ADHD support for families, young people and professionals
Founded in Lambeth, South London, ARCS aims to address the numerous unmet needs of families affected by ADHD and related conditions. ARCS' remit is to establish and co-ordinate a multi-agency hub of professionals - linking all the relevant stakeholders to ensure a seamless, effective service to support children, young people and families affected by ADHD and other hidden disabilities. ARCS works closely in partnership with the Lambeth ADHD Strategy Group and other professional organisations to:
Promote awareness raising and co-ordinate training for professionals working with children and young people
Support schools and other professional services working with families affected by ADHD
Develop and host information and awareness training for parents and young people
Provide support for families, their children and young people with ADHD
Fund and run parent support drop-in sessions in the community
Signpost of parents and professionals to relevant services and resources.
ARCS has a significant presence on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Review Strategy Forums in Lambeth. Through it's networking and positioning with the Youth Offending Service, police, youth services, SENCO Network, Divert Youth, Governor's Forum, CAMHS, Community Paediatrics, the Parents' ADHD Support Group and young peoples’ forums, the Parents and Carers’ Forum and, recently, the Elmgreen secondary school, it is bringing together relevant teams, strategy groups and organisations to ensure a comprehensive multi-agency ADHD/ASD offer.
Many parents and carers of children with invisible disabilities struggle to navigate the complex and often opaque pathways of SEND services in Lambeth, and they often feel isolated, frustrated and helpless watching their children fail at school and become angry, anxious and despondent.
ARCS was founded by parents from the ADHD Parent Support Group, who decided that we were going to make our voices heard. We wanted more say on what services we needed, how we wanted them and how the services could support us better.
ARCS recognises that services are under tremendous pressure and that, although we have the same goals, we often struggle to understand and work together through lack of understanding and poor communication.
ARCS believes that parents and carers, young people and professionals can work together to find effective, efficient and lasting solutions together in partnership.