During the COVID-19 emergency lockdown our services have been more crucial than ever. Elfrida is fully set up and equipped to offer remote and in person high-quality advocacy and support to parents with learning disabilities and their families.

Specialist Advocacy for Parents with Learning Disabilities and/or Learning Difficulties (LDs)

The Elfrida Society’s Specialist Advocacy for parents with LDs involves court support in all matters related to child protection and child in need cases. We also run a peer support group, see below more information about the group and its work.

Our specialist advocates work with parents with LDs to help them understand the requirements and responsibilities they need to fulfil in order to meet the rights of their children. Working across a range of life spheres including education, independent living, employment, health, safeguarding, wellbeing and social inclusion.

The Elfrida Society’s specialist advocates, advocate for parents with LDs for all matters related to their children. From daily school runs to medical and disability needs. We provide advocacy in all meetings and categories when there is Social Worker involvement. We use a preventative model of intervention, but if it is too late for a prevention intervention, we advocate for parents facing court proceedings. We ensure no stone is left unturned to make available every opportunity of success to the parent to become the parent the child needs.


Click here for easy read information about Elfrida Parents Services

Click here for our easy read referral form.


We can take spot purchase referrals for specialist advocacy support for parents with Learning Disabilities from local authorities, specialists service providers, practitioners.

Spot Purchase Advocacy Options

- Provide advocacy support on an instructed basis for a parent who can make an informed decision about what they want, or on a non-instructed basis with a parent who does not have the capacity to make an informed decision.

- Consultative level work for professionals involved in the provision of services for parents with learning disabilities.

  - In court ‘lay advocacy’ support for parents with learning disabilities during care proceeding hearings.

  - We can also run short workshops and training days for professional who work with or want to learn how to work with parents with learning disabilities.


If you wish to spot purchase advocacy services from us, please contact our referrals team on 07495 918 724, email elfridaparents@elfrida.com or send us a referral form (see link to our referral form below ).

We will look at our capacity and ability to take your referral at any given time and let you know as soon as we can. You will then be asked to complete a Funding Agreement prior to advocacy taking place.

Contact the Elfrida Parents Project for more information


Advocacy support is not a choice or down to whether the professional feel it is beneficial for the person. The person has that right and professionals should facilitate access to statutory advocacy because it is their legal duty.  

There are different types of statutory advocacy available including Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Care Act Advocacy, Mental Health Advocacy, Child in Need, Safeguarding Advocacy, etc.  Whatever the need, we can offer support. 


Our peer support group support parents with learning disabilities to gain awareness of self-advocacy and build confidence to speak up for themselves and to support each other.  

Parenting could be challenging, particularly for parents with learning disabilities, during and after care proceedings.  If the parent is successful in attaining their parenting responsibility as the main carer they need to demonstrate good parenting practices and maintain the good enough parenting expected of them to be the parents their children need.  The peer support group could offer a vital lifeline of support and guidance for parents throughout.

Fathers with learning disabilities face particular challenges and are often left behind.

The peer support group sessions focus on building skills around parenting, safeguarding, budgeting and working with schools and nurseries, etc.  Peer support could help to develop resilience in groups and/or individuals whilst also seeking to improve wellbeing and encourage friendships thus reducing isolation and developing independence. 

The sessions offer a platform to empower people to take control of their lives in order to mitigate against social factors that are likely to contribute to feelings of disempowerment and low self-efficacy and to tackle social determinants of physical, economical and mental health, which can have rippling affects for parents with learning disabilities who are carers of young children.

Join us to speak up and have fun! The peer support group sessions runs every Monday from 11am till 1pm during school term times only.

Content of the sessions can be tailored to what is important to the peer group at any one time and be directive of ensuring parents are kept up to date with benefit system changes, child safety and safeguarding.

Other examples of topics could be:

- Parenting and age appropriate behaviours.
- Applying for schools and colleges.
- Communicating with teachers.
- How to make a formal complaint about service providers.
- Healthy eating.
- How to ensure a child’s Medical needs are met.
- Health adult relationships.
- Health and safety and first aid.
- Boundaries.
- Assertiveness – diplomacy versus confrontation.
- Listening skills and negotiation.

Public Health England (PHE) and The Elfrida Society Peer Support Parents working together to update and improve accessible antenatal and new born screening information - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/screening-tests-for-you-and-your-baby-easy-guides.

Contact the Elfrida Parents Project for more information