Children with additional needs
If your child has a health or developmental condition that is impacting on their everyday life, this is often referred to as an additional need. It may be that from birth your child has faced some extra challenges, or these may have become more obvious as your child has grown up.
Your child's additional needs could be developmental, physical, learning, behavioural or sensory. Their needs might be easily met with a regular plan of care or a creative approach to their management.
Some additional learning needs may continue throughout life and as a family there will be times you may require support from a number of services.
All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential.
Further support for children with additional needs
- If you are looking for Spurgeons support, please use our referral form.
Single Parents – provides single parents with help, advice and support
Family Rights Group – provides parents or other relatives with advice about their rights and options when social workers or courts
Daily living with a disabled child
Your local authority is responsible for providing any non-medical care services your child is assessed as needing. This could include equipment for daily living, home care, access to play schemes, and respite care so that you can have a break.
To access services from your local authority, you'll need to ask for your child to have a needs assessment. Your needs, and the rest of your family's, can be considered during your child's assessment.
If the assessment doesn't address your needs as a carer, you can ask for your own carer's assessment.
Education legislation and guidance
The statutory requirements for safeguarding all children are set out in legislation and guidance for the education sector.
Although different terms are used in different nations, the principles of safeguarding and protecting young people and children with additional needs or disabilities are broadly the same.
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