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

Worcestershire County Council run several adult learning courses for parents and parent carers. There is a small cost for these courses unless you meet certain entry criteria. There is a mixture of online and face to face courses available and new courses are being added all the time. 

Courses which maybe of interest running during January to April 2022

The courses are FREE if you feel it will improve your health and wellbeing 
Courses are FREE if you are unemployed and on benefits or you earn less than £17,000 per year. 
Courses are also FREE if your child receives a Free School Meal or is known to the school SENCO 
Please book onto each course by searching for the course title at: (opens in new window) or call 01905 728537

Other organisations that provide courses

Autism West Midlands – Free Autism and Anxiety on-line training for Worcestershire families

Autism West Midlands has launched free Autism and Anxiety on-line training workshops for parent carers of children up to 18 years who have been accepted for assessment on the ASD diagnosis pathway or who have received a diagnosis of autism.

The sessions are in February or March.

To find out more and book onto the training: Autism West Midlands Shop - Autism and Anxiety on-line Training  (opens in a new window)

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 (opens in a new window)

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 (opens in a new window)

NEW The Solihull Approach Online parenting

The Solihull Approach online parenting courses are a series of NICE approved (opnes in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window)