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Useful links

Related and useful links for families, professionals and researchers

In 2016 we published a paper for the journal Paediatrics and Child Health on resources for parents raising a disabled child in the UK that has been published online. The paper aims to inform UK paediatricians and child health care specialists about resources that can help to support and empower parent carers of disabled children so they can signpost families to them. PenCRU and some members of our Family Faculty have created a plain language summary of this paper which highlights the useful resources. 

View document: Resources paper PLS pdf

Contact a Family provide a directory of medical conditions affecting children, with information on diagnosis and treatment, together with details of the related support networks and groups, where available.

NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.

The Council for Disabled Children is a campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The evidence has been appraised using strict methods, so the conclusions are the best available.

NHS Evidence provides free access to clinical and non-clinical information - local, regional, national and international. Information includes evidence, guidance and Government policy.

Trip Database is a searchable database of clinical evidence information.

Tip: when using Google and other search engines to find out about treatments or therapies - adding "evidence" or "guideline" into the search with the name of the treatment or therapy will often help to find more authoritative & unbiased search results.

Information on searching for evidence on the intranet

There is an excellent government site which gives information on all public rights and services. This section deals with all aspects of services and rights of disabled people with guides for parents and individuals, links to other sites and a lot of information to help you find what you need. This includes subjects such as education, transport, financial support etc.

Contact provide information on support and services your child is entitled to.