General conditions support
Contact a Family give information and support for all conditions affecting children. A directory of specific conditions and rare disorders can be found online.
Helpline: 0808 808 3555 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am - 5pm)
Unique provide support and information to families of children with rare chromosome and gene disorders, and professionals. Downloadable leaflets are available online for individual chromosome disorders.
Support for families caring for a seriously ill child or young person.
Specific conditions support
Information from Great Ormond Street Hospital on Achondroplasia, the most common type of short limb condition.
Bernard-Soulier Syndrome - BSS
Bernard-Soulier syndrome is a rare inherited disorder of blood clotting characterised by unusually large platelets, low platelet count and prolonged bleeding time. Affected individuals tend to bleed excessively and bruise easily. Information on blood disorders
Membership organisation providing support to people affected by the bone condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI).
Support for families of children born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome (SCID) or other conditions requiring bone marrow transplants.
Information and support on the group of genetic skin conditions known as EB.
Information about Cerebral Palsy from SCOPE.
Supporting children and young people with congenital and acquired heart conditions, as well as their families.
Information Line: 0300 561 0065 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm)
CLAPA offer information and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cleft lip and palate.
Information on heart conditions present at birth, and treatments.
Provides information about Cystic Fibrosis.
Helpline: 0300 373 1000 (lines open Monday - Friday 10am – 4pm)
Information and support across all aspects of living with Down’s syndrome.
Information: 0333 1212 300 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)
Support and information for those affected by Klinefelter’s Syndrome (KS or XXY). An under diagnosed congenital condition caused by an additional chromosome.
Supporting parents at home, and in hospital, with babies and children under 5 who are diagnosed with Heart Defects (CHD) or feeding difficulties.
Information and support for people with dwarfism and their families. Awareness of dwarfism and campaigning for little people to be portrayed in a positive way.
Information about Marfan syndrome.
NHS information on the group of inherited genetic conditions called MD – Muscular Dystrophy.
Information and support for those affected by a muscle wasting condition.
Helpline: 0800 652 6352 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm)
Advice and support for families affected by Noonan Syndrome.
The UK craniofacial support group
Providing information about Rett Syndrome and its treatment.
Offering supporting to individuals and families who are coping with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Support and information for Sickle Cell Disease.
Providing support and advice for anyone affected by scoliosis.
Helpline: 0208 964 1166 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm)
TAG is a support group for anyone who has the condition Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita.
Supporting families of children diagnosed with achondroplasia or restricted growth.
Helpline: 0300 111 1970 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, leave message and you will be called back)
Information and support for anyone affected by Tourette Syndrome.
Live chat: Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm
Great Ormond Street Hospital series of information packs on TS for families, young people and teachers.
TSA support for anyone affected by TSC as well as their families and carers.
Information and support for Usher Syndrome from Sense.
Information line: 0300 330 9256 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Sign Language interpreter available online. (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Providing support advice for this rare disorder.
NHS information on Zika virus disease and it’s possible effects, particularly for pregnant women.
Hospital and End of life care information
NHS information on Intensive Care Units – ICUs ,also called ITUs and CCUs.
Working for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. Website includes search for palliative care in your area and an information request form.
Helpline: 0808 8088 100 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)
Live Chat: Online Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm