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How can I get support for my child?

Extra help is available for children with special educational needs or disabilities and their families. The help you can get will depend on the needs of your child, and your family as a whole Many groups and activities in Derbyshire are open to any child or young person with additional needs. Some services are only for children and families with more complex needs. To get some services, you may need an assessment.

You can search for information about services to help your child and your family in each section of the Local Offer.

Help in learning

Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities will get all the help they need from their early years setting, school or college. Educational settings must do their very best to meet children's needs. Schools have delegated funding up to a Government prescribed limit (currently £6,000 per pupil per annum) to meet the needs of the majority of children and young people with SEN. Schools and early years settings have to publish information to say how they will do this.

If a setting can't meet a child's needs on its own, they can apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan Needs Assessment.

Help with health needs

The health section of the Local Offer tells you how to find out what health needs you or your child have and how the health service works. You can find out about health services near to you.

Help with daily life

The support for families section of the Local Offer tells you about social care services including short breaks, home helps and adaptations to the home. It tells you about the multi-agency teams, which can give you information, advice and support - including how to improve poor attendance at school, challenging behaviour, other relationship difficulties and much more.

Things to do, places to go

This section of the Local Offer tells you about groups and activities near to where you live.