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Being a parent or carer of a child with special needs can be both amazing and sometimes challenging.

Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives, and there is support available for you and your family.

In addition to the information and advice below, Plymouth has an Early Help and SEND Advice Line. You can book a conversation with a Family Support Worker to discuss worries or questions.  Just call 01752 668000, or email AccessEarlyHelp@plymouth.gov.uk.

 

I think my child might have special needs

If you think your child might have a special educational need or disability, it can be worrying. But there is lots of support available.

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Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a document that supports children and young people with special educational needs in education.

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Adapt your home

If you're struggling to get around your home due to a disability, long-term illness, visual impairment or old age, we may be able to help with equipment and adaptations.

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How to care for a disabled child

Caring for a disabled child can make your daily parenting duties, such as feeding, toilet training and getting them to sleep, more challenging.

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Moving to Plymouth with a child that has special needs

If you're moving to Plymouth and your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan of special educational needs email senadmin@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 307409 to discuss arrangements with us.

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What to do if you are worried about a child's safety

If you're worried about a child or young person or think they're being abused, even if you're unsure, call 01752 668000 or email mash@plymouth.gov.uk.

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Accessible toys, play and learning

Toys for children with physical or learning disabilities need to be safe and suitable for their needs. For example, if your child is likely to put the toy in their mouth, make sure it doesn't have any small parts that they could swallow.

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