In order to make our parent guides as accessible as possible to parents and professionals who work with families, we have now published ePub and Kindle versions of the guides. These can be downloaded either directly onto an iPad, Kindle or other e-reader, or transferred to your device after download.

Making Sense of it All

Making Sense of it All is designed to help parents of children with SEND aged 0-14 in West Sussex learn how to get the support they need for their child and family. It covers a wide range of subjects including diagnosis, benefits, education, health, social care and local leisure opportunities.

The book is firmly established as a must have guide for parents in West Sussex and if sometimes referred to as the “parent bible”. Since we first published Making Sense of it All in 2012 we have distributed over 8,000 copies of the book.

We published a 3rd edition of the guide in September 2017. The new edition includes major updates on the delivery of education, health and social care in West Sussex, as well as a considerable number of new entries in our directories.

Making Sense of Adult Life

Making Sense of Adult Life is designed to help parents of young people with SEND aged 14-25 support their child in the transition to adulthood. The book contains vital information on a range of subjects including adolescence and emotional well-being, benefits & money management, education, training and employment, moving to adult health & social care, housing & independent living, etc. It also contains a directory of over 400 local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster.

The first edition of the book was published in May 2016. The current edition is now available in paperback and PDF format, and as can be found on this page, the ebook version.

If you would like a paperback copy of either guide, or would prefer to download the PDF version, then please visit our parent guides page and follow the instructions on the right hand side.

Please note, these files are only available from this site, and not from any e-book store or other location. Therefore, if you're not able to download directly to your e-reader, the method of transferring the file to your device or library once it has been downloaded will vary. A couple of links to help with this are provided, but a quick Internet search should provide a method more appropriate to your specific device if needs be.

Download your e-book


Making Sense of Adult Life
.mobi file (712 kb)


Help with getting the file onto your device *


For Mac (iBooks), plus other devices and apps.

Making Sense of it All - ePub format

Making Sense of it All .epub file (573 kb)

Making Sense of Adult Life
.epub file (322 kb)

Help with opening the file on a Mac *

* Links to suggested external sites. You may find alternative methods more suitable for your specific device.