This leaflet was developed in partnership with the Parent Engagement Officer from Portsmouth Disability Forum.
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A guide for parents/carers from pre - birth to 5 years old.
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
When a parent or a setting identifies that a child may have a Special Educational Need (SEN) then they must work in partnership with parents to establish how best to meet the child's needs. This pathway is a visual aid showing the process which should be followed.
Tel: 023 9284 1238
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
Here you will find details of how to make a complaint.
Tel: 023 9282 2251
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
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
The Disability Access Fund (DAF), is an additional entitlement to support children with disabilities or SEN. The DAF aids access to funded early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or helping with building capacity (be that for the child in question or for the benefit of children as a whole attending the setting).
Tel: 023 9284 1974
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
Portsmouth City Council is responsible for the issue of all Blue Badges in the city, covering all postcodes between PO1 and PO6.
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
Information on disagreeing with Portsmouth City Council and others regarding Children and Young People's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Tel: 023 9284 1238
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.
Early Years Advisory Teachers monitor, track and offer advice and support to setting Inclusion Co-ordinators who are working with children with SEND. This includes delivering training and professional development.
They also liaise with other professionals to ensure children with SEND are known and are receiving appropriate provision, they also attend monthly Early Years Panels.
Tel: 02392 827392