Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.


*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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A Pathway for 14 - 25 Learners (Phase transfer/higher education)

This Pathway should ensure that as young people move into adulthood their needs have been identified and support is in place where appropriate.

Tel: 023 9288 2438

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A Pathway for 5 - 14 Learners

This Pathway should ensure that as children move through school their needs have been identified and support is in place where appropriate.

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Adult Befriending Service

In addition to providing continuity for children beyond the age of 18 years, our Adult Befriending Service is designed to provide a few hours support each week to individuals aged18 to 65 years who are either socially isolated or severely restricted by virtue of their disability.

Tel: 023 9267 1848

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Adult Learning Disability Team

Support for Adults with a Learning Disability

Tel: 023 9268 4600

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Adult Social Care

An Assessment and Social Work Service for adults (18yrs+) with disabilities/sensory impairment and eligible needs.

Tel: 023 92680810

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Adult Social Care Transport Guidelines - What is the offer for people over 18?

These guidelines are intended to make clear whether Adult Social Care: 1. Has a duty to provide transport so that people with a Learning Disability can get to services they use. 2. Can charge people for that transport.

Tel: 023 0268 4600

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Childrens Disability Team

The Childrens Disability Team is part of the Inclusion Service in Children's Service and discharge the local authority's statutory duties in respect of disabled children as set out in the Children act 1989.

Tel: 0845 671 0271

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Day Services for people with learning disabilities

A wide range of day services for people with learning disabilities

Tel: 02392 684654

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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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Independence and Wellbeing

Portsmouth City Council's Independence and Wellbeing services are here to help you look after yourself, both physically and mentally. These services are available to anyone. Many are available free of charge and don't need any form of assessment. Information on Occupational Therapy and Mobility Equipment is included in this section.

Tel: 023 9268 0810.

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Information for Carers

A carer is anyone who cares for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. This section provides information for carers available on Portsmouth City Councils website.

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Learning Disability Integrated Team

To provide an integrated service that aims to support people (aged 18+) with a learning disability to keep safe, be healthy and receive services and support to help them achieve meaningful outcomes.

Tel: 023 9268 4600

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Learning Links Families Team

The Learning Links Families team supports Portsmouth families with children aged 5 – 18 who are experiencing Child to Parent Violence in the form of non-violent resistance (NVR) therapy.

Tel: 02392296460

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MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)

The MASH is multi agency and brings together services such as from social care, education, health, police and children centres. The MASH aims to work together to offer the right help at an early stage to families who need support.

Tel: 08456710271 / 02392688793

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Portsmouth Youth Project - for young people aged 18 - 25

Portsmouth Youth Project provides a range of activities for young people aged 18 - 25 years with a range of mild to moderate learning or physical disabilities, or a special educational need.

Tel: 023 9267 1846/07519 924 247

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Portsmouth Carers Strategy 2015 - 2020

This strategy for Portsmouth has been developed jointly by Portsmouth City Council, NHS Portsmouth CCG, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and includes strategic support to both adult and young carers.

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Portsmouth Implementation of the SEND Reforms: Progress Report April 2018

The Progress Report provides a summary of the actions achieved in implementing the SEND Reforms in Portsmouth, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014, during the initial implementation phase from September 2014 to March 2018.

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Portsmouth Shopmobility

Portsmouth Shopmobility operate a scheme hiring Powered scooters, Power chairs, Wheelchairs and Holiday vehicles to members of the public with limited mobility, whether it be short or long term enabling them to visit shops and leisure facilities and the City. Portsmouth Shopmobility is for anyone, young or old, whether their disability is temporary or permanent. You don't need to be registered as Disabled, or to be a Blue Badge holder to use the scheme.

Tel: 02392 816973

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Portsmouth Teenage Project - short break activities for young people aged 14-18

Portsmouth Teenage Project provides a range of Short Breaks activities for young people aged 14 - 18 years with a mild to moderate learning or physical disability or a special educational need, living in Portsmouth, offering a wide variety of leisure, sport and social activities. It runs on a weekly basis usually on a Friday evening.

Tel: 023 9267 1846/07857 328 390

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