Legal, Social and Financial

Being the parent of a child with a brain condition or learning disability means you may need to access legal, social and financial help at various times for different reasons. We have created a wide range of resources and guides to help you with some of the difficult decisions and tasks involved.

Dealing with public bodies and thinking about finances can be overwhelming so we have a series of guides and factsheets to help families of children with brain conditions with common problems they may be facing. Covering a range of legal, social and financial issues, these are useful tools in helping you understand your situation regarding your rights and entitlements. They offer comprehensive, up-to-date advice and strategies to help.

Template Letters

Finding the right words when writing to official bodies can be difficult. We’ve created a series of template letters to make it less daunting for you if you need to write to your local council, social services or health body. Our template letters contain legal information and where necessary we have different templates for England, Wales and Scotland.

Social Care in England and Wales

As the parent or carer of a disabled child you need to know the help you are entitled to in getting support for your child’s social care needs. Our guides outline exactly the social care your local authority is responsible for and the help that is available to you as a parent or carer. We have created a guide for England and Wales respectively.

DLA Guide

Anyone who has ever tried to fill in a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claim form will know what a huge and daunting task it can be. Our step-by-step guide to filling it in makes it easier for you. The guide takes you through all the questions on the DLA form, explaining what each one means and giving tips on how to answer. It also offers advice on how to appeal if you are unhappy with the decision.

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Finding Legal Help

As the parent of a disabled child you may need legal advice at some stage for a whole host of reasons. In some cases, finding and hiring a solicitor can be a daunting prospect. This guide helps make that process as straightforward as possible.

Public Services Toolkit

If you are facing difficulties with official agencies in trying to access the health, social care and education support services you and your child are entitled to, our Accessing Public Services Toolkit can help. It identifies common issues and offers strategies to help resolve them without resorting to legal action.

Transition to Adulthood in Wales

Managing the transition from childhood to adulthood requires extra care and sensitivity from the parents of children with brain conditions. Our factsheet provides information about what is involved and helps you navigate and access the information, support and resources that are available for parents and carers in Wales.

Transition to Adulthood in England

Managing the transition from childhood to adulthood requires extra care and sensitivity from the parents of children with brain conditions. Our factsheet provides information about what is involved and helps you navigate and access the information, support and resources that are available for parents and carers in England.

Carers' Assessments

These two factsheets aim to provide an overview of carers’ assessments for parents and carers of disabled children living in England and Wales. The law in this area is complicated and these short guides will give you an idea of your rights.

Legal Rights

Our Legal Rights Service provides families of children with brain conditions with free legal advice if they are facing difficulties accessing support services. It has been developed through our innovative LEaP project in conjunction with the School of Law at the University of Leeds.

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Count Me In Lottery

Taking part in our ‘Count Me In’ Lottery is a wonderful way to make a real difference to children with brain conditions and their families. It also means you are in with a chance to win our big weekly prize.

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