Working with children and young people with additional needs
There are a number of organisations offering information, support and resources to those who work with, or are parents/carers of, children and young people with additional needs.
Downloadable resource booklets and information
All Belong St Saviour’s Church in Guildford is a church that runs various groups for children and young people with additional needs and they have amassed quite a few resources over the years. They wanted to share these, in the hope that the resources will assist other churches in becoming more inclusive to these precious children and their families.
Aslan A ministry of Tonbridge Baptist Church, this website has a wealth of info and resources for anyone interested in providing an alternative Sunday School experience for 5-19year olds with special needs.
Guidelines to Accessible and Inclusive ministry A resource written by Jo Stephens of St John’s College, Nottingham on how to make your church and ministry accessible to people with disabilities.
Welcoming those with Autism and Asperger Syndrome in our Churches and Communities A booklet produced by the Diocese of Oxford, with guidelines by Ann Memmott.
Involving children and young people in formal meetings A factsheet providing guidance on establishing a positive environment for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in formal meetings.
Including Young People on the Autism Spectrum in Church Groups A paper written by Ann Memmott, Autism Adviser to the Church of England, giving an insight into autism and practical advice on including young people with autism in your youth group.
Safeguarding children with autism by the National Autistic Society. This information will support professionals to understand safeguarding and protection issues with regard to children with autism and guide them through the safeguarding process when they have concerns.
Links to local organisations
ADD-vance is a registered charity to support and empower adults, children and families with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions in Hertfordshire.
Ambitious about Autism are a national charity, based in North London, for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Their vision is to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism and their mission is to help them to learn, thrive and achieve.
Autism Bedfordshire delivers services to children, young people and adults on the autistic spectrum.
Flower Lane Autism Service provides specialist support to people on the autistic spectrum in Barnet.
Additional Needs Alliance is a faith-based resource operating out of Urban Saints in Luton.
National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
L’Arche is an international movement which builds faith based communities, with people with learning disabilities, all over the world. Their communities here in the UK support people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential.
Hirstwood Training Ltd supplies training and advice to parents and professionals, caring or working within the field of additional needs.
NIrV Accessible New Testament breaks down many barriers to reading, opening up the text to even more people who wish to read it. This edition has been developed specifically for those with learning disabilities, moderate sight loss, lower levels of literacy and English as a second language.