Empowering families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

IMPACT

Reaching Families places enormous importance on continual monitoring & evaluation of our work to ensure we are delivering the best possible service to the parents and families we support. We routinely monitor each of our services and also carry out other qualitative and quantitative evaluations to measure the progress we make in supporting families including a major online annual survey we carry out every November and independent evaluations undertaken by external consultants.

For a detailed view of what we have achieved for and learned from parents over the course of 2017 and 2018, and how we aim to develop our work in the future, please download the following Impact Reports (click to open in a new window).

Participation 2018/19

2,682
Making Sense Guides distributed to parents
4,797
factsheets were downloaded from our website
348
parents attended one of our training workshops
112
parents attended our support groups
591
parents joined our Facebook group
14,463
unique visitors used our website

Outcomes 2018/19

92%
parent-carers who reported improved knowledge in accessing support for their child
61%
parent carers who reported accessing new services
76%
parent-carers who reported improvement in their child’s development
78%
parent-carers who reported improvement in their self-confidence and skills
80%
parent-carers who reported improved peer support
77%
parent-carers who reported improvement in their family’s capacity to over come difficulties

Experiences of children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families in the United Kingdom during the coronavirus pandemic


Following the survey we carried out in April on the impact of covid on families of children with SEND we were approached by Tizard Learning Disability Review at the University of Kent to write a piece to record the effects of the pandemic on the families we support.

The following article written in partnership with Stephen Kingdom from The Disabled Children’s Partnership provides a real time overview of the major challenges that have affected and continue to affect SEND families, including the speed at which some families reached crisis point, the struggle accessing education and providing home learning, the impact on mental health and the experiences of those families who enjoyed the relative peace and quiet of lockdown.

Parent Testimonials