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Supporting SEND who have social or emotional difficulties

The Early Help Service: works in partnership with other professionals, parents and carers to intervene early when families need more support. The aim is to address problems at the earliest opportunity - before they can escalate - and to enable families to support their children to reach their full potential. For more information,

WF Parenting Programmes: The Early Help Service arranges monthly parenting programmes across the Borough. We provide trained and experienced course facilitators who work in conjunction with host schools to give parents all the tools and confidence they need to parent their children more effectively, to manage challenging behaviour and to support their children's education. 

Cygnet programme: A parenting support programme for parents and carers of children and young people aged 7–18 with an autistic spectrum condition. It is delivered by experienced Educational Psychologists and is funded by the local authority.

Ed Psych Drop ins: The Educational Psychology service provide free monthly parent/carer consultation sessions, addressing any concerns they might have about their child/ young person. 

Social Care: If you feel that you need help caring for your child, or if you are concerned about the welfare or safety of a child, you will need to contact Children’s Early Help Social Care Services. The way that you do this is the same for disabled and non-disabled children.

All Referrals to Children’s Social Care are first dealt with by the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Is there help to support the family’s emotional health? Do you need me time?

If your children are at nursery/school/post 16 placement, make time to do something for you.  Your child/young person may also be eligible for Short Breaks. These allow parents to spend time away from a child with SEND as well as giving the child the opportunity to have fun.