Information and local support

Children with additional needs have a potentially disabling condition, complex health needs, severe chronic illness or have special educational needs (SEN).

This includes children with physical and sensory impairments, learning disabilities and autism, and those who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Services

There are a wide range of services for children with additional needs and places where you can go for help and advice:

1 Big Database – a comprehensive directory of local services which includes information on national and local organisations offering support, advice and guidance on a range of health and social care and leisure activities

South Gloucestershire Local Offer – a comprehensive website of information and services for South Gloucestershire’s parents and carers and their disabled children and young people.

Bristol City Council Local Offer – a comprehensive website of information and services for Bristol’s parents and carers and their disabled children and young people.

Bristol Parent Carers – a support group for parents of children with disabilities and special needs, working in partnership with public authorities to shape services.

South Glos Parent Carers– a supportive community of parents and carers who work in partnership with public authorities to improve services and support children, young people with additional needs and their families.

We are working with local councils to develop local help and support available for children and young people with special educational needs or a disability across our area.

Children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions

Specialist advice and support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions is available from:
Children’s Hospice Southwest
Jessie May Trust
Rainbow Trust

Additional Support

Children’s community health services
Community and palliative care services for children.

NHS continuing care for children
Children and young people with complex health needs may be eligible for NHS continuing care.

Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing
Children’s community health services provide a wide range of care and support for young people

Transitioning to adult health services
Young People may need continued support from health services once they are 18.