Worried about your child?
Are you worried about your child?
Do you have concerns about your child’s development? Are you worried that their speech, mobility or behaviour differs from other children of a similar age?
All children develop at their own, individual rate, and in their own ways. However, as a parent, you know your child best and should share any concerns you have.
Where to go for help & advice (children aged 0-5)
If your child is aged between 0-5 you can talk through your concerns with your child’s:
Alternatively, you can contact the Child Development Centre (Margaret Wells-Furby) who can advise you as to who is best placed to help.
If you’re worried about your child’s speech and language development, you can contact your local Children’s Centres who host regular NHS CYPL Speech & Language Therapy drop-in clinics.
For concerns about a child's physical or sensory development, or if you want to see a dietician, you can self-refer to CYPIT (Children, Young People & Families Integrated Therapies) by phone or via their website.
If your referral is urgent, please call our NHS HealthHub on 0300 365 1234
Children of school reception aged +
If your child is already in school, you should discuss any concerns you have with your child’s class teacher, Head of Year or school SENCO. Schools are provided with funding to meet the needs of most children with special educational needs. However, if needed, and if your child meets the threshold, the school can put in a request for a statutory assessment to determine what extra support your child might need.
Generally about one or two children in every hundred will have educational needs that are more severe or complex and the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014 has provided a statutory framework for assessing their needs.
You may also speak directly with the local authority’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) team:
Special Educational Needs Team: 01344 354048
If your child’s school does not share your concerns and you feel you want to seek further support and advice, contact the Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS), who provide impartial advice to parents whose children have, or may have, special educational needs.
Worried about the safety or welfare of a child?
If you have concerns that a child or young person may be at risk of harm or neglect please seek advice from the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). If you believe that urgent action is needed please contact :01344 352005 (Mon-Fri 9am-5om) or 01344 786543 (5pm-9am and weekends)