Early Help and Care
Some families of children and young people with SEND will require additional help and support and may need help with accessing community activities whether these are universal or specialist. What is important is that this help is effective and that it can be accessed early to avoid bigger problems in the future.
To help families who require additional support Sandwell has developed an Early Help Portal. The portal brings together local support agencies which deliver targeted early help support activities for young people and families in Sandwell. It provides information on a range of support that focuses on some of the more challenging things in life, with the aim to improve the life and experiences of young people and their parents and carers – whether that’s through sports or leisure activities, peer to peer/one to one support, learning new skills, mentoring and much more.
Other help could come from the Local Authority or from voluntary organisations and can come in various forms including: Click on the links below for the support you need. If the service you require is not there please feedback so we can plug the gap.
- Equipment, aids and adaptations
- Requesting assessments for support
- Early Help - this is information for professionals but does give basic information about the Early Help process
- Family Support
- Specialist social care services
- Help for young carers
The types of services that can be accessed, how they are accessed and who can access them does vary depending on how old the user of the service is.
The services listed above are primarily targeted at young people under the age of 18.
The way services are delivered to young people over the age of 18 has changed since the introduction of the 2014 Care Act. Click here if the service is for someone aged 18 or over or if you are the parent / carer of someone aged 18 or over