SEND and Inclusion

Support for Parents and Carers

The Local Offer

Send and inclusion

The SEND Code of Practice (2014) puts a duty on the local authority to provide a local offer for their authority detailing the provision available for children with special educational needs.

The Local Offer for Bolton Council


Bolton Parent Carer ForumBolton Parent Carers Logo

Bolton Parent Carer Forum are the designated Parent Carer Forum (PCF) for the Bolton area. This means that they receive an annual grant from the Department for Education to ensure parent participation in our area. Parent participation is the phrase used to describe parents and carers of children and young people with SEND being actively involved at a strategic level in their local area. This is across education, health care and social care services and providers.   


Information Advisory ServiceBolton IAS

Bolton Information Advisory Service (IAS) is a statutory service, that provide legally informed information, advice and support to parents and carers who have children from birth to 25 years, with any type of SEND. They also support young people directly. They cover Education, Health and Social Care. All IAS staff are qualified, skilled, and experienced in delivering information, advice and support.


SEND Stay and PlaySend and Inclusion

SEND (Special Educational Needs Disability) Stay and Play sessions are for children aged between 0-5 years old to give parents, carers, their children and siblings the opportunity to meet other families and to gain information about services and support available within Bolton. Children without a diagnosis are welcome to join these sessions.

Sessions are free of charge and are held every Thursday morning (during term time) from 10:00am - 11:30am. 

For more information, please contact Liane Fishwick, the SEND Stay and Play Coordinator by e-mail: or telephone: 01204 332680.


Bolton TogetherSend and Inclusion

Bolton Together is a registered charity that has brought together 7 other charities that each aim to support children and their families with their emotional health and well-being support needs.  This initiative has been funded by NHS Bolton Foundation Trust to provide services as detailed on the link below.

Service overview 

To access any of the service listed in the overview,  please complete a referral form and send this to the organisation directly.  Initially, referrers will need to contact the organisation directly.

If you have any questions, please contact Louise McDade, Strategic Lead for Bolton Together: 07547 409726.


Breaking BarriersSEND and Inclusion

Breaking Barriers is a registered charity set up by parents of disabled children. It is their aim to raise awareness and challenge the barriers to inclusion in society for disabled children and young people aged 0-25 years old. Find out more at: Breaking Barriers NW Bolton Charity Disabled Autism


SEND and Inclusion pages

Nuturing Affective Care (NAC)

NAC support the emotional wellbeing of children and adults with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. Visit their website to find out more: Home - NAC Wellbeing