Family Support

Family Support

Support for all the family is important when a child has additional support needs. Meeting everyone’s needs can be stressful. These links can help you find the support you need for everyone to be healthy and happy.

Kinship Carers

If you care for a young person who is a relative and has a disability, Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland has a page showing West Lothian resources:

Kinship Care - advice service for Scotland

Parent Carers

For general practical and emotional support with your role and rights as carers, contact Carers of West Lothian for advice and a ‘listening ear’

Carers of West Lothian - Information, advice and support for all unpaid carers and disabled people


The Social Work Child Disability Service (CDS) can assess the need for respite for children with significant or complex disability. Their contact details can be found on the West Lothian Council website: 

West Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership

There is often a wait for an assessment. You may want to consider other forms of respite, such as teaming up with another family for play visits, taking turn about to take children out to give the other parent a break, or asking relatives or friends to help out. They may need some support to feel confident about managing your child alone.

Working Families

The UK’s national charity for working parents and carers

Lots of information about work/life balance and rights for parents of children with a disability:

Childcare and Afterschool/ Wraparound Care

When your child is small, their needs will usually not be too different from others, so it is helpful to approach childminders positively, without focusing on the ‘additional’ needs.

Help them get to know your child – many will be able to adapt. The Scottish Childminding Association has a search function to help you identify childminders in your area.

Unfortunately, after-school clubs can be more difficult to find if your child has additional needs. If your child needs more help than others, more staff might be needed.

This can be a reason for private clubs refusing to take your child. However, you could explore whether the refusal is based on an accurate assessment of your child’s needs, or simply an assumption – which might amount to discrimination.

If the local council runs the breakfast or after-school club, it should make it open to all children. Ask how any refusal fits with the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) principles that councils should abide by, and whether the refusal is disability discrimination.

Locally, SimplyPlay are the best contact for after-school clubs and holiday clubs in West Lothian:

Signpost closed on 31st March 2023, and we are no longer able to offer you personal support.

However, this website will remain online and is full of resources, links and support information for you to use and download. Remember to bookmark this site and pop back whenever you need assistance.

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Website last revised 31 March 2023
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