Useful contacts for education professionals and students

Training, resources and information

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  • Article 39. “Article 39 fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions, a population of around 80,000 in England. We take our name from the part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which entitles children and young people who have been abused or neglected to recover in environments where their health, self-respect and dignity are nurtured.”
  • British Association for Early Childhood Education (also known Early Education)
    A national charity supporting early years practitioners with training, resources and professional networks, and campaigning for quality education for the youngest children
  • British Deaf Association (BDA)
  • Centre for Disability Studies – University of Leeds. The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) is an interdisciplinary network of researchers from across the Social Sciences, Humanities and STEM subjects, united by their commitment to carrying out research and teaching that helps achieve equality and social justice for disabled people, globally.
  • Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE). CSIE is a national charity that works to promote equality and eliminate discrimination in education.
  • Children’s Commissioner for England. The Children’s Commissioner speaks up for children and young people so that policymakers and the people who have an impact on their lives take their views and interests into account when making decisions about them. She is the ‘eyes and ears’ of children in the system and the country as a whole and is expected to carry out her duties ‘without fear or favour’ of Government, children’s agencies, and the voluntary and private sectors.She also provides advice to children who are in or leaving care, living away from home or working with social services.
  • Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE). The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) seeks the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in England. CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying government and others who hold power, by bringing or supporting test cases and by using regional and international human rights mechanisms. They provide legal information, raise awareness of children’s human rights, and undertake research about children’s access to their rights.
  • Child Rights Information Network (CRIN). CRIN is a global research, policy and advocacy organisation. Their work is grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Council for Disabled Children. CDC are the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.
  • Disability Action Northern Ireland. Disability Action are a Northern Ireland charity who work with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, hidden disabilities and mental health disabilities.
  • Disability Rights UK
  • Enabling Education Network (EENET). EENET is an information network and a consultancy service provider focussing on issues relating to quality, inclusive, enabling education, primarily in resource-poor contexts. Their information sharing activities are open to teachers, parents, students, non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, trainers, government officials, and more.
  • Equalities National Council. “Equalities National Council (ENC) is Britain’s only BME user-led Disabled People Organisation. An independent enterprise, run by service users with a good understanding and experience of the barriers faced by people with disabilities, their carers and those with long term impairments. Although we were primarily set up as a bme led organisation, any member of society can access our services.”
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission – Disability Committee
  • EUROPEAN NETWORK ON INDEPENDENT LIVING (ENIL). A Europe-wide network of disabled people, with members throughout Europe. ENIL is a forum for all disabled people, Independent Living organisations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of Independent Living. ENIL represents the disability movement for human rights and social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalisation, democracy, self-representation, cross disability and self-determination.
  • Inclusion London. Supporting Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations in London and campaign for equality for Deaf and Disabled people
  • Inclusion Scotland. “Inclusion Scotland is run by disabled people ourselves. This is important because disabled people know best about the barriers that prevent our full inclusion into Scottish society. We experience them every day. But we cannot remove them by ourselves. We need allies and supporters. We need those in power to hear disabled people’s voices and work with us to remove these barriers.”
  • Inclusive Solutions. “Inclusive Solutions are a team of psychologists and associates who specialise in mainstream inclusion for disabled and challenging children and adults. We make available cutting edge practical strategies and ideas for developing effective inclusion in local mainstream schools and communities. We use ideas that have been developed internationally and adapt them to the UK context.”
  • Place2Be. “Place2Be’s highly skilled practitioners deliver services in 282 schools across the UK. We offer a menu of services for primary and secondary schools, providing support for children, parents, teachers and school staff.”
  • Pre School Learning Alliance. The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, the Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.