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12 to 23 months

From 12 months onwards, children start to explore and try out new things. They begin to move around the room independently and enjoy playing with toys by themselves for a short time. You can help your child to develop language by reading books and pointing…

2-3 years

Your child will do a lot of their development at this age. They become busy little people, running, walking up stairs, using their imagination when playing and will follow simple instructions like "bath time". This is also one of the most important ages for emotional…

3-4 years

Good communication is key to children's relationships and development. Your child is now becoming much more independent and will want to do more things by themselves, such as putting on their coat or getting in to the car. They will also want to talk and…

6-12 months

Leading health experts around the world agree the first 1001 days of a child’s development influence a child’s future more than any other time in their life. From 6 to 12 months, your baby will be developing quickly, babbling, gesturing and recognising some words. They…

Apprenticeships and employment

If you have special educational needs or a disability and are looking for work, there are lots of places you can find help Training and extra help finding work If you feel you may need a bit of extra support in a workplace or help…

Being a teenager

The teenage years are a confusing time when behaviour can become challenging and life for the whole family can feel un-balanced and stressful. As a young person you are coping with body changes and body image, school, exams, peer pressure, sexuality and identity. Physically and…

Birth

The first few years of a child's life are key to the development of speech, language and communication skills. Your baby will enjoy interacting with you from the moment they are born. You can help their development by facing your baby when you speak to…

Bullying

Bullying and cyberbullying can happen to anyone. Name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone is not okay, whether it happens at school, at home or online. The effects of bullying can be prolonged and can affect someone's emotional and mental wellbeing. If…

The Care Act 2014

This advice and guidance is concerned with the Care Act 2014 and how if affects you.

Child sexual exploitation and abuse

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) happens when a young person is encouraged or forced to take part in sexual activity. It might be in exchange for presents, money, alcohol or simply emotional attention. Child Sexual Abuse is the sexual abuse of a child or young person…