Portsmouth Local Offer

Before School Advice, Information and Support

Advice, Information and Support

*Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

This section contains links to the most popular entries for parents and carers on Education Health and Care Plans. They are legal documents which set out a child or young person’s special educational needs and the support that is required to meet these needs, including a suitable educational placement. They focus on intended outcomes and the steps that need to be taken to achieve those outcomes.

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*Inclusion in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council have worked closely with young people, parents, carers and professionals in Portsmouth to agree what inclusion means to people in our city.

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A parent's guide to SEN support in schools

This leaflet was developed in partnership with the Parent Engagement Officer from Portsmouth Disability Forum.

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A Parenting Pathway - Pre Birth to 5

A guide for parents/carers from pre - birth to 5 years old.

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A Pathway for Early Years

This pathway provides information which should ensure that by the time every child starts school, their needs have been identified and support is in place where appropriate

Tel: 023 9268 8781

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Afasic - support for those with speech, language and communication needs

Afasic is the UK Charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Tel: 0300 666 9410

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Anti Bullying Strategy

Portsmouth's Anti-Bullying Strategy has been prepared to provide a framework for multi-agency working in the City in order to tackle bullying in our schools and other settings for children and young people and to support the development, monitoring and evaluation of anti-bullying work. The section contains the Anti-Bullying Strategy and a Guidance and Resource Pack for Schools.

Tel: 023 9284 1712

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ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Assessment Pathway

The ASD Assessment Pathway is a service provided by Solent NHS Trust. The aim of the Pathway is assess children and young people and get a profile of their strengths and difficulties to see if their difficulties fit with the diagnosis of ASD or other developmental disorders. The second aim is to support families through the entire assessment process.

Tel: 07585 960296

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Childcare Guide

We understand that as a parent or carer it can be difficult to make an informed choice about childcare. What is childcare? Where do I start looking? How do I know my child will be safe? This section will take you to information on Portsmouth City Councils website about finding the right childcare.

Tel: 023 9268 8830,

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Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) within the Ministry of Defence provides advice and guidance to Service parents, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEN.

Tel: 01980 618244

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Childrens Health Services in Portsmouth

Visit the Solent Child and Families Services website below for information on Children's Health Services in Portsmouth including Health Visiting, School Nursing and Therapy Services.

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Community Access - Autism Hampshire

The Community Access Department of Autism Hampshire provides a free information, advice, guidance and signposting service to local adults, young people and children with autism, their families and professionals. All services are countywide providing for the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth local authority areas.

Tel: 02392 814723

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Here you will find details of how to make a complaint.

Tel: 023 9282 2251

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Connors Toy Library

We provide 13 Community Toy Library sessions providing stay and play sessions and toy loan to over 2000 families or carers with pre-school children annually.

Tel: 023 9283 2926

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Contact - For families with disabled children

Contact provides Information, advice, support and promoting linking for parents to other parents, support groups and parent carer forums in their local area.

Tel: 0808 808 3555

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Disabled Access Guide - Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council will be working in partnership with DisabledGo to look at the most accessible places in the city by assessing parking, inside and outside access, receptions, lifts, toilets and much more to ensure disabled people can access what Portsmouth has to offer

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Disabled Parking, Blue Badges and Frequently Asked Questions

Portsmouth City Council is responsible for the issue of all Blue Badges in the city, covering all postcodes between PO1 and PO6.

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DisabledGo - a website providing detailed access infomation to venues nationally

The DisabledGo website provides disabled access information to venues across the UK such as shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, hotels, universities, hospitals and more.

Tel: 01438 842 710

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Disagreement, Resolution and Mediation

Information on disagreeing with Portsmouth City Council and others regarding Children and Young People's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Early Help and Prevention Service

The Early Help and Prevention service in Portsmouth is a new way of doing things – providing extra practical help with families early on, to stop problems getting worse.

Tel: 07720947345

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