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Additional needs

Getting help

Recognising your child has a special educational need and getting help can be hard.

Special needs are often difficult to define or diagnose and few children ever fit a single ‘label’ or condition perfectly.

Uncovering the problem and finding the right help and support can be a challenge for everyone involved.

We aim to help families as early as we can and, wherever possible, try to support people in their local community and through existing networks so that families can be helped to be more resilient and lead as normal life as possible.

The majority of children and young people will continue to be supported at school with extra help and access to a range of health and other services to allow them to stay alongside their friends and peers and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Some may need a special Education Health and Care Plan which is agreed by everyone involved. This explain how this extra help and support will work and set out targets for the future.

Specialised support

A small number of children and young people with more severe or complex needs require more targeted and specialised support and intervention.

For these children and young people a more flexible and creative approach is required where education, health and care all work together to provide an integrated package of support.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email mash@devon.gov.uk.

If it’s an emergency call 999


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