.org.uk/listeningear
Our By Your Side team provide advice and support in hospitals across the UK to families whose child has an appointment or longer stay.
In this episode, our By Your Side Senior Parent Adviser Ruth shares the team's top tips for hospital appointment and stays.
Find out more about our By Your Side programme: www.contact.org.uk/byyourside
Updated: 20 April 2021
Self employed people who have lost profits as a result of the coronavirus outbreak may be able to apply to HMRC for a grant via the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Listen to our welfare expert Derek explain the details of the scheme in full. For more information on financial help during the Covid-19 pandemic, visit our website: https://contact.org.uk/coronavirus-and-welfare-benefits
Did you know that everyone with a learning disability aged 14 and over is entitled to a free annual health check with the GP? In our latest podcast episode, our health lead Amanda explains why it's so important parents take up the offer. And we hear mum Ayesha talk about her experience of getting a health check for her daughter.
Updated: 20 April 2021
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.
The Scottish Government is introducing a new payment to help families with severely disabled children pay their winter heating costs. Listen to our benefits expert Derek explain how the new payment works.
The Scottish Child Payment is a new benefit, providing low income families in Scotland with a payment of £10 per week for each child in their family who is aged under six. Applications open in November 2020, with payments due to start at the end of February 2021. Listen to this podcast episode about the new benefit, and find out more about benefits in Scotland on our website: contact.org.uk/benefits-scotland
In England, low-income workers who who are asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace Service, and who are unable to work from home during their period of self-isolation and who lose money as a result, can apply to their local authority for a £500 payment. Find out more by listening to our benefits adviser Derek explain the new support scheme.
Listen to our benefits expert Derek explain the UK government's new coronavirus in-work Job Support Scheme for businesses that remain open. It replaces the furlough scheme from November 2020 and is expected to last at least six months. Find out more about financial support during the coronavirus pandemic on our website: https://contact.org.uk/coronavirus-and-welfare-benefits
The UK government will provide temporary support for businesses and employees that are legally required to close their premises due to the Coronavirus restrictions at local or national level. In this episode our benefits adviser Derek explains the scheme in detail.
Our Strategic Health Lead Amanda talks about the free NHS flu jab, why it's important to get vaccinated and who can get it. We also hear from mum Rosie about the reasonable adjustments her son Blake needs to get the flu jab, and which you can ask for too.
Some of you may be worried about your child going back to school for many reasons. In this episode our education adviser Michaela discusses some of the common concerns we've heard from parents about returning to school and offers some information and advice to help prepare.
From 1 September 2020, children in Scotland will not be expected to move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) until age 18. Listen to our benefits expert Derek Sinclair explain what these new rules mean for families.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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