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Young People

Growing up can be an exciting but difficult time for both young people and parents.  Teenagers have to deal with peer pressure, exams, body changes, sexuality and identity. They still need love and support from parents and family. They also want more freedom and to be…

Radicalisation

Radicalisation is when an individual or group adopt extreme political, social, or religious views that can lead to violence. Spotting the signs of radicalisation Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include: isolating themselves from family and…

Safeguarding

Everyone has the right to live free from harm, abuse and negelct. Children, young people and vulnerable adults have the legal right to be protected from harm to enable them to grow and develop in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. Safeguarding children is everyone's…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

On this page you will find the most commonly asked questions about childcare and family information.  If you can't find the answer to your question in the FAQs or by using 'Search' contact the Family Information Service and we'll respond within 5 working days. Contact Us…

Diagnosis

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of a disability or additional need can be very difficult and can often take a long time. For many parents the most stressful time is when you first receive the diagnosis or are going through the assessment process. Find…

Getting Around (inc. Holidays)

There are various schemes in Sandwell and nationally that can help you and your child with any mobility difficulties that you may have.  Parking Car parking spaces and disabled parking spaces in Sandwell Blue badge parking scheme - allows you to use parking concessions to enable you to park closer…

Social Care, Short Breaks & Childcare

Some disabled children and their parents will need practical support both inside the home and outside it. Local authorities have a legal responsibility to help families with disabled children.  Social care is a term that generally describes all forms of personal care and other practical…

Short breaks for parents and carers of disabled children

Sandwell Short Breaks Offer is a list of specially commissioned short breaks for children and young people with a disability or SEN. If you have a social worker from the Children with Disabilities team, talk to them about short breaks. Short Breaks eligibility for more information…

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…

Preparing for adulthood

Preparing for adulthood means moving on from being a child to becoming an adult. The principles and processes of effective preparation for adulthood Early planning at the point which is right for the young person, but as early as possible between the ages 0-25. Holistic…