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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…

Early Years and Childcare

It is important that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible. At the Early Years stage identification is usually through a health agency (e.g. health visitor or paediatrician). Once identified, and with the…

Education

What does special educational needs mean? If a child has a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of their age, they may have special educational needs (SEN). As many as one in five children may…

Education after 16

All children and young people have the right to full-time education up to the age of 16 and now must attend education, attend training or be employed from 16-18. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities benefit enormously from these last few years,…

Education Benefits

Education Benefits Get information about Free School Meals entitlement, help with the cost of school uniforms and help with school travel costs. Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them. Your child may be entitled to free school meals…

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plan)

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan? An Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s aged up to 25 special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.…

Education, Training and Work

Support and advice for parents and carers on all aspects of education and learning for you and your family.  Search for a local or national service by clicking View All Services

Family and Home Safety

Keeping your family safe is very important. Children need to take a certain amount of risk to learn and develop. As they explore their surroundings, inevitably they will get minor bumps and scrapes. Understanding how children see the world will help you as parents and…

Family Health

We all want good health for ourselves and our families. Eating well, getting enough exercise and sleep, having a good work-life balance are important to us all. Finding the right services when we need them is important. There is lots of advice available on how…

Family Support

Family life is different for all of us. What we have to deal with as a family and the challenges we face can sometimes make us feel we are on our own without support. There are organisations we can reach out to when we need…