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Coronavirus information and resources

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is having a huge impact on family life. It is important that families can access the right support throughout the crisis.  We have put together useful information on health,employment,money,relationships and mental wellbeing. There is also the latest local Coronavirus information, Government guidance…

COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Support

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting every aspect of family life. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever at this time. Getting the right support for health and well being means that daily life can continue as near to normal as is possible. There…

COVID-19 Money and Benefits Support

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis is affecting every aspect of people's lives. Worrying about your job, paying the rent or mortgage, putting food on the table is stressful. Knowing where to turn for advice and support is important  and will help you to feel more…

Debt Advice and Money Saving

Managing household bills and coping with debt can be very stressful. Getting free, impartial and confidential information is important to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. There are lots of services offering free advice on dealing with debt, as well…

Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic abuse is behaviour from a family member, partner or ex-partner that: is controlling, coercive, threatening, violent or abusive happens between people aged over 16 Domestic violence and abuse can happen to men or women. If you're a woman you can call the National Domestic…

Early Help (safeguarding)

COG Teams provide Targeted Family Support to families at tiers 3 or 4 of the Sandwell Safeguarding Board Threshold Document. They also provide advice and guidance to professionals about how to provide help to families as early as possible. A COG Team is based in…

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,…