News and information about adoption and fostering in the UK, including child profiles, book reviews, adoption diaries and step-by-step guides to the adoption procedure.

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)

1c Aberdeen Studios

22 Highbury Grove

London N5 2DQ

Tel. 020 7704 3370

Advice Line 0808 800 5793

email (for admin. only)

Independent advice centre for parents offering information about state education in England and Wales for 5-17 year-olds.

Anti-Bullying Alliance

National Children's Bureau

8 Wakley Street

London EC1V 7QE

Tel. 020 7843 1901

email on website for general enquiries

Brings together over fifty national organizations to work together creating safer environments for children.

Anti-Bullying Network

Moray House School of Education

University of Edinburgh

Holyrood road

Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Tel. 0131 651 6100


Established by the Scottish Executive for teachers, parents and young people to share ideas about how bullying should be tackled. Priority given to requests for information that come from within Scotland.


c/o Rethink

30 Tabernacle Street

London EC2A 4DD

Tel. 020 7330 9100


For young people under stress or worried about their thoughts and feelings. Part of Rethink, which provides practical advice, support and information to everyone affected by severe mental illness.

British Dyslexia Association

98 London Road

Reading RG1 5AU

Helpline 0118 966 8271


Promotes early identification and support in schools to ensure opportunities to learn. Helpline free and confidential.

British Mensa

St John's House

St John's Square

Wolverhampton WV2 4AH

Tel. 01902 772771


Developing British Mensa Gifted and Talented (G&T) Support Programme.

Bullying Online

9 Knox Way


North Yorkshire HG1 3JL


Registered charity providing wide range of online advice for parents and pupils, together with links to other organizations.

CHI (The Support Society for Children of High Intelligence)

P.O. Box 21461

London N6 6WW

Acts directly on behalf of individual children whose intelligence level is above the 98th percentile with aim of helping them to achieve their potential.


45 Folgate Street

London E1 6GL

Tel. 020 7650 3200

Helpline 0800 1111

Free 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK. Trained volunteer counsellors give comfort, advise and protect. Publications for parents, carers and young people include family, bereavement, bullying and racism, crisis point and child abuse.

Childline Cymru/Wales

9th Floor

Alexandra House

Alexandra Road

Swansea SA1 5ED

Tel. 0870 336 2935

Provides a bilingual service.

ChildLine Northern Ireland

1st Floor Queens House

14 Queen Street

Belfast BT1 6ED

Tel. 0870 336 2946

Childline Scotland

18 Albion Street

Glasgow G1 1LH

Tel. 0870 336 2910

Contact a Family

209-211 City Road

London EC1V 1JN

Tel. 0207 608 8700

Helpline 0808 808 3555 (freephone)


Provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children.

Contact Youth

139 Ravenhill Road

Belfast BT6 8DR

Tel. 028 90 457 848

Helpline 0808 808 8000


Northern Ireland's voluntary organization for the provision of youth counselling services. Youthline available to young people between ages of 11 and 26 years. Free confidential helpline for 8-18 year-olds.

Department for Education and Skills

GTEU Dept 4E

Sanctuary Buildings

Great Smith Street

London SW1P 3BT

Tel. 020 7925 5716


The Standards at the National Programme: Gifted and Talented site provides latest thinking on current gifted and talented initiatives, practical guidance and advice.

Dyslexia Institute

Head Office and National Training and Resource Centre

Park House

Wick Road


Surrey TW20 0HH

Tel. 01784 222300

email and

Educational charity founded 1972 for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia Institute Scotland

74 Victoria Crescent Road


Glasgow G12 9JN

Tel. 0141 334 4549


Dyslexia Institute Wales

14-18 City Road

Cardiff CF24 3DL

Tel. 029 2048 1122


Northern Ireland Dyslexia Association

1/a Upper Newtonards Road


Tel. 028 9065 9212

Dyspraxia Foundation

8 West Alley


Herts SG5 1EG

Tel. 01462 454986


National charity offers contact with other members both locally and nationally.

Education Otherwise

P.O. Box 325

Kings Lynn PE34 3XW

Tel. helpline 0845 478 6345


UK-based membership organization provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school.

First Steps

1 Taylor Close


Warwickshire CV8 2LW

Tel. 01926 864473

Helpline 0845 120 2916


Registered charity which aims to help, in a practical way, people who suffer from phobias, obsessional compulsive disorder, those with general anxiety, panic attacks, anorexia and bulimia, and those who wish to come off tranquilizers, together with help for their carers. Also help, advice and support for the carers of those with borderline personality disorder.


Carrington House

126-130 Regent Street

London W1B 5EE

Tel. 020 7734 0161


Consultancy specializing in independent school education. Guidance for parents, students and schools in the UK and worldwide.

Home Education Advisory Service (HEAS)

P.O. Box 98

Welwyn Garden City

Herts AL8 6AN

Tel. 01707 371854


Established 1995, offers advice and practical support, including legal aspects.

Home Education in Northern Ireland (HEdNI)


An inclusive organization for all backgrounds, religious beliefs, races and culture to support rights of families to choose for themselves what suits them best.

Human Scale Education

Unit 8 Fairseat Farm

Chew Stoke

Bristol BS40 8XF

Tel. 01275 332516


Established 1985 to promote small human-scale learning communities within state maintained and independent sectors of UK education.

Independent Schools Council (ISC)

St Vincent House

30 Orange Street

London WC2H 7HH

Tel. 020 7766 7070


Represents interest of associations and member schools and promotes choice, diversity and excellence in education.

Independent Schools Council Information Service (ISCis)

ISCis Central

5 Barby Road


Warwickshire CV22 5DT

Tel. 01788 570537


Regional offices throughout UK provide services to parents. Help with finding school fees from the ISC Educational Grants Advisory Service.

ISCis Ireland

5 Sandycove Avenue East


County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Tel. 00 353 1 280 95454


Information on member schools in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Independent Schools of the British Isles (ISBI)

Which School Ltd

Tilshead House



Wiltshire SP3 4RX

Tel. 01980 620575

The information on schools is provided by the schools themselves; includes independent and fee paying, residential, special needs, state boarding schools, summer and international schools. Contact details of principal educational psychologists and special needs placement officers in all UK education authorities also on website.

Institute of Family Therapy

24-32 Stephenson Way

London NW1 2HX

Tel. 020 7391 9150


Clinical services for families and couples facing wide range of relationship difficulties. The new Centre for Child Focused Practice is a service for children, young people and their families facing a variety of difficulties.

Islamic Homeschooling Advisory Network

P.O. Box 30671

London E1 0TG

Tel. 07961 649 463

New website in development - details to follow

Membership organization providing information, advice and support to Muslim parents home educating or seeking other alternatives for their children.


2 Grosvenor Gardens

London SW1W 0DH

Tel. 0207 730 3300

Helpline: 08451 205 204

Registered charity helping to prevent bullying and child abuse. Helpline is for parents, guardians, concerned relatives and friends.

Montessori St Nicholas Charity

24 Prince's Gate

London SW7 1PT

Tel. 020 7584 9987


The charity fosters communication and unity within the movement. Ten regions, including Northern Ireland.

Muslim Youth Helpline

4th Floor Barkat House

116-118 Finchley Road

London NW3 5HT

tel. 0870 774 3518

Helpline 0808 808 2008


admin email

Confidential helpline run by young people trained in basic Islamic counselling skills.

NAGC YouthAgency

Suite 14 Challenge House

Sherwood Drive


Milton Keynes MK3 6DP

Tel. 0845 450 0221


Provides membership network for young people aged between 11 and 20 across Britain who have exceptional gifts and talents.

National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth

The University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel. 024 7657 4213


Established by government in 2002 with role to drive forward improvements in gifted and talented education in England.

National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE)

P.O. Box 242

Arnolds Way

Oxford OX2 9FR

Tel. 01865 861879


Charity established 1984 to bring together and support all those with an interest in the education of able, gifted and talented children.

National Association for Gifted Children

Suite 14

Challenge House

Sherwood Drive


Milton Keynes MK3 6DP

Telephone helpline 0845 450 0221


Registered charity and membership organization. Provides help, support and encouragement to gifted and talented children and their families.

National Association for Gifted Children in Scotland

P.O. Box 2024

Glasgow G32 9YD


Scottish charity, run by volunteers, offering support to parents and children.

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN)


4/5 Amber Business Village

Amber Close



Staffordshire B77 4RP

Tel. 01827 311500


The leading organization in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special educational needs.

National Autistic Society

393 City Road

London EC1V 1NG

Tel. 020 7833 2299

Helpline 0845 070 4004


Registered charity to champion rights and interest of all people with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Information, publications, branches run by parents.

NAS Cymru

Glamorgan House

Monastery Road

Neath Abbey

Neath SA10 7DH

Tel. 01792 815915


NAS Scotland

Central Chambers

1st Floor 109 Hope Street

Glasgow G2 6LL

Tel. 0141 221 8090


National Children's Bureau

Young NCB

8 Wakley Street

London EC1V 7QE

Tel. 020 7843 6000

Website open to all children and young people. Through the free membership network children and young people can be actively involved in issues that affect and interest them. Two sections: under 13 and 14-18 year-olds.

Northern Ireland Education Department

Rathgael House

43 Balloo Road


County Down BT19 7PR

Tel. 028 9127 9279


Information for parents includes assessment and examinations, transfer selection, bullying statement.

Parentline Plus

Tel. 020 7284 5600 - central office

Helpline: 0808 800 2222

email helpline service on website is secure and confidential

Registered charity supporting anyone parenting a child. Parents Together groups for England and Wales available by telephone (free of charge).

ParentLine Scotland

Children 1st

83 Whitehouse Loan

Edinburgh EH9 1AT

Tel. 0131 446 2300

Helpline 0808 800 2222

email on website

Supports families under stress.

Parents' Advice Centre

Franklin House

12 Brunswick Street

Belfast BT2 7GE

Tel. 01232 238800

24 hour helpline offers listening, support, guidance and counselling relating to any family problem.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

83 Piccadilly

London W1J 8QA

Tel. 020 7509 5555


Non-departmental body sponsored by Department for Education and Skills provides guidance on teaching the gifted and talented.


30 Tabernacle Street

London DC2 4DD

Tel. 0845 456 0455 general enquiries

Adviceline 0208 974 6814


Registered charity helping everyone affected by severe mental illness to recover a better quality of life.

Rethink Northern Ireland


Knockbracken Health Care Park

Saintfield Road

Belfast BT8 8BH

Tel. 02890 402 323



Tel. 08457 90 90 90


Administrative contact:

The Upper Mill

Kingston Road


Surrey KT17 2AF

Tel. 020 8394 8300


Telephone helpline available 24 hours. 203 local branches throughout the UK.

Schoolhouse Home Education Association

P.O. Box 28496

Edinburgh EH4 4YU

Tel. 0870 745 0968#

email via website

Provides information, support and legal aspects for home educators and those considering educating at home in Scotland.

SCIS/ISIS Scotland

21 Melville Street

Edinburgh EH3 7PE

Tel. 0131 220 2106


Independent Schools Council and Information Service for Scotland.

Scottish Executive

School Education

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Tel. 0845 774 1741 Scottish Executive Central Enquiry Unit


Parent zone on website offers information on schools. Access via, click school education, click going to school, then parent zone..

Scottish Network for Able Pupils (SNAP)

University of Glasgow

Faculty of Education

11 Eldon Street

Glasgow G3 6NH

Tel. 0141 330 3071


Concerned with issues related to children and young people's abilities, including exceptional individuals with remarkable abilities for age and stage.

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship

Kidbrooke Park

Forest Row

East Sussex RH18 5JB

Tel. 01342 822115


Emphasis on whole development of the child; spiritual, physical, moral well-being and academic progress.

Stepfamily Scotland

5 Coates Place

Edinburgh EH3 7AA

Tel. 0131 225 8005

Helpline 0845 122 8655


Confidential helpline provides support and information for any member of the family.

Tomorrow's Achievers

email via the website

The Gabbitas, Truman and Thring Education Trust runs masterclasses for 5-18-year-old exceptionally able children and young people. Held throughout the year in different parts of the country.

Trinity College of Music

Junior Trinity

King Charles Court

Old Royal Naval College


London SE10 9JF

Tel. 020 8305 4328


Creative musicianship classes for 5-18 year-olds. The students explore music as a personal language.

Westminster Institute of Education

Oxford Brookes University

Harcourt Hill Campus

Oxford OX2 9AT

Tel. 01865 488600


cpd gifted provides a resource for education professionals and all those involved and interested in the education of able, gifted and talented learners.



Ledbury Road


Gloucestershire GL18 2AG

Tel. 01531 890150


Independent Schools Council Information for Wales.

Young Minds

48-50 St John Street

London EC1M 4DG

Tel. 020 7336 8445


Information and advice for anyone concerned about the mental health of children and young people. Produces leaflets on range of topics to help young people understand when they feel troubled and where to find help.

Young Minds Parents' Information Service

101-8 Clerkenwell Road

London EC1M 5SA

Tel. 0800 018 2138

Free and confidential service to hear parents' concerns and help them find a way forward.

Young NCB

National Children's Bureau

8 Wakley Street

London EC1V 7QE

Tel. 020 7843 6000

Website open to all young people with two sections: under 13 and 14-18 years. Provides a network for involvement in issues that affect and interest young people.

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