Advice about babies and children 0-8 years old with SEND or who may have additional needs is available from several sources.
Where you find help will depend on what stage you are at in your child's assessment and diagnosis. The services listed below are a start, but please read the advice notes which are more detailed.
- Speak to your GP (doctor), midwife (for newborns), named health visitor at your local clinic, school nurse or the Early Years Inclusion Service.
- If they cannot help you themselves, they can refer your child to a children's centre, specialist clinic, therapist, nurse or doctor for further assessment.
- If you think your child has complex needs or a specific disability,you can contact the Early Years Inclusion Service which has a team of professionals with a range of experience in assessing children from 0-8 years.
- If you have concerns about your child's learning, physical or social, emotional and behavioural development, your GP, nursery/school, hospital or the can refer you to Early Years Inclusion Service or the Schools and Community Psychology Service (SCPS).
- If you are worried about your child's mental health, then you can ask your GP to refer your child to the ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health Service, you can also contact them direct.