This page tells you about health services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families.
Every child or young person will need health support at some point, whether they have SEND or not.
Usually the health support is not related to a Special Educational Need or Disability. This could include help from General Practitioners (your doctor), a hospital because there has been an accident, your dentist, the Health visitor for very young children or the nurse carrying out immunisation. These services are usually called ‘universal
’ because they are for everybody.
Some children and young people need ‘targeted or specialist
’ support because they have a medical need or a SEND which involves special kinds of health advice or treatment.
Examples of targeted and specialist health support include:
- identification, assessment and diagnosis, intervention and review for children and young people with long-term conditions and disabilities.
- paediatricians, psychiatrists, nurses and allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, habilitation trainers, physiotherapists and psychologists.
- early identification of young children who may have SEN, through neonatal screening programmes and the Healthy Child Programme
- community paediatricians in conjunction with other health professionals provide diagnostic services and health reports for EHC needs assessments.
- therapists working directly with children and young people, advising and training education staff and setting programmes for implementation at home and in school.
- health professionals advise education services on managing health conditions such as epilepsy and diabetes, and health technologies such as tube feeding, tracheostomy care and ventilation in schools.
The information below shows the universal, targeted and specialist areas of health support for children and for adults.
To find out more speak to your GP or Health Visitor or School Nurse.
Details of health support for young people aged 0-18 years can be found here.
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