Positive relationships

We pride ourselves on the excellent relationships we build when working with parents of children with SEND, as well as carers and other professionals. These close relationships, alongside our family support services, allow us to deliver outstanding outcomes and positive experiences for the children and young adults in our care, providing parents and carers with invaluable support.

We believe in offering tailored family services and support to help ensure that parents and carers can better cope with the challenges they face. We strive to provide excellent help for parents with special needs children and young adults in the shape of our special needs residential schools. Children and young adults with special education needs and disabilities deserve the opportunity to thrive in the same way any other child or young adult does. Below we have listed some of the key aspects of our family support services.


Working with families of children with SEND

Our Family Support Services team liaises with families throughout the duration of their journey with Seashell. This collaboration with family members and the parents of disabled children begins with their initial enquiry and lasts right through to planning for the long-term future of their loved one.

Seashell’s family link workers are on hand to provide guidance, support and help with disabled young people, including respite care for children. Our family support services are always available to provide information and advice that will benefit the individuals in our care and their families.

Empowering parent carers


We provide opportunities for people to have their say about the services we offer here at Seashell, and beyond.

Parents of children and young adults with disabilities are encouraged to provide us with feedback about all of our services, including our family support services, through the local parent carer forum, Parents and Carers Together Stockport.

This forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities and other organisations to ensure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and their families.

Many of the events that Seashell offers to families are delivered in partnership with parents and carers of children and young adults with SEND, thanks to Parents and Carers Together Stockport.

Seashell also works closely with Stockport Action Youth Speakers (SAYS), offering a place for young people with additional needs and disabilities to have their voices heard in a safe, friendly environment. Through this partnership, these young people are given the opportunity to shape services for future generations.

Family flat on campus

Our family flat located on campus is a great resource for families who are looking for help with their disabled child, whilst allowing them to stay connected and engaged with their loved one’s Seashell journey.

Families can stay overnight when visiting their child in residential care or during respite periods. Located close to our homes, this overnight accommodation offers two bedrooms, sleeping up to five people.

For bookings, check the availability calendar below, choose your dates, complete the booking request form which will appear below and click send.

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Meet the Family Services team

Meet the Family Services team

You value parents as partners in their children’s education…You prioritise the development of positive links with parents and carers.

Ofsted, 2016

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