Training for parents and carers (SEND Local Offer)

Parent carers have told us that they would like information on specialist training opportunities which may be available for them.

We have produced this list of training providers, most of them are run by outside providers and are not provided by the council. We have made every attempt to ensure all information held here is accurate, but we cannot accept any responsibility for third party services. Their inclusion here is for your information only and does not represent endorsement or recommendation by the council.

Some of the courses have a cost associated with them and we have tried to indicate when this is the case, though sometimes they are free depending on your personal circumstances.

If you find that any of the links don't work, or you know of a training provider which isn't here, please let us know by email

Adult learning from Worcestershire County Council 

Your turn to learn banner

The new Family Learning courses have launched and begin after Easter. All the courses will be FREE for every parent, carer and adult in Worcestershire over the age of 19 years in our ‘Your turn to learn’ Campaign. 

We’ve included a list of courses which may be of specific interest to parents and carers of children and/or young people with SEND.

Community Learning Courses summer term 2022 – Free for everyone

Please click on the link below each course to find out more and book on:

Signalong Workshop for Adults – the course runs twice starting 28 April or 28 June
Signalong Workshop

Sign-a-story Course for Families – the course runs twice starting 25 May or 28 June
Sign-a-story course for families

SEND - Managing Mindfulness - starts 28 June
Managing Mindfulness SEND

SEND - Nurture for Parents and Carers – starts 5 May
Nurture for parents and carers - SEND

SEND – Understanding Dyslexia – the course runs twice starting 23 May or 6 June
Understanding Dyslexia - SEND

END -Strategies for Positive Behaviour - starts 5 May
Strategies for Positive Behaviour - SEND

Please book onto each course by clicking the link below each course or you can search all the available courses and book at: or call 01905 728537

Herefordshire and Worcestershire SENDIASS Training & Development

Herefordshire and Worcestershire SENDIASS offer FREE training to local parents/carers to increase knowledge of SEND law and guidance, local policy, and participation. They run face to face workshops and online information sessions. 

Available workshops:

SEN Support and the Graduated Response in schools

What does a good Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP) look like?

The workshops/ information sessions are held monthly. You can book on to the workshop of your choice via the SENDIASS Event Calendar

Other organisations that provide courses

  • The National Autistic Society offer online training courses, some modules are free but most have a small cost
  • The Curly Hair Project offer a number of courses across the country (Dudley and Bristol being the closest to Worcestershire) and some are offered as webinars. There is a cost for the training
  • Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA). They provide online and face to face training on the SEND legal framework for parents and carers, professionals and other organisations. There is a charge for their courses.

Starting Well Partnership

The Starting Well Partnership offers two different courses for parents and carers of children on the Autistic Spectrum and/or with language delay. They give you the opportunity to meet new people who may be experiencing similar issues and develop your knowledge. The courses are available across the county.

Incredible Years is a group-based programme for parents with children age 2 to 6 years.

Website: The Incredible Years ASD Programme from Starting Well

Solihull Approach – Understanding Your Child (ASD) is another group-based programme for parents and carers of older children.

Website: Understanding Your Child with Special Needs/ASD from Starting Well

NEW The Solihull Approach Online parenting

The Solihull Approach online parenting courses are a series of NICE approved resources for parents and carers who want to learn more about sensitive and effective parenting and building a positive relationship with their child. Parents are also helped to understand how they can influence their relationship with their child through play. 

There are a variety of FREE courses available including ‘Understanding your child with additional needs’. If you care for a child with a physical or learning disability or who may have autistic traits this course is for you.

Website: Starting Well Online Parenting Courses